Small Business Advice & Consulting

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offer business counseling services and have hours at the Chamber of Commerce at 860 South St. in Fitchburg. This service is free of charge and it is not necessary to be a Chamber member. Both agencies provide one to one management and technical assistance counseling for prospective and existing small businesses. Both agencies are also available to discuss ideas, plans, challenges, and to assist with your business plan. Call (978) 353-7600 to book an appointment with the SBDC or a SCORE rep. For more information, see North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce - Business CounselingService Corps of Retired Executives, or Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers.

The NewVue Communities Small Business Development Office, 470 Main St. in Fitchburg, offers free assistance with business plan, workshops, training and support. They can be reached at (978) 342-9561.

The Leominster Library is another great resource for entrepreneurs. The library has designed a section specifically dedicated to entrepreneurs with a large inventory of books, CD and computer access.

Prior to meeting with a business counselor you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Has your idea been thoroughly thought out?
  • Is your product or service needed in the marketplace?
  • Where are you going to locate your business?
  • Do you know who your customers will be?
  • How much money will you need to get started?
  • Do you have money to put in to start up this business?
  • Have you begun to develop a business plan?

If you are purchasing an existing business you may want to ask the following:

  • Have you asked why the business is selling?
  • Have you seen the financial statements (3 years) on this business?
  • Have you inspected the inventory and/or real estate?