Partners and Programs
Who We Are
The Business Education Center is conveniently located in Plymouth Massachusetts at the offices of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Our programs reach clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Our wide range of business programs can assist you in the early stages of business planning or lend assistance to the most seasoned business professional. Where ever your entrepreneurial path takes you, we are here to help with the latest programs and services to meet today’s challenges.
The Business Education Center is proudly sponsored by:
“To foster regional entrepreneurship through supportive programs which embrace innovative ideas and concepts resulting in employment opportunities regionally, while also providing the small business programing necessary to support our existing small business establishments.”
What We Do
The Business Education Center provides one on one counseling for small business owners with existing businesses or assistance for budding entrepreneurs with dreams of small business ownership. We offer group small business workshops and programs that can help any type of business or organization.
Many of these programs are free of charge.
Our professional development workshops in partnership with local colleges and state and local agencies cover the latest cutting edge topics.
We have programs that target:
Financing your business, Franchising, Going green, Business planning
Marketing, Customer service, Social media and your business
Web sites and optimization, Importing & exporting
Human resource training, and more…
Who are our clients:
Veterans, Minority owned businesses
Women owned businesses
Existing businesses looking to hone their skills, Non-profits
Counselors to America’s Small Business
to learn more about SCORE!
Workshops and Classes
Small Business services at the Plymouth Area Business/Education Center are delivered in various formats and by multiple agencies and partners. The Business Education Center partners with local, state and federal agencies as well as with higher education facilities and industry professionals. All of our counselors and presenters are seasoned professionals who have years of experience in the public and private sectors dealing with small business issues.
Whatever your small business need, we have the right person to assist or the program for your business needs. For the most part, many of our services and programs are delivered FREE OF CHARGE. Only a certain number of continuing education and corporate education programs are held for a slight fee. Find out what the Plymouth Area Business/Education Center has to offer today!
- FREE, Small Business Counseling
FREE Small Business counseling is offered each week by our partners at SCORE (the Service Core of Retired Executives) and MSBDC (the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network). Each organization has professional staff ready to help with your specific needs. Call for an appointment today.
- FREE, Small Business Workshops
The Business/Education Center has over 30 workshops planned for 2010. Browse through our workshop page on this website to see whats coming up. Don’t have time to attend our in person workshops? How about watching an online video of our workshop series? Check out our video gallery of presentations.
- FINANCING PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESS
The Business/Education Center partners with many local, regional and state agencies that provide financing for your business venture. From a $2,000. micro mini loan to millions of dollars for industrial development bonds, our partners are lending and they have the funds you need. Many programs are SBA guaranteed loans through your local bank lender. These lending partnership are your key to success.
- VETERANS BUSINESS PROGRAMS
If you’re a returning gulf war veteran or a veteran from a prior conflict looking to open your own small business or enhance an existing business we have the programs to help you make your small business a success. Many programs are tailored to veteran owned businesses. Need financing for your veteran owned business? The SBA has the Patriot Loan Program to finance your venture. Need transportation to our Business/Education Center, call our partners at the Nathan Hale, Veterans Outreach Center for regional service at 508.747.2003. Let us help you make your dreams of small business ownership a reality.
- BUSINESS & CORPORATE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Business/Education Center has a close relationship with local higher education facilities that provide certificate and non certificate programming for your small business needs. Many of these programs are conveniently held right at our Business/Education Center classrooms.
- SITE FINDER FOR YOUR NEXT BUSINESS LOCATION
Looking for that ideal location for your business? From storefronts to manufacturing facilities our local Real Estate Assistance Program has the locations and contacts to make your search successful. Our program is a broker/owner partnership real estate program which makes referrals from our extensive database of available properties. Visit www.plymouthbusiness.org to search our sites available.
- ACCESS TO STATE PROGRAMS & INCENTIVES
The Business/Education Center programs are partially funded by the Commonwealths Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In addition to that we have strategic partnerships with many state agencies which facilitate programs on all aspects of development from housing to commercial tax incentives. Call us today and ask about what programs apply for your project and we will facilitate the meetings with the proper parties.
- IMPORTING & EXPORTING ASSISTANCE
Importing and exporting are exciting ventures yet often intimidating to many small business firms. The Business/Education Center through its partners at the Mass Export center have the resources to help. Are you an existing exporter looking to certify your certificates of origin? Look no further, the Business/Education Center and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce is your certificate of origin processing center. Call for an appointment today at 508.830.1620.
- BUSINESS CENTER LIBRARY
Our Business Education Center has a number of publications and small business literature on hand to support your research efforts. Stop by and pick some up today. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.