Small Business Support & Coaching Resources during COVID-19


7/23/2020

In addition to the Cambridge Small Business Coaching Program, there are a variety of local and regional organizations offering small business technical support, mentoring, and education sessions around COVID-19 topics. Below please find a listing of organizations offering small business support.

Please note: unless otherwise noted, these programs are not presented by the City of Cambridge. If you have questions on a particular program, please contact the organizer directly.

 

Accounting & Financial Assistance

 

The Capital Network

  • This entrepreneurship organization has made its membership-only virtual events available to the public. Topics include raising capital, accounting & payroll practices, and loan forgiveness.

  • Click here for more information

COVID Relief Coalition

  • This coalition of law firms, nonprofits, and governmental agencies is providing mentorship and coaching assistance to businesses seeking to procure emergency loans and other sources of financial relief.
  • Click here for more information.

Community Teamwork’s Entrepreneurship Center

  • This organization offers virtual business coaching focused on business plan creation, pre-launch financial planning, and cash-flow & operations management.

  • Click here for more information.

Small Business Strong (Financial Support Coaching)
  • Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono coaching to Massachusetts small businesses seeking access to capital, business restructuring, and business growth.
  • Click here for more information.

Legal Assistance

Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston

  • This organization provides free legal support to qualifying entrepreneurs and small businesses who are residents of Massachusetts.
  • Click here for more information.

Community Business Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law

  • This organization is offering free 30-minute advice sessions for small businesses to ask questions on issues regarding financial assistance applications, rent negotiations, and reopening guidelines.
  • Click here for more information.

Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard Law School

  • This pro-bono service provides free and/or low-cost legal assistance for the following services: business formation; contract review; commercial financing; commercial leasing; real estate purchases; business acquisitions; arts, entertainment, and intellectual property matters.
  • Click here for more information

Networking and Peer Support

Boston Globe's Media Small Business Community

  • A group of business owners and executives convening through The Boston Globe to receive access to exclusive Boston Globe Media resources, including a small business Slack channel, access to Boston Globe editorial staff, and curated, relevant journalism. 
  • Click here for more information. 

COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network

  •  A workforce of community development organizations in Massachusetts that is providing networking support and helping small businesses navigate the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Click here for more information.

Technical Assistance (Design, Marketing, Operations, Online Growth)

Boston Society for Architecture & Boston Society of Landscape Architects

  • These organizations are offering free conceptual design assistance for restaurants looking to redesign outdoor seating and interior spaces to comply with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.
  • Click here for more information.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network 

SCORE

Small Business Strong

  • Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono coaching to small businesses seeking digital marketing support, customer engagement assistance, and operations consulting.
  • Click here for more information. 

We will continue to update this page as we learn of additional opportunities for small business owners. If you have information or resources to add to this guide, please contact Rona Abrahams at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov.