• Business Resource Connector

    Doing Business in Massachusetts

    The MetroWest Chamber works closely with many strategic partners and affiliate organizations to drive regional economic development.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which makes a concerted effort to help businesses grow here, has many helpful resources and mechanisms to help businesses succeed.  To find out all the state has to offer, or to contact the MetroWest Regional Director for the Mass Office of Business Development, click here.

    The MetroWest Chamber has long-standing relationships with the following organizations.  The aim of the Chamber is to help connect YOUR business to the appropriate resources  and services provided by these organizations in both the MetroWest area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Secretary, Rosalind Acosta
    EOLWD manages the Commonwealth’s workforce development and labor departments to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.
    They oversee the Department of Unemployment Assistance, the Department of Career Services, the Department of Labor Standards, the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Department of Labor Relations, and the Commonwealth Corporation

  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic DevelopmentSecretary, Mike Kennealy
    The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, prioritizes economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, and an environment that supports job creation and business growth. EOHED also supports new housing for residents through targeted investments. 

  • Executive Office of Energy and the Environmental Affairs, Secretary, Kathleen Theoharides
    EEA seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family

  • Division of Energy Resources (DOER) is an agency of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) mission is to develop and implement policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for all residents, businesses, communities, and institutions.

  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) 

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC works to increase the adoption of clean energy while driving down costs and delivering financial, environmental, and economic development benefits to energy users and utility customers across the state. 

     

  • Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Transportation.
    Our mission is to deliver excellent customer service to people traveling in the Commonwealth by providing transportation infrastructure which is safe, reliable, robust and resilient. We work to provide a transportation system which can strengthen the state’s economy and improve the quality of life for all. 

  • Mass Department of Revenue (MassDOR)
    The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is to achieve maximum compliance with the tax, child support and municipal finance laws of the Commonwealth. In meeting its mission, the Department is dedicated to enforcing these laws in a fair, impartial and consistent manner by providing professional and courteous service to all its customers. 

  • Mass Office of Travel & Tourism
    The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates $1.5 billion in state and local taxes and $22.9 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 149,400 in-state jobs.  

  • MassDevelopment

    As the Commonwealth’s economic development and finance authority, MassDevelopment is committed to achieving three goals: stimulating business, driving economic growth, and helping communities thrive across Massachusetts. MassDevelopment formed in 1998 from a merger of the Government Land Bank and Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency. The Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority was merged into MassDevelopment in 2010, strengthening the depth of offerings for tax-exempt bond financing of capital projects. 

    MassDevelopment’s work in finance and development impacts many facets of the Massachusetts economy in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Priorities include providing low-cost and creative financing options for a range of organizations, sustainably redeveloping surplus properties, transforming the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities, and promoting the Massachusetts manufacturing and defense sectors

  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world.  Through public-private funding initiatives, the MLSC  supports innovation, research & development, commercialization, and manufacturing activities in the fields of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics, and digital health. 

    Since its creation in 2007, the MLSC has strategically deployed over $700 million in Massachusetts, through a combination of grants, loans, capital infrastructure investments, tax incentives, and workforce programs.  These investments have created thousands of jobs, and propelled the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being in Massachusetts and beyond.

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

    The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. Their mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration.

    They work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

  • MassEcon

    MassEcon is the state's private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth. Deploying on-the-ground services since its founding in 1993, MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

    Working with public sector partners, MassEcon brings a private sector voice to marketing Massachusetts as a place to do business. Its leaders served on the Governor's Economic Development Council, and its Ambassadors - a network of business executives throughout the state - serve as peer resources for companies considering Massachusetts as an expansion location.

  • MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)

    The MWRTA was formed in 2006 by the state legislature to help serve the public transportation needs of the 32-town corridor known as the I-495/MetroWest corridor and  is funded by Federal and State Agencies, local assessments and farebox recovery. MWRTA is responsible for fixed bus routes and para-transit routes, which mimic the normal bus routes, but provide a smaller bus with lift capability for the disabled and physically challenged individual. Para-transit transportation is a shared ride, origin to destination service required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM)
    A statewide trade association dedicated to promoting and protecting the retail industry through government relations and money-saving benefits for their members.
    RAM has been the voice of the Commonwealth’s retailers for almost 100 years. Their knowledge of retail issues and their understanding of the challenges facing small businesses in Massachusetts today allows them to uniquely serve their members’ needs. They provide their members with valuable regulatory and policy briefings, money saving tools, and highly-effective representation on Beacon Hill.

  • Better Business Bureau

    The BBB helps you directly by: Providing information about a company before you do business with it, helping to resolve a complaint you might have against a firm, including a final step of binding arbitration in most areas, providing you with good consumer information so that you can make intelligent buying decisions and providing information on charitable organizations.
    In addition the BBB aids you by: Fostering ethical advertising and selling practices, monitoring advertising and selling practices, alerting consumers to bad business and advertising practices when the business in question will not cooperate with the BBB to eliminate the abuse, disseminating consumer information through newspapers, radio, television, and printed literature, providing speakers for schools, civic groups and business organizations and providing the media with public information materials on consumer subjects.

  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
    Their mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families by advocating for their needs and rights; providing services; educating the community; building a community of support; participating in coalitions with other advocates and searching for new resources and partnerships.

  • "Financial Tips for Small Business Owners" Resource Center 

    Startups face daunting odds: more than half fail within the first 5 years. The answers why are all over the map - inadequate cash flow, HR horrors, poor customer satisfaction, and inadequate market research are usually to blame.

    What's the one tool small business owners need to stay on track? Information.

    More than ever, the MetroWest area's new and growing businesses need access to timely, fact-based research about small business challenges and opportunities. But many of them don't come across information in easy-to-understand terms. That's why CreditDonkey, a personal finance website, created the "Financial Tips for Small Business Owners" resource center.

    The CreditDonkey resource center features tips, insights, and infographics to help entrepreneurs build, grow, and nurture successful companies. We also review credit cards for small business owners and publish infographic guides for specific types of businesses, including women-, minority-, and veteran-owned entities. Here is a small sampling of current articles:

    • Infographic: Make Customers Happy
    • Employee Theft Statistics
    • 23 Ways to Remember Names
    • Beginner's Guide to Airline Miles and Points
    • 10 Smart Ways to Advertise Your Small Business
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