Download valuable research data on the Central Massachusetts marketplace. Worcester Business Journal's popular annual lists, in easy-to-download Excel or PDF formats. With a few clicks you can download valuable research data on the Central Massachusetts marketplace, and you can also create your own customized reports.

Worcester SCORE provides a link to the Massachusetts website of tools and resources to help you succeed in MA business. Business webpage (with many useful sub-pages) for the state of Massachusetts:

How to start or grow a small business: training tools. My Own Business, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to helping people succeed in business. Their free courses are presented by successful business owners who point out the common, avoidable mistakes.

Free website with templates and resources for detailed start-up planning.

On-line information and application for micro-loans. ACCION USA is committed to bringing affordable small business loans to microentrepreneurs. ACCION USA has provided over $119 million in over 19,000 microloans since inception in 1991, helping to grow small businesses and strengthen the communities they serve.

Website of the US Patent & Trademark Organization.

Public Search allows for free searching of the Massachusetts Corporation database; helpful for competitive research.

Check out Inc.com's library of sample forms, job description templates, interactive worksheets, spreadsheets, contracts, etc. 

City-Data.com is helpful if you ever need to research any U.S. city, zip code, or neighborhood for any reason. Worcester SCORE provides their link to all MA cities and towns.

Accounting 101 from QuickBooks Resource Center.

BUSINESS PLAN - a five-page comprehensive, bulleted outline as a helpful, short model. Here is a Web link to a relatively "friendly" five-page outline for a comprehensive generic Business Plan. Some Worcester SCORE mentors like its brevity and ask new clients to draft a Word document using it as a model (initially without financials), for their subsequent review and discussion. Search "Browse the Library" page for additional Business Plan guides and templates which include more detailed instructions for drafting various types of Plans.

Worcester SCORE Local Resources