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Starting a Creative Business


The City of Lowell is a great place to begin your creative venture and offers all the support you need, from your idea phase, to creating a business plan, to financial assistance, marketing and opening day. The individuals and organizations listed below specialize in supporting Lowell's small businesses at all of these important stages of entrepreneurship!

City of Lowell Office of Economic Development
The City's Office of Economic Development offers a host of incentives and assistance to companies and commercial developers, in addition to site selection, workforce development, small business loan programs, traditional and non-traditional finance programs and other areas of technical assistance.

Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Deborah Belanger, Executive Director

The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is officially recognized by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) as one of the State's sixteen Regional Tourism Councils established by the Legislature to market the region as a premier travel destination. The GMVCVB is a private, not for profit, membership-based organization responsible for the promotion of the Greater Merrimack Valley as a travel destination. Membership is by application and is available to businesses as well as other not-for-profit organizations interested in the promotion of tourism.

Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Danielle McFadden, President & CEO

The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce is all about business! We cover the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. The Chamber works hard to provide our members with resources, advocacy and information, along with networking and marketing opportunities. There are many free benefits of being a member of the Chamber including mixers, radio, and television appearances.

Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development:
Creative Industries

Helena Fruscio, Creative Industries Director

Massachusetts defines the creative industries to include without limitation the many interlocking industry sectors that center on providing creative services such as advertising, architecture or creating and promoting intellectual property products such as arts, film, computer games, multimedia, or design. This site is a great resource offering up-to-the-minute news on state-wide arts initiatives, workshops, seminars, job opportunities, networking events and much more. Visit the site to subscribe to their newsletter.

MassTech Collaborative

MassTech is an initiative to expand and strengthen entrepreneur and startup mentoring activities across underserved populations, regions, and industries in the Commonwealth.

EforAll (Entrepreneurship for All)

Entrepreneurship for All is re-imagining cities through entrepreneurship! EforAll's Entrepreneur Program is a community-wide initiative that supports entrepreneurship with the help of over 30 partner organizations and institutions. Through pitch contests offering financial awards, workshops and intensive programs, EforAll and its partners give entrepreneurs a greater chance at success.

Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

Liliana Kualapai, Director

The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center is a program within Community Teamwork, Inc.’s Department of Workforce Development, working in partnership with University of Massachusetts Lowell, Middlesex Community College and the City of Lowell. Since 1998, CTI's Small Business Center has provided support to a diverse group of entrepreneurs interested in creating, sustaining and growing small businesses in the Merrimack Valley by providing technical assistance and empowering entrepreneurs with education and training to make the right choices and increase chances for success.

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