Financial Assistance

Small Business Loans

Most small businesses rely on lenders to provide the capital they need to either open a business or to finance capital improvements. Without loans, many small business owners would be unable to realize their dreams of opening a business or expanding their operations.

Coastal Community Capital

Coastal Community Capital is a division of Cape & Islands Community Development, Inc, a non-profit community development lender serving Massachusetts businesses since 1995. They promote economic development through small business growth, management of the region’s small business loan fund, and provide entrepreneurial support through the EntreCenter. Coastal Community Capital has unlimited access to an array of funding sources, including SBA 504 loans, loan guarantees, and direct lending which are constantly evolving to provide the best solutions for borrowers.

Coastal Community Capital
5 Shoot Flying Hill Road
Centerville, MA 02632
Phone: 508-362-3755
Contact: Jeannine Marshall

SBA Loan Programs

For more information on SBA Loans: www.SBA.Gov

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes. Take some time to study the programs described in this section, to see if you qualify to participate.

7(a) Loan Program
The 7(a) Loan Program includes financial help for businesses with special requirements. For example, funds are available for loans to businesses that handle exports to foreign countries, businesses that operate in rural areas, and for other very specific purposes

Microloan Program
What is a Microloan? The Microloan Program provides small, short-term loans to small business concerns and certain types of not-for-profit child-care centers. The SBA makes funds available to specially designated intermediary lenders, which are nonprofit community-based organizations with experience in lending as well as management and technical assistance. These intermediaries make loans to eligible borrowers. The maximum loan amount is $50,000, but the average microloan is about $13,000.

CDC/504 Loan Program
What is the CDC/504 Program? The CDC/504 loan program is a long-term financing tool, designed to encourage economic development within a community. The 504 Program accomplishes this by providing small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire major fixed assets for expansion or modernization.

A Certified Development Company (CDC) is a private, nonprofit corporation which is set up to contribute to economic development within its community. CDCs work with SBA and private sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses, which accomplishes the goal of community economic development.

Mass. Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is a quasi-public lender created by an act of the legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick in the summer of 2010. The Mission of MGCC is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities.

MGCC offers a Microloan program that provides financing from $5,000 to $50,000 to Massachusetts small businesses to assist with working capital, or the purchase of furniture, fixtures, supplies, materials, and/or equipment.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to them at 617.523.6262 or visit their website for more program information.


MassVentures is a venture capital firm focused on fueling the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups as they move from concept to commercialization.

MassVentures focuses on Series A investments and considers occasional and opportunistic seed rounds. We provide capital for first-time CEOs and/or founders and consider industry segments not adequately served by the venture community.

Our track record of success combined with our expertise, contacts and support for entrepreneurs makes MassVentures an attractive venture partner for early-stage companies in Massachusetts. More information:


MassDevelopment offers bond financing programs as a cost-effective way for companies to finance capital projects, new equipment purchases, and facility expansions. They also provide loans and guarantees to help grow your operations, and development assistance for early-stage projects. More information at

Contact Jay Pateakos, business development manager for the southeast region at

South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED)

A regional nonprofit economic development corporation with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs, strengthening local economies, and creating jobs by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  More information at

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) is committed to helping companies create and retain jobs, as well as promote private investment in our state. They facilitate simplified, timely access to a host of governmental and non-governmental resources and incentive programs that will help businesses grow faster and stronger in Massachusetts. 

Investment Tax Credit (ITC) 
The Massachusetts Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offers a three-percent credit for qualifying businesses against their Massachusetts corporate excise tax. The credit is to be used for the purchase and lease of qualified tangible property used in the course of doing business.

State and Local Energy Efficiency Programs
Here you will find a listing of state, local and regional programs that help small businesses become energy efficient. These programs offer financial assistance in the form of grants and loans for making energy efficient upgrades. Grants are also available to firms developing energy efficient technology. These programs also offer free or low-cost technical assistance to help small business owners conduct energy audits and implement energy efficient technology.


US Government Internal Revenue Service – Business Tax Credits