There are lots of resources on the Vineyard to support small business owners, including:
The Chamber supports all Island businesses through innovative programs and services designed to generate business and referrals. Our partners include three local business associations that work on the town level to foster economic climates that enhance and improve the quality of life in the community while protecting the distinctive character of each town.
Edgartown Board of Trade
Oak Bluffs Association
Island banking institutions are adept at supporting the Island’s small business owners through trainings, programs and services designed to make sure your business has all the financial tools it needs to be successful!
Cape and Islands SCORE
SCORE is the nation’s largest volunteer business counseling service and is a resource partner with SBA. Locally, it is comprised of 35 business professionals offering free and confidential business consultation. Their goal is to create on-going relationships with small business entrepreneurs, and guide them to make smart business decisions, which lead to profits. SCORE provides assistance with Business Plans, Sales and Marketing Strategies, Financing Options, Management and Administrative Procedures, E-Commerce. Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Advisory Boards help build confidence and assist with decision-making.
Southeastern Development Corporation
South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation SEED Corp. is the local link to the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Program, which provides growing businesses with up to $4 million in long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. SEED’S work with the SBA and private-sector lenders has made them one of the top SBA 504 lenders in the region. Loan programs start at $1000. They also administer a small business technical assistance program.
United States Small Business AdministrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen our overall economy. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years, the goal is the same: help Americans start, build and grow businesses.