Local Agencies for Businesses
Local and Regional Agencies
Beverly Main Streets
The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Center was started in 1980, in response to the rise of suburban shopping malls, which pulled away shoppers and diners from downtown districts that found it hard to compete. The Main Street approach is centered around following a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown, leveraging the district's unique cultural, educational and historic assets to set it apart. The Main Street model is organized around four points:
- Design (the look and feel of downtown)
- Economic Vitality (attracting new businesses and development while helping existing businesses thrive)
- Organization (building a sustainable organizational structure)
- Promotion (bringing people to the downtown)
Beverly Arts District
The Beverly Arts District was launched in 2014, collaboratively with the City of Beverly, Beverly Main Streets and the Montserrat College of Art. It is a demonstration of our collective commitment to arts and culture and working artists. A diverse community of talented artists study, open their businesses and hone their crafts here in Beverly. A "local" artist is defined as one who lives, or works or studies in Beverly.
The Beverly Arts District goals are to:
- Build a support system for artists
- Create a district identity
- Facilitate collaboration among artists, spaces, businesses and organizations
- Leverage the resources and strengths of the Beverly Main Streets' program
- Offer new opportunities for residents and visitors to create and experience art
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce represents the business community for the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities. Our member businesses participate in a number of activities, programs and events sponsored by the Chamber that help support the business climate and quality of life within our community. The Chamber utilizes the funds it receives to its best possible advantage by doing business for business through local and state legislative advocacy groups, and public relations. By sponsoring focused business, networking and educational programs, Greater Beverly Chamber is the Voice of Business in Beverly and surrounding communities and is the number one referral service in the City and surrounding communities.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network-Northeast Region
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network-Northeast Region (MSBDC) provides free, confidential, one-to-one business assistance and free or low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses. Business seminars are held at the Enterprise Center in Salem and Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence. The MSBDC fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.
Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: business plan development, preventure feasibility, cash flow analysis, personnel and organizational issues, conventional and non-conventional financing, and marketing. In addition, our office works closely with the two MSBDC specialty centers, the Massachusetts Export Center for international trade assistance and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for government contracting.
Enterprise Center at Salem State University
The Enterprise Center at Salem State University welcomes entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals of all ages and experience levels to come in any learn something new through seminars and other programming. The Enterprise Center also leases office space.
SCORE provides mentors, plans workshops and events and provides business plan and other templates, guides and helpful tools.
MassHire North Shore Workforce Board
The MassHire North Shore Workforce Board serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region. The board also has the broader role of addressing critical labor market issues and developing strategic partnerships with local leaders in economic development, the K-12 and higher education system, government agencies, chambers of commerce, community-based, and labor organizations.
The board charters and oversees a one-stop career center, North Shore Career Center, located in Salem, with a satellite offices throughout the North Shore.
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development
The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development is the economic development engine for a dynamic and evolving regional economy, working to help start-ups and existing businesses alike find the resources they need to thrive right here on the North Shore. The Alliance also highlights prime development sites within each community in its region.
In addition, the Alliance:
- Advocates for business, connecting with state and regional officials and organizations on behalf of the entire region.
- Makes connections in person, through their website, or through the Enterprise Center.
- Solve problems, working with individual businesses to resolve specific issues.
Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (CEANS)
CEANS is an advocacy organization promoting creative economy development on the North Shore.
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. (NBCVB) is a private, nonprofit, membership based organization responsible for promotion of Essex County as a travel destination. Established by legislation as one of the state's 16 regional tourism councils, NBCVB is the official liaison between the North of Boston region and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The NBCVB is managed by a professional staff. Its' overall mission is to develop and implement effective marketing strategies to increase the number of overnight visitors to Massachusetts.