SECTION 1. Chapter 23A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 10A the following section:-
Section 10A ½. (a) The Massachusetts office of business development shall establish a MassMade Program which shall identify, connect and support businesses that produce consumer goods in the commonwealth, identify obstacles to conducting business in the commonwealth, and act as a resource for consumers seeking consumer goods made in the commonwealth. The Massachusetts office of business development may consult with and seek input from interested stakeholders and shall work with entities including MassMade businesses, regional economic development organizations, small business associations, chambers of commerce, the supplier diversity office, the Massachusetts marketing partnership and the office of consumer affairs and business regulations in order to collect and provide business and product information related to MassMade businesses. All MassMade Program information shall be readily accessible and free to the public.
(b) For purposes of this section, the term “MassMade business” shall mean any entity that (1) produces a consumer good in the commonwealth; (2) is headquartered in the commonwealth or has a principal place of business in the commonwealth; (3) possesses a certificate of good standing from the office of consumer affairs and business regulation; and (4) seeks to join the MassMade Program.
(c) The Massachusetts office of business development may expend such funds as may be appropriate for the MassMade Program and as may be appropriated therefor. The Massachusetts office of business development may accept federal funds or private gifts and grants to assist in carrying out this section.
(d) The Massachusetts office of business development shall promulgate regulations necessary for the administration of this section.
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