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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 69: Micro business development center

[ Text of section added by 2020, 358, Sec. 9 effective January 14, 2021.]

  Section 69. (a) The MOBD shall establish a micro business development center, in this section referred to as the center, which shall foster micro businesses in the commonwealth by providing resources, including information on available loans, grants and technical assistance. The center shall provide micro businesses with information and technical assistance related to aspects of micro business management, including but not limited to, (i) business plan development; (ii) technology development; (iii) lending assistance; (iv) market research support; and (v) procurement and contracting aid. For the purposes of this section the term %CBmicro business%CB shall mean a business: (i) with no more than 5 employees; (ii) located in a city or town with 75 per cent of residents living under the federal poverty level; and (iii) with no more than $200,000 in annual revenue.

  (b) The center shall advise the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation in the design, administration and disbursement of loans and grants to entrepreneurs in the commonwealth for low and moderate-income entrepreneurs who are forming, running or expanding microbusinesses in the commonwealth.

  (c) The center may expend funds as may be appropriated therefor, accept federal funds, or private gifts and grants to assist in carrying out the purposes as set forth in this section.