NewVue Communities will use the ideaLab to provide technical assistance to businesses operating in a wide range of industry sectors, focusing mainly on micro-enterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees) and small businesses (with 20 or fewer employees). Services, which will be offered in English or Spanish, will include:
- One-on-one business counseling that covers how to start a business, write a business plan, improve marketing strategies and connect with potential local funding sources
- Seminars and events targeted to help small businesses
- An initiative to help small businesses access the best available credit and help improve their credit
“This partnership embodies our long-term vision for the ideaLab as a space to realize ambitions and unleash creativity,” Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said. “We are grateful for partners like NewVue Communities, whose expertise complements the University’s resources.”
“We are excited to be strengthening our partnership with Fitchburg State University and to continue to serve small businesses in the region,” said NewVue Communities Executive Director Marc Dohan. “Working out of the ideaLab is a great first step to help connect local business to the resources and assets offered by the University.”
“The ideaLab is a fresh, modern and inspirational space,” added NewVue Communities Director of Small Business Ray Belanger.
NewVue’s Small Business Assistance Program has worked with 828 businesses to create or retain almost 1,600 jobs in North Central Massachusetts over the past eight years, while facilitating more than $7.5 million in small business loans.
Fitchburg State purchased the theater block at 717 Main St. three years ago. The first phase of renovations includes the ideaLab as well as a state of the art studio for students in the University’s game design program, the only one of its kind at a public institution in Massachusetts.
Those wishing to access the NewVue Small Business program should contact NewVue directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.342.9561.