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Since 1998, Community Teamwork’s Entrepreneurship Center (formerly known as Merrimack Valley Small Business Center (MVSBC)) has provided business development services to entrepreneurs from ethnically and economically diverse groups within the Merrimack Valley with the training, tools, and resources needed to create, sustain, and grow viable small businesses.

As an authorized Small Business Administration Intermediary Lender, the Entrepreneurship Center provides financial support and credit building services through low-interest microloans, enabling business growth and stabilization, job creation/retention, and improved    economic impact. The Entrepreneurship Center works in partnership with UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and the City of Lowell.

As of 2019, MVSBC rebrands as the Entrepreneurship Center @CTI with their main focus in G.R.O.W. which stands for providing the entrepreneurs GUIDANCE in their businesses and help them gather the RESOURCES needed to OPERATE their business in a way that generates WEALTH for them and their family.

Listen to Franky Descoteaux, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center @CTI discusses how the Center is responding to small business issues and reaction to the upcoming vote surrounding “streetory” policies in Lowell – WCAP Radio 5/26/2020

CONNECT with the Entrepreneurship Center@CTI through these links!

Book an appointment with Franky Descoteaux here.

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THE INTERIM FINAL RULE RE: ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PLEDGES OF LOANS   The new Final Interim Rule is released and addresses self-employed and 1099 PPP applications

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On January 17, 2019, Franky Descoteaux, Director of Community Teamwork’s Merrimack Valley Small Business Center (MVSBC), presented at the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council’s (MCBC) Economic Development / Small Business Committee at Eastern Bank in Boston. She presented the innovative ways in which Small Business Resource centers and technical assistance providers are amplifying the efforts of University and Community College Entrepreneurship programs.  She discussed the need for prolonged support for entrepreneurs at all stages of business and presented opportunities for providing “beyond the classroom” coaching and technical assistance, with the goal of producing sustained economic value in Gateway Cities across Massachusetts.

Franky was given the opportunity to co-chair the MCBC’s Economic Development/Small Business Lending committee and will work along Charles Smith, SVP, Small Business Lending at Eastern Bank, to provide committee oversight and direction.  For additional information about the MVSBC, please contact Franky Descoteaux at fdescoteaux@commteam.org.  To learn more about the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council’s Economic Development/Small Business Committee please visit http://mcbc.info/economic-development/

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Listen to Terry Ryan, now former Director of MVSBC discussing upcoming workshops and other opportunities on WCAP Radio with Ted Panos.



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Lowell, MA 01852

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