Entrepreneurship Center @CTI

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.

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


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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