Small Business Assistance

North Shore CDC’s Small Business Assistance Program provides free one-on-one consulting and technical assistance services, with a focus on immigrant-, women- and minority-owned businesses. We offer technical assistance on marketing, financial analysis, customer analysis, digitization, funding resources, time management, and much more. These services also include industry-specific workshops, trainings, and focus groups.

For more information or to take your business to the next level, contact Nina Lissarrague, Small Business Coordinator, at

A special thanks to our funders: Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the City of Salem, Wells Fargo, and M&T Bank.



The Small Business team provides one-on-one coaching to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups and caters our support to your business on branding/marketing, financial management, applying for government assistance, and related topics.

To become a program partner or learn more, contact Nina Lissarrague at


The Incubator, located at 104 Lafayette Street in Salem and in close proximity to North Shore CDC offices, was created to help e-commerce businesses and start-ups to test out a physical retail space by providing a free, short-term lease. Through this partnership, small businesses receive support from the entire small business team on marketing, product placement, financial management, technology, and more.

North Shore CDC’s Incubator is currently taking small business and start-up applications for October 2024 through March 2025. Please contact Nina Lissarrague at for more information.


Join us on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Espacio, 105 Congress Street in Salem, for a Marketing 101 workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Learn about branding, social media, free resources, and other digital tools to bring market your business to the right audience. Please come prepared to participate. This workshop is in English. Dinner will be provided to in-person attendees.