JUNE 2017
National Small Business Week: Success in Lowell

The Economic Development Office has been very busy the last few weeks promoting workshops, seminars, and office hours throughout the City to support small businesses.  Many of these events were highly attended and we were able to assist many small business owners citywide.

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the City Council honored the important role of small businesses in Lowell's economy. 

Small businesses  in attendance included: Back row left to right: Chan Unhoung, Yodelqui Betances, Andy Jacobson, Councilor Corey Belanger, Councilor William Samaras, Councilor James Leary, Councilor John Leahy, and Coucilor Dan Rourke.  Front row left to right: Roger Levasseur, Natalia Cardoso, Daniella Papanassastiou.  Not in picture:Teddy Panos.

         Athenian Corner                                                             Emanuel Boutique               
        207 Market Street                                                          70 Merrimack Street 
        Teddy Panos                                                                 Yodelqui Betances

         Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus                                       Nana's Kitchen                      
        61 Market Street                                                            515 Central Street
        Andy Jacobson                                                              Natalia Cardoso

         Cote's Market                                                                Torpi Travel Agency
        175 Salem Street                                                          660 Middlesex Street
        Roger Levasseur                                                          Chan Unhoung

279 Dutton Street
Daniella Papanastassiou

Please remember to shop local and support Lowell businesses.
Lowell Businesses Featured in Inc. Magazine

David Whitford, Inc. Magazine reporter, toured downtown and interviewed business owners on a recent trip to Lowell.  He learned about their successes, hardships, and high optimism for the future.
Read the full article here

Smart Growth America Comes to Lowell

The City of Lowell and the Working Cities Lowell Initiative are proud to have Smart Growth America and ReCast City from Washington D.C. visit Lowell to take a closer look at the Acre neighborhood and its manufacturing businesses.


This collaboration is intended to attract small-scale manufacturing businesses to help fill vacant commercial space in the Acre neighborhood and support small production businesses that generate new job opportunities for residents.


Lowell Welcomes Lavoie Industries

Almost two hundred years ago, the Boott Mills were home to the mill girls of the Industrial Revolution, and today a 4th generation Lowellian is changing the future of firefighting in the historic building.  The two main objectives for Lavoie Industries is to (1) provide NEW technology to the fire services which will assist in saving firefighters/victims lives and (2) build out a manufacturing facility in Lowell.

To learn more about Lavoie Industries and their product, check out their website and Facebook pages.  Congratulations to Barry Lavoie and his family!
Lavoie Industries
Boott Mills South
Two Dental Offices Open in Lowell
Excel Dental
158 Wood Street

Premier Dental
1673 Middlesex Street



Hamilton Canal Innovation District



On Wednesday, June 21st the City of Lowell is hosting a meeting for developers and brokers highlighting development opportunities in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District. 

To learn more about this event click here.
Economic Development Partners Spotlight:
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

Lowell's economic success depends on strong partnerships.  The City of Lowell's Economic Development Office is fortunate to work with some great local and regional organizations.  Together we offer a wide variety of services and assistance to Lowell businesses.

                                                               Terence J. Ryan
Director, Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

Explain your organization and the resources it provides to Lowell businesses?  The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center is a nonprofit that helps businesses plan, build, grow, and stabilize.  MVSBC is affiliated with Community Teamwork, Inc. a regional community action agency.  We provide SBA funded microloans of up to $50,000 to individuals who are not eligible for traditional loans.  Business owners in the area can utilize our "Financial Tune-Up Boot Camp" and classes in marketing and law.
How long have your worked at the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center?  I started here at the MVSBC on March 6th, only a short time, but having grown up in Lowell it seems like a natural fit.
What business sectors do you work most closely with?  Most businesses are retail followed closely by food inspired operations.  The Center also has clients in the import/export business and internet sales.
At what stage of business do your services come into play?  We participate in all stages of a business.  We offer a class on developing your business plan, an essential component to starting any new business.  We provide funding within our guidelines and we also help once the business is up and running with technical assistance focused on the needs of the business.
What is your main goal in helping the Lowell business community?  Our main goal is to help people start a business, but who may not meet the criteria for a conventional business loan.  Our program is flexible, with the caveat that our clients are required to participate in technical assistance programs before and after receiving a loan.
How does your organization partner with the Economic Development Office?  The City's Economic Development Office, along with CTI, UMass Lowell, and Middlesex Community College, helped found the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center.  The MVSBC meets with the Economic Development Office and other community leaders on a monthly basis to collaborate and cross-promote events that assist businesses in Lowell.
What do you like most about working with Lowell's business community?  I have enjoyed meeting all the helpful people from the City, businesses, community organizations, and clients all doing what they can to create and build small business in Lowell.

Looking for Opportunities to Contract with the City?

The City has a list procurement opportunities on our website open to all businesses.

Check out what opportunities fit your business by clicking the link below.
Upcoming Partner Events

It's warming up in Lowell and a great time to see what the city has to offer.  Check out Like Lowell's calendar for many fun activities throughout the city.

Do you have news, announcements, or need assistance regarding your business?  Please email Lowell's Economic Development Office and we are happy to assist!

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