Small Business Assistance

We can help your business grow!

The Northeastern Lab for Inclusive Entrepreneurship is dedicated to helping a wide range of diverse small businesses grow and prosper.

A frequently referenced report from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2019 revealed that small companies generate 1.5 million jobs a year and account for 64% of new jobs in America. Small businesses also contribute 44% of the U.S. economic activity, and as the number of new businesses grows so does their economic contributions. In short, small businesses (like yours) provide local economies with new jobs, products, revenue, services and more.

As a global university with campus locations across the United States, Canada and UK, Northeastern is dedicated to serving as a good neighbor, making our resources accessible, and enhancing the quality of life in our shared communities.

Here are the ways the Lab for Inclusive Entrepreneurship can help you scale your business.

Are you interested in tackling some of your top business challenges?

Our student teams, under the guidance of faculty experts, offer assistance in addressing various business challenges. The Lab has sponsored more than 60 managerial assistance projects since 2021.

To learn more about this opportunity, click here. If you’d like to see some examples of projects, click here.

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Would you like to sell your product or service to a college or university?

The higher education market for products and services is undoubtedly vast, offering immense opportunities. However, the complexity and confusion surrounding this marketplace can pose significant challenges. Recognizing the need for clarity, The Lab has undertaken comprehensive research to identify both the barriers and opportunities within this dynamic market.

In response to our findings, we are excited to introduce an innovative solution—an online, on-demand module crafted to empower small business owners. This module is specifically designed to provide the essential knowledge and tools required to navigate, compete, and thrive in the higher education market.

You don’t need to register to access the content – simply click on this link. The module is designed to be easy to navigate, with links to additional resources.

Is the time right for you to invest in your professional growth in order to take your company to the next level?

Supported by a five-year grant from the Economic Development Administration, we have developed a unique learning opportunity for small business owners from Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Fellows address their key business challenges through online workshops, mentoring networks, and access to the entrepreneurial resources at Northeastern University. The program is primarily

online, with some in-person activities on the Northeastern University – Boston Campus. There is no cost to participate in the fellowship program.

Applications for the 2024 cohort are closed. Starting in September 2025, we will be accepting applications for the upcoming cohort of Fellows.