May 8, 2019
Support for Essex County’s Small Businesses

The Small Business Resiliency and Venture Fund builds on the longstanding work of Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) to provide permanent commercial lending programs and supplemental technical assistance for non-bankable businesses in Essex County.

This work was accelerated by the Merrimack Valley gas disaster in September 2018 when nearly 1,000 small businesses were forced to close or struggled to stay afloat amidst the crisis. Through the extensive outreach, technical support and emergency loan distribution of the collective over the last eight months, 70 percent of impacted businesses are back to their pre-crisis operational levels. Still, there is much work to be done.

The work continues towards our long-term vision of a countywide venture collaborative and systems approach to business resiliency and support. And today, our first step of extending the loan fund permanently to Andover and North Andover is in process.

Learn more about the Small Business Resiliency and Venture Fund at

DeGeorge Home Improvement

Every October, employees of DeGeorge Home Improvements pack up their “skeleton crew” and set up shop in the parking lot of the Penn Brook School in Georgetown for the annual Trick- or-Trunk event...

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  1. 175 Andover Street, Suite 101
    Danvers, Massachusetts 01923