Experienced downtown business people pass their expertise on to less experienced members of the downtown business community in Downtown New Bedford, Inc’s Business Partnership Program. Members of the organization’s Board of Directors volunteer their time to work with the less seasoned younger generation of Downtown entrepreneurs. By sharing their experience, these board members help other Downtowners to succeed just as they have, and a more prosperous downtown benefits all of us.


Current or potential downtown business people interested in participating should contact the Downtown New Bedford, Inc. office at 508-990-2777. They will be paired with DNB, Inc. Board members with expertise in the areas where they are seeking assistance.

The program is free and provides assistance in a wide variety of areas including . . .

  • Writing a formal business plan
  • Setting up a bookkeeping system
  • Budgeting
  • Cash flow management
  • Marketing, branding and advertising
  • Preparing for tax time — record retention
  • Dressing the part … putting your best foot forward
  • Finding a location for rent or sale
  • Help negotiating the maze of city departments and regulations.
  • Writing press releases
  • General legal matters
  • Financing
  • Real estate matters
  • Human relations policies & procedures
  • Hiring practices
  • Open houses & grand openings
  • Historic Commission regulations
  • Historic Tax Credits
Downtown New Bedford, Inc.