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Main Street Partners, Inc.

 711 Atlantic Avenue, Lower Level
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (914) 3191705
[F] --
Molly Testwuide
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EIN 27-3574083

LAST UPDATED: 04/14/2015
Organization DBA Main Street Partners
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

Main Street Partners' mission is to empower, improve, and support the urban small businesses that create jobs and provide financial security and independence for families in low income areas.

Mission Statement

Main Street Partners' mission is to empower, improve, and support the urban small businesses that create jobs and provide financial security and independence for families in low income areas.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year June 01, 2013 to May 31, 2014
Projected Income $200,000.00
Projected Expense $200,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Business Consulting

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Main Street Partners' mission is to empower, improve, and support the urban small businesses that create jobs and provide financial security and independence for families in low income areas.

Background Statement

Small businesses are the heart and soul of America's economy, and the backbone for many of the families that they support. Yet all too often they fall victim to the types of challenges that large corporations pay experts substantial sums to identify and avoid. The failure to identify cost saving or revenue generating opportunities can hurt a large corporation, but for small businesses it can mean the difference between long-lived success and failure.
This became quite clear to Main Street Partners' founders Bryan Solar and Alex Russell. As young professionals working for prominent consulting companies, they were dismayed to learn that Bryan's aunt, who had taken over the family's restaurant business, was about to go out of business. Rallying their professional expertise and that of their family members and peers who were also involved in professional services, Bryan and Alex were able to come up with strategic and operational changes for Bryan's aunt to turn the restaurant around, keep its workers employed, and be sold for a significant profit.
Encouraged by the business's success and inspired by willingness of friends to donate their time and talent to save a small business, the idea for Main Street Partners was born. Intuiting that many small businesses were in need of similar resources, and that many young professional colleagues were seeking meaningful outlets for their professional skill, Bryan and Alex created an organization that would match small, struggling businesses with the compassionate, committed, and talented services necessary to success.
Main Street Partners incorporated in 2010, and conducted its first beta project with a small karate studio in Eastern Mass. With proof of concept confirmed, MSP approached the City of Boston with a proposal to provide its services to businesses within Boston's urban areas. Main Street Partners has since partnered with the City of Boston's Main Streets programs and directors to identify and partner with small businesses locate in Boston's critical urban communities.

Impact Statement

Over the past year, Main Street Partners has helped turn around over a dozen struggling small businesses in urban areas, representing over 50 much-needed jobs in these communities.  A third of these businesses have added jobs within three months of completing a Main Street Partners project.
In 2014, Main Street Partners is on track to help turn around over 30 struggling small businesses in low-income communities throughout Boston.

Needs Statement

1. Funds for operations.
   Our volunteers provide over $20,000 worth of consulting, completely pro-bono, to our small business partners for each project. The level of quality and scope of consulting that MSP provides is unattainable to most small businesses, which is why we are committed to providing these services free of charge. However, we need $200,000 to meet our budget goals for 2014 to continue our organization's operations.
2. Business Partners.
   We hope to provide pro bono consulting services to more than 30 businesses in the Boston metro area in 2014. We are looking to help businesses that: 
◦Have revenues under $1.5 million dollars.
◦Have been operating for six months.
◦Have at least two employees.
◦Operate as a for-profit business
3. Office Space 
Main Street Partners is seeking a strategic partner with which to share office space and intellectual capital. Ideally we would like to share space with the professional service providers that employ the majority of MSP volunteers to create a flow of ideas and resources for small businesses. 
4. Volunteers
MSP is currently recruiting business professionals to serve as volunteer consultants on business projects. We are looking for young professionals who are team players with high-level skill sets to work with people from different background committed and create social change. Business projects last 8-10 weeks and require a commitment of 1-2 hours per week. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Main Street Partners focuses on serving low and moderate-income urban areas throughout the greater Boston area.

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Management & Technical Assistance
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Business Consulting

Volunteers from top-tier service firms such as McKinsey and Bain consulting, JP Morgan banking, and Deloitte financial work together with a small business partner to complete a business consulting project over 10-12 weeks. Volunteers work with the business owners to implement strategic and operational changes that will enhance the sustainability and profitability of their operations. 
Budget  $200,000
Category  Community Development, General/Other Small & Minority Business Development Programs
Population Served Adults Families Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, the success of business consulting projects is measured in terms of profit improvement and the number of jobs created or sustained as a result of project recommendations.
Program Long-Term Success  We believe that giving business owners the skills and tools to improve their businesses will help make their business more profitable and help to stabilize the families that they support. These stronger families and businesses will build in turn lead to more economically robust neighborhoods and communities.
Program Success Monitored By  Business assessments and project evaluations are administered via MSP survey to business owners on profitability, jobs, and business performance.
Examples of Program Success 
A local restaurant located in East Boston provides Pakistani and Indian cuisine in adherence to Halal standards and is the only such restaurant in the area. Due to the restaurant’s inability to be financially self reliant, the owner split his time between running the restaurant and driving a cab 50 hours a week.
Project and Impact:
Main Street Partners volunteers created a website and mobile application that dramatically increased the restaurant’s visibility with potential customers, resulting in significant increases to the restaurant’s delivery business. Volunteers later worked with the owner’s son to understand how to edit site and run online advertising campaigns for the restaurant moving forward. 
As a result, the restaurant doubled its delivery sales, increased its profitability by over 10%, and the owner was able to quit driving a cab to support his family.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Molly Testwuide
CEO Term Start Sept 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Molly is the Executive Director of Main Street Partners. Prior to joining MSP full-time, Molly worked as an Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where she focused worked with large corporations to develop their strategies and assess various business problems. Molly worked with clients across sectors including basic industries, retail, aviation, and private equity.

Molly initially became involved with MSP during her time at L.E.K. as a volunteer consultant. She believed strongly in MSP’s mission and continued to get involved with the organization in a greater and greater capacity.

Molly graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Alex Russell Sept 2010 Sept 2013
Bryan Solar Sept 2010 Sept 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We manage risk by using best practices in the field, having in-house and outside counsel we call on frequently, and having top tier insurance coverage.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. Bryan Solar
Board Chair Company Affiliation Brookside Consulting
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2013
Board Co-Chair Mr. Alex Russell
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2013

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Vinay Badami BR Venture Fund Voting
Alex Russell LEK Consulting Voting
Bryan Solar Brookside Consulting Voting
Molly Testwuide Main Street Partners --
Rachael Weiker Brandeis University Voting
Owen Zidar Stanford University Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our working board is comprised of the founding members of the organization. These individuals volunteer their time and talents to the administration and development of Main Street Partners, management of client projects, and strategic planning for achieving our mission. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $60,010 $15,000 $1,000
Total Expenses $52,680 $15,000 $1,000

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$35,000 $5,000 --
Government Contributions $20,000 $10,000 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State $20,000 -- --
    Local -- $10,000 --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,010 -- $1,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $46,210 $1,600 --
Administration Expense $6,469 $13,400 $1,000
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.14 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 11% 0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $7,330 -- --
Current Assets $7,330 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $7,330 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% nan% nan%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Third Sector New England no longer acts as our fiscal sponsor.

Foundation Comments

Main Street Partners started working in 2010 and was previously fiscally sponsored, from 2012 until Feb. 1, 2014, by Third Sector New England (TSNE), upon which time Main Street Partners began using its own nonprofit status from the IRS. As such, the financial documents (IRS Form 990s and Audited Financials) posted above are that of TSNE. Main Street Partner documents will be posted as they become available. 
The financial data in the charts and graphs above is per Main Street Partners with two years, 2011 & 2012, reflecting the organization's grassroots activity and operations prior to their fiscal sponsorship by TSNE, and during 2012. The 2013 data posted is per both the TSNE audited financial document and data per Main Street Partners.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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