North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing for Rise & Grind Café and Smoothie Bar

Funding supports purchase of new equipment, working capital

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently granted a $32,000 loan to Rise & Grind Café and Smoothie Bar. A matching loan of $32,500 was provided by the City of Fitchburg, with NewVue Communities providing guidance on business projections.

Funding will support the purchase of equipment, leasehold improvements and supplies at the business’ second location at 805 Main Street, Fitchburg, Mass. The loans enabled the business to create four new jobs.

Managers Mark P. McCaffrey and Alexander C. Schinas opened Rise and Grind Café and Smoothie Bar in 2021 located at 507 R Lancaster Street, Leominster, Mass. Upon the success of their first location, the duo decided to open a second location in downtown Fitchburg earlier this year.

“We are grateful to the community for supporting our business over the years and enjoying our smoothies at Empire Athletics,” said McCaffery. “With the support our community, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, NewVue Communities and the City of Fitchburg, we were able to expand our offerings of delicious smoothies, coffee, and a variety of café foods and desserts to a second location in the heart of downtown Fitchburg.”

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As a microloan lender, NCMDC can provide loans to small businesses up to $250,000 for working capital, real estate, equipment, inventory, expansion and working with our banking partners to provide gap financing for the final piece of a project.

For more information about the NCMDC loan programs, please call 978.353.7607 or visit or