Boston Main Street
Created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1995 as the first urban, multi-district Main Street program in the United States, Boston Main Streets is devoted to the continued revitalization of Boston's neighborhood commercial districts through design, technical, and financial support.
Boston Business Hub
Your central access point to the City of Boston’s small business services and business development professionals. Boston is transforming the way it works with entrepreneurs to make the process of starting or expanding a small business more predictable, efficient and convenient. We greatly appreciate you doing business in Boston.
Office of Business Development
The Office of Business Development (OBD) provides entrepreneurs and existing businesses with access to
financial and technical resources. OBD also supports the nationally recognized Boston Main Streets program, designed to promote the continued revitalization of the City’s neighborhood commercial districts through public/private partnerships.
Inspectional Services Department
The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is comprised of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents by effectively administering and enforcing building, housing, health, sanitation and safety regulations mandated by City and State governments.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative is part of the Office of Business Development’s ongoing efforts to support the revitalization of the city’s commercial districts. This is the fifth year of an initiative that is designed to provide more neighborhood retail services and create jobs, thus expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs and residents. The initiative provides a menu of resources ranging from business instruction to assistance with licensing and permitting, to marketing and design, and also includes a financing option.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’s Boston Regional Office and Minority Business Center provides free business advisor services and free workshops to Massachusetts businesses to help achieve these goals. Services include, but are not limited to:
Business growth and success
Financing and loan assistance
Strategic, marketing, and operational analysis
Contact Mark Allio, Director at 617-287-7750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For a complete guide to City of Boston Restaurant Requirements:
City of Boston Restaurant Roadmap
Boston Buying Power
The City of Boston invites all local businesses to group together and purchase your energy needs. Since 2008, Boston Buying Power has been aggregating electric and gas accounts into buying pools. With over 2000 members, BBP is one of the largest and most effective energy purchasing programs in New England. All commercial, industrial and governmental accounts are encouraged to join and receive the benefits of this premier energy management program.
Renew Boston provides Boston businesses with technical assistance and financial incentives through energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy installations.
Small Business Permitting Guides
Would you like to open a small business? This page provides you with the information to help you get started. http://www.cityofboston.gov/business/permitguides/
Across the city, improvements to storefronts are making businesses and districts more attractive and inviting and, in turn, attracting new customers and businesses. Business owners often see an increase in sales. Storefront improvements also help landlords rent their vacant or difficult-to-rent properties.
ReStore Boston helps complete storefront renovations with projects ranging from the simple, such as new signage, to the more complex, such as complete reconstruction. Improvements may include:
Restoration of exterior finishes/materials
Repair or replacement of storefront windows and/or doors
Building and sign lighting
Removal of roll-down grills
Installation of awnings
As a condition of the funding requirements, all projects are required to remove solid, roll-down security grates or, at a minimum, convert them to the interior open-mesh type.
How Does ReStore Boston Work?
Restore Boston provides matching grants (up to $7,500 per storefront) to help neighborhood business and property owners complete storefront renovation projects. All loans and grants must meet eligibility criteria.