City of Boston Programs

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.

West Roxbury Main Streets is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date resources available to you! Below you will find many useful links for small business, and more news about the new Boston Business Hub portal!

Mayor Menino Announces Boston Business Hub

Boston is making the process of starting or expanding a small business more predictable, efficient and convenient. The Business Hub gives entrepreneurs a central access point to the City of Boston’s small business services and business development professionals.

Visit the new Boston Business Hub today!

Need Small Business Assistance?

Boston Small Business Resource Guide (PDF)

From permitting to licensing and tax information, this guide will assist small business owners with the information needed to start, run, and maintain a successful small business in the City of Boston.

Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative

The Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative is an effort to to support the revitalization of the city’s commercial districts. 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.

ReStore Boston

ReStore Boston helps neighborhood business and property owners with storefront improvements. ReStore Boston has provided professional design services to over 300 businesses and completed 80 storefront improvement projects!

If you are interested in ReStore Boston contact WRMS at (617) 325-6400.

Economic Development

Boston Buying Power

Boston Buying Power allows small businesses to benefit from competitive electricity and natural gas rates negotiated by an outside broker on behalf of the purchasing group.

Boston Invests in Growth

Boston Invests in Growth is a loan pool for large commercial developments, designed to jumpstart well-financed construction projects, create jobs, and strengthen Boston’s economy.

Partners with Non-Profits

Partners with Non-Profits provides matching grants up to a maximum of $25,000 per project per fiscal year for capital improvements to non-profit facilities located in Boston.