Business Planning and Support

Boston Center for Adult Education

The Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England. Founded in 1933, it quickly established itself as a cultural stomping ground where individuals could learn, discuss, create, and enjoy themselves.

Boston Chamber Executive Leadership

The Boston Chamber of Commerce has established the Executive Leadership Institute, in collaboration with the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, to provide senior executives with advanced organizational management skills, covering a wide array of external topics critical to business.

Boston Chamber Future Leaders

Boston’s Future Leaders identifies mid-level executives with strong leadership potential, providing them with opportunities to engage in the region’s business and civic communities, and acquire skills to lead organizations into the next decade and beyond.

Business Registration Information and Forms

The Office of the City Clerk is charged with ensuring that businesses throughout Boston apply for and obtain a business certificate. The "doing business as" (d/b/a) certificate is renewable every four (4) years from the date of registration with the Office of the City Clerk.

The Capital Network

The Capital Network is a non-profit (501c3) organization that provides extensive financial education alongside an engaged community to help early-stage entrepreneurs in Boston. We strive to help entrepreneurs master the entire funding process to successfully raise seed capital for their startup.

Center for Women in Enterprise

CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

Cognate - the Common Law Trademark Registry

Cognate is the first step in trademark protection. Companies start earning trademark rights when they use a name or slogan to identify themselves or a good or service they offer for sale. Cognate helps companies document, protect, and monitor those rights.

Enterprise Center at Salem State University

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University is the "go to" place for business owners at every stage of business development, providing business owners with the knowledge and skills to grow profits and succeed and serving as the voice of the small business community through advocacy and action.

How to Get a Business Loan

According to The SBA Loan Book: The Complete Guide to Getting Financial Help Through the Small Business Administration, over 99 percent of all business entities in the US are small businesses. These businesses represent over half of the private workforce and the private-sector output and over 40 percent of all private commercial sales in the United States. How do so many small businesses get started? It all begins with the right type of financing. Whether you are a startup business or are expanding your current business, you need money to get rolling.

Intern Hub

Intern Hub is a free portal for students, employers, and career counselors throughout Massachusetts. This portal offers an interactive internships job board and custom resources. It gives students unprecedented access to thousands of employers within Massachusetts, and enables companies to easily search for the area’s best new talent.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis.

Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center provides entrepreneurs from ethnically and economically diverse groups with the education, tools, and resources needed to create, sustain, and grow viable small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.


OPT4America’s mission is to attract and retain Foreign Talent so they develop and remain positively connected to the United States. We work with foreigners in support of their professional careers or in the launch of their start-ups in the U.S. Coaching/Mentoring, planning, networking, cultural learning & adaptation, entrepreneurial education, internships, work in the U.S. under non-immigrant type visas, immigration, business' legal, accounting, tax, and business development services.

SCORE Boston

The Boston Score Chapter provides FREE confidential counseling to small business entrepreneurs. Our primary goal is to create an on-going relationship with small business entrepreneurs to help them make good business decisions to foster successes, which lead to profits.

Somerville How to Start a Business

For Entrepreneurs: a Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Business in Somerville. The combination of favorable rents, proximity to Boston and Cambridge, a strong, built-in consumer base, an educated workforce and a powerful city-wide high-bandwidth infrastructure makes Somerville a very attractive location for businesses of all sizes.