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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.

Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent, research and planning. Also, the process of acquiring all the necessary approvals on the local level can seem daunting!

To help you with this process, we've compiled into one place all of the steps that you need to take and resources you can access in order to get your business off the ground in running. We want you to succeed and we are on your side!

For more information about any of these steps, please contact the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 ext. 2500.


 1. Download our business welcome kit.

 2. Familiarize yourself with Somerville.

 3. Find a location for your business.

 4. What about zoning?

 5. ...and building codes?

 6. Funding sources.

 7. Food services.

 8. Familiarize yourself with necessary state and federal procedures.

 9. Apply for a Business Certificate.

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