Small Businesses

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City of Boston Resources for Small Businesses

**Small Business calls are held every Tuesday at 3PM as a resource for small businesses. Please email smallbiz@boston.gov to be added to the distribution list. 

All Small Businesses

Mayor Walsh announced the creation of the Small Business Relief Fund on April 2, 2020, established to assist Boston’s small businesses most directly impacted by closures, policies, or general loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Designed to quickly and strategically disburse grants to local businesses through a streamlined process that does not require businesses to assume additional debt.
  • Application available here.
  • Anyone needing support to fill out the application should call 617-635-2111 (in English + 9 languages including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, French, and Russian)
  • The How-To-Apply Guide with requirements and guidelines can be found here.

The City of Boston has put out a third survey for small businesses to fill out. There will be new surveys periodically to get updated data. If you own or manage a small business, please fill it out!

Essential Businesses
  • The Office of Economic Development encourages all essential businesses that are allowed to remain open during the statewide closure of businesses that are non-essential to the COVID-19 response to register online if they are still open.
    • Open Businesses in Boston: a tool for essential businesses to publicly share that they’re open, share gift-card information, and which (if any) delivery/take-out services they use. This guide is available for residents to utilize, and explore what local businesses are open in their neighborhoods. 
Restaurants

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