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Economic Development

Economic Development

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development aims to promote a healthy environment for businesses of all types and sizes in the City of Boston.

This is done through providing services to businesses and by promoting economic development policies that help businesses grow while fostering economic inclusion and equity. The Business Strategy team assists companies and entrepreneurs across many sectors with business relocation or expansion and can help companies who want to stay in Boston.

The Office of Small Business Development is Boston’s front door for small businesses, providing navigation help for permitting and licensing, technical assistance and certification for local, women, minority and veteran owned businesses.

John Barros

John Barros
Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed John Barros Chief of Economic Development in February 2014. Before his appointment, John served 13 years as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Learn more about his career.


Economic Development
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Business strategy

The Business Strategy Team assists companies seeking to relocate to, expand or stay in Boston.  We have industry managers with specialized expertise across a range of sectors including startups, light industrial/manufacturing, life sciences, high tech, and the creative economy.  As a global city, the Business Strategy Team also engages with partners to promote Boston as open for business within the international market.  Our team is ready to support your business needs.

Lauren Jones, Director of Business Strategy
Back Bay Historic District

Small Business Development

The division of Economic Development is the City of Boston’s central point of entry for small businesses.

Latest news

Mayor Walsh speaks with Deputy-Mayor of Lyon, France, Karine Dognin-Sauze (right) and Ambassador of France to the United States, Gerard Araud during a meeting in Walsh's office Wendsday.
Feb 21

City of Boston hosts 'Big Booster' entrepreneur program

Economic Development
Boston flag
Jan 25

Workshop series to offer support for small businesses in Boston

Economic Development
Mayor Martin J. Walsh Making an Address at a Technology Conference
Nov 28

Mayor Walsh files Boston residents jobs policy update

Economic Development
Mayor Walsh standing at podium
Nov 28

Mayor Walsh launches '#5onMain' challenge

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Upcoming Events

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Feb 28

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