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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 With the Office of Women's Advancement
Oct 4

Mayor Walsh Announces Second Annual WE BOS Week to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Mayor's Office
Participants at Wednesday's Small Business Resource Fair at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury
Sep 30

Boston and Mass. host small business resource fair

Economic Development
Mayor Walsh spoke at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Sep 27

Mayor Walsh highlights economic successes, work to create equitable Boston at Chamber of Commerce

Mayor's Office
Mayor Walsh announces City of Boston Small Business Plan
Mar 9

Mayor Walsh announces release of Citywide Small Business Plan

Economic Development

Boston Is A Global City

By Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  Boston Is A Global City