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 You can apply for certification with the Equity and Inclusion Unit if you own a certain type of business in Boston. 

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Before you apply online, choose your certification

Our mission is to create equal opportunities for businesses of all kinds in Boston. After your business is certified with our office, we’ll include you in any outreach efforts we make for City projects. We can also connect you to resources offered inside and outside of the City.

Your first step is to determine what certification you qualify for. We have more information about each certification, and if you qualify. Find out if you qualify.

Step
2

Make sure you have a business certificate

To get certified, your business needs to obtain a business certificate through the City of Boston City Clerk's Office. They created a guide to walk you through how to get a business certificate:

How to get a business certificate

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3

Get your info together

Each certification requires that you submit different information. You will also need to provide certain documents depending on the type of business you own. We have information on what documents you will need to gather and upload with your application. Find out what documents you need.

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4

Complete the online application

Once you've gathered all the relevant information and documents, you can begin your online application. Unless you have one already, you will need to create an account in order to begin filling in the application. This allows you to easily save and return to your application while it's in progress. 

BEGIN ONLINE APPLICATION


Please note:

We also suggest that become a vendor with the City of Boston by creating an account on the Supplier Portal. Your vendor account will allow you to see and bid on City contracts.

Step
1

Before you apply, choose your certification

Your first step is to determine what certification you qualify for. We have more information about each certification, and if you qualify. Find out if you qualify.

Step
2

Make sure you have a business certificate

To get certified, your business needs to obtain a business certificate through the City of Boston City Clerk's Office. They created a guide to walk you through how to get a business certificate:

How to get a business certificate

Step
3

Get your info together

Each certification requires that you submit different information. You will also need to provide certain documents depending on the type of business you own. We have information on what documents you will need to gather and upload with your application. Find out what documents you need.

Step
4

Print and fill out the application

Next, print and fill out the certification application:

Download certification Application

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5

Send us your application

You can email your completed application and any related documents to stacey.williams@boston.gov. You also have the option to mail your application and documents to:

Stacey Williams
1 City Hall Square #500
Boston, MA 02130


Please note:

We also suggest that become a vendor with the City of Boston by creating an account on the Supplier Portal. Your vendor account will allow you to see and bid on City contracts.

Keep in mind

You can search our database to find registered small businesses in Boston. We also have a list of all open bid projects in the City of Boston. You can get a paid mail subscription, or see a list of current bids online.

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