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Get certified with the Small Business Office

Get certified with the Small Business Office

You can apply for certification with the Mayor's Office of Small Business Development if you own a certain type of business in Boston. There are two certification options:

Step
1

Before you get started by mail

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.

You can apply for certification as:

  • a small or local business
  • a minority-owned business
  • a woman-owned business, or
  • a veteran-owned small business (you must be certified by the US Department of Veteran Affairs).
Step
2

Get your info together

Print out and complete the small and local business application. You can see the definitions of each business type on page 8 of the application.

You'll need to include other documents with your application, including:

  • a copy of your federal tax return from last year
  • a copy of your current financial statement
  • proof of your lease or property ownership
  • five canceled checks written for your business, and
  • current resumes for your company’s principal stakeholders.

You may need more documents depending on the type of business you own. Please read the guidelines on the application for more details.

On your application, you will need to enter codes in three different fields for your business:

  • The North American Industry Classification Code, which depends on what types of goods or services you offer. You can pick up to three codes.
  • The Category List Index Code, which also describes the services you offer. You can have up to three codes.
  • The Commodity Code, which describes the types of products you sell. You can pick up to five codes.

View the list of codes and descriptions

Step
3

Send us your application

You can mail your completed application and any related documents to:

Mayor's Office of Small Business Development
26 Court Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
Step
1

Before you get started in person

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.

You can apply for certification as:

  • a small or local business
  • a minority-owned business
  • a woman-owned business, or
  • a veteran-owned small business (you must be certified by the US Department of Veteran Affairs).
Step
2

Get your info together

Print out and complete the small and local business application. You can see the definitions of each business type on page 8 of the application.

You'll need to include other documents with your application, including:

  • a copy of your federal tax return from last year
  • a copy of your current financial statement
  • proof of your lease or property ownership
  • five canceled checks written for your business, and
  • current resumes for your company’s principal stakeholders.

You may need more documents depending on the type of business you own. Please read the guidelines on the application for more details.

On your application, you will need to enter codes in three different fields for your business:

  • The North American Industry Classification Code, which depends on what types of goods or services you offer. You can pick up to three codes.
  • The Category List Index Code, which also describes the services you offer. You can have up to three codes.
  • The Commodity Code, which describes the types of products you sell. You can pick up to five codes.

View the list of codes and descriptions

Step
3

Give us your application

You can bring your completed application and any related documents to:

Mayor's Office of Small Business Development
26 Court Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Small Business Development
26 Court Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States