Getting Started

Starting a business can be daunting, but we are here to help. If you are considering Brighton for your new business's location, your first step is to contact Brighton Main Streets Executive Director, Liz Sullivan. She will work with you every step of the way.

Both the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have handy guides for starting a business:
https://www.boston.gov/starting-business
http://www.mass.gov/hed/business/start-business/new-business-steps.html

Commercial Property

Every successful business needs a great location. Brighton boasts convenient transportation links, a young, diverse population, and plenty of neighborhood amenities such as cafés and restaurants, parks, libraries, health clubs, and hospitals. Commercial spaces range from $25-$35 per square foot, with some as low as $20 and some as high as $50. Prices tend to rise as you head east along Washington Street from Oak Square toward Brighton Center.

Check out our list of current commercial vacancies:
http://www.brightonmainstreets.org/current-commercial-vacancies

Financing

Many small business owners use their own savings and loans from family and friends to get started, then utilize outside financing when they are ready to expand. Whether you are just starting out or ready to grow, there are several financing options that can complement or replace the traditional bank loan.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Small Business Lending
http://liscsmallbusiness.org/

Office of Economic Development, Business Capital and Finance
*This is a brand-new initiative and does not have lending guidelines on the website yet, but you can contact us for the application documents.
https://www.boston.gov/departments/economic-development

Signage and Storefront Design

Did you know that you can get help paying for your new sign? Depending on your location, grants may be available for new signage, exterior finishes, repair and replacement of storefront windows and/or doors, lighting for the building and for signs, removal of solid roll-down grates, and installation of awnings. We can also connect you with reputable sign companies who are experienced in doing business in the city’s commercial districts. Contact us to get started.

Restore Program for Storefront Design
https://www.boston.gov/economic-development/storefront-improvements

One-on-One Business Assistance

The City of Boston, Office of Business Development has contracted with expert consultants who are available to meet with you one-on-one, at your place of business, at a time that is convenient for you. Their consultants will sit down with you and design a customized plan to tackle business challenges such as accounting and bookkeeping; marketing, rebranding, websites, and social media; store layout; customer retention and loyalty; improving day-to-day business operations; and managing employees.

On-Site Business Assistance
https://www.boston.gov/economic-development/site-technical-assistance
City of Boston On-Site Business Assistance Providers [PDF]

Special Populations

We are One Boston. As a partner of the Office of Economic Development and Boston Main Streets, Brighton Main Streets is committed to supporting all small business owners. If you are starting a business and identify with one or more economically underserved communities (veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants), please contact us to learn more about programs designed especially for you, through the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the US Government.

Energy Programs

Boston Buying Power is a city-wide buying group that provides Boston-area businesses with a host of benefits, including low pricing on energy costs, long-term rate stability, and energy efficiency programs.

Renew Boston can come to your place of business, conduct an energy audit, and even pay for a substantial portion of the recommended upgrades. There is no charge for the initial evaluation.

Cost-Saving Energy Programs
https://www.boston.gov/economic-development/energy-efficiency-and-sustainability

GET INVOLVED

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