Starting a Business in Worcester
With six million people living within a 50-mile radius, unique opportunities exist in Worcester for dynamic business growth. Once among the pre-eminent manufacturing cities in the nation, Worcester has transformed itself into a leader in bio-technology, advanced manufacturing, information technology, healthcare and medical research. We offer innovative municipal support for business development and are setting the pace for sound, cooperative growth in New England.
While state law and local regulation charge different City agencies with overseeing the variety of permits necessary to operate a small business, the Worcester Business Guide gives a quick overview of the players and their roles. Small businesses vary widely - permits necessary to open a restaurant are different from those of a flower shop, which are different from those of an auto body shop. We want to make sure that you navigate the system in the easiest and quickest manner possible to secure the permits necessary for your business.
The Business Start-Up Guide provides a general overview of the ten steps necessary to help you start and/or develop a successful business in Worcester. It also provides a wealth of information of existing resources, including local, state and federal governmental agencies, small business development agencies and business assistance centers that foster small business start-ups and development.
Whether you're starting a business or an established business, Worcester will work for you. The staff of the Executive Office of Economic Development is ready to meet with you to extend our welcome and to discuss any issues or questions that you may have about Worcester. Please contact us at (508) 799-1400.
Business Start-Up Guide
Starting a new business requires careful planning and diligent implementation. There are a number of steps that all entrepreneurs and small business owners must consider in their efforts. A full understanding of the marketplace, combined with an awareness of available tools and resources, will ensure the success of your small business. The Worcester Business Start-Up Guide provides a general overview of the steps necessary to help you start and/or develop a successful business in Worcester. It also provides a wealth of information of existing resources, including local, state, and federal governmental agencies, small business development agencies and business assistance centers that foster small business start-ups and development.
The City of Worcester's Division of Business & Community Development offers a FREE workshop each quarter of the year, which details the 10 recommended steps to starting a business in Worcester. The Business Start-Up Guide (above) is the framework for this workshop, but the presentation will provide greater detail and staff members are available to answer questions.