Start 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 are able to navigate the system in most efficient manner possible to secure the permits necessary for your unique business.

Whether you are starting a business or already have 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 you may have about the City.

Business Certificates

Generally, persons or corporations, individually or in partnership with one another, and doing business in the City of Worcester under a company name must file a business certificate. The certificate is valid for four (4) years from the date of filing. They are renewable thereafter.

Learn more about business certificates for sole proprietors, partnerships or business certificates for LLCs.

Business Certificates

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about available financial assistance for your business.

Financial Assistance

Programs & Initiatives

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Starting a Business - Seminar Presentation
The City's Division of Business and Community Development offers a FREE seminar each quarter of the year detailing the 10 recommended steps to starting a business in Worcester.

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Startup Guide
Startup Guide
The Worcester Business StartUp Guide provides a general overview of the steps necessary to help you start and/or develop a successful business in Worcester.
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Worcester Business Resource Alliance
The mission of the WBRA is to stimulate commerce, community development and job growth by helping build sustainable businesses through the widest range of professional tools and services available to the constituents of Central Massachusetts who wish to pursue or are pursuing entrepreneurship.
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Launch Worcester
Launch Worcester is a platform for startup and business development resources in Greater Worcester. Use Launch Worcester to easily find resources for your new venture, connect with support organizations, access advisors, and stay updated on startup community networking events and news. It's completely free, courtesy of Venture Forum.


Start a Business in Worcester

Learn about the services the City can provide to help start a business in Worcester.

Contact Information

Economic Development
City Hall 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1400
Fax: 508-799-1406
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 311
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