Economic Development

What kind of Economic Development Programs and Services does the City offer?

You can find the latest information, including descriptions of Newton's distinctive villages and commercial corridors, current planning studies, and links to resources for business owners, on our website at newtonma.gov/business.  Please call the Planning and

Development Department at 617-796-1120 and ask for the Economic Development Planner – the City's point person in City Hall who can take your questions and comments about doing business in Newton

Where can I find information about some the current high-interest planning and development projects?

Updates, presentations from community meetings, draft reports, and other pertinent information about several major planning projects can be found on the High-Interest Projects page. 

Are you looking to start a business in Newton?

Whether you are opening a business for the first time and are confused about where to begin or you are experienced in the business community and are exploring opportunities in Newton, we are happy to help. 

Contact the Planning and Development Department at 617-796-1120 to set up an appointment to come to City Hall to get information on zoning, licensing, and what steps to take before opening your doors.  More information is available in this brochure: So you want to start a business.

Does the City have a list of commercial properties available for lease or sale?

Yes, please visit the Commercial Real Estate Connection.

Does the City of Newton offer any loan programs?

The Micro-Enterprise Loan program consists of federally funded, low-interest loans particularly aimed at expanding economic opportunity to low- and moderate- income persons and is administered by the City of Newton Housing and Community Development staff.

Does the City offer any programs to support small business owners and entrepreneurs?

An outreach program of the City of Newton Planning and Development Department, the Women's Enterprise Initiative hosts a forum three times each year at which a woman entrepreneur presents her business plan for critique by an expert panel. The audience is invited to give feedback and ask questions, and the forum aims to serve as an educational and networking event for all who attend.

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