Small Business Center

Do you own a business in Newton?

The City of Newton is very proud of the businesses throughout our villages and corridors.  If you have questions or need assistance, or if you are interested in getting more involved in activities in your village or partnering with the City and local non-profits on events and activities, please reach out to Nancy Hyde, Economic Development Director, at 617-796-1122 or nhyde@newtonma.gov.  We look forward to working with you!

  • See a list of upcoming events here.
  • Information on the new, streamlined Sidewalk Permitting process is now online. In Spring 2013, the Board of Aldermen passed a new ordinance to encourage outdoor seating at restaurants, as long as these seats do not interfere with passageway on the public sidewalks.  Learn more about our simplied process.

Looking to start a business in Newton?

Before you start your business, pay us a visit or give us a call. City staff can help you determine what steps to take before opening your doors. Some businesses require no more than a simple license, while others may need approvals to assure that a proposed use is allowed on a site. To avoid an unwelcome discovery that your business or operations do not conform to applicable standards and laws, please stop by City Hall or give us a call so staff can advise you.

  • Call the Planning Department at 617-796-1120
  • Call the Inspectional Services Department at 617-796-1060
  • Read our brochure: So you want to start a business
  • Learn more about how to properly register your Home-Based Business 
  • If you need general assistance in getting started, have questions about available loans, grants, and resources, or seek advice on working on projects with fellow business owners in your village or corridor, come to the Newton Small Business Center in the Lower Level of City Hall.

Looking for a commercial real estate property in Newton?

Please visit our Commercial Real Estate Connection

Looking to locate your company in Newton?

Contact Nancy Hyde, Economic Development Director, at 617-796-1122 or nhyde@newtonma.gov to learn more about the geographic and demographic advantages of Newton and to discuss your plans.

City Programs

  • Check out our presentation Doing Business in Newton.
  • Small Business Facade Improvement Program - The program offers financial assistance to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to make exterior improvements to their business storefronts, as well as assist in making all small businesses fully accessible.  In 2013-2014, this program is being piloted in the village of Nonantum.
  • Womens Enterprise Initiative An outreach program of the City of Newton Planning and Development Department, WEI 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.

Resources for Businesses in Newton

  • Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Based at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the MSBDC offers free workshops and free business advisory services.
  • Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce A non-profit comprised of 700 member businesses that provides advocacy, networking opportunities, monthly "After Hours" events, the annual "Spring Seasonings" event, and groups focused on small business, women, young professionals, green business, and other areas of interest. Newtons elected officials and staff often partner with the Chamber. Businesses in Newton with fewer than 50 employees are eligible to join the Chamber Health Coop to save on health insurance. 
  • Newton Cultural Alliance A non-profit consortium of Newton-based arts and cultural organizations dedicated to building public awareness of the arts, developing cultural facilities, and seeking economic development through cultural tourism and business partnerships. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Resources

 State and Regional Resources

Federal Resources

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Low-interest economic disaster recovery loans are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration to Massachusetts small businesses and private non-profit organizations affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. By submitting an SBA Distaster Loan application, you may be eligible for loans to offset economic losses from this difficult time. For more information, please see: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3162/news/597001
  • Tax Information for Businesses on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website

Past Events

  • Newton celebrated National Small Business Week, May 21 - 25, 2012. City staff held drop-in "office hours" all week at cafes across the city and met with Newton residents at various stages of starting and growing their businesses. See the Event Flyer.