This step-by-step list is compiled from numerous business support sources and is meant to illustrate the various processes related to starting a business. The links are not part of an automated transaction, so feel free to select links that best suited to your needs.
Please select this link if you simply want to register your business with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Every great business begins with a plan. And while that plan will evolve over time, this initial document will serve as your guide over the next 3-5 years. Click to view a collection of short articles on creating your own business plan. -From the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)
Starting a business can be tough, especially if it's your first time. Let us help you and your business succeed through training, counseling, and other assistance - all geared towards business owners. -From Mass.Gov
Whether you're new to Massachusetts or simply researching new locations and opportunities for your business, this section will help you gather the data and statistics you need. -From Mass.Gov
Here you'll find resources and information on a wide range of funding and financing options available to Massachusetts businesses. -From Mass.Gov
A "Doing-Business-As" Certificate (DBA) is a quick and simple way to set up your business through your town or city clerk's office. Click here to see if it's right for you and for simple instructions on how to file. -From the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Corporations, LLCs and other business entities need to register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth before beginning business in Massachusetts. Annual updates are usually required as well. Click here to begin and/or update your filings. -From the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Understanding and managing taxes is an important part of running a successful business. In this section you'll find all you need to know on this vital topic. -From Mass.Gov
Successful businesses stay current and complete through federal, state and local rules and regulations. Use this section to make sure you're up to speed and up to date. -From Mass.Gov
Here you'll find information and resources related to the hiring, training and managing of employees in your business. -From Mass.Gov