Small Business Updates. City of Boston

CITY of BOSTONSmall Business UpdatesMayor Wu
SMALL BUSINESS UPDATES Our Small Business Call will be held on the last Tuesday of every month. Our Small Business Call features reopening guidance, support services, and resources available to Boston’s small businesses, as well as a live Q&A. Join us on Tuesday, August 30th, for our call at 3pm! Register in advance registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You may also view the webinar and submit questions on Facebook Live! Live interpretation is available on Zoom in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese (Mandarin):Hay servicios de interpretación y traducción a su disposición sin costo algunoCác dịch vụ thông dịch và biên dịch được cung cấp cho quý vị hoàn toàn miễn phí.我们可以向您提供口头翻译和书面翻译服务,并不向您收取费用EventsBOSTON TOGETHER AGAINEvery Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, continuing through mid-October, Boston Together Again will host a series of free wellness events, cultural nights, and movie nights on Copley Square, the Boston Common, and City Hall Plaza.ANNOUNCEMENTSThese flyers are available in:Cabo Verdean Creole
Haitian Creole
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
For multilingual flyers, click here

Business Walks will be starting back up in the coming weeks!Where should we go next? To request a neighborhood or a particular business that we should visit in the coming weeks, please fill out our Neighborhood Business Walks form!BUSINESS RESOURCESThe Small Business Development team is hosting office hours every Tuesday from 1-5pm in the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC).Book time to connect with the SBA to chat about its various programs and resources to help start, grow, and expand your business. Please note that the SBA is unable to provide legal advice for your business, but we can provide you with helpful resources.Book time to connect with a Business Manager with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity & Inclusion, Small Business Development The Small Business team provides all small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance to successfully start, grow, and build a business in Boston.Request for Proposal (RFP) – Lease of Two Retail Stalls at Faneuil Hall MarketThe City is seeking proposals that reflect the professional management abilities of a vendor who can meet the goals to operate retail stalls set forth within this RFP.Requests for Proposals shall be available on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., until the proposal filing deadline.  All proposals shall be filed no later than 2:00 p.m. August 31, 2022. You can review the RFP in the Supplier Portal. Grants Available for BusinessesAmber Grant: WomensNet funds several grants for women-owned businesses throughout the year. Fill out one application and you will be eligible for the monthly $10,000 general business grant, the monthly business category grant, or the annual $25,000 grant. Apply today!DoorDash launched the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund as part of its ongoing five-year, $200 million Main Street Strong pledge to empower local communities. If your restaurant has been impacted by a state or federally-declared natural disaster, review eligibility requirements and submit an application for grant support.There is still time to apply for the MGCC Digital Assistance Grant program. This grant is for up to $5,000 and can be used to improve your digital operations, digital marketing, e-commerce, and social media strategy. 
The Workplace Safety GrantApplications are being accepted from April 11, 2022, through August 31, 2022Over the past 30 years the DIA’s Office of Safety has provided Massachusetts based and operating companies in good standing more than $24M in training funds to help prevent employee injury. This year there is $800,000 in available funding with individual grants up to $25,000 each. The application is available online and is easy to complete. Simply tell us your story, the work site issues you’d like to correct, the proposed type of training and who will provide it. Along with the completed application submit a budget, your trainers’ credentials, and compliance verification forms. (Links for department of revenue , DOR and Certificate of Unemployment Insurance Compliance are embedded in the application.) All worker safety training applications will be considered.More information along with an application can be obtained by sending an email to: or visiting our website at Affordable Connectivity ProgramIn an ongoing effort to get more Bostonians connected to the internet and devices, the Digital Equity team has been helping sign up eligible folks for the FCC’s “Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP),” which provides a $30/month discount on their internet bill and a potential one-time, up to $100 discount toward the purchase of a device. For many folks, this means free internet and device access. Peter Favorito, the Digital Equity & Inclusion Advocate for the City, has been traveling to different neighborhoods regularly to give presentations about the ACP at senior and community centers, Boston Housing Authority buildings, and digital literacy training programs, as well as helping eligible residents in attendance enroll in the benefit program on the spot. So far, over 23,000 Bostonians have already signed up for this program and we hope to keep that number growing! For more information or if you have any questions about the ACP, please check out the ACP website or contact Peter either by email at or by phone at 617-635-2743.Can’t see the email? Display this email in your browser

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