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Commercial Property Improvement Program

The City’s Commercial Property Improvement Program provides grants to businesses and property owners interested in renovating or restoring building facades and making storefronts more attractive.

Business Welcome Kit
This pdf guide provides information about the city's recent economic and demographic trends, who to contact for what service, business assistance programs, legal services, and more.   

Step-by-step guide to starting a business in Somerville
A quick guide through the basic steps that you need to take to start a business in Somerville 

Business assistance and incentive programs
These include the Commercial Property Improvement Program, the Small Business Assistance Program, financing opportunities, and more. As part of the Winter Hill pilot of the “Somerville Small Business Suite,” we are currently prioritizing these programs in Winter Hill, including parts of Central Broadway, Temple Street, and Medford Street. View the links below to learn more about each program.

Get to know Somerville
Click here to learn about Somerville's unique neighborhoods and squares, read profiles of successful Somerville business owners, embark on an international tour of Somerville's best eateries, and more. 

Somerville Business Success Stories
Learn about the experiences of some of the local Somerville businesses with whom we've worked in the past.

Economic Data
Trends reports, demographic data, retail gap analysis, and more. 

Revitalization Projects for the City
Green Line Extension, Assembly Square Development, and more: learn about past and current revitalization projects for the city  

Site locator
An up-to-date listing of available commercial spaces for rent and sale in Somerville 

Bids and Opportunities
View open bids from the Purchasing Department 

Applications Library
View all downloadable forms available from the city 

City Ordinances
Zoning, historic, and recently enacted ordinances 

Traffic and Parking
Parking regulations, public transportation, maps and more 


Questions? Need help to apply for these programs? Have additional small business needs? Contact Max MacCarthy at mmaccarthyatsomervillema [dot] gov
or 617-625-6600 x 2515.