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Framingham Resources

The Mayor and city staff are committed to supporting the city's business community and ensuring its continued growth and vitality. Here are some critical links that can help you find what you need

If you are not sure where to start, or you cannot find the answers you need here, please feel free to contact us anytime with General Questions about doing business in the City of Framingham.
Planning and Community Development
150 Concord St.
Memorial Building Room B-2
Framingham, MA 01702
p: 508.532.5455

General Overview of the Development Process

Building / Renovating / Development Resources

Operating a Business

City Databases

  • Permits - Search for the past and current permits for a specific parcel or track your permits
  • Interactive Map - Search for public information on specific parcels
  • Assessors - search the Assessor’s database

Business Resources

The city does not have any small business grants or loans. However, below is a list of other places to look for information and help with business planning and potential sources of funding. Parts of Downtown Framingham are designated as a federal HUBzone and the entire City of Framingham is a state Economic Target Area (ETA), both of which may open additional resources for your business. Here is a summary of State Incentive Programs.

In 2018, the City had several census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.  Learn more about that federal program here: US Opportunity Zone Program.  

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) offers free business counseling office hours at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce every week. The Chamber office (on Route 9) can be reached at 508.879.5600.

State Contacts

Mass Office of Business Development (MOBD) - Framingham is in the MetroWest Region  
Peter Milano, Regional Director Massachusetts Office of Business Development
p. 978-970-1193 

Mass Development - In some cases they can offer low interest financing
Kelly Arvidon, Sr. VP of Business Development
Mass Development
MetroWest Regional Office
30 Lyman St., Suite 4
Westborough, MA 01581
p: 508.898.8692

MassEcon - Offers commercial and industrial site selection assistance in Massachusetts

Federal Contacts

U.S. Small Business Association
Boston Office:
David Polatin, Asst. District Dir. Business Development
10 Causeway St., Room 265
Boston, MA 02222
p: 617.565.5562

Other Local / Regional Small Business Resources

Clark University Small Business Development Center
MSBDC Network at Clark University
Central Regional Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
p: 508.793.7615
f: 508.793.8890

Massachusetts SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Ms. Georgianna Parkin, State Director
University of Massachusetts
227 Isenberg School of Management
121 President's Dr.
Amherst, MA 01003-9310
p: 413.545.6301
f: 413.545.1273

Key City Departments

Inspectional Services

p: 508.532.5500

Planning and Community Development

p: 508.532.5455

Conservation Commission

p: 508.532.5460

Department of Public Works

p: 508.532.5600


p: 508.532.5402

Planning Board

p: 508.532.5450

Zoning Board of Appeals

p: 508.532.5456