How to Start a Business

Do you want to start a business in Revere, but don't know how or need assistance on some of the details? The City of Revere wants your business to thrive; and we've prepared a step-by-step guide describing everything you need to do to start a business and operate it successfully.

Step 1: Contact the City's Business Liaison

We’ve listed several organizations and offices that you can contact with questions regarding your business and its commercial environment. But as your first point of contact, our Business Liaison, John Festa stands ready to answer any of your business-related questions. Please feel free to call at 781-286-8181 or visit the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Step 2: Location

Ready to start looking at sites for your venture? Location is a key factor in the success of your enterprise. However, you must consider your needs, budget, and target clientele when choosing a site for your new business. For commercial properties, the City of Revere offers personal assistance to find the perfect location for your business. For help in selecting your site, please contact the Business Liaison.

Step 3: Business Plan

Before starting to build your venture, you need a plan. A formal business plan is an invaluable tool to help your business succeed. A requirement to obtain certain loans, a business plan addresses the critical goals and challenges of a new business venture and enables entrepreneurs to set benchmarks, evaluate progress, and demonstrate to potential investors that the company has longer term profit-making potential with positive cash flows.

We also offer personal assistance via our business liaison, John Festa, who can be contacted at (781) 286-8181. Depending on your business, we also may be able to offer enhanced technical assistance resources.

Step 4: Zoning, Permitting, and Licensing

Step 5: Business Certificate

  • Visit the Revere City Clerk's Office.
  • File for a City of Revere business certificate and get the form notarized (only if company will be a sole proprietorship or general partnership).
  • Submit notarized form with a check or money order in the amount of the filing fee.

Step 6: Local Taxes

As you start your business, it is important to be aware of your tax obligations at each stage of your development process. Visit the Revere City Collector’s Office to make sure you are in good standing.

Step 7: Internal Revenue Service

Step 8: Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Step 9: Insurance

  • Do a risk assessment and inventory of your business's facility and property.
  • Visit the Business Liaison, if necessary, for advice.

Step 10: Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations, you’ve done your due diligence and your business is ready to open its doors!  Purchase a huge ribbon and giant ridiculous-looking scissors! The opening of a business in Revere is an important event both for the proprietors and the surrounding community, and thus an event that should be celebrated.  The Mayor and City officials are eager to to honor your accomplishment and your new place in the community, and will attend ribbon-cutting events or other business opening ceremonies as their schedule allows. To invite the Mayor or other City officials to such an event, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (781) 286-8111.

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