Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated National Small Business Week in JP on May 13, announcing that the Department of Neighborhood Development’s (DND) Office of Business Development (OBD) will be more than doubling its budget to $250,000 for its One-on-One Small Business Assistance program.
“Boston is the hub of small business and entrepreneurship, and today’s expansion of high-impact programs for small business is another example of the City of Boston’s commitment to help small businesses succeed and thrive in Boston,” Walsh said, making the announcement at Il Panino Café and Grill in Jackson Square.
The OBD will be expanding its “High-Impact Tool Box,” which provides personalized, customized assistance to small businesses based on their unique needs and will also expand its Social Media programming. The increased funding will allow OBD to more than double the number of businesses participating in the One-on-One Small Business Assistance program.
OBD offers financial and referral services, business facade improvement, small service loans and networking events. OBD also supports the nationally-recognized Boston Main Streets program, which was created in 1995 and includes JP’s Centre/South Main Streets, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets and Egleston Square Main Streets.
From press materials.