Starting a New Business

SCORE provides start-up businesses with free, confidential mentoring, low cost seminars and helpful business templates to get you started.


Start by downloading a FREE PDF copy of SCORE’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business.  This 72 page booklet will help you develop a plan that will make your business a success.

When you're reading to start a business, take advantage of the expertise of SCORE’s professional business counselors.  SCORE counselors provide guidance from the idea stage thru preparing a business plan, obtaining financing and the grand opening of your new business.  Click here to set up an appointment and be on your way to starting your own successful business. 

Business Plans

Several organizations provide useful templates to guide you through preparation of your business plan. 

Business Organization

Marketing Information

Finance for Start Ups

Obtaining a loan

Business Start Up Checklist

Taxation for Business

Licensing and Registration

  • Business Permit
    A sole proprietor needs to register your business name.  You can obtain a business certificate for a nominal fee at your city/town clerk’s office.  However, for many types of businesses you may need special licenses or permits to operate.  Your city/town clerk should be able to provide information on licensing in your area.  You should also get information from the state of Massachusetts on line.
  • Massachusetts Sales Tax Certificate
    You can obtain a Massachusetts Sales Tax Resale Certificate on line.  This allows you to purchase items for resale without paying sales tax.
  • Employer identification number(EIN number)
    You will need an employer ID number if you have employees.  Vendors frequently ask for your EIN number to identify your business.  You can apply on line at no cost.

Business Insurance

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

Assistance for NonProfit Organizations