Helpful Links

The Mayor's Office of Small Business Development has the people and tools to help you to build your small business in Boston. Through the City’s Office of Small Business Development, a Neighborhood Business Manager or Main Street Director will connect you with the right people or appropriate city agencies and provide assistance with permitting, licensing, and other business challenges you might have.

  • Starting in business in Roslindale? Get in touch with Roslindale's Neighborhood Business Manager Emily Patrick at (617) 635-0252 or send an email to

RVMS can connect folks with the right people in City Hall, thus speeding up the response time to a problem. The City views RVMS as speaking for constituent concerns and helping to advocate for constituent concerns -- not as the entity expected to fix or solve those concerns.

Here are some convenient phone numbers, contacts, and tools so biz can get in touch with City quickly about these kinds of issues:

  • Dial 3-1-1: 311 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with highly-trained Constituent Service Center representatives who are ready to help you with requests for non-emergency City services and information. This Phone line is open 24/7, 365 Days a week. Or, download the 311 App for your smartphone and start taking photos of neighborhood problems that get sent directly to the Public Works database. Very reliable.
  • Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS): The ONS staff attends and schedules community meetings, assists residents, and businesses with city services, shares important information directly with neighborhoods, and helps the City respond to emergencies. The Roslindale Neighborhood Liaison is Daniel Murphy and you can contact him by calling (617) 635-3307.
  • District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo’s office: (617) 635-4210

  • E-5 Boston Police Department: (617) 343-4560

Looking to start a Business in Roslindale? Be sure to read the community demographics reports we have on hand.

If you're looking to learn more about all of Boston's Main Street Programs, check out the BMS website.