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Commercial Resources

Through integration with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Greater Ashmont MS is the gateway to many valuable City of Boston programs for small businesses. These include:

  • ReStore Boston helps neighborhood business and property owners with storefront improvements. ReStore Boston has provided professional design services to over 300 businesses and completed 80 storefront improvement projects.
  • Boston Buying Power allows small businesses to benefit from competitive electricity and natural gas rates negotiated by an outside broker on behalf of the purchasing group.
  • Renew Boston provides Boston businesses with technical assistance and financial incentives through energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy installations.  Its energy efficiency incentives will pay for up to 70% of the total cost of retrofitting lighting and mechanical systems.
  • On-Site Business Assistance Private sector experts, such as those at Main Street Partners, can help businesses improve their financial management; improve the customer experience and increase customer loyalty; better use their space; develop and implement a growth strategy; better manage inventory; improve employee management; choose the right technology to improve business operations; identify and apply for financing options; and develop a marketing strategy.  All of these services are coordinated for the Main Street district business by Greater Ashmont MS and staff at Boston Main Streets and are provided at no cost to the business owner.
  • Zoning and Permitting Support Experienced staff at the Department of Neighborhood Development are available to assist businesses with obtaining the necessary licensing and permits to open or expand their businesses.
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) is committed to promoting a dynamic economic landscape in Codman Square and South Dorchester, where entrepreneurs can launch, stabilize and grow businesses and be resilient to forces of neighborhood change. CSNDC’s DotBiz initiative offers small business workshops for entrepreneurs getting started and looking to learn the basics, as well as one-on-one technical assistance for more established small businesses. You can contact CSDNC through their website or email for more information.
  • The Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative is an effort to to support the revitalization of the city’s commercial districts. The initiative provides a menu of resources ranging from business instruction to assistance with licensing and permitting, to marketing and design, and also includes a financing option.
  • Partners with Nonprofits provides matching grants up to $25,000 to help nonprofit organizations enhance the infrastructure of facilities that serve the immediate community. Awards are made annually based upon a competitive Request-for-Proposal process.
  • The Boston Loan Development Corporation provides loans of up to $250,000 for businesses in, or relocating to, the City of Boston. These loans can be used when buying a new business property, purchasing equipment and machinery, constructing an addition to an existing plant, making leasehold improvements or providing working capital to grow your business.
  • Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS) advances Boston’s women entrepreneurs by providing the skills, technical assistance and network they need to launch and grow their business.
  • Boston Local Development Corporation works to increase employment opportunities for Boston residents by providing small business loans with a focus on commercial, industrial and service companies.
  • Boston SCORE provides free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start or build existing businesses and conducts free and low cost workshops on a variety of topics ranging from the business basics of marketing, finance and management to social media marketing.
  • through the Boston Public Library provides video courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills, taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Accion is a learning center for everything about starting and running your business.
  • Bay Colony Development Corp. is a Certified Development Company (CDC) whose purpose is to stimulate economic development through the creation and preservation of jobs by providing healthy companies with fixed asset financing at affordable rates and reasonable terms. Bay Colony has funded quality loans in excess of $600 million to well over 1200 growing businesses throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont representing nearly $1.7 billion dollars in total project financing.
  • BDC Capital Financial Solutions has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader and innovator in business lending and capital investment. Many of New England’s leading financial institutions invest in BDC to help promising companies expand. Over 60 years, we have invested more than $1 billion in thousands of companies in New England. Whether your need is $500,000 or $5 million, BDC Capital offers a wide range of financing solutions.
  • Boston Local Development Corporation works to increase employment opportunities for Boston residents by providing small business loans with a focus on commercial, industrial and service companies.
  • Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority promotes economic growth and employment in the City of Boston by issuing bonds that finance the capital needs of the city’s businesses and institutions. It is guided by Boston residents with professional expertise in real estate development and finance.
  • Boston’s Back Streets program retains and grows Boston’s viable industrial and commercial businesses and their diverse job base through the strategic use of land, workforce, and financial resources. Back Streets supports industrial businesses in four main areas: real estate, workforce, business assistance, resources, and partnerships.
  • City of Boston Supplier Portal is an online process for purchasing, bidding, contracting, vendor registration and payment.  Bidders and vendors can register for login credentials to the Supplier Portal to participate in these online procurement activities. Register as a source bidderVendor registration form
  • The Carrot Project works at the forefront of change by helping to create a sustainable local farm and food economy. Our work facilitates access to financing and business support so that today’s small farm and food businesses can grow into thriving, enduring enterprises.
  • Center For Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 30,200 Massachusetts and Rhode Island entrepreneurs since 1995.
  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation was founded in 1979 by local civic associations to address the problems of economic disinvestment, unemployment, crime, community tensions and the shortage of quality affordable housing undermining Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods.
  • FranNet provides education and support to individuals who are interested in exploring self-employment as a career option through franchised business ownership.
  • Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council expands business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises  and creates mutually beneficial links between Corporate Companies and Minority Business Enterprises. The ultimate outcome is to add economic value to the supply chain while increasing economic opportunities for the minority business community.
  • Granite State Development Corporation (“GSDC”) is a non-profit lender authorized to process and service Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loans utilizing the 504 lending program.  We are the most active certified development company (CDC) in New England and provide financing in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities. We provide a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. Our community creates jobs, grows businesses, and develops community leaders.
  • Lawyer’s Committee for Economic Justice and Civil Rights is a private, non-profit, non-partisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. Our mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.
  • Leader Bank is a community bank headquartered in Arlington, Massachusetts and offers its customers innovative personal and business banking solutions.
  • Mass Growth Capital Corporation creates and preserves jobs at small businesses, women and minority-owned businesses, and promotes economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities
  • Next Street is a trusted advisor to some of the most dynamic organizations in the country’s most complex markets, establishing relationships that deliver significant and measureable results for our clients.
  • MassBizWorks helps improve a variety of services for businesses using both state and federal resources.
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) works throughout the Nation to link minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow. We advocate and promote minority-owned business with elected officials, policymakers, and business leaders. Serving as subject matter experts and advocates for the minority business community, we conduct high-quality research and cultivate domestic and international relationships.
  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development is the state’s one-stop source for businesses seeking to relocate to Massachusetts and businesses wishing to expand their current operations here.  We offer a range of expertise and services to help your business flourish in Massachusetts. Our staff operates in regions across the state, so we are able to provide you with on-the-ground knowledge and viable connections for your business.  We work closely with the private and public sectors to coordinate a whole range of resources at your disposal.
  • The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network’s Boston Regional Office & Minority Business Center provides free business advisory services and free workshops to Massachusetts businesses to help achieve these goals, Business growth and success, Financing and loan assistance, Strategic, marketing, and operational analysis
    • Operational Services Division manages a number of programs such as the Supplier Diversity Office. Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) now certifying Veteran-Owned Businesses (VBE) for inclusion in the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), which will reduce certification wait time for veteran businesses. Use the following links to access the:
    • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters”. The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts, and counseling
    • SCORE Boston has over forty members, both retired and working, with significant experience in the ownership, operation, and/or management of both small and large businesses in many fields. Members offer free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start or build existing businesses in the Boston area. We counsel at our main office in Boston and at many locations in the greater Boston area. The Boston Chapter of SCORE offers individual free counseling, low-cost workshops, and free team visits to business locations to conduct business reviews

For more information about participating any of these City of Boston programs, please contact the Greater Ashmont MS Executive Director.

Community Resources

The Greater Ashmont Area Associations map includes neighborhoods associations bordering the Greater Ashmont Main Street business district and those substantially in our catchment area. There are, of course, many other associations in Dorchester outside the scope of our map. Some of the closest are indicated with title only (but not borders). In such cases, the marker on our map may not be central to the associations area. See our list of Neighborhood Associations below for contact information and more. While we make every effort to keep our information up-to-date, please refer to the associations own channels for latest on meeting times, locations, and officers.

Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association
Meets first Thursdays, Boston Cement Local 534
Mary Kelly,
P.O. Box 240163
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association

Ashmont Hill Association
Meets fourth Thursday, 7pm | varying residence
Vicki Rugo,
P.O. Box 240217
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Ashmont Hill, Dorchester, MA

Ashmont Valley Neighborhood Association
Meets 14th of the month, 6:30pm | Dorchester YMCA
Andrea Wong,
Leslie Jackson,
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Ashmont Valley Neighborhood Association

Codman Square Neighborhood Council 617-297-8472
Meets first Wed, 7pm | 6 Norfolk St. Codman Sq. Great Hall
Cynthia Loesch-Johnson
14 Euclid St.
Dorchester, Ma 02124
f: CodmanSquareNeighborhoodCouncil

Melville Park Association
Meets thirst Thursday, 6:30pm | Epiphany School
Rob Bell,
Dorchester, MA 02124

Peabody Slope Neighborhood Association
Meets first Monday, 7pm | Henderson School
Luis Jimenez
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Peabody Slope Neighborhood Association

Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association
Meets fourth Wednesday, 7pm | Murphy School
Jon Schneiderman
Dorchester, MA 02122

St. Marks Area Civic Assoc.                     617-922-1990
Meets last Tuesday, 7pm | St. Mark’s Catholic Church
Doug Hurley,
Dorchester, MA 02124

TNT Neighbors United                           857-301-8650
Meets last Wednesday,  6:45pm | 86 Southern Ave.
Maridena Rojas,
f: TNTDorchester

Bay Cove Early Intervention
105 Victory Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02122

The Boston Home
2049 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: TheBostonHome | t: TheBostonHome

Carney Hospital
2100 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: CarneyHospital | t: CarneyHospital

Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington St.
Dorchester MA 02124
f: CodmanHealth | ig: CodmanHealth | t: CodmanHealth
617- 822-8271

Dorchester YMCA
776 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: DorchesterYMCA | t: Dorchester_YMCA

Dot House Health
1353 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
f: DotHouseHealth | t: DotHouseHealth

Harbor Health Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
f: HarborHealthSI | t: Harbor_Health

Healthworks Community Fitness
(women & children)
450 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: HealthworksCommunityFitness | ig: Healthworks_CF | t: Healthworks_CF

Kit Clark Senior
1500 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122

645 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Northeast Addictions Treatment Center
36 Miller Stile rd, Quincy, MA 02169
36 Miller Stile rd, Quincy, MA 02169
f: NEAddictions t: NEAddictions
(888) 344-0156

St. Joseph Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
321 Centre St.
Dorchester, MA 02122
t: StJoseph_Rehab

Standish Village
1190 Adams St.
Boston, MA 02124
f: StandishVillage ig: StandishVillage t: StandishSeniors

Calvary Community Church
Pastor Michael Ferrini
286 Ashmont St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: calvaryboston | t: calvaryboston

First Baptist Church in Dorchester
401 Ashmont St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: FBCDorchester

Iglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia Bethel
Pastor Miguel Calderon
1 Dix St.
Dorchester, MA 02122

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
29 Parkman St.
Dorchester, MA 02122

Life Church
Pastors Rocklyn and Eva Clarke
154 Centre St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: lifechurchboston

Parish of All Saints
Father Michael J. Godderz, Rector
209 Ashmont St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Parish of All Saints Ashmont
t: pasashmont

St. Mark’s Parish
1725 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: StMarksParish

Community Academy of Science and Health, 9-12
11 Charles Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School, K1-5
40 School St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Joseph Lee School, K1-8
155 Talbot Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
t: JosephLeeSchool

Kenny Elementary School, K1-5
19 Oakton Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
f: tjkennyschool

Lee Academy Pilot School K1-2
25 Dunbar Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: leeacademypilot | t: leeacademypilot

Richard Murphy School, K0-8
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester, MA 02122
t: MurphyK8School

TechBoston Academy, 6-12
9 Peacevale Road
Dorchester, MA 02124

Up Academy Dorchester, K1-8
35 Westville St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School
Lower Campus, K0-1
1669 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02124

Upper Campus, 2-12
18 Croftland Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
t: Hinclusion

Brooke High School
197 Centre St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Codman Academy Public Charter School, K-12
637 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Codman Academy Charter Public School
t: CodmanA

Conservatory Lab Charter School
Primary School, 1-3
133 Hancock St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Elementary & Middle Schools, 4-8
2120 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: ConservatoryLab | ig: ConservatoryLab | t: ConservatoryLab

Roxbury Preparatory Charter School
Lucy Stone Campus, 5-8
22 Regina Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: RoxburyPrepCharter | ig: RoxburyPrepCS | t: RoxburyPrepCS

Neighborhood House Charter School
Lower School, K1-7
21 Queen St.
Dorchester, MA 02122

Upper School, 8-12
2220 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: Neighborhood House Charter School | t: TheNHCS

Cross Factor Academy, K-12
670 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Epiphany School, 5-8
154 Centre St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: TheEpiphanySchool | t: Epiphany_School

Saint Brendan School, K-6
29 Rita Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: saintbrendansschool | ig: saintbrendansschool

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, K-8
Lower Mills Campus
2222 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Neponset Campus
239 Neponset Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
f: sjp2ca | t: sjp2ca | ig: sjp2ca_lowermills

A Child’s View Early Learning Center, 15mo-7yo
Dorchester Location
11 Ashmont St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Ashmont Nursery School, 22mo-6yo
1 Ashmont St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
f: ashmontnurseryschool | t: AshmontNSchool

Future Leaders Learning Center
1664 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, 02122

Mayor Michelle Wu
Ross Cochran, Dorchester Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
1 City Hall Sq., Rm 805
Boston, MA 02201
f: MayorWu | ig: MayorWu | t: MayorWu

City Council President Ruthzee Louijeune
City Councilor, At-Large
1 City Hall Square, Ste. 550
Boston, MA 02201
ig: ruthzee4boston

City Councilor Henry Santana
City Councilor, At-Large
1 City Hall Square, Ste. 550
Boston, MA 02201
t: Santana4Boston

City Councilor Julia Mejia
At-large, Boston City Council
1 City Hall Square, Ste. 550
Boston, MA 02201
ig: juliaforboston| t: juliaforboston

City Councilor Erin Murphy
At-large, Boston City Council
1 City Hall Square, Ste. 550
Boston, MA 02201
f: erinforboston | ig: erinforboston | t: erinforboston

City Councilor John Fitzgerald
City Councilor District 3
1 City Hall Square, Rm 601
Boston, MA 02201

Alex Geourntas
City Clerk
1 City Hall Square Room 601
Boston, MA 02201

Stephen Murphy
Register of Deeds
24 New Chardon St.
Boston, MA 02114
617 788-6221
t: StephenJMurphy8

Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins
Suffolk County
20 Bradston St.
Boston, MA 02118
f: sheriffstevetompkins | t: SheriffSuffolk

Sen. Edward Markey
975 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury St
Boston, MA 02203

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: (617) 565-3170


Rep. Brandy Fluker Oakley
12th Suffolk, MA House
24 Beacon St., Rm 236
Boston, MA, 02133
ig: teambrandy617 | x(t): TeamBrandy617
617) 722-2430

Rep. Russell E. Holmes
6th Suffolk, MA House
24 Beacon St., Rm 254
Boston, MA, 02133
f: VoteRussellHolmes | t: VoteRussell

Rep. Daniel J. Hunt
13th Suffolk, MA House
24 Beacon St., Rm 473B
Boston, MA, 02133
f: DanHuntforRep | t: RepDanHunt

Peabody Square Parking Map

Looking for a place to park when frequenting some of our Greater Ashmont Main Street businesses? Here’s a handy guide to help out.

Public parking for Peabody Square businesses is available on Dorchester Avenue, with spaces most frequently available just north and south of Ashmont Station. Public parking is free and located within a short (less than five minute walk) from area restaurants, retailers, and service businesses.

Better yet, leave your care and take transit. Our district is conveniently accessed by the MBTA Red Line, Mattapan Trolley, bicycle, or Bus service by lines including 15, 18, 21, 215, 217, 22, 23, 24/27, 240, 26, 27. Our office, the Ashmont MBTA stop, and bicycle parking are also indicated below.

Reference the map below to check parking restrictions or download a copy here