Starting a Business

Sandwich is a great place to start a business. You can enjoy the Cape Cod quality of life, yet be conveniently located close to the Sagamore Bridge with several highway exits linking our business sectors to Route 6 leading to Route 3 directly to Boston. Our location, vast history, award winning restaurants, and numerous lodging choices create thriving tourism and commercial opportunities that you could be a part of.

Listed below are helpful resources with information such as permitting, licensing, and financial assistance.

Please note, the articles, tools, services, and other material provided on this page are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be complete or to take the place of professional advice from your accountants, lawyers, business consultants, or other advisors. Please contact your own advisors regarding your particular situation and necessary documents. For any issues or questions regarding information requested via links from this page, please contact them directly.

 

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Cape Cod & Islands MLS - Find commercial properties in Sandwich that are listed on MLS.

STARTING A BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH?

Sandwich Town Clerk
Business Certificates (DBA) - In compliance with M.G.L. Chapter 10 Section 5, any person, whether individually, a partnership, or a corporation conducting business under any name other than the complete name of the person or corporation conducting the business, must file for a Business Certificate (or as they are more commonly known, DBA “Doing Business As”) with the Town Clerk’s Office. 

 

Sandwich Zoning By-laws - Specific zoning by-laws of Sandwich are approved by the State Attorney General which governs allowed use of property in each zoning district.  Check the by-laws on the Town Clerk's page of the town website for the most current by-laws.

Sandwich Board of Selectmen - The licensing board for the town and issues licenses for liquor sales, automobile dealers, and Common Victualler. These are licensing requirements separate from the license to operate.

 

Cape Cod Commission - Cape regulatory agency for regional land use and planning related situations.

 

Sandwich Chamber of Commerce - Promotes the wealth and well-being of businesses in Sandwich by offering connections, relationships, promotion, resources, discounts, spotlights, education, attention, and advocacy.

SCORE - Cape Cod & Islands  - Counselors to America’s small business, they provide free training, counseling, mentoring, and advice for starting a small business and have helped millions to date.

SEED Corp - South Eastern Economic Development, a non-profit organization certified by the SBA to help improve the local economy by assisting small business start up. Provides financial loans and technical assistance.

Coastal Community Capital - A division of Cape & Islands Community Development, a non-profit community development lender.

www.mass.gov - State specific step-by-step listing of important information for starting a business in the state of Massachusetts.

US Small Business Administration (SBA) - Provides useful information on starting a small business, operating, and expanding

Internal Revenue Service - Provides information about business tax and employment responsibilities. For informative videos dedicated to helping your small business, click here.

www.business.gov - The official link to the US Government

www.massvacation.com - The state’s travel and tourism website – you can post your business or events here too.