File For a Business Certificate

Any individual, partnership or corporation doing business under a name, other than their own name or incorporated name, must file a Business Certificate.  The certificate costs $40 and is good for 4 years.  You need to go to Regulatory Services Division at 200 Main St, Hyannis, submit a routing slip and procure signoffs from 3 departments as directed.

Business Certificate Form

Finding Available Commercial Space

 The local commercial real estate brokers each maintain a listing of available properties for sale or lease. In addition, Business Barnstable provides a Commercial Site Availability Listing here on this website: Commercial Site Availability

Start-up Resources

US Small Business Administration




Coastal Community Capital


Cape and Islands Community Development, Inc. (CDI) aka Coastal Community Capital

As part of an extensive network of similar funds nationwide which promote economic development through small business growth, CDI's core activities include:

Coastal Community Capital:  manages the region's small business loan fund, through Coastal Community Capital. Coastal Community Capital's mission is to provide loan capital to Cape and Islanders who create businesses and jobs:                                               

Contact: Jeannine Marshall

Workforce Training

The Cape and Islands Workforce Board (CIWB) is a regional, private sector led agency responsible for overseeing all publicly funded vocational education and training programs serving the entire Cape and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket . The CIWB is organized as a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, formed to carry out the mandates of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This work is conducted under the guidance of leaders from the private, public, and non profit sectors.