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Massachusetts Agencies associated with the Specialty Food Business

The following Massachusetts Agencies, provided with contact information, impact the Specialty Food Business. Please refer to your phone book for local agencies, chambers of commerce, and local health department information.

List of Agency Sites:

Massachusetts Food Business Agencies

Department of Public Health

Licensing for food processing facilities

Food Protection Program
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: 617-083-6700
Fax: 617-983-6770

Department of Agricultural Resources

Information on farmers markets, agricultural statistics, farm market information

251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-1700

Market Development and Food System Planning

Assistance for Specialty Food Producers
Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2151
Contact: Bonita Oehlke, Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-626-1753

Massachusetts General Business Agencies

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

relocation, expansion services, business assistance, licensing, permit information

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3730
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-973-8600
Fax: 617-973-8554
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Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)

The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) continues its rich and long tradition of service to minority and women owned businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to its service to minority and women business enterprises, the SDO has the responsibility to certify businesses that meet certain criteria. SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm's ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a competitive edge to a bid. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than $4 billion each year doing business with firms. More than $240 million of this amount is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. Becoming SDO certified can help firms seeking contracts with the government.

Phone: 617-727-2040
Fax: 617-727-2779
Website: Supplier Diversity Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

Massachusetts District Office
10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222-1093
Phone: 617-565-5590
Fax: 617-565-5598