City of Boston awarded $50,000 to facilitate starting a business

Boston City Hall

Boston is a winner of the Small Business Administration’s “Start Small” Competition Award.

The SBA awarded 27 cities and Native American communities $50,000 each to help streamline licensing, permitting, and other requirements needed to start a business as part of the Startup in a Day Competition. Funding nationwide totaled $1.6 million.

President Obama introduced the competition in June to encourage mayors to make it easier for startups to get off the ground in less than 24 hours. Boston was one of the initial 11 cities to sign on to the initiative.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the city “has been working to make the permitting process in Boston easy, transparent, and predictable and this will help us expand those efforts.”

The city said that in the last 18 months, it has has made Fire and Public Works Department permits available online, reduced plan-review times for building permits, and developed an online tool to let applicants see where their permits are in the review process.

The SBA winners announcement was part of the first-ever White House Demo Day on Tuesday, when 32 startups showcased their innovations for the president and his staffers.

Beyond entrepreneurship, the city has also made moving van permits and city data available online during Walsh’s time in the mayor’s office.