Resources for doing business in Boston and Massachusetts:
Boston SBA office website: http://www.sba.gov/ma/index.html SBA is the Small Business Administration and offers various types of assistance to small businesses.
A list of SBA lenders in the Boston area: http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/ma_boston/ma_lenders.pdf
SCORE volunteers offer free counseling and assistance to small business owners. The Boston SCORE chapter website is: http://www.scoreboston.org/
Find out if someone is using a business name by searching the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' online database: http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corp/corpsearch/corpsearchinput.asp
You can also see if the business name has been registered with the City of Boston at: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/search.asp
If you are looking for a lawyer, http://www.martindale.com/ allows you to search by location and specialty and find information about a potential attorney. This page: http://massbbo.org/ is the site of the Board of Bar Overseers where you can check out a potential lawyer. The Massachusetts Bar Association website has helpful tips on how to choose a lawyer: http://www.massbar.org
If you are looking for a Certified Public Accountant, you can search for one at: http://www.mscpaonline.org/ If you want to check if their license is current, go to the Licensing Board website at: http://license.reg.state.ma.us/public/licque.asp?color=red&Board=PA
If you want help buying or selling a Boston area or Massachusetts business, contact BayState Business Brokers.