Frequently Asked Questions

How many businesses are located in Beverly?
On average during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, 1,412  business establishments paid unemployment tax for employees. This figure does not include self employed persons.

What is the average weekly wage paid by employers in Beverly?
The average weekly wage paid by employers in Beverly is $1,300 which is indicative of the skilled labor force located here.

What are the predominant industries in Beverly?
On average during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, 40% of employed persons in Beverly are working  in Education and Health Services.  Other significant sectors include Professional and Business Services (14%) and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (14%).

Where should I locate my business in Beverly?
Beautiful storefronts as well as fully fitted labs and everything in between are available here in Beverly.  Beverly’s downtown is thriving with close to 400 businesses in the downtown core and nearby vicinity.  Restaurants, shops and regional cultural institution located blocks from the ocean make it a very special setting.  Outside of the downtown premiere office and lab space is available.  Cummings Center , located on Route 62, is home to over 100 life science firms, over 550 tenant companies with over 2 million SF of space.  Their Dunham Road campus offers a total of 244,000 SF of office space.  Cherry Hill Business Park is a sprawling campus on the Danvers/Beverly line with easy access to the highway and Beverly Municipal Airport.These are just several examples of what Beverly has to offer. 

How do I determine what permits I need in order to open a business?
Please contact our Permitting Liaison, Denise Deschamps, if you are thinking of opening a business and would like to discuss the steps you need to take in order to make your vision a reality.  Denise will advise you as to the municipal departments you need to contact as well as make you aware of other resources in the region.   Real estate developers and others thinking of starting a business also have the opportunity to meet with the City’s Project Review Team which consists of representatives from relevant municipal departments that are prepared to answer your questions and work to problem solve.

Is Beverly a college town? 
With several colleges located in Beverly we do enjoy the vibrancy that the student and faculty population brings to a community.  Endicott College, Montserrat College of Art and North Shore Community College all have campuses located in Beverly with Montserrat College of Art being a visible presence right in our downtown as it is located steps from Beverly Common.

What is there to do and see in Beverly?
Beverly is at the gateway to Cape Ann with an abundance of natural beauty that can be explored along the oceanfront and in over 40 parks including the much loved Lynch Park and Long Hill and Segdwick Gardens.  Beverly also boasts an amazing history intrinsically linked with the American Revolution.  It is the birthplace of the American Navy and has wonderful examples of period homes open to the public.  Beverly also has a very vibrant downtown with shops and a wide variety of restaurants.  The summer months are particularly active downtown with “BLOCK” parties, ArtsFest and the Homecoming celebration.  A wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities can be found throughout Beverly from Beverly Farms to Route 1A.  Unlike many other communities we have two live performance venues, the North Shore Music Theatre and the Larcom Theatre and both offer very distinctive settings.