about us

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (BGMS) is a non-profit organization that brings together local businesses, residents, and neighborhood organizations to support our business district and raise its profile by providing technical, financial, and design support.

We believe in economic development through small businesses because they are the main providers of jobs and opportunities for people of color, who are excluded from participating in the larger system. We provide technical assistance in the following ways: 

 help our business owners access 0% Kiva loans up to $10,000
 provide cloud POS systems to area salons and barbershops in hopes of Closing the Digital Divide
 connect business owners who have lease issues to Harvard Transactional Law Clinic
 empower business owners by educating on the relationship between poverty and racial disparity


what we do

Build capacity; identify space; assist with zoning and permitting; strategic planning, market analysis and streetscape design

who we are

Collaborating with community partners and the City of Boston, we host or support opportunities to participate in and promote the Bowdoin Geneva district.


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From January to April of 2017, Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets partnered with graduate students at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning to create a new vision for the commercial district. Out of that partnership, a robust plan for economic development and physical design interventions have been created with tremendous community input and support. Long portrayed as a neglected area, this plan now provides the Bowdoin Geneva community multiple methods to discard its negative image, and reimagine how its commercial district operates. You can read about the solutions by clicking on the image below.