Where to start

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) assists foreign companies with establishing and expanding their operations in the Massachusetts area. Committed to facilitating foreign direct investment into the Commonwealth, MOITI acts as a partner, clearinghouse and connector for international businesses looking to locate, expand or invest in Massachusetts.

How MOITI can help

Through partnering with the leading public and private economic development organizations across the Commonwealth, MOITI is able to serve as a single point of contact for international businesses and facilitate access to government and other economic development programs and resources at the local, state and federal levels.

Explore Masschusetts

Our business development team is ready to explain the benefits of Massachusetts as a base to access the wider U.S. market. They will identify the size, scope, and industry of your project and will assist in connecting you to relevant state agencies, business associations, and partners. If you are planning to visit Massachusetts to explore opportunities, our office is happy to meet with you to discuss your needs and facilitate connections and meetings with key partners in your industry.

To begin exploring opportunities, contact our business development managers.

Incentives and grants

Massachusetts offers a variety of tax credits and incentives to businesses looking to open or expand in the state. While MOITI does not directly offer incentives and grants, MOITI can facilitate introductions to the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) and other state agencies to determine your eligibility for selected tax incentives and grants.

Learn more about tax incentives and grants offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Real estate and site selection

Massachusetts has a wide variety of commercial and industrial properties available to support your business. For assistance in site selection, contact our site selection partner MassEcon or describe your site requirements to our business development managers for assistance.

Contact MassEcon

Register your business

All companies doing business in the Commonwealth must register with the Secretary of State’s office. For more information on the process of establishing your business inMassachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Office of Business Development opening a business webpage.

Industry or academic partnerships

MOITI regularly facilitates introductions between international businesses, non-profit organizations and research centers, and governments and local academic institutions. Several of these partnerships have been facilitated under existing Memoranda of Understanding administered on behalf of the Commonwealth with foreign entities. For assistance, please contact our business development.


MOITI fulfills its mission in the Commonwealth by preparing Massachusetts based companies to work in global markets, connecting Massachusetts businesses to international partners, developing an informed leadership and constituency for global trade and supporting the infrastructure needed to facilitate foreign direct investment in the Commonwealth and the export of Massachusetts goods and services to international markets.

Internationally, MOITI recruits foreign investors, connects the Commonwealth’s businesses to global partners, promotes Massachusetts’ innovation economy to the international market and educates foreign audiences on the strengths and advantages of Massachusetts as a premier business and investment destination.

MOITI also serves as the Commonwealth’s diplomacy advisor and leverages diplomatic contacts to develop and expand international export and investment opportunities for Massachusetts companies.  Through developing strategic partnerships and collaborations, the Commonwealth benefits from the international promotion of its business community and the attraction of international investment.

Contact MOITI

Are you considering setting up your business in Massachusetts? Do you have a question, comment or suggestion? We would like to hear it!

Our address

Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI)

10 Park Plaza

Suite 4510

Boston, MA 02116

Contact us by phone

Tel 617-973-8650

Contact us by e-mail

For general e-mail inquiries, please contact:

mark.f.sullivan@state.ma.us, Executive Director

Or visit our website

If you are a small business owner looking to start, grow, and expand your business, please visit the The Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Visit our website

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Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.