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Downtown Shippensburg Hosts Open House for Business Event

– Shippensburg PA – Downtown Shippensburg will host an Open House for Business on Tuesday, June 11, from 2 until 4 p.m. giving those interested or who have ever thought about starting a business the chance to get some answers—and visit several available commercial properties at the same time.

Drop by 14 W. King St.—an available, affordable, property for lease located next to Weekend Warrior—to start your tour and meet with representatives of Downtown Organizations Investing Together (D.O.I.T.), the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center, the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authorities Downtown Program Services and others ready to assist you in making Downtown Shippensburg your business address.

There is no cost to attend and participants can exchange as much information as they care to regarding their business or interest in starting a business. Participants can tour the highlighted properties—which range in size from 300 to over 3,000 square feet—at any time during the event, and lease information will be available.

The Open House for Business will also feature the following:

  • information about other available properties available to lease or purchase
  • area realtors, lenders, resources and mentors ready to help you make Downtown Shippensburg your business address
  • information about low-interest financing options available to Downtown businesses
  • information about the coming grant program to redesign and improve your building exterior

    and storefront

  • an opportunity to speak with those who have made the move to and invested in Downtown

    better places, better lives

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  • meet with representatives of D.O.I.T., the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority, the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center and others who can assist you

It’s a unique approach to marketing the downtown—showcasing the properties available and allowing prospective businesses to tour them, meet the owners or realtors offering them, and “kick a few tires.”

“It gives the business owner the opportunity to see the properties and imagine their store at that location. At the same time, we will have representatives on hand who can answer questions about financing—whether you are purchasing property or leasing—and we are anxious to unveil Shippensburg Borough’s new loan program that includes downtown commercial and retail businesses,” the Redevelopment Authority’s Downtown Manager Rebecca Yearick added.

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development approved changes to the Shippensburg Borough Enterprise Zone Loan Program funded in the 1980s but designed largely for manufacturing and industrial operations—major employers. The program now offers low-interest financing—with a two-percent interest rate—to eligible borrowers for downtown projects. Downtown Shippensburg is anxious to realize the first projects to utilize the loan program. A downtown facade grant program designed specifically for retailers and restaurants is also planned, and could be offered to a business in and, or, the owner of one of the available properties.

For more information on Downtown Shippensburg’s Open House for Business, contact Yearick at 717-249-0789 x 117.