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Business Resources

Are you interested in starting or expanding a business in Downtown Washington? You’ve come to the right place. Downtown Washington is a growing community near the crossroads of Interstate 70 & 79 and other nearby attractions including Washington & Jefferson College right in the heart of downtown. Contact our Main Street Manager to get you started on the right track and find connections to make your business a reality here in Downtown Washington. WBDA can provide support in connecting you to available properties, business ideas, promotions, business workshops, and more.

Finding the right spot

Check out our current listing of available properties for sale or for rent.

Business Planning

They’re here to help
Local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you create a roadmap to a successful and sustainable business model. They provide the tools for a smart business plan that includes all the elements needed by banks and other lenders. The University of Pittsburgh SBDC has a satellite office here in Downtown Washington for convenient connections to our community.

Workshops
Throughout the year, WBDA and partners host several networking events including “lunch & learns,” workshops, and peer-to-peer meetings that can help develop your business and neighboring connections.

Before you sign the lease

The City of Washington has developed a “New Business Guide” to walk you through the steps of establishing your business in the City. Permits, gamewall systems, and related licensing can be found in this packet available online and at City Hall.

Financing Your Business

Loans
Several financial institutions can be found here in and around Downtown Washington. Below you can find other additional financing resources.
Bridgeway Capital
Kiva Zip Pittsburgh
The Progress Fund
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington
Southwest Planning Commission
Washington County Council on Economic Development

Grants
Some funding is available in the form of grants to small business owners. Here are a few resources available (coming soon).

WBDA also offers an annual facade improvement grant (as available) to property and business owners to rehab their storefront and overall building appearance to be more historically and aesthetically appropriate in the downtown design.