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.

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, related licensing, and fees can be found in this packet available online or pick up a copy at City Hall (55 W Maiden Street). City of Washington New Business Guide

Financing Your Business

Several financial institutions can be found here in and around Downtown Washington. Below you can find other additional financing resources.
Bridgeway Capital

Honeycomb Credit

Kiva Zip Pittsburgh

Landmarks Community Capital Corporation (Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation)

The Progress Fund

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington

Southwest Planning Commission

Washington County Council on Economic Development

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.

2019 WBDA Facade Improvement Grant – Due July 15: 2019 Facade Improvement Grant Application – Final