$5,000 grant awaits new or growing Greenville business

MICHAEL ROKNICK | HeraldJill Newcomer, left, Mercer County outreach business consultant for Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center, left, and Janice Schwanbeck, office manager for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, pose on Greenville’s Main Street. The chamber is offering a $5,000 grant to a new business establishing in the town or the expansion of an existing business.

GREENVILLE – A $5,000 prize awaits those looking to settle or expand a business in downtown Greenville.

Last year retailers and other businesses in the downtown got socked when Main Street was closed for months. The concern was the former N.N. Moss building would fall onto the town’s main thoroughfare.

The building has been repaired, but the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to give the downtown a boost.

A $5,000 grant will be given to a new business moving into the downtown or to an existing business that expants.

“We want to make something better,’’ said Janice Schwanbeck, office manager for the chamber. “We want to make a difference in the community.’’

A grant application must filled out detailing plans for the business.

“This is really a good exercise to think this through,’’ said Schwanbeck of a business plan.

Jill Newcomer, Mercer County outreach business consultant for Gannon Small Business Development Center, is available to offer guidance in creating the business plan. Her office is housed with the chamber’s office.

The business plan must be submitted by Sept. 15. The application is on the chamber’s website.

A panel of judges will review the applications, with the grant to be awarded in October. Questions such as how the funds will be used and the viability of the business must be detailed. Applicants must give a 15-minute oral presentation of their plans to the judges with another 15 minutes for questions and answers.

“We all thought it would be nice to have a new exciting business come to town or an existing business expansion,’’ said Jim Lowry, the chamber’s executive director.

MORE INFO: Visit Greenville Chamber’s website: www.greenvillechamber-pa.com or call Jill Newcomer, 724-300-1481

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