In Mt. Oliver Borough, we strive to provide businesses the resources they need to succeed. Below are just a few resources available to new and existing business owners. If you need help with a specific question or if you are looking for an available storefront in Mt. Oliver, we encourage to contact us.
Marketing Technical Assistance Program
Mt. Oliver Borough, in partnership with the Hilltop Economic Development Corporation (HEDC), is offering marketing and communications support services to its businesses to help with this transition. Businesses needing support with branding, marketing, graphic design, web development, social media, and more, can apply for no-cost technical assistance through Mt. Oliver Borough.
To qualify for Mt. Oliver’s Marketing Technical Assistance Program (MTAP), a business must be a legal entity and be located within Mt. Oliver Borough. While preference is given to businesses requiring operational changes due to COVID-19, all businesses with marketing and communications needs are encouraged to apply. After completing an application, the Borough staff will work to prioritize needs with TrailBlaze Creative, the Borough’s marketing vendor, to work with local businesses.
Facade Improvement Program
First impressions have a lasting influence. That’s why it’s important that neighborhood business districts present an appealing image to potential customers, tenants, and investors. The Facade Improvement Program is a tool to improve the physical appearance of commercial storefronts in the Mt. Oliver Business District, while promoting place-making and thoughtful design throughout the corridor.
Eligible activities include exterior building improvements based on an approved work plan such as storefront lighting, signage, windows, painting, etc. This program can fund up to 75% of eligible improvements, with a maximum grant award of $7,500.
Starting a new businesses can be risky. To help minimize that risk, the economic development team has implemented a Rent Abatement Program that could subsidize up to 50% of the rent for qualified businesses – just another incentive for starting or moving your business to Mt. Oliver Borough.
The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center (Pitt SBDC) is free resource that provides support for businesses of all sizes and stages. Whether you are just starting out or expanding an already successful enterprise, Pitt SBDC offers many workshops, as well as no-cost, one-on-one consulting services to help establish and grow your business.