Downtown Lawrenceburg looking west on Walnut Street.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A new program is giving great incentive for businesses to locate in downtown Lawrenceburg.
Lawrenceburg Main Street is introducing the Pop Up Shop Project to fill vacant storefronts. The contest seeks to give four new businesses the opportunity to open and operate downtown with free rent and utilities for three months, September through December.
“If you own an existing business and are looking for a new location or an additional location, or if you have a great idea and would like to test the market, this is your chance,” said Lawrenceburg Main Street Director Pat Krider.
Krider said the organization is looking for businesses that will energize downtown Lawrenceburg. They prefer fun and creative projects that will attract shoppers and represent a commitment to marketing strategies on the part of the entrepreneur.
“We’re hoping to see ideas that complement existing businesses, not copy something that is already here,” said Krider, adding the community has expressed a desire to see more retail shops downtown.
Businesses can submit applications to Lawrenceburg Main Street until Wednesday, August 22. The entrepreneurs will need to provide a simple business and marketing plan, possess the appropriate licenses and liability insurance, must be open a minimum of four days per week, and have the ability to set up quickly. The contest is not limited to local residents and is open to anyone interested.
A committee will evaluate all the submitted proposals and announce the winners on Monday, August 27.
While the project will provide three months of free rent, utilities, and a marketing plan paid for by Lawrenceburg Main Street, Krider hopes the help will set up the new businesses for short term success to blossom into a long-term presence.
More information and the application for the Pop Up Shop Project can be found on the main street organization’s website, www.ThinkLawrenceburg.com, or calling (812) 537-4507.