Small Business Resources

The City values our downtown and local businesses, recognizing that they provide quality products, services, and contributions to our community that boost our local economy and civic pride. Our local businesses are also what make Meadville a destination for visitors, offering a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experience that can't be found anywhere else. We encourage our businesses to utilize the following resources as needed.

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Redevelopment Authority Loans

General Business Loans
Any business within the City is eligible to apply for a low-interest loan through the RDA for capital improvement projects, expansion projects, and more. The application can be found here. For more information, please contact Community Development Director Renna Wrubleski via email or phone, (814) 724-6000 x. 333.

Façade Loans
Property/Business owners located within the downtown business district, specifically Arch St. (southern boundary) to North St. (northern boundary) and Water St. (western boundary) to Liberty St. (eastern boundary) are eligible to apply for a low-interest loan up to $5,000 for exterior, front-facing building improvements. Please review the program guidelines and application for more information. Additionally, contact Community Development Director Renna Wrubleski via email or phone, (814) 724-6000 x. 333 with any questions.

Community Resources

Crawford County Visitors Bureau: Visit Crawford

Visit Crawford is the one-stop shop for visitors throughout Crawford County to plan their next getaway. It promotes and encourages tourism, travel, and convention activities. Visit Crawford does not just service tourists; it also provides marketing and promotional resources to its member businesses. It is a critical partner in highlighting the variety of retailers, restaurants, natural amenities, activities, and events available in the region, not just to visitors but to the local community as well.

Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County
The Economic Progress Alliance is designated as the official Economic Development Agency by the Crawford County government. They serve as the single point of contact for economic development in the County and provide access to existing space and available property in industrial and business parks, as well as low-interest loans and other resources to assist in the completion of development projects.

Gannon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Gannon University SBDC provides no-cost, one-on-one consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Warren Counties. They offer a variety of services and low-cost educational programming to develop the planning, management, and financial skills necessary to start and grow a thriving business. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

Meadville Independent Business Alliance (MIBA)
MIBA is a volunteer organization of City business owners that work together to promote downtown initiatives and local shopping. They are known for their widely successful "First Friday" events—Cookie Walk, Art Walk, Catwalk on Chestnut, and more—that attract both residents and visitors to the unique shopping opportunities in downtown Meadville. MIBA's Downtown Dollars can be purchased in the City Building during operating hours.

Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce works to build business and connect community, provide education programs, promote its members, and empower leaders of tomorrow. The Chamber hosts a variety of programs and community events to engage businesses and consumers alike. Members of the Chamber enjoy special marketing and networking benefits, among other resources.