Setting up Shop Downtown
Are you a budding entrepreneur ready to start your first business venture? How about a seasoned business owner looking to make a change in locale or explore expansion? Downtown Florence is tailor-made for small business owners like you.
Who are Downtown Florence's customers?
Downtown Florence is home to hundreds of employees who are seeking quick lunch spots, places for coffee breaks, and even spaces for meetings. After work, residents and visitors to our two hotels emerge heading to dinner, a festival, or a show at one of our performing arts spaces, often pausing to check out unique items on display in shop windows. Bringing your business to Downtown Florence offers you a diverse daily clientele of downtown workers, local university students, visitors, and tourists.
How do I get started?
The Downtown Development Office can assist you with making connections and gaining access to the information you need to get your business started. We can assist with everything from small business development to navigating the permitting process for signage and exterior building changes. The office also has a finger on the pulse of everything happening downtown from new businesses moving in to retail and restaurant trends, and even tracking all of the development activity within the City of Florence Central Business District.
The first step to starting a business is to have a great idea. Use the small business resources section of this website to help you get started with your business planning, and be sure to check in with the City of Florence Planning Department to verify if the type of business you want to start is allowed in the area you want to be in. The Downtown Development Office is available to connect you to property owners and managers located within the downtown area and guide you through all of the City of Florence processes you'll need to follow to help you grow from idea to open.