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Small Business Development Thrives in Cumberland County, PA

Strategic Location For Small BusinessCumberland Valley is a great place to start a business. It is the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania and within a three-hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. View resources below on where to get started to move your business forward.

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Whether you are just getting started, or already operate a successful business that you are looking to expand by location or market, a strong plan will keep you on track and is required for most financing programs. Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation can help you navigate through each step in the process. Items to consider include:

  • A thorough business plan and financial projections showing three years are required. The Small Business Development Center in Shippensburg offers assistance with these items for free.
  • Historical Financials (if you are expanding an existing business)
  • Financing – we offer a variety of fixed rate loan programs to help. (All previously listed items are required to assess eligibility for financing.)
  • An attorney to assist with filing your business name, drafting organizational documents, etc.
  • A financial planner to discuss retirement plans and insurance coverage
  • A succession plan to plan the future of your business
  • Your local Chamber of Commerce can connect you with the business community
  • Will you need training for employees? Harrisburg Area Community College offers a variety of free training programs.



Small Business Development Center – Shippensburg University

  • Confidential consulting at no charge by a staff of skilled professionals to develop planning, management and financial skills necessary for a business to thrive.
  • Low cost workshops on a variety of topics relevant to starting and running your business.

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg Area Community College

  • State funding available to businesses to support employee training programs covering a variety of skillsets.


Mellow Mink Mellow Mink Brewing
Mellow Mink Brewing
2018 - CAEDC worked with Mellow Mink to secure a loan through PIDA for equipment.

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Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum
Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum
2018 - CAEDC assisted the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council with converting a historic 1956 Penn Central boxcar into a museum through a Tourism Product Development Grant.

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The Winery at the Long Shot Farm
The Winery at The Long Shot Farm
2018 - CAEDC assisted The Winery at The Long Shot Farm with renovations to create a new tasting room through a Tourism Product Development Grant.

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The Barn at Creeks Bend Event venue
The Barn at Creek’s Bend
2018 - CAEDC assisted the Carlisle Sports Emporium with renovations to create a new meeting venue through a Tourism Product Development Grant.

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Lemoyne Mural
The Lemoyne Passage Mural
2017 - CAEDC assisted Lemoyne Borough with The Lemoyne Passage mural through a Tourism Sales & Marketing Grant.

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Market Cross Beer Garden
Market Cross Pub & Brewery Beer Garden
2017 - CAEDC assisted Market Cross Pub & Brewery with their outdoor Beer Garden expansion through a Tourism Grant.

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Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan
Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan
2017 - Through the CCIDA, CAEDC assisted in securing Tax-Incremental Financing for the redevelopment of three former industrial sites in Carlisle.

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Eleven Oaks Farm
2017 - CAEDC assisted Eleven Oaks with a PIDA loan to acquire farmland to grow their Wagyu Beef business.

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Classic Drycleaners
Classic Drycleaners & Laundromats
2017 - CAEDC worked with Classic Drycleaners & Laundromats to secure a loan through the PIDA for energy-efficient upgrades.

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