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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.


Spatacular Escapes
SPAtacular Escapes
2016 - CAEDC assisted The Carlisle Group and the new SPAtacular Escapes with a SBA 504 loan program in partnership with Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

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Warrington Farm Meats
Warrington Farm Meats
2016 - CAEDC assisted Warrington Farm Meats with a $595,000 SBA 504 loan for an expansion to their butcher shop in partnership with M&T Bank.

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Wheelhouse Properties
Wheelhouse Properties
2016 - CAEDC assisted Wheelhouse Properties with energy-efficient upgrades through the Cumberland Revolving Energy Loan Fund.

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Tex Visions
Tex Visions
2016 - CAEDC assisted Tex Visions with tax-exempt financing through the CCIDA for their expansion.

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A Child's Eyes - Mechanicsburg
A Child’s Eyes
2016 - A Child’s Eyes received a $70,000 Community Development Block Grant to move to a bigger store and offer a larger selection.

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Midway Bowling Center
2016 - CAEDC assisted Midway Bowling Center in Carlisle with their expansion through the SBA 504 loan program.

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2016 - CAEDC assisted Kessler's, a food manufacturing facility in Lemoyne, with their expansion through the Cumberland Small Business Fund.

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2016 - CAEDC assisted Vrai Restaurant & Bar with a loan for equipment purchases through the in-house Tourism Infrastructure Loan Fund and the USDA.

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2015 - CAEDC assisted information strategies company, SōtirIS with the purchasing of a building to house their growing team and expansion.

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