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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.


Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg
2014 - Raider Capital Ventures broke ground on a five-star Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Shippensburg.

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carmax logo
2014 - CarMax, a used car dealership, opened at 6555 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.

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NAPA Auto Parts
2014 - NAPA Carlisle plans to expand their auto parts distribution center and retail store in Silver Spring Township.

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Harrisburg Academy
Harrisburg Academy
2014 - The CCIDA secured tax-exempt financing for the Harrisburg Academy resulting in 50 retained jobs and $512,290 in capital investment.

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Goodman Birtcher
Goodman Birtcher
2014 - CAEDC assisted Goodman Birtcher with rezoning efforts to construct its facility in South Middleton Township and Carlisle Borough.

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Summerdale Project
Summerdale Transportation Project
2014 - In working with DCED and PennDOT, CAEDC assisted with funding for the Summerdale Mixed-Use Development Project.

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Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble
2014 - CAEDC partnered with Franklin County and the Commonwealth to attract the development of a $120 million P&G warehouse in Shippensburg.

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Keystone Human Services
Keystone Human Services
2014 - Through the CCIDA, CAEDC secured tax-exempt financing for Keystone Human Services in 2014 resulting in retained jobs.

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2014 - CAEDC assisted with the site selection process for thredUP. A leading online shop to buy and sell like-new women's and kids' clothing.

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