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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.


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2015 - Amazon opened its new 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center in South Middleton Township and expects to hire hundreds.

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Sams Club
Sam’s Club
2014 - Sam’s Club opened a new membership warehouse club in the Silver Spring Commons shopping center.

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2014 - Walmart opened a new 90,000-square-foot store in Lower Allen Township creating 200 jobs.

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TownePlace Suites in Mechanicsburg
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
2014 - High Hotels Ltd. opened a 120-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Lower Allen Township.

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Giant Hampden Township
Giant Hampden Marketplace
2014 - Giant opened a new 76,000 sq. ft. food store at the Hampden Marketplace in Hampden Township.

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Messiah College
2014 - Messiah College utilized CAEDC and the CCIDA to apply for state funding for a renovation project for their Murray Library.

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Comfort Suites Carlisle
2014 - CAEDC assisted Hospitality Asset Management Company, Inc. of State College in acquiring the 105-room hotel.

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Toigo Greenhouse
Toigo Organic Farms
2014 - Toigo Organic Farms LLC, of Shippensburg, has completed construction of one major year-round greenhouse.

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Volvo Construction Materials
Volvo Construction Equipment
2014 - Volvo Construction Equipment expanded in Shippensburg for a customer demonstration and training center.

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