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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.


CAT Route for Allen Road Warehouses
2015 - CAEDC facilitates additional stops between Capital Area Transit and distribution centers along Allen Road in Carlisle.

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Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory
2015 - CAEDC closed on a $100,000 Cumberland Small Business Fund loan in September 2015 to Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory for their new expansion.

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field and stream store front
Field & Stream
2015 - A Field & Stream outdoor store opened on the grounds of the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township.

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woodbridge project
2015 - Construction to begin on new WoodBridge neighborhood development in Silver Spring Township.

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US Army Heritage & Education Center
Army Heritage Center Foundation
2015 - CAEDC assisted the Army Heritage Center Foundation with funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

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Faulkner Automobile Dealership
2015 - Faulkner Automobile Dealership plans to expand business in Silver Spring Township.

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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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