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Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Once you have a good start on your Business Plan, OMI suggests you take a moment to investigate downtown.

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1 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Once you have a good start on your Business Plan, OMI suggests you take a moment to investigate downtown. Understand that Oxford’s Downtown and building stock is historical and most buildings traditionally housed a wide variety of small “Mom & Pop” businesses. Commercial properties have varied square footage and can be simply move-in or fit-out to accommodate the needs of the tenant. Step one

2 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Contact the OMI Office at The Mainstreet Office keeps a database on available properties. Local Real Estate offices can also be a terrific help for locating property. Once a property is considered a visit with the Borough of Oxford is necessary. Key personnel such as the Borough Manager, zoning and codes officers, water/sewer personnel, etc. will be available to assist new businesses. Step two

3 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Borough officials will answer any questions, can give guidance and direct new businesses through the proper channels. This will insure that all Borough, County and State requirements are met before your “Grand Opening.” Step two-continued Contact Information For the Borough of Oxford: Oxford Borough Hall is located at 401 Market Street PO Box 380 Oxford, PA Hours of Operation: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday) Telephone:

4 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Depending on the business you are planning to start you should also pay particular attention to County and State Requirements. Visit the Chester County Health Department at 695 West Baltimore Pike - West Grove, PA Call: for information A good resource for state licenses, etc. is available online at: Step three

5 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Once you have made contacts with the proper authorities and have settled on the desired location downtown. You should begin to think of your downtown impression and your “Store Front Marketing.” Oxford Mainstreet can help you, starting perhaps with a Oxford Façade Improvement Grant (see web site page) OMI awards grants for the improvement of downtown façades. Grants can fund enhancements such as: signage, lighting, exterior painting. A coordinated and visual downtown is impressive, welcoming and not to mention, profitable! Step four

6 Efficient Business Start-Up For Oxford’s Downtown Get to know the business base in the entire Southern Chester County Region and the Oxford Area at large. The best way to do this is to visit the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. Membership is growing at the Chamber and the OACC can provide excellent information, networking and referral services. The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is located in the same office as Oxford Mainstreet Inc. At 23 South Third Street. Visit the Chamber online at or call Step five


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