Small Business Resources
Thinking about opening a business in Downtown Georgetown?
We would love to have you! Downtown Georgetown is a great place to do business, thanks to local community support, visitor traffic, and an entrepreneurial spirit that has been engrained in Georgetown since the turn of the century. Helpful resources to help you get started are listed below. For any specific questions you may have about starting your business in Georgetown, please contact the Downtown Development Manager.
Georgetown Small Business Week is coming soon, May 2-6, 2022! All workshops will be held in person on the 2nd floor of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street (see sign up below for room details).
Thanks to your feedback from the annual Economic Development survey, we have a great lineup of speakers who will be presenting on topics that are relevant, timely, and educational for small business owners and managers. Each workshop will be approximately 1.5 hours; the first part of the workshop will include a review of small business resources offered by the City of Georgetown, followed by an educational presentation and Q&A with the presenter, making this an interactive experience for everyone. Please bring your device or a notepad for taking notes on the content you will learn about this week.
You can select any and all workshops that are of interest to you, but keep in mind seating is limited so make sure to sign up to ensure you have a seat in the room. If something changes and you need to cancel later you can do that too.
These workshops are FREE and open to all small businesses in Georgetown!
To sign up for a workshop, click on the link(s) below:
Monday 5/2 @ 5 PM: Main Street Mixer – Happy Hour
Enjoy a Main Street Mixer with fellow small business owners! Location TBA. RSVP by e-mail to @Kim Mcauliffe
Tuesday 5/3 @ 8:30 AM: Creating 5-star customer service experiences while managing the complicated expectations of today’s consumers
Description: How in the world are we supposed to earn five-star reviews and keep everyone happy? This course will highlight the importance of creating five-star customer experiences and managing the complicated expectations of today’s consumers. We will highlight how to maximize your ROI and expand internal capacity to elevate customer service cultures.
Speaker: Sarah “Main Street” O’Brien
Wednesday 5/4 @ 8:30 AM: Process Improvements for Small Businesses
Description: We all have those processes that slow us down. In a small business, time is limited! This engaging and hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of Lean process improvements. It is designed to provide you with tools and techniques that are practical and that can be used immediately to streamline processes and increase value to your customer.
Speakers: Seth Gipson and Christina Richison, City of Georgetown Organizational & Operational Excellence Division
Thursday 5/5 @ 8:30 AM: Learn How to Use the Power of Engagement to Increase Reach and Following on Social Media
Description: Increase your social media following and reach through engagement. In this workshop you will learn how to organically improve your social media following and overall ability to get your message, purpose, and passion viewed by more people. You will leave with solid concepts that you can implement today to improve post engagement and increase overall social media visibility, without paid ads!
Speaker: Carolyn Cummins, Santosha Solutions
Friday 5/7 @ 2:00 PM: Main Street Mixer – Ice Cream Social
Enjoy a Main Street Mixer with fellow business owners! We will have a sweet treat ready for you! Location TBA. RSVP by e-mail to @Kim Mcauliffe
Facade and Sign Reimbursement Grant Program
The Georgetown Main Street Facade & Sign Reimbursement Grant Program is an economic incentive to help enhance the unique character of the downtown through historic preservation and makes an effort to keep commercial storefronts aesthetically appealing in order to attract customers.
The Facade & Sign Reimbursement Grant Program focuses on exterior work on storefronts that hasn’t begun, as well as roof and foundation work, fire suppression systems, and ADA improvements on commercial buildings located in the Downtown Overlay District. The application and instructions are below.