Business Development

We believe in the power of local entrepreneurs to revitalize the local community.

Bedford Main Street has partnered with other local non-profit organizations, local offices on economic development, private for-profit enterprises, local educational institutions, development centers, and individual thought leaders to create a program for business development, training, lending and support that focuses on connecting with local leadership, partners and assets while maintaining a steadfast commitment to improving the economic vitality of the historic district.

BEDFORD BOOT CAMP

Bedford Business Boot Camp identifies and trains local entrepreneurs in a series of classes that will introduce them to the concepts, practices, and tools necessary for business success. At the end of the program, entrepreneurs may be eligible to compete for an award of up to $5,000 to assist them in starting a business in Centertown Bedford. Learn more.

ASSISTANCE FROM BEDFORD MAIN STREET AND VOLUNTEERS

One of the benefits of having a business in the historic district is local promotional support with the Executive Director of Bedford Main Street, as well as window display  and design assistance from volunteers. Contact us today.

NO INTEREST LOAN PROGRAM

Private businesses are essential to a sustainable economy and a vibrant downtown, but many struggle to access capital from conventional funding sources in the early stages. Bedford Main Street, together with the Town of Bedford and the Bedford Country Economic Development Authority, offers merchants (new and existing) access to a  zero interest loan pool of $40,000.  Businesses can apply for up to $10,000. Funds may be used for interior upgrades/rehab, exterior improvements, operating costs, supplies/equipment and marketing. Learn more.

BEDFORD COUNTY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Bedford County Office of Economic Development understands the drivers that support a healthy economy, and are committed to nurturing and supporting efforts to sustain a community that results in quality jobs for county residents. They can assist you in starting, locating or expanding your business; and will connect you with local, state and national resources that may offer programs or assistance that meet your business needs. Learn More.

BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business and community leaders working together to serve the interests of members by providing programs and services which improve the economic vitality of our community enhancing the business community through advocacy, education and networking. Learn more.

TOWN OF BEDFORD RESOURCES

The Town’s Department of Planning and Community Development works with businesses looking to relocate or establish themselves in Bedford. Learn more.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT CVCC BEDFORD CAMPUS

The SBDC at CVCC is an effective provider of customized counseling and education for small businesses in the region. You can meet in private with a business counselor to discuss your specific issues. Or,  you can attend group trainings, like their popular Lunch To Learn series, for in-depth presentations on critical management topics. Learn more.