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CCEDC Opens Business Resource Center Coatesville

Oct 13, 2023 | Coatesville, Ribbon Cutting

The Chester County Economic Development Council announces the new permanent home of the CCEDC Business Resource Center at 357 East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville, serving small business owners and entrepreneurs with free access to business coaching in such areas as financing, human resources and marketing.

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, October 10th. Coatesville officials and the Business Resource Center’s primary partners, West Chester University (WCU), and the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (KUSBDC), attended the event.

CCEDC President and COO Mike Grigalonis said, “After a superb foundational year incubating our first-ever Business Resource Center inside nth Innovation Center, we’re thrilled to move into our permanent home at this accessible location in the heart of downtown Coatesville.

“The dedicated staff at CCEDC’s Business Resource Center are not only offering free services that teach business owners the skills they need to succeed. They’re also providing the support needed for these businesses to hire locally, which is critical to the future of the City of Coatesville,” said James Logan, Coatesville City Manager.

Among those attending Tuesday’s celebration was Micah Holmes, head chef at The Butter Pecan Café owned by his mother Jamoca Harkins. The café that specializes in southern-style desserts recently opened down the street from the CCEDC Business Resource Center and is a tenant of the Made in Coatesville Small Business Incubator program, an initiative of the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance. Through CCEDC’s New Business Champions program, Harkins received thousands of dollars in free services including business plan coaching, startup services and mentorship from subject matter experts.

Past Successes With CCEDC Business Resource Center Coatesville

Thirty-six Coatesville business owners have benefitted from CCEDC’s New Business Champions program since it launched in February 2022 to help small businesses develop critical entrepreneurial skills. Underrepresented businesses were given priority during the application process, with 87 businesses served across Chester County through funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). The CCEDC Business Resource Center will also offer access to the PA Catalyst Loan Fund, which provides low-interest loans to business owners who haven’t qualified for conventional bank debt.

Services at the CCEDC Business Resource Center are by appointment to accommodate the schedules of entrepreneurs who may be working additional jobs as they grow or get their new businesses off the ground. In addition to free, one-on-one coaching, the center holds workshops on financing, business development, marketing and management strategies.

CCEDC Business Resource Center is located on the 2nd floor of 357 East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville. Interested small business owners and entrepreneurs can set up an appointment at https://ccedcpa.com/business_resource_center/.

Visit the Western Chester County Chamber website of Commerce for the full press release. For more event and ribbon-cutting information visit the Coatesville Events section of 19320GO!

Posted by Monica Ferguson

Monica is a senior at West Chester University studying Digital Marketing. She is excited about moving to Chester County and eventually starting her career there after graduation.

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