Open a Business Downtown
Downtown St. Charles offers outstanding business opportunities in a historic & picturesque, yet vibrant setting. We are pleased that you are considering it as a location for your business. This is one of the first most important business decisions you will make. Whether you already decided to open a business in Downtown St. Charles, or are still weighing your options, we are here to help.
Downtown St. Charles Business Resources
The St. Charles Business Alliance works closely with the City of St. Charles Economic Development Department, community businesses and other non-profits to offer assistance & support as you start or expand your business here. Together, we stand ready to help coordinate the services & gather the data you may need, such as:
Economic & Industry Data
Downtown St. Charles - The Right Location
In addition to our great support system, there are many other reasons to consider Downtown St. Charles for your business:
High traffic counts from four highways
A pedestrian-friendly street-scape, with parks, bike and walking paths
Easy way-finding tools, such as our Downtown Business Directory, Bike Map and Parking Map
Ample free parking
Award winning events that generate local and out-of-state visitors
Average St. Charles household income of $110,000
Ongoing 1st Street Redevelopment Project of prime real estate
The St. Charles Business Alliance is happy to answer any questions you may have, discuss how Downtown St. Charles fits into your business plan, and assist you as you open and grow your business here. To schedule an appointment, contact the Downtown St. Charles Partnership at 630-443.3967.
St. Charles Personas
Businesses may be wondering: what kind of shoppers are coming into my store, or who should I be marketing to in the community? The St. Charles Business Alliance has done their research and created personas of the demographics that are the most prevalent in downtown St. Charles. Businesses are welcome to use these personas to identify who they are marketing to and recognize some of those persona’s shopping tendencies, places this visit and identifying information to use for their business and marketing purposes.
Here are the three personas available:
Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant
The St. Charles Business Alliance will reimburse up to 50% of the cost for storefront improvements, such as a sign, awning or lighting, for properties located within the Downtown St. Charles SSA-1B Boundary. The maximum reimbursement grant is not to exceed 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $1,000.
Available Commerical Real Estate
We invite you to discover the business opportunities that await you in Downtown St. Charles. From the unique charm of a beautifully maintained, historic building to new or existing space in a mixed-use development, we have what you are looking for.