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Business Resources

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. 

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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: 

  • Site Selection Assistance

  • Business Incentive Information

  • Marketing Tools & Education

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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.

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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:

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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. 

Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant Application

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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. 

Here is a list of available commercial properties within the City of St. Charles

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