Start-Up Businesses

James-Emery Elkin Behind Bar at MicroclimateThe resources available to start-ups in Geneva easily rival those of much larger communities. The City and its partners guide you through the development process, and support you with funding opportunities and technical advice that is critical to getting your business moving.

James-Emery Elkin
Owner Microclimate Wine Bar

Initial Support

Entrepreneurial spirit is in Geneva’s DNA.  The City and our economic development partners have made support of start-ups a central focus of our economic development strategy. Geneva and our partners can support you through your business planning process, with an expansive network of business expertise and advice.

People Having Conference Call in Tech SpaceIn addition to our internal resources, the City has a range of partners who can guide you along the path to success. Through our partnership with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, City start-ups are eligible for technical guidance through SCORE, a team of retired executives who can provide their expertise and advice as your plan develops.

Start-ups in Geneva can also access the benefits of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The agency’s local staff can provide a range of support services to startups, including business plan development and sourcing of start-up funding.

Financing Your Plan

Once your plan is in good shape, the City can facilitate the financing you need to get your doors open. Whether it's making a connection with a local lender, facilitating a loan with one of our partners, or supporting you through our own Revolving Loan Fund program, we can help you put together a financing package.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Local Development Corporation manages investments in start-ups through our Revolving Loan Fund that are used for:

  • Equipment acquisition
  • Facility rent
  • Payroll
  • Working capital

Other sources of capital that can be paired with city mandated funds to round out your financial package include:

With a plan and finances the last decision is location!

  1. Single Person Firms
  2. High Production Firms

Downtown Geneva is brimming with businesses pursuing the all American dream in this all American city.

Contact Geneva BID via email for business inquiries regarding spaces downtown.