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  • "When Voodoo Brewery was exploring opening a location outside of Western PA, Lancaster City Alliance convinced us that Lancaster has the vibrancy we were looking for and the type of environment where we would thrive."
    - Andrew Volanski, Manager, Voodoo Brewery Lancaster

  • Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

    "As co-owner of The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24, I appreciate how the Lancaster City Alliance works with merchants to troubleshoot issues facing the local business community."
    - Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

  • Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

    "The West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Group has benefited so much from the efforts of Lancaster City Alliance. Thanks to their efforts we can proudly say that West Lancaster Jewels is “Love Where We Live,” as we have some of the most blocks adopted in the City of Lancaster.”
    - Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

  • Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

    "The Lancaster City Alliance is a ground-breaker in promoting small, local businesses making our city vibrant and safe. They are visionaries, promoters, and connectors."
    - Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

  • Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

    "The Lancaster City Alliance team worked with me to find the perfect location for my store and helped to promote the launch of my new enterprise."
    - Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

Building On Strength – CRIZ Funding Helps Small Businesses Invest

CRIZ funding helps small businesses invest

Blazin-Js
The Blazin’ J’s staff at their E. King Street restaurant

The City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) Small Business Financial Assistance pilot-program now provides grants to entrepreneurs setting up, improving, or expanding a small business within Lancaster City’s designated improvement zone. The purpose of the financial incentive is to encourage entrepreneurs to do business in Lancaster City, which helps to promote community growth and vitality. The pilot program is being expanded to a grant and loan program in support of small business growth. The expanded program is expected to be in place by April. Last year six small businesses received CRIZ grants. Hear from Nicole Vasquez, Owner and Founder of Blazin’ J’s and Nicole Taylor Boutique.

What type of advice do have you for other small businesses looking to pursue CRIZ funding?

“CRIZ is a great program and helped us at Blazin’ J’s get our vent system, which would have been extremely expensive for us to purchase out-of-pocket, especially as a start-up restaurant,” said Nicole. “I highly recommend any small business in the CRIZ zoning to apply for CRIZ funding. It will definitely help take your business to the next level without having the out-of-pocket burden for the big expenses,” said Vasquez.

To begin the application process for CRIZ small business funding, go to cultivatelancaster.com.