Start Downtown

Start Downtown is a 6-month program providing site selection assistance, rent subsidies and marketing support to qualifying new and expanding business locating in retail or office space in the downtown Akron 42-block Special Improvement District.

With the support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the program is managed by Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) and led by DAP Director of Business Development, Laura Engle.

At this time, Downtown Akron Partnership is accepting for-profit business applications for the Start Downtown program.

We are seeking 3-5 participants that align with program objectives which include a focus on minority-owned and women-owned businesses.



Timeline - Please be sure to check back for updates.

June 17, 2020: Applications for Start Downtown open and in review


Burton D. Morgan Foundation


Read the Start Downtown press release.



How we help:

Business Services   Downtown Akron Commercial Real Estate   Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment   Elevate Greater Akron   Making It Happen


Interested in locating your business downtown?

Contact Kimberly Beckett today!