Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit
When you decide to follow your dreams and take a chance on bringing your truly unique idea to life, you don’t want to get lost in the noise of yet another strip mall… You owe it to yourself to give your vision a chance to flourish in a setting that values individualism and creativity while still recognizing that we’re all in this together. You may even qualify for financial assistance from the entrepreneur-friendly Main Street program to help you establish your new endeavor.
In West Reading, you’ll find a colorful, eclectic range of businesses, from mom-and-pop shops to international corporations, living harmoniously side by side. The local sense of pride and attention to detail shared by the community is apparent when you notice the finer points of the area; the whimsical signs, the lush landscaping, the frequent special events that attract a wide variety of loyal clientele, and the many other nuances that make West Reading the perfect location for your business. Looking for office space? See available properties here.
After you get settled in, you’ll quickly grow accustomed to the refreshing sense of community shared by your customers and your fellow merchants. When it’s time to take a break, you can spend a few quiet moments in the nearby park, or amble down the safe, clean streets to grab some lunch at one of the many restaurants within easy walking distance.
Some business owners even choose to live directly above their shops for the ultimate in convenience; just imagine having a five-second daily commute!
Many local business owners share the same purpose to make West Reading a distinct and thriving place to visit through the West Reading Business Association. You can help make a difference too! Members receive a variety of benefits, like marketing opportunities and all-access passes to special area events and festivals. See all of the benefits and join or renew here.
The West Reading Main Street Authority has sparked much of the local improvement by applying the widely successful strategies of the "Main Street America" program with the added support of a Borough-wide, long-term strategic plan for revitalization.
Elm Street is a partnership dedicated to revitalizing West Reading’s older neighborhoods in proximity to Penn Ave through programs that create homeowners, improve the housing stock, beautify the streetscape, increase safety, and involve residents.