Are you interested in opening a business in downtown Oxford?
Oxford Mainstreet Inc. is here to provide assistance! Please feel free to call our office and schedule an appointment with our Director. She will walk you through the steps necessary to open a business in Downtown Oxford.
Visit: 13 South Third Street, Oxford
In the meantime, look below for a number of helpful resources to help you in your endeavor.
Before you purchase a property, sign a rental agreement or change the type of business . . .
Call the Borough Manager – (610) 932-2500 Ext. 302
Confirm with your title company that they have requested a Certification of Taxes ($20) for the BID fees if you are purchasing property within the Business Improvement District. You or your title company will be responsible for payment of BID taxes not collected at settlement. You may also fax your request for certification – (610) 599-8303.
The Business Improvement District (BID) assessment is .0004. This assessment is approximately one-quarter of OMI’s annual budget. The balance of the budget is fulfilled with sponsors, donations, fundraising and grants. The BID receives services from OMI such as downtown beautification programs, marketing programs, events programs and other economic vitality services to increase visitors to our downtown.
Click here for more information about being a BID Business.
Click here to view the available properties in Downtown Oxford
Oxford Borough Manager
Contact the Borough Manager – (610) 932-2500 ext. 302
(BEFORE you purchase a property, sign an rental agreement or change the type of business)
Oxford Area Sewer Authority
Contact the Oxford Area Sewer Authority – (610) 932-3493
There is a filing process through the OASA and State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Codes Enforcement and HARB
Contact the Codes Enforcement Officer – (610) 932-2500 ext. 307
- Apply for a Use and Occupancy Permit
- Apply for a Building Permit if you are adding to the outside, including signs, awnings, etc.
- Borough of Oxford Historic District Ordinance:
- A Building Permit may trigger a Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) review – Application
- HARB meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. (as needed) at Borough Hall (401 Market Street)
- Send Application, supporting documents/photos/drawings to Sherry Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of the meeting
- HARB Board:
Sherry Andrews, Chair
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
PA Dept. of State, Business & Charities
Choose a Business Structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or sub-chapter “s”or”c” corporation, Limited Liability Partnership (LLC), etc.) To form a corporation in the state of Pennsylvania, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Department of State (form DSCB:1306). Phone: 717-787-1057
Register your fictitious name with the Department of State. A fictitious name is any assumed or fictitious name, style or designation other than the proper name of the entity using such a name. The term includes the name of any association, general partnership, business trust, syndicate, joint venture or similar combination of groups of persons. To register, you must file form DSCB:54-311n with the Corporation Bureau of the Department of State. Before or after registering a fictitious name, you will be required to place an advertisement in newspapers of general circulation in Chester County (such as the Daily Local News or Chester County Press), as well as a legal paper in Chester County.
Business Plan Preparation Assistance
- SBA – US Small Business Administration
- Kutztown University – 610-458-5700
- Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) – 610-344-6910
- Chester County Economic Development Council – 610-458-5700
- Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce – 610-444-0774
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business.
BID Inter-Business Discounts
ALL BID customers doing renovations to the first floor retail spaces get a Contractor Courtesy Discount. We do not discount second floor apartments.
Scalewatcher – (610) 932-6888
Deep discounts to BID business that want to improve their water systems, includes free installation. E-mail Pam at email@example.com for a quote.