Downtown Bloomington is a great place to locate or start a business! With its distinct architecture and vibrant energy, Downtown hosts many thriving start-up businesses and long-established businesses. City staff are available to assist you with starting or expanding your business in Downtown.
Downtown Business Start-up Resources:
- Downtown Commercial Real Estate Report
Looking for a space for your retail store or office? Click here to view the Downtown Bloomington Commercial Real Estate Report (updated monthly).
- Guide to Starting a Business in Bloomington
Click here to view the City's Guide to Starting a Business and to find other great resources for small businesses.
- Enterprise Zone
All of Downtown Bloomington is located within the Bloomington-Normal Enterprise Zone. Property owners investing in buildings in Downtown can take advantage of the Enterprise Zone’s building materials sales tax exemption benefit. Contact the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council for more information.
- Harriet Fuller Rust Grant
The Harriet Fuller Rust Facade Grant Program is designed to improve the appearance, safety, structural integrity and quality of storefronts and buildings in the City’s central business district.
This grant program is named after Harriet Fuller Rust, in recognition of her many contributions to the community. Many Bloomington area organizations have benefited from Mrs. Rust’s time and energy over the years. For more information about how to apply for the Harriet Fuller Rust Grant, please click here.