LANCASTER – Local entrepreneurs now have a low-cost option for launching their dream businesses – right on The BLVD!
The City of Lancaster and private partner InSite Development Tuesday unveiled the Start Small Incubator Program, an initiative that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to launch their business ventures on The BLVD with free-standing kiosks.
“This is a great day for small business people,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Ron Smith.
Smith said the Start Small Incubator Program will benefit talented business owners who lack the resources needed to start a brick-and-mortar store.
“This allows them, for a small amount of money, to be able to get in and maybe start their dream…” Smith said. “If they are successful and they start building it, they can actually move from one of these kiosks into actually owning their own building.”
The City has designated 32 spaces as potential kiosk locations throughout The BLVD. The spaces are located primarily on the median, with additional spaces along some sidewalks and red curbs, according to a City news release.
No parking spaces will be removed, the release states.
“This is a great, great way for people that have that entrepreneurial mind, that passion, that purpose of making something happen in their lives and in our community, to start with these kiosks,” said Lancaster Council Member Sandra Johnson. “I’m looking forward to being a big part of helping [to] rent out these kiosks so that these people’s dreams can come true.”
At a press conference Tuesday, officials unveiled the prototype for the new kiosks.
“This prototype is the first of many that will line the main center of The Blvd,” said Wah Chen, of InSite Development. “The local kiosks will give entrepreneurs an affordable option to launch their dream business in 500 to 700 square feet of space.”
The first of the kiosks will be installed in the center strip, near the intersection of Fig Avenue and The BLVD. Entrepreneurs will be selected for these kiosks within the next few days and will begin operating their new businesses in about two months, according to the City news release. Around 15 tenants are on a waiting list to launch a variety of retail businesses, as the kiosks are manufactured. Additional tenants are being sought.
At Tuesday’s press conference, the City picked up another interested tenant. Lancaster residents Andrew and Keisha Como were driving by and stopped to inquire when they saw the new kiosk.
“It looks attractive, like somebody could walk up to it and feel comfortable to purchase something,” Andrew Como said. “I really like the design because it’s not too small and crammed in, it’s a good size.”
Andrew Como got information from InSite representatives and said he would be applying to open up a business in one of the new kiosks.
Those interested in participating in the Start Small Incubator Program may contact InSite Development at 818-789-5550.