Commercial Site Dos and Don’ts Workshop Offers Assistance for Business Start-Ups and Businesses Seeking to Expand

The City of Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and agencies represented on its Site Review Committee (SRC) are working with community partners to launch a new program designed to help people interested in starting or expanding a business be more successful. The first “Commercial Site Dos and Don’ts” workshop will be held on April 26 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest Indiana Chamber, 318 Main St., Suite 401.

The Commercial Dos and Don’ts workshop was created in combination with the Area Plan Commission (APC), Building Commission, Mayors’ Office and the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center for aspiring entrepreneurs unfamiliar with starting a new business and existing business owners looking to expand.

“The goal is to provide the business owner the information they need to make an informed decision prior to moving forward with a project,” said Area Plan Commission Executive Director Ron London.  “Once that decision has been made, we can provide help in answering any questions they have regarding the technical standards and documentation required by code to move the project forward. All of the members of the Site Review Committee are there to help and want your business to succeed.”

Participants will be able to talk to expert members of the Site Review Committee after the presentation, one-on-one or as a group, with representatives from the APC, City Engineer’s Office, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Commission, Vanderburgh County Health Department, Evansville Fire Department, Evansville Water & Sewer Utility, Department of Metropolitan Development – Redevelopment Commission, Vanderburgh County Surveyor’s Office, and the Vanderburgh County Engineer’s Office. Committee members will be there to explain the role each has on the Site Review Committee, provide information about the items their department requires, and answer questions. These items should be extremely useful and should be considered prior to opening a business, making improvements to a current building, or relocating a business.

Representatives from Vectren will also be there to discuss the utility’s Commercial Energy Programs offering rebates and instant discounts on energy efficient improvements, and the Health Department will give a presentation on food safety and building regulations for those wanting to open a restaurant or food truck.

The event is free, open to the public, and will have a Spanish Interpreter.

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