BUILDING BUSINESSES, REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES
ALTShop is a unique approach to revitalizing our communities using pop-up shops as retail incubators.
We lower the barriers for business start-ups, existing businesses seeking to test a location, and those simply
wanting to test a concept through use of temporary, short-term space for operation of your business.
Born from the idea that retail plays a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, ALTShop activates vacant storefronts –for days, weeks, or months — to help build local businesses and increase a community’s visibility and vibrancy. ALTShop creates partnerships to activate spaces, test new business concepts, and provide business support services to help sustain and grow local businesses.
ALTShop is a small business incubator program managed by Communities Unlimited. ALTSHOP places businesses in vacant properties for a period of up to 6 months.
Our management consultants work with rural communities and their leadership to help them occupy vacant storefronts with small businesses for a 6 month incubation period. Throughout the program we identify vacant storefronts, negotiate with property owners, sign short-term leases, recruit and select startup or relocating businesses. We also cluster a group of at least 3 small businesses for simultaneous launch and provide 6 months of marketing efforts. During incubation, each business owner receives various types of financial and managerial assistance on-site at their business location.
- Unique opportunity
- Low risk test for entrepreneurs
- Business support services
- Below market or free rent
- Marketing and PR services