Great Business Begins Downtown features Kenn Kushner, owner of Kenn Kushner Designs; Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilities and Pasta's Daily Bread; Steve Morrison, owner of the Mission Restaurant; Mary Gorgoni, owner of Joseph's at the Carriage House; David Hoyne, owner of Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub; Amanda Gold, owner of Jet Black, Frankie & Faye and Bounce; Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse; Matt Godard, owner of Cafe Kubal; David Katleski, owner of Empire Brewing Company; Mark Bullis, owner of Bull & Bear and ProntoFresh; Fady Khabbaz, owner of Byblos Mediterranean Cafe; Tiffany Sisko, owner of the O Yoga Studio; and Ken & Tina Hills, owners of Sophistications Jazz Cafe.
Downtown Syracuse has a number of compelling selling points that make it a good place to do business. Downtown Syracuse is centrally located, houses 27,000 employees, is home to a rapidly growing residential population of 2,700, features the Centro Transit Hub, is adjacent to University Hill's 20,000 students and is becoming a center for tourism and convention business. Combined, all of these elements create a growing and vibrant urban center that can support a variety of retailers.
The Downtown Committee's retail recruitment event on Thursday, October 18 showed prospective retailers the retail opportunities that exist in Downtown Syracuse and help them locate a business here. Panel sessions included:
• Downtown Retailer Roundtable - What do existing retailers have to say about doing business downtown?
• Doing Business in Downtown Syracuse - Who's your market?
• Financing & Incentives - What are your options?
• Setting Up Shop - What's the process for opening another location and what questions do I ask?
• OK, I Like What I Hear! Now What? - Receive information on available downtown retail spaces, resource providers and more.
Click here for the 2011 event program (2012 program coming soon)
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