Start Up Downtown is a new initiative of the Downtown Management District to reestablish Downtown El Paso as the City’s foremost location for investment, entrepreneurship and opportunity for all types, sizes and forms of business. The initiative brings together the resources and expertise of numerous economic development partners including the Downtown Management District, City of El Paso Economic Development Department, El Paso County Economic Development Department, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Border Center, the Small Business Development Center Network, the Minority Business Development Agency, and others. These resources will be available to existing and potential downtown businesses and property owners.
3 Areas of Focus
- Business Services
Utilizing many existing services the DMD already provides, we increase our outreach to existing businesses and property owners to help provide them with information and resources to operate in our ever-changing world and take advantage of the new opportunities emerging in our resurging downtown. Business Services includes grants, marketing, web/social media coaching, business development, and available property listings.
- Connections and Information
When determining where to locate your office or establish a business, information and understanding about the area is critical. Basic demographic information currently exists for properties and businesses within Downtown El Paso. We will supplement that content with information gained from additional research, surveys and on the street analysis. With the support of property owners, we’ll maintain a list of available properties. Lastly, we continue to expose El Pasoans to local businesses through our ongoing promotions and events.
- 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop & Tour
The concept which started it all was the need for an event to connect entrepreneurs with the information, expertise and opportunity that exists in Downtown El Paso. On Saturday, September 15th the DMD and its partner agencies will host the first annual Start Up Downtown 1 to 1 Business Seminar, Workshop & Tour! Entrepreneurs will be invited to this FREE event (registration at www.downtownelpaso.com) to learn about downtown’s changing economy and hear from current downtown business owners. From there, they will be able to speak 1 to 1 with a variety of service providers who cater to small business development. Business development and service professionals will be on hand to start conversations. Lastly, attendees will be invited to tour available spaces that day and speak to brokers about future relationships. The overall goal of this event is to expose the public to opportunities downtown and to plant the seeds for future investment.
9:30am – 10am Check-in & Registration
10am – 10:15am Networking
10:15 – 11am Seminar
Speakers Include: Joe Gudenrath, DMD; Mel Maese Goldberg, Pizza Joint; Miguel Diaz, Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown; Johnny Escalante, One:One & Later, Later; Emily Beardmore, El Paso Live; and Dr. Paul Kortenaar, El Paso children’s museum.
11am – 1pm Workshop
Participants Include: Ghostlight Creative; Lift Fund; Devo Design & Construction; Bright Sol Tech; Downtown Management District; City of El Paso Economic Development; Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Development Center; El Paso Inc.; Event Creators; Women’s Business Border Center; and Minority Business Development Agency.
12pm – 3pm Tour
Available properties include: 416 N. Stanton St.; 501 S. Campbell; 300 E. Main; 304 S. Stanton St.; 100 N. Stanton St.; 401 E. Main; 500 N. Oregon; and 109 N. Oregon.
The Start Up Downtown is sponsored by the Downtown Management District, El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Electric, El Paso Inc., Event Creators, and Mithoff Burton Partners.
Start Up Downtown Champions
In addition to the partnerships identified to support business investment, this initiative will be most successful with the support and embrace of our Start Up Downtown Champions. These are all of our existing businesses who recognize that we are stronger as a unified voice celebrating the opportunity of downtown investment and the welcoming of all investment. Business development, density, variety and even competition will allow Downtown El Paso to stand out within our community as an economic engine and a destination for all El Pasoans and visitors to our city.