Bring more business to Wilmington. That's the goal of the downtown business alliance. But it's not just about attracting more businesses. Making sure the right kinds of businesses move into town is also important. It's all part of the revitalization effort downtown. Drive through Downtown Wilmington, and you'll find a wide variety of shops and restaurants. You'll also find empty store-fronts, waiting to be occupied. But the downtown business alliance wants to change that. "There are certain businesses that are missing in downtown. and we felt that if we created a situation that was a little easier for new business to come in, it would be a winning situation for them as well as for the public-at-large that was looking for particular business that was lacking," Chris Andrews of the Downtown Business Alliance. According to a recent downtown business alliance survey, people want to see moderately priced men's, women's, and children's wear shops move into vacant spaces. So the business alliance created an incentive program to attract those types of businesses. "We do have some prime locations in downtown where we can offer the first two months rent free to them. In addition, we will also offer them a free year membership to the downtown business alliance," says Andrews. In order to qualify, aspiring owners need to submit a proposal to be reviewed by the business alliance. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
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