In partnership with the City of Oil City, the Oil City Main Street Program (OCMS) offers a Façade Improvement Grant Program which provides reimbursable, 50/50 matching grants of up to $5,000 for exterior storefront improvements on eligible buildings located within the Oil City Main Street District. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis now through March 2022 unless funding is depleted sooner. Learn more here and find complete details with links to application materials on our Façade Grant Information Page.
Farmers’ market season is almost here! We’re on the lookout for local and regional vendors selling homegrown, handmade or farm-fresh fruits & vegetables, plants & flowers, baked goods, dairy, meats, and more! The Oil City Farmers’ Market operates on Thursdays, 9 am-2 pm, June through September on Central Avenue near Christ Episcopal Church and the Oil City Library. Learn more about the market here – for vendor information, contact the Oil City Main Street Program at (814) 677-3152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oil City Main Street Program's Economic Vitality Committee presents a newly updated version of the "Opportunity: Oil City" Business Resource Guide! This guide includes tips for planning or improving your business, a checklist for city permits and other approvals, financial incentives and lending sources, an annual list of downtown events, and helpful contact information. Printed copies will also be available in City Hall, the Oil City Main Street Program Office and other community locations. For more information on opening a business in downtown Oil City, contact the Oil City Main Street Office at 814.677.3152 x 101.
Click here for a list of helpful COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, updated 3/25/2021. For additional information on grants, loans, or other tools for small businesses, please contact the Oil City Main Street Office at 814.677.3152 x 101.
Regardless of whether your business is retail, service, restaurant, manufacturing, non-profit or other: a friendly and welcoming exterior is a reflection on your business and helps to make our downtown an inviting place. Check out our “Friendly Storefronts” tip sheet for some practical suggestions – we encourage you to look at your storefront from across the street and consider ways to perk things up! For more information or to arrange for an on-site visit, contact the Oil City Main Street Office at 814-677-3152.