If you haven’t heard yet, Collinwood has been kind of exploding in popularity. People are snatching up houses almost as fast as they hit the market. We’ve got a lot more visitor traffic, as Collinwood quickly becomes recognized as one of the quirkiest and most authentic stops anywhere in the Midwest. Don’t believe us? Well, from BroadwayWorld to Nonprofit Quarterly to The Wall Street Journal to International Business Times, it seems like folks are taking notice of what’s happening up in North Shore Collinwood.
The difference in the neighborhood is visible – perhaps nowhere more than in the world of commercial real estate. These days, grabbing a spot on Waterloo is getting harder and harder. And with a variety of new businesses laying down stakes on East 156th and East 185th, commercial space is getting challenging neighborhood-wide.
But don’t worry; you have friends in North Shore Collinwood. We’re all about supporting independent merchants, we’re all about rewarding creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, and we’re all about trying to find pathways to space ownership for neighborhood start-ups.
We’re the folks that will happily geek out helping you create a business plan, get you connected to other neighborhood entrepreneurs and navigate financing options. We’re also the people with our finger on the pulse of what property is available in our neighborhood. Even with the real estate market heating up, we’ll be by your side as you find the perfect home for your business.
Sure, a changing neighborhood – an improving neighborhood – might mean we need to work a little harder and think a little quicker to help you out. But we’re up for the challenge. We’re scrappy like that.
One of the biggest headaches for a new business is figuring out where you want to be and scouring the area for spaces that your fit your needs. Figuring out what your technical and logistical space needs are, assessing property conditions, reaching out to a slew of property owners and figuring out how to rent or buy that ideal space at a reasonable rate … It’s just about a full-time job itself.
Trust us – we understand. Here in North Shore Collinwood, we’ve assembled a team of seasoned professionals who know the neighborhood real estate market inside and out. They’re out in the field, getting a sense of property conditions, frequently communicating with landlords and other property owners, and assessing what kinds of new businesses people in our neighborhood want and will support financially.
When it comes to neighborhood real estate, we really know our stuff. And why do we put all that time, work and energy into becoming experts? So new business owners don’t have to.
We want local entrepreneurs to be able to focus on their passions – not invest all their effort wading into the details. It’s the fastest, most efficient way to help independent business people – and to bolster our neighborhood economy in the process.
So instead of suffering through your headaches yourself, let us help. Reach out by e-mail or phone, and we’ll start the conversation. We’ll get a sense of what you’re doing, what you want, what you need … and what you can afford. And from there, we’ll build out a plan for how we’ll get your space needs addressed. Leave the full-time space hunt to us.
We’re firm believers that starting a business shouldn’t be something that’s only an option for those with a lot of money.
North Shore Collinwood is brimming with popular local businesses that started out with a dream, a lot of determination … and very little financial resources. These establishments are definitely standing the test of time. Maybe it’s that the less you start with, the harder and smarter you work as an entrepreneur. Maybe it’s that having business leaders on the ground – instead of tucked inside some distant corporate office – means that businesses have a better sense of what works and what doesn’t work in a community like North Shore Collinwood. Maybe it’s just that merchants who are truly part of a grassroots community end up getting supported by the grassroots.
Regardless the reason, our neighborhood economy has exploded over the past decade … and we’d very much like to help you join their ranks. Our seasoned staff has a great track record helping emerging entrepreneurs.
We work with people who have a seed of a concept and help them craft the kind of business plan that turns that idea into something concrete and financially viable. We connect folks with local resources that can help them build up their financial literacy, improve their credit scores and get prepared for going out and grabbing investment dollars.
Navigating the money side of a new business certainly isn’t easy – it can be a tricky, tricky thing. But North Shore Collinwood has built its success not around saying “No” or “How is that possibly going to work?” We’re a community that says “Yes” and “What comes next to make that real?”
Isn’t it time that you said what comes next, too? Shoot us an e-mail or give us a call today to discuss how we can add you to the ranks of our amazing owners.