With the success of the Neighborhood Champion project, as part of American Express’ Small Business Saturday, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is launching the Small Business Spotlight (#PDPSpotlight) program to engage with patrons and create strategic initiatives that support, strengthen, and further develop small businesses in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Small Business Spotlight will focus on outreach and partnership opportunities for Downtown Businesses, which will also include opportunities to participate in Downtown events and programming in an effort to increase awareness of their business, provide unique sales opportunities, and more effectively engage Downtown patrons.
As part of the outreach, Downtown businesses are encouraged to sign-up for the In the Know e-newsletter which publishes monthly and includes information on upcoming partnership opportunities, available workshops and resources, and logistic information such as construction and event road closures. In addition, be sure to use #PDPSpotlight when participating in events so patrons and other businesses alike can follow your activity.
We also have a Shop + Dine Guide for 2016 that is a walking map of Downtown retailers and corresponding restaurants in each district. You can download the map here.
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will once again host the Small Business Spotlight at the Market Square Farmers Market program for the 2017 season. The program was piloted last year with high regards from participating retailers.
With 7,000 to 10,000 visitors coming through the Market Square Farmers Market each week, this is an ideal opportunity for you to not only make additional lunch time sells, but also connect many thousands of potential customers. The Market opens in May and runs through October every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
As we move into 2017, a few changes have been made to allow the Spotlight program to be a better tool for businesses to promote their brick-and-mortar shop, as well as acting as a platform for their retail sales.
APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN SPRING 2017. Check back soon!
Please contact Becky Thatcher at Bthatcher@downtownpittsburgh.com or 412-325-0157 with any questions.
In addition to the Spotlight at the Market Square Farmers Market, we also have food vendor opportunities for our Downtown restaurants at our quarterly Night Markets. PDP Night Markets turn parking lots into an awesome outdoor pop-up shopping market and festival for one night! Join us for three Markets this year filled with food, cocktails, beer, music, jewelry, apparel, photography, art, accessories, home decor and more from some of Pittsburgh’s best local independent vendors. For more information, please visit: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/what-we-do/programming/night-market.
If you are interested in participating in the Farmers Market, or learning of other upcoming opportunities, please contact Becky Thatcher and she will answer questions and walk you through the next steps.