The WCDC helps businesses in Wilkinsburg succeed through small business workshops, mini-grants, and other types of support. Here you will find forms for any ongoing WCDC projects that your business may be eligible for.
Use the links below to learn about valuable programs that support your success.
Wilkinsburg Market Analysis: 2022 Update
Presentation recording with DDA Advisors (Zoom, 9/26/22)
Powerpoint presentation slides (DDA Advisors, 9/26/22)
Business Image Improvement Fund
The WCDC is pleased to have funding available to support small businesses within Wilkinsburg’s Central Business District. Fund requests up to $5,000 will be considered for projects to improve the physical and/or virtual appearance of a business. Fill out the Business Image Improvement Fund Application to be considered for funding.
*Some improvement work must be reviewed by the Wilkinsburg Community and Civic Arts Commission which requires a separate guidelines & application.
Tax Credit Programs
To partner your business with local nonprofits and government agencies, consider applying for a Tax Credit program and improve your community. Application for Tax Credit Under The Neighborhood Assistance Act
Learn more about the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit.
In order to maintain a desirable business district, properties must have appropriate permits. To learn more about code requirements please visit the code website.
In 2013, the Borough of Wilkinsburg adopted a revised Zoning Ordinance. Click here to view it. Please visit the Borough’s website for more information. Please contact Code Enforcement at (412) 244-2923 if you have any questions. Thank you for working with the Borough to enhance our business community!
The Borough of Wilkinsburg has an innovative way for qualified business owners, developers and investors to invest in commercial property in the Borough through a Tax Base Expansion Ordinance. The ordinance includes Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) and Tax Compromise components.
The LERTA application, referred to as the Wilkinsburg Tax Abatement Program, offers a 10 year graduated increase in property taxes on improvements made to real property in Wilkinsburg. Any person, organization, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or association may apply. In addition to this tax abatement, the Borough also offers an Enhanced Tax Abatement. The difference between the regular and enhanced tax abatement programs is dependent on the property type. Both programs require the same application, which must be submitted when acquiring a building permit for improvement or construction.
The Tax Compromise Program addresses the issue of back taxes on real estate owed to the Borough and the Wilkinsburg School District.
This ordinance is a result of a joint tax committee of the Borough, the Wilkinsburg School District and Allegheny County. The aim of these efforts is to reduce barriers to private investment in the Borough and to enhance existing and upcoming economic development projects.
Find out more about the Business Privilege Tax and what it means for your business.
Core Four Workshop Series
Launching, expanding or relocating a business can be intimidating to even a seasoned entrepreneur. For those who are new to business ownership, the task can be even more daunting. That’s where CORE FOUR comes into play. Offered by the WCDC since 2015, this business planning course teaches aspiring and existing business owners the fundamental skill sets they need to set themselves up for success. To date, more than 100 people have graduated from the program.
Façade Renovation Program
The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) provides funding for façade improvements of commercial buildings. Applicants within Wilkinsburg’s Main Street District will be given priority and must follow design guidelines. Fund requests up to $5,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as long as funding is available.
Rental Assistance Program
The WCDC provides funding for ambitious businesses looking to move to Wilkinsburg. Businesses may be eligible for rental assistance for their first year of occupancy. Through this program, the WCDC supports small business owners with 50% of their annual rent, up to $5,000. See guidelines and apply today!
The WCDC connects local entrepreneurs with professionals that can assist with marketing, accounting, and other areas of need.
Chamber of Commerce
Since 1893, the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce has been promoting Wilkinsburg as a premier place to live, work, and play. The Chamber holds board meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 8 a.m. Meetings are open to chamber members and are held at the Wilkinsburg Borough Building, 605 Ross Avenue, 2nd Floor.
To learn more about the chamber and to apply to become a member, please visit wilkinsburgchamber.com.
Neighborhood Community Development Fund
The Neighborhood Community Development Fund is a community-focused loan fund. The mission of the Neighborhood Community Development Fund is to provide responsible and affordable credit to businesses, with a focus on minority and women entrepreneurs throughout Allegheny County. Over the past two decades, The Neighborhood Community Development Fund has been a trustworthy strategic partner that empowers people to take the next step by growing businesses and revitalizing neighborhoods. Learn more at NCD-Fund.org.