Trotwood wants entrepreneurs for pop-up shop plan

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — A retail space which sat mostly empty a year ago is getting its fair share of foot traffic.

It’s part of plan to revitalize a city which has seen a few large businesses leave over the years.

“I think Trotwood is going to be on the up now,” said Deborah Smith, chairperson for the Trotwood Pop-Up Business Project. “We’ve got a good team of people working hard to make some progress.”

Trotwood wants to give the momentum it has seen this year a little extra push. The city is setting sights on a successful pop-up business model just down the road in Dayton.

“They explained to us what their process was,” said Bruce Kettelle, President of the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce. “We pretty much copied what they have done. They’ve got a pretty successful program and I think that using theirs as our model, we’ll do well, too.”

Entrepreneurs will be able to submit a proposal to the Trotwood Chamber to open their own business.

If the plan is accepted, one of the vacant spaces will be theirs for at least six months or longer if it is successful.

To help the new businesses, incentives will be given like three months of rent abatement and leases below market value.

It is a plan the Chamber hopes will give Trotwood more momentum after an already busy year.

“This spring, Trotwood seemed to be turning a corner,” said Kettelle. “This year, we’ve landed 18 new businesses in Trotwood. This is a great time to take a chance on Trotwood.”

Small business owners will also get some help from the city for training on how to make a small business be successful.

Officials hope it will lead to more options for shoppers in the area.

“I think we’re going to have a vibrant community,” said Smith. “I’m very hopeful and optimistic. As long as we have our team in place and working hard to make this happen, anything is possible.”

The deadline to submit an application to the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14.

The goal is to have the earliest shops open by spring of next year.

Anyone interested can submit their name, business name, business address, telephone number, and email address to Deborah Smith or David Rice at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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