Downtown Johnson City is thriving and FULL of opportunity. It’s time to turn your tomorrow into NOW, and bring your big dream to downtown Johnson City.

Always dreamed of opening a boutique shopping experience? We have a grant available to help support local entrepreneurs who want to open a retail marketplace filled with specialty vendors!

You will own your store, but we will assist with the first years rent, some build out and marketing. This grant opens in June, however all applicants must attend the CO.STARTERS cohort that begins April 13.

This grant is designed to fill a large, former department store and is through TN Economic and Community Development and Connect Downtown Johnson City.

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Tune in weekly to Downtown Johnson City’s social media pages or click the link below as success stories and vacant properties with loads of potential are showcased!


Wanting to know more information about CO.STARTERS? Click HERE