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Lawrenceville Corporation offers a full-time Business District Manager. The Business District Manager is dedicated to promoting the business district and support the businesses of Lawrenceville through advocacy, resource navigating and sharing, brainstorming, problem solving, and programming. Set up a time to meet and talk through your business, goals, and the ways we can best support your business!

Abi Gildea

Abi Gildea

Business District Manager

General Resources

Become a Member of Lawrenceville Corporation

Join us in membership today! Members can sit on Lawrenceville Corporation committees, vote for positions within LC’s board and committees, and receive discounts on business district programming. All of our members receive a subscription to a Lawrenceville business resource based e-newsletter, strategic discounts, access to networking events, the knowledge that they are making a difference for the community, and so much more.

Members of the Lawrenceville Corporation should reflect our organizational vision and values, which you can read in full here. By joining as a member, you acknowledge, understand and commit to upholding those values and vision to make our neighborhood an authentic, equitable and accessible place.

Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh – Business Owners Facebook Group

Join our Facebook Group to ask questions and see updates from LC. This isn’t the only place where you can ask questions and receive updates, but just one of them. Please make sure you answer all the membership questions, otherwise you will not be allowed to join the group.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Business Resource Round Up
Are you a LV business owner? If so, make sure you’re signed up for our Business Resource Round Up Newsletter! Our Business District Manager puts together all of the most relevant and updated resources for a one-stop-shop newsletter for your LV based business. This newsletter goes out at least once a month and at most twice a month. If you are a business owner, make sure you sign up today!

#LVPGH News & Updates
This newsletter is where you can receive general updates from the overall organization. This goes out monthly.

Submit Newsletter Content

Lawrenceville Corporation sends a monthly newsletter that contains community happenings. Submit this form to be included in this newsletter. Please note that filling out this form does not mean automatic inclusion in the newsletter.

  • Content is due by the last Monday of the month and the newsletter sent around the first Monday of the Month.
  • We do not include personal fundraisers and political ads.
  • Contact kara@lawrencevillecorp.com with any questions.
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Bloomfield Development Corporation, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and Lawrenceville Corporation have joined together to offer help collaboratively to small businesses and residents in their communities.

Once the pandemic hit, the organizations immediately responded by helping businesses explore and embrace new business models, providing technical assistance to business owners, applying for loans and grants, and advocating for business-friendly policies.

By launching the ExploreBGL and upcoming shared events, connections between businesses, residents, and visitors will grow stronger. Comb through the online directory to build a day in all three neighborhoods. Local businesses are the backbone of our districts and BGL is home to local artists, makers, chefs, brewers, and entrepreneurs old and new. This shared website will serve the East End business community for years to come.

Neighborhood Community Development Fund

Sometimes, we all need a little support. The Neighborhood Community Development Fund (NCDF) – formerly known as the “Northside Community Development Fund” – is in your corner when it comes to providing assistance to businesses seeking capital, tax incentives, site location assistance, and other services that can support your business’s success.

We work with a variety of entrepreneurs and community developers to connect them with the right local partners, because it’s important to have a reliable network. We also sit down with you to make sure your business plan is in place. Let us help you put your business or project on the right path.

For more info, visit Neighborhood Community Development Fund’s website.

Reach out to:
Rich Newell: Sr. Loan Officer • Newell@ncd-fund.org • (412)322-0290 x101
Stefani Smith: Loan Office • Smith@ncd-fund.org • (412)322-0290 x118

Bridgeway Capital

Bridgeway Capital work to combat injustices and advance opportunities by building capacity, investing capital, and developing underserved areas to grow businesses and revitalize places. Every interaction is an opportunity to establish mutual trust and build lasting relationships with our customers and community partners to help them reach their goals. Their financing and business assistance are tailored to each unique story.

When you apply for funding, they do not push you into a ready-made solution. They look beyond the numbers and get to know your vision to offer tailored financing. Their fair, flexible financing can work with credit challenges, collateral gaps, and complex transactions in need of creative funding solutions.

Learn how they can help.

City of Pittsburgh – Office of Nighttime Economy

The office of Nighttime Economy lives in Pittsburgh’s Public Safety office. Responsible for all things nightlife in Pittsburgh and assisting businesses with navigating the ins and outs of operating a nighttime business.

For more information, please send them an email and someone will reach out to answer your questions:

Nighttime Economy Manager – allison.harden@pittsburghpa.gov

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)

The URA is committed to supporting Pittsburgh’s next generation of creators, thinkers, innovators, and inventors by fostering new entrepreneurship and business expansion.

For businesses and entrepreneurs, the URA offers a variety of gap financing products and expert services to help you expand your business and attract new customers.

Whether your business is considering a move to Pittsburgh, building a new facility to accommodate expansion, seeking working capital to underwrite growth, purchasing or leasing new equipment, or all of the above, we’re here to help.

For more information, please send them an email and someone will reach out to help move your project forward: bizsolutions@ura.org

For more info, visit URA’s website.

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants

Are you recycling, donating food, or sourcing locally? Do you want save money and bring more guests through your doors? Earn your designation as a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant and be recognized for your commitments to the environment, society, and the economy while building your business in sustainable ways. Join 16 of your Lawrenceville neighbor restaurants and chefs (and more than 100+ across the city), including Spirit, Kickback Pinball Cafe, 52nd Street Market, Senti, The Pittsburgh Juice Company, Smoke BBQ & Taqueria, Burghers Lawrenceville, The Abbey on Butler Street, Allegheny Wine Mixer, The Vandal, Cinderlands Beer Co., Banh Mi and Ti and Driftwood Oven. Many restaurants in the program have been featured in Table Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine for their sustainable efforts.

For more info, visit Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant’s website.

Three Rivers Business Alliance

Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) is a membership-based, business advocacy organization dedicated to making the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region an influential and diverse business community for people of all genders and sexualities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer,intersex, asexual, pansexual, and allies (LGBTQIA+), by promoting economic development and growth through equal opportunities, insightful education, effective leadership, and lasting partnerships.

For more info, visit Three Rivers Business Alliance’s website.

Visit Pittsburgh Membership

Members of the Lawrenceville Corporation can team up with VisitPITTSBURGH to encourage travelers to visit our neighborhood. VisitPITTSBURGH is our city’s official tourism promotion agency. Member businesses will receive 75% off of VisitPITTSBURGH membership fees. For $160 a year, neighborhood merchants can receive: business listing in the 2018 visitors guide, business listing in PLAY, a publication specifically designed for tourists, a web listing on VisitPITTSBURGH’s website, a partner decal, and invitations to partner events.


Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world. More than 2.5 million people have raised over $1 billion on Kiva.

At Kiva, they believe in character over credit and the power of community-based lending. Because of these beliefs, they provide funding opportunities for entrepreneurs where conventional lenders won’t.

For more info, visit Kiva’s website.

Honeycomb Credit

Trying to expand? Refinancing high interest debt? Bank turned you down for a loan? Grow your business without giving away the store.

Honeycomb allows your community to invest in your business in a new way – loan crowdfunding. Your customers and fans chip in as little as $100, you raise the money you need to grow your business, and you pay them back with interest.

A Honeycomb campaign strengthens your customer loyalty, gets your business a marketing boost, and helps you grow your revenue by 60% on average!

For more info, visit Honeycomb’s website.

Small Change

Small Change allows everyday people to invest in real estate projects that change cities and neighborhoods for the better, and we created our proprietary Change Index to track that change.

For more info, visit SmallChange’s website.

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