OBMSA Building & Business Technical Assistance
Choosing the right space is a major decision for any business, whether they are first opening or looking to
expand. Size, price, and location are all important factors that must be taken into consideration.
In order to ease the search process, we keep a listing of available spaces including links and contact information
on our website. In many cases we are also able to introduce businesses to local building owners and realtors.
OBMSA also uses the insights garnered from our market analysis and community surveys to identify certain
types of businesses that would fill a need in the downtown. By using our market data and offering grant and
technical assistance our staff works to attract appropriate businesses to the hamlet.
OBMSA offers assistance to business and building owners interested in
improving their sites. We offer in-house expertise on historic preservation,
facade improvements and site plan review. We also work with building
owners to secure funding to encourage appropriate historic designs.
We also kicked off our seventh cycle of funding for our Facade & Sign Grant
program in September. Since 2013 we have assisted 38 businesses in the
downtown, disbursing $67,875 in grant money and leveraging an additional
private investment of $140,000 into the downtown.
OBMSA leverages its positive relationship with the TOB Building Department to set up one-on-one consultations
in order to encourage investment in our downtown and ease hurdles for small business start ups. This gives
business and building owners the opportunity to discuss topics like zoning, permits, and variances as they apply
specifically to their site.
Armed with this knowledge, businesses and building owners can budget and plan accordingly, often entirely
avoiding unexpected expenses and costly delays.
OBMSA staff also regularly attends Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and Landmark Preservation Commission
meetings to keep apprised of developments in the downtown and speak on behalf of our members.
OBMSA provides essential market and demographic data to new and existing businesses to support development
with reliable data that accurately portrays the market. This allows people to make smart decisions for their
business and encourages growth in the economy.
We also host a business workshop series for our members, which focuses on marketing, website building, and
social media engagement. If there is a specific topic you would like to learn about, please contact our staff and
let us know!
Members of OBMSA can also take advantage of one-on-one consultations with experts from the Small Business
Administration, covering a range of topics specific to their individual businesses, such as financial planning,
business plans, expansion plans, etc.
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P.O. Box 116 • Oyster Bay, NY 11771 • Tel (516) 922-6982 • www.obmsa.org