Be Entrepreneurial

Start your business here in Bessemer! The City of Bessemer prides itself in connecting with existing and potential business owners to strengthen relationships and help our community continue to grow. If you are considering bringing a business to Bessemer, we have some information below. Feel free to contact us with any and all questions.

Pop Up Shops

The Downtown Development Authority will assist people looking to open a commercial business in Bessemer.

Click here for a map of available commercial property

Assistance available

  • Up to $500/ month in rental assistance for up to 6 months
  • 1:1 dollar match for upgrades with owners approval up to $500.

Contact the City Manager at 906-663-4311 for more information.

Redevelopment Ready Certified

The City of Bessemer is dedicated to working with developers in an efficient manner. The City underwent the Redevelopment Ready Community Initiative and is the second city in the Upper Peninsula to receive the designation and is the smallest community in Michigan to do so. Just because we are small doesn't mean we aren't open for redevelopment! Check out our Certification here.

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Business Retention

The City of Bessemer understands the importance of assisting and retaining existing businesses. The City is dedicated to working with existing businesses to better meet their needs. The City has teamed up with Michigan Small Business Development Center (http://sbdcmichigan.org/) to work with existing and startup businesses for classes and one on one assistance.

The City has an entire section of the Master Plan dedicated to existing businesses. This encompasses dedication to keep in communication with existing businesses to adapt to their needs as well as working to attract and retain an educated workforce.

Façade Assistance

The Downtown Development Authority has pledged to assist up to two businesses a year with façade improvements. This is a 1:1 match up to $3,500/ building. All buildings must be in the DDA district (most of the Commercial districts in Bessemer). Contact the City Manager for more details.

Traffic Counts

The City of Bessemer's downtown has quite a bit of traffic, motorized and non-motorized. We sat our counter down on two summer days for an hour at a time and counted the traffic. Below are our results.

 

Saturday, June 9th 

(One hour at a location)

Sophie St and Seller St:
Drivers: 43
Walkers: 11
Bikers: 2
Sophie St and E Long Year St:
Drivers: 59
Walkers: 11
Bikers: 5
Sophie St and E Mary St:
Drivers: 61
Walkers: 10
Bikers: 5
ATVs: 3

Saturday, Thursday, July 12th

(One hour at a location)

Sophie St and Seller St:
Drivers: 61
Walkers: 13
Bikers: 11
Sophie St and E Long Year St:
Drivers: 75
Walkers: 23
Bikers: 11
Sophie St and E Mary St:
Drivers: 81
Walkers: 16
Bikers: 17
ATVs: 2

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