Downtown Development Authority


Are you thinking about starting a business in the area?  Bessemer is the perfect place to make your small business dreams come true and the Bessemer Downtown Development Authority wants to help!

The Pop-Up Shop program from the Bessemer DDA helps new business owners get off the ground and make their idea a reality! If you want to open a business in the downtown district of Bessemer you could be eligible for assistance on rent and building upgrades.

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.

Meeting Schedule

The Bessemer Downtown Development Authority meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM, unless there is a conflict with holidays, in the DDA Room at City Hall located at 411 S Sophie, Bessemer, MI 49911.

  • January 10th
  • February 14th
  • March 14th
  • April 11th
  • May 9th
  • June 13th
  • July 11th
  • August 8th
  • September 12th
  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th

All meetings are open to members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act. This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended. The Open Meetings Act, MCL41.72a (2) (3) and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Bessemer’s Clerk at 906-667-0333 at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Available Commercial Properties for sale or lease in Downtown

Affordable properties are available to buy or rent in the Bessemer Downtown District. We have compiled a short list of properties, some which would be eligible for rental assistance under our Pop-Up Shop program.  For more information or other possible properties contact City Manager Charly Loper at 906-663-4311 or

Suggested Businesses

The  Downtown Development Authority and Be Bessemer Committee both sat down and brainstormed which businesses may do well in our community. Obviously, we can’t guarantee success, but we thought people looking at owning their own business may find our thoughts helpful. We recommend entrepreneurs do their own research and market study prior to opening a business. This is by no means an end all, be all type list.

Current Contracts

Staff Contact

Charly Loper, City Manager


Board Members

  • Adam Zak
  • Dustin Filippini
  • Dave Osier
  • Dan Whitburn
  • Cheryl Leskoviansky
  • Kara Bjorkquist
  • Kady Meinke
  • Doug Olsen

If you are interested in being on the board, download our application and send it in!

Current Savings

The City of Bessemer DDA does not hold on to Tax Increment Financing funds for 5 years or longer.