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Small Business Growth Program

Small Business Growth Program

About the Program 

The Small Business Growth Program is a matching reimbursement grant program that assists new and existing small business owners with the cost of real property improvements and major equipment necessary to start or expand their small business. The program is intended to spur entrepreneurship and small business growth while working to revitalize vacant or underutilized properties in Borger.

Grants are awarded on a matching reimbursement basis; the cost of the project must be paid in full by the business owner, but is then reimbursable up to 50% by Borger, Inc. up to the amount of $50,000.

Matching grant monies will be disbursed at the completion of improvements and with the acceptance of work by the City of Borger.. 

Download the Small Business Program Applicaton Here

Eligiblity:

In order for a small business to be considered for a matching grant through the Small Business Growth Program, the business must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Must be a new business not currently or previously operating in Borger, or
  • Must be an existing business desiring to expand and able to demonstrate how the project will help in its expansion, or
  • Must be an existing business that will be experiencing an ownership change or has experienced an ownership change within the last 12 months.

In addition to meeting ONE of the above criterium, the business must also meet ALL of the following:

  • Must have fewer than 50 FTEs.
  • Must have a physical commercial location that is open a minimum of thirty (30) hours per week. Business located in Downtown Area zoning that are open for less than thirty (30) hours per week may be eligible for a reduced (less than 50%) reimbursement grant.

Other eligibility notes:

  • A business may not apply to the program in back-to-back fiscal years
  • A business may apply up to 3 times or receive a maximum amount of $150,000
  • No home-based businesses, unless transitioning to a commercial location as part of the application, are eligible.
  • Storage buildings, RV parks, and other similar rental properties are not eligible.
  • Certain noxious or adult-oriented uses, such as adult entertainment or novelty stores, vape shops, and bars are not eligible. The determination as to whether a use is eligible is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Objectives:

  1.  To encourage entrepreneurship and local business ownership.
  2.  To revitalize and improve vacant or underutilized commercial buildings and spaces in Borger.
  3.  To create an incentive for small businesses to expand in Borger.
  4.  Encourage building safety and compliance with the ULDO, ADA, and TDLR.
  5.  Improve the community image and perception of Borger through qualifying improvements focusing on both aesthetics and business vitality;
  6. Encourage private investment in commercial businesses;
  7. Increase sales tax revenues and property values; and
  8. Encourage the continuation of small businesses in the event a current owner is ready to retire or close.

Encouraged Improvements: 

Real Property Improvements: The improvement of physical commercial space that will be occupied by the new or expanded business. 

Ineligible Improvement

Eligible Improvement

  • Regular maintenance on equipment in a space already in use by the applicant(such as HVAC repairs or maintenance, plumbing repairs or maintenance, lawn maintenance, parking lot maintenance, etc.) NOTE: replacement of HVAC or expansion of plumbing or mechanical systems may be eligible partial reimbursement for underutilized or currently vacant space
  • Reimbursement of insurance deductible for repairs covered by insurance, such as a deductive for roof replacement on an insured property
  • Plumbing, electrical, or mechanical improvements to a vacant or underutilized space
  • Roof replacement or repairs in a vacant or underutilized space
  • Flooring, paint, and other “permanent”interior improvements
  • Fixtures – such as lighting fixtures, bathroom fixtures, and other permanent fixtures
  • Partition walls, doors, etc. 
  • Structural repairs to the building system

 

Building Materials/Façade: The improvement of building materials and facades should allow for materials, colors, and finishes to be compatible with existing improved properties along the corridor. Non-metal materials are encouraged, and an unfinished appearance is discouraged. The requirements for building materials apply to all building elevations visible from the corridors

Discouraged Improvement

Eligible Improvement

  • Vinyl, wood fiber hardboard, oriented strand board, plastic, or fiber glass siding  
  • Metal sidings of any kind (excluding roofs, awnings, and canopies)
  • Unfinished cinderblock
  • Un-textured concrete finishes 
  • Glass “blacked out” or mirrored at more than 20%
  • External reflectors
  • Window signs

 

  • Finished masonry or equivalent, native stone, brick/brick veneer, cement fiberboard (hardiplank), or stucco
  • Canopies or awnings in accordance with the ULDO
  • Finished masonry or equivalent
  • Decorative concrete, native stone, brick/brick veneer
  • Planters and planter boxes
  • Permanent landscaping
  • Doors and windows (particularly at the pedestrian level) and related security film
  • Exterior lighting

Signage: The improvements to signage should include the removal of unused/ temporary signs as well as enhancement to existing signs. All signage shall follow the standards as set in the City of Borger Unified Land Development Ordinance (see Section 14.02.500 Signs of the City of Borger Unified Land Development Ordinance or ULDO).

Discouraged Improvement

Encouraged Improvement

  • Off premises signs
  • Temporary signs
  • Snipe signs
  • Birds-eye view signage
  • Flashing, blinking, revolving, digital, video or traveling lighted signage
  • Internally illuminated signs
  • External reflectors
  • Window signs
  • Compliance with City ULDO
  • Removal of abandoned signs
  • Replacement of outdated signs
  • Recessed lighting
  • Externally illuminated signage and lettering
  • Internally illuminated signs with opaque field and translucent letters
  • Landscaping around freestanding signs

 

Safety & Compliance: The improvements should follow the standards set in the City of Borger Unified Land Development Ordinance (ULDO) and any application State and Federal laws or regulations. These standards were created to increase safety and allow for quality development throughout the community.

Discouraged Improvement

Encouraged Improvement

  • Outside storage
  • Outside display of merchandise
  • Parking/placement of vehicles inthe setbacks or right-of-way (ROW)
  • View of damaged vehicles from ROW
  • Temporary/portable structures

 

 

 

  • ADA accessibility
  • Testing and abatement of asbestos
  • Compliance with landscaping and other screening requirements
  • Closure of unnecessary driveways
  • Installation of end islands and curb stops
  • Movement of parking to rear of structure
  • Vehicles undergoing repair moved indoors
  • Removal of merchandise display in ROW
  • Other improvements made to bring the facility into compliance with local, state, and federal laws (including ADA, TDLR, etc.)

Other Improvements:

Additional improvements will be considered on a case-by-case basis, especially if they are part of a larger overall project. Those include:

Landscaping/Irrigation: The improvement of landscaping and irrigation should include drought tolerant, low-water, and native trees, plants, and shrubs for sustainability and conservation of resources.

Discouraged Improvement

Encouraged Improvement

  • Non drought resistant landscaping
  • Landscaping that blocks vehicular line-of-sight
  • Low efficiency irrigation systems (sprinklers)

 

  • Required parking lot screening
  • Local drought-resistant vegetation (xeriscaping)
  • Planters and planter boxes
  • High efficiency irrigation systems (buried or drip systems)
  • Landscaping at base of signage

Parking/Circulation/Access: The improvement of parking, circulation, and access should include quality paving materials and allow for compliance with ADA standards. This includes high impact improvements on highly visible portions of the property as well as closing unnecessary parking areas and curb cuts. *Only high impact parking improvements will be considered unless in conjunction with other improvements. *

Discouraged Improvement

Encouraged Improvement

  • Parking resurfacing alone, including sealcoating (may be considered if in conjunction with other improvements)
  • Spot filling potholes
  • Unseen improvements to back of property
  • Parking lot striping alone
  • Unimproved surfaces
  • Crushed granite
  • Limestone or gravel

 

 

  • Reduce or close large/extra driveways
  • Improved internal circulation
  • Landscaping in islands
  • Removing asphalt/concrete to replace with landscaping or pavers
  • ADA Improvements
  • Crosswalks
  • Ramps

How are applications evaluated? 

Once a complete application is submitted, the following allocation criteria and the City of Borger ULDO will serve as the basis for reviewing the impact of the proposed project:

A.    Grant Amount requested vs. impact of project (efficiency use of dollars)
B.    Increase to ad valorem tax and sales tax
C.    Occupancy of vacant buildings
D.    Enhancement of local residence quality of life
E.    Improvement to dilapidated buildings
F.    Increased safety
G.    Increased compliance to City of Borger ULDO and other laws/regulations

How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Pre-Application Meeting

While not required, a pre-application meeting is strongly recommended. This will allow Borger, Inc., and City of Borger staff to review the applicant’s site with the applicant to discuss potential recommended improvements.

  1. Contact Michelle Gray at info@borgeredc.com or 806-521-0027 to schedule a pre-application meeting.
  2. At the meeting discuss required reviews and permits for the improvements.
  3. At the meeting discuss any site features that do not meet current code standards.
  4. At the meeting discuss the impact of the project.

Step 2: Submit Application

Submit a complete application to Borger, Inc. as early as possible. Applications may be submitted in person, at the Borger, Inc. office located at 108 E. 6th Street, Borger, Texas 79007 or by mail to Borger, Inc. Attn: Executive Director, P.O. Box 1157, Borger, TX 79008. You can download your application: HERE. A complete application contains one paper copy and one digital copy (as one (1) PDF) of the following:

  1. A completed application form (the following 4 pages).
  2. Comprehensive digital photos of current site conditions.
  3. A narrative of the project describing the work to be completed (max. 750 words).
  4. Drawings/plans detailing the proposed improvements (PDF format).
  5. Two (2) itemized cost estimates from two independent sources.
    • Cost estimates from the property owner or any entity to which the property owner is associated will not be accepted.
  6. Current tax statement showing no delinquent taxes for the property.

  7. Owner’s deed to the property showing proof of ownership.

    • This can be obtained at the County Courthouse for a small fee.
  8. Current W-9.
  9. Complete ALL DOCUMENTS/FILES listed on checklist

*Applications missing any information or documentation will be rejected until complete. *

Step 3: Present Application to the Board for Decision 

Once your complete application is received, your project can be placed on the agenda of an upcoming Board meeting. Regular Board meetings typically occur monthly – please check with Borger, Inc. staff on the dates of upcoming Board meetings so that you can plan accordingly. At the Board meeting, you will have an opportunity to present your project and answer and questions the Board may have about your application or financials. Typically, the Board will decide to approve or deny a project the first time it is presented. Occasionally, the Board may table their decision, meaning they could decide to wait to make a decision until more information is available. If your project is approved, you will be asked to sign an incentive agreement that contains all terms applicable to the grant you are eligible to receive. 

Step 4: Complete Your Project and Submit for Reimbursement 

Once your project has been approved, it’s time to get to work! You will complete whatever improvements are part of your approved project scope. Once your project is complete, you will submit proof of completion to Borger, Inc. (including copies of paid invoices, cancelled checks, photos of completed project, etc.). The reimbursement matching grant can only be paid once your project is complete and the new or expanded business is open to the public. 


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