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We invite you to consider the City of Bethlehem as an opportunity for business expansion.

Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania, a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today, Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city’s past.
Boasting two beautiful downtown districts, the Historic Moravian District and the Cultural Arts District, our small business owners flourish, serving the tourist population, local and surrounding area residents, and the college students that attend Moravian College, Lehigh University and Northampton Community College. The Historic Hotel Bethlehem anchors the Historic District on Main Street, and Wind Creek Casino, ArtsQuest and the Steel Stacks Event Center anchor the SouthSide Arts District, collectively pulling in tens of thousands of people annually.
Affectionately referred to as “The Christmas City,” Bethlehem is home to many Holiday festivals and events that crowd our streets during the winter months. With Musikfest in the summer, Christkindlmarkt & Christmas City Village in the winter, “First Fridays” every month, and much more, there is a steady influx of patrons eager to soak up all that Bethlehem has to offer throughout the entire year. From craft breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies, boutiques, restaurants, historical landmarks and the oldest book shop in the country, our small business owners and organizations offer a wide variety of goods and services.
We also offer business incentives for small business owners looking to launch or expand here. These incentives include grant and loan funding and technical assistance to work with you to find the perfect location. We would love the opportunity to discuss Bethlehem and how it can be the perfect place for establishing or expanding your business. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Economic Development Coordinator, by emailing starthere@bethlehem-pa.gov, or calling (610) 865-7085 to set up a time to discuss.
Bethlehem Business Checklist & Welcome Packet
Southside Arts District
Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Districts Map
Northside Downtown Market Analysis (2021 Update)
Southside Downtown Market Analysis (2021 Update)