Downtown Dayton Retail Lab Applications Now Open

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The Downtown Dayton Retail Lab is looking for small business owners and entrepreneurs to join the next cohort of the Retail Lab, a 12-week business accelerator program designed to grow and support Downtown Dayton’s first-floor offerings. This program will help business owners advance their concepts through an intensive series of workshops, pitch events, and strategic business improvement projects. Each program element connects participants to new mentors, experts, ideas, capital, and resources that will help the businesses thrive and grow in downtown Dayton. Retail Lab is searching for businesses that include aspiring shops, cafes, small restaurants, galleries, boutiques, studios, or any concept that drives active use of first floor space by offering consumers unique products or experiences. The cohort is also aiming to provide spaces for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses. For more information on the program and to apply, visit

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