BY: RACHEL SMITH
The 2nd annual vacant building tour, entitled “Clear Lake Open for Business” is being held from August 13th through August 24th. Unlike last year, this year’s “tour” will be virtual. Interested entrepreneurs are able to view the properties online, all listed in one place, from the comfort of their own home or office.
“The purpose of the tour is to familiarize investors, business leaders and the public as to what is available in Clear Lake, as well as the hope that one or more buildings will eventually be sold or leased as a result of the tour,” said Chamber President & CEO Tim Coffey. “It is a formal way to showcase these available buildings.”
Coffey stated that there are over 1,114 businesses of all sorts to include home-based businesses located in Clear Lake, for a population of 7,700. “When you look at that statistic, you could say that Clear Lake is an Entrepreneur Community on the Lake,” Coffey said. “We value and try to nurture our businesses here in Clear Lake, regardless of whether they are Chamber members or not,” he concluded.
To see a complete listing of available properties, you can click on the below link. There, you’ll be taken to the “Open for Business” flier which lists each building, a few details, and an easy-to-use link to the realtor site.
So tell me, Clear Lakers – what would be a cool business in one of these buildings? I envision a 50s diner in the old Dairy Queen location. Waitresses in poodle skirts serving cheeseburgers and chocolate milk shakes, while oldies played from a vintage jukebox…
That would be SO cool, right?
In reality, any new business brought to Clear Lake would be amazing. Whether it’s a fun, new restaurant or a place that makes widgets to be shipped off to another location. New business is new business and it all equals economic growth for our beautiful Lake town.
Please take a moment to check out the listings and share with anyone you think may have interest in starting, or relocating, a business in Clear Lake.