Ardmore Initiative's Business Assistance Grant Helps JPM Catering Expansion
Its stature on Lancaster Ave. is fitting, across from the Lower Merion Township building and just off the Rittenhouse Ave. intersection, positioned to welcome westbound pedestrian and vehicle traffic into Ardmore and bid adieu to those heading toward Philadelphia.
Beyond its strategic location at 56 E. Lancaster Ave., the Ardmore Initiative plays an active role in the success of the town’s business district. In 2012, the organization introduced a Business Assistance Grant, using funds from Lower Merion Township’s federal Community Development Block Grant. The grant is intended to create jobs and help businesses with startup and operating expenses
Last week, we were part of a brief presentation with the Ardmore Initiative and local media to accept our “big check” for $20,000 as the recipient of this year’s Business Assistance Grant. An incredible honor and a very helpful financial boost, the grant will help us create jobs and navigate our expansion into Ardmore’s Historic District on Lancaster Ave. with the opening of our new kitchen and The Tasting Room seasonal eatery this month.
The process was challenging but rewarding. A written application, including a business plan and budget narrative, was followed by an interview with the grant committee, which provided an excellent opportunity to meet the people behind some of Ardmore’s most successful businesses, like Giannini Jewelers and Swain Tours. The Ardmore Initiative staff, led by Executive Director Christine Villardo, was extremely helpful in answering questions and expediting the process.
But there’s still lots of work to do, and with our opening less than seven days away, we’re ecstatic to serve existing and new clients from our new location.