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Local Economic Development Programs

Business Incubators

Business incubators provide facility and management assistance for emerging growth companies. They offer new and existing companies affordable office, manufacturing or kitchen space, resource libraries, shared services and office equipment, meeting rooms and access to professional administrative services. The objectives of these centers are to stimulate small business growth, assist with the beginning stages of start-up, direct new businesses toward realistic and achievable goals and support cultural and neighborhood revitalization.

Each center provides services to a very specific clientele. Business incubators are helping build healthy, lasting businesses and they are doing it or low cost and with a good return on investment to supporters. For more information and to check on space availability, contact the incubator administrator in your area.

Local Economic Development Offices (EDOs)

Economic development offices provide a variety of different services to the businesses in their areas including permitting assistance, relocation, demographics, site location information, counseling and support services. A few offices administer small loan programs. Some are agencies of local city or county governments. Some are independent, nonprofit organizations that receive funding from local governments and/or chambers of commerce. Contact the Small Business Hotline for the EDO nearest you.

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of commerce provide a number of opportunities for business owners. Your local chamber is where you can meet and network with other business owners from your community. Some chambers provide additional services including counseling, training programs and guest speakers on useful business topics. Contact the Small Business Hotline for the phone number of the chamber of commerce in your community.