If you are looking to
expand your new or existing business, there are a number of incentives,
workforce development programs and resources available to help your business
grow. Whether you are a home-based company of one or are hoping to grow from 50
employees to 100, you can find resources from state and local organizations to
help your business expand.
Through a partnership
with Google, Intuit and the state of Florida, small businesses are eligible to
receive a website, online tools, training and resources to establish their
internet presence. These resources are available at no cost to businesses as of
Business can receive a
free and easy-to-build website, customized domain name and web hosting for one
year. Google will also provide free workshops throughout the state of Florida
to assist small businesses get online. Participating businesses can go to www.floridagetonline.com to receive
these benefits and register for free workshops.
Click here to read Gov. Rick Scott’s economic
growth agenda for small businesses.
County, economic development and workforce development are fully integrated to
provide resources and innovative solutions to local entrepreneurs,
manufacturers and existing and expanding businesses.
Chamber of Commerce Business Services/FloridaWorks assists employers in hiring,
retaining and advancing their workforce. Business Services representatives help
employers find grant funding and tax incentives to offset hiring and training
costs. To view financial and training resources, click here.
In 2011, FloridaWorks launched
Quest, an entrepreneurship training program for out-of-work, degree holding
professionals, to provide aspiring entrepreneurs resources to start their
business. This program was formed by partnerships and collaborations, including
FloridaWorks, the UF Office of Technology Licensing, the Chamber, 14
entrepreneurs and 12 investors.
Last week, FloridaWorks
celebrated North Florida Medical Solutions signing its technology license with
the UF Office of Technology Licensing. Three of the four team members are Startup
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County Incubator is a training program for Alachua and Bradford county
residents who want to create and grow their own business.
New resource for manufacturers:
- Advanced Manufacturing Association of North Central
Florida, a manufacturing association that promotes, supports and expands
manufacturing efforts of all sizes within North Central Florida.
Resource for existing
and expanding businesses
- Council for Economic
Outreach, Alachua county’s designated economic development entity committed
to assist existing businesses through expansion, to help grow new companies in
our community and to attract new opportunities to Alachua County.