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 March 27.
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.
In Gainesville/Alachua County, economic development and workforce development are fully integrated to provide resources and innovative solutions to local entrepreneurs, manufacturers and existing and expanding businesses.
Gainesville Area 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 Startup 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 Quest graduates.
Resource for entrepreneurs:
– Bradford 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.
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