Existing Industry Support
Macon Works for Existing Industry!
Let MEDC link you to the right resources.
- Finding a Building or Site - We have access to several databases of available industrial and office buildings and industrial sites.
- Workforce - MEDC can connect you to the resources to support your workforce needs. (Quick Start, Work Ready, ICAPP, University System of Georgia, and Technical College System of Georgia)
- Incentives - Find out about tax credits; sales, use or property tax exemptions; and workforce-training programs that your company may be eligible for
- Financial Assistance - Let us link you to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and United States Small Business Administration for loan and grant programs
- Taxation - learn more about Tax credits, tax exemptions, and Georgia’s sales-only corporate income tax
- Counseling and Consulting Services - SCORE and SBDC offer consultation to entrepreneurs and existing business owners
- Innovation - Georgia's Centers of Innovation provides unique, technology-oriented support to businesses and start-ups in the areas of aerospace, agribusiness, energy, life sciences, logistics and advanced manufacturing.
Additional Tools for Success:
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is an organization which seeks to advance the positive growth and development of the Macon region. The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce encourages the growth of existing industries and businesses while giving assistance to any new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the Macon region, and in general, enhances the standard of living for Macon area citizens, following always those policies intended to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number.
Click here to read the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Strategic Plan
Economic Development Financing Packet
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides this packet of information about various federal, state, and local financing programs that benefit Georgia businesses and businesses interested in relocating to Georgia directly or indirectly.
First Stop Business Information Center
The Georgia Secretary of State office provides business owners and entrepreneurs with assistance in contacting state and local government offices to obtain the necessary licenses or permits.
Georgia Centers of Innovation
The Georgia Centers of Innovation (COI) was formed in 2003 by Governor Sonny Perdue and is comprised of six centers: agribusiness, aerospace, energy, life sciences, logistics and manufacturing. Services provided by the COI include access to university-level research and development, product commercialization, industry-specific business counsel, matching research grants for qualified companies, significant networking opportunities and connecting clients to potential investor networks.
Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Entrepreneur & Small Business Office provides assistance with starting a business; growing, expanding, or relocating a business; financial assistance; tax credits and exemptions; government opportunities and regulations; B2B opportunities; women, minorities, and youth; and research, information and technology.
Georgia Entrepreneur & Small Business Program
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, with funding from the OneGeorgia Authority, have collaborated to deliver expanded services to entrepreneurs and small businesses in rural Georgia.
Georgia Small Business Development Centers Network
The Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network provides educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs including consulting, continuing education, applied research, minority business assistance, international trade, and commercialization.
Middle Georgia Regional Commission
The small business loan programs operated by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and its affiliate the Georgia Small Business Lender (GSBL) is another important resource for new and existing businesses. The GSBL is a private nonprofit corporation that offers four loan programs to promote economic growth in the region.
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"
SCORE offers free and confidential small business mentoring and training opportunities. The local SCORE office is located at the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce. Please contact 478-621-2000 to set up an appointment to meet with a SCORE counselor.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses by providing assistance and opportunities including financial assistance, contract opportunities, disaster assistance, online training, counseling and assistance, laws/regulations, compliance, and assistance for special audiences.
What Georgia Employers Need To Know
An overview of the law as it affects private employers in Georgia.