A: Business Expansion and Retention’s #1 goal is to grow and retain the existing base of business and jobs in Perry County. We will outreach to your business to identify your business’ growth potential, what its needs are, what may be impeding your business from growing in our community and learn about where your industry is heading from a different perspective.
A: Single point of contact to Perry County’s entire tool box of economic development resources and assistance including:
• International Business Assistance
• Finance Assistance
• State and local incentives
• Workforce Referrals and Training Opportunities
• Permitting Assistance
A: A Better Business Climate! There is no job as important as the one already here.
Over time, the data we collect from the interviews will help the us identify long-term trends in industry and in our local business climate. This knowledge will be used to develop new programs, policies and strategies that assist businesses and help them overcome barriers to growth.
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• Tax incentive advice
• Export assistance for the novice or seasoned world market veteran
• Data and statistics
• Employee and management training
• Quality improvement
• Shovel Ready Sites
• Networking and professional development
As you guide your company's growth, certain challenges and issues are bound to arise. How will you enter new markets? Are your employees ready to compete in the global economy? Can you afford more training? What resources or incentives are available to mitigate your costs of doing business? The PCDC, as strategic partners with your company, are committed to helping you answer these questions and face these challenges. Our program places significant emphasis on creating a business environment for stable, successful companies. It also provides resources available to participating industries participating in the locally defined and community-based BR&E program.
In short, because stable businesses play vital roles in their communities. Locally owned businesses usually have a long-term commitment to their community. They relate to their community’s lifestyle, and they have a vested interest in their community’s quality of life. They are there because they want to be.
Equally important, existing businesses are major contributors to the community’s economy and tax base.
Cumulatively, they employ the greatest numbers and, as they grow and expand, they can generate up to 80 percent of their community’s new jobs. In economic development efforts, existing, successful business owners are precious resources. Their presence as community ambassadors also makes a very positive statement in new business recruitment.
Simply put, because everyone benefits -- when existing businesses thrive, so do their communities. And viable, healthy businesses are apt to remain in communities that demonstrate constant and visible commitment. Support of existing businesses also demonstrates support of job creation and additional community cash flow.
Because existing businesses can relocate thus leaving a void in your community. They must not be taken for granted! The reasons a business may leave a community include lack of public services, political unrest, site limitations and lack of trained labor, just to name a few. Some reports indicate that another reason companies relocate is because the owner decides he/she would rather live somewhere else. In order to prevent some of the potential closures and/or relocations in a community, outreach to businesses may be necessary. However, when hard times hit a business community, and closures or failures occur, it is already too late to save some businesses. Take action early! For example, an organization representative should visit all new businesses, welcome them and develop a relationship. Let them know who to call for information on business assistance. This will send the positive message that the community cares about their future and well-being.