Below are some links for a number of important business resources for current business owners looking to grow, or those who are considering starting a new business.
Highlands County Industrial Development Authority/Economic Development Commission (IDA/EDC)
The IDA/EDC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses; increasing industrial investment while facilitating the retention and expansion of existing business and industry. The IDA/EDC has information on all the up-to-date local and state incentives available to business owners.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at USF
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at South Florida State College, assists existing and emerging businesses in Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training. Whether starting, buying, growing or selling a business, the Florida SBDC at USF has what entrepreneurs need to grow and succeed. Consultants can assist entrepreneurs in a variety of business areas, including: marketing, business certification, capital access, market diversification, developing strategic business plans, export services, and web optimization.
Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
The mission of the CRA is to bring about the economic revitalization of an established target area located in downtown Sebring. They offer a number of impressive business incentives to those who are interested in relocating or starting a business in the downtown Sebring CRA District (based on certain qualifications). Click here to view the map of the CRA district.