State Economic Development Agencies Set Up to Assist Business Startups Like You

Economic development agencies are on your side cheering for you and offering you every resource they can muster to help you succeed with your new business venture. Sure, they want to land the big fish like IBM, CISCO Systems and Apple, who will make a big splash in their area. But they are also interested in you and the thousands upon thousands of men and women like you who will start a business this year and beyond. The small entrepreneur is the bread and butter—the very lifeblood!-- of every region of the country. It is the company that may hire between 2 and 20 people, pay salaries, pay taxes and spend much of their hard-earned cash locally the make a huge impact on a region, far beyond their size

State, region and municipal economic development agencies know their stuff and can put you in touch with lenders, vendors, real estate agents, lawyers and virtually anyone else you will need. They will furnish you with excellent advice on how to handle virtually any business matter with tips, techniques and strategies enough to fill a book. The people who run these groups and their consultants are vastly experienced and knowledgeable on the whole process of starting and succeeding in business.

Critical Expertise You Need to Launch Your Business

We interviewed a commercial real estate developer/building owner recently with a 120-person operation in several states. He and his key executives work closely with local economic development agencies as mentors and counselors. In fact, when we interviewed him, he was helping a small tech firm, which was about to move out of incubator space, develop its business plan, free of charge. This fellow has a business motive, he wants the tech firm to take office and industrial space with him and he is willing to gamble that his time will be well compensated in the future. Whether or not the owner of that tech company takes space with the real estate mogul, he is getting valuable business savvy that he could never afford to pay for. That is the kind of benefits a small entrepreneur can receive working with an economic development agency.

State-Level Economic Development Agencies

Alabama Economic Development Assistance Find more information on Alabama’s programs and links to the state’s economic development partners including: Alabama Association of Regional Councils; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs; Alabama Institute of Manufacturing Excellence; Alabama Technology Network; Business Council of Alabama; Economic Development Association of Alabama; Economic Development Partnership of Alabama; North Alabama Industrial Development Association.

Alaska Economic Development Assistance Find more information on Alaska’s programs and links to the state’s economic development partners including: /a>Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development; Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Economic Development; City of Wrangell Economic Development; Skagway Development Corporation; University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Sitka Economic Development Association; Anchorage Economic Development Corp.; Juneau Economic Development Council; Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference; Northwest Arctic Economic Development Commission; Kenai Peninsular Economic Development District; and Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation.

Arizona Economic Development Assistance Find more information on Arizona’s programs and links to the state’s economic development partners including: Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation; City of Prescott Economic Development; Camp Verde Economic Development; Mohave Count Economic Development; Lake Havasu Partnership for Economic Development; Flagstaff Community Investment; Economic Development for Apache County; Verde Valle Reg Economic Development Council; Bullhead Regional Economic Development; and The Navajo Nation Economic Development.

Arkansas Economic Development Assistance Arkansas Economic Development Assistance's mission is to lead statewide economic development, create targeted strategies which produce better paying jobs, promote communities, and support the training and growth of a 21st century skilled workforce.

California Economic Development Assistance The Employment Development Department promotes California's economic growth by providing services to keep employers, employees, and job seekers competitive.

Colorado Economic Development Assistance The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) fosters a positive business climate that encourages quality economic development through financial and technical assistance provided in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout the State of Colorado.

Connecticut Economic Development Assistance DECD is focused on strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy and solidifying the state’s reputation as a high-tech leader in innovation and productivity. DECD staff is composed of highly trained economic and community development professionals who work directly with businesses, developers, housing advocates, community groups and municipalities. They help promote business development, job growth, affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in the communities they serve.

Delaware Economic Development Assistance The Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) is the primary point of contact for entrepreneurial and small business development in the State. DEDO is organized to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who may be developing a business through the state's IP Business Creation Program, small business owners seeking relief from a volatile economic climate through Governor Jack Markell's Small Business LIFT program, and start-up, small, minority and woman-owned traditional businesses through our Delaware Access Program.

Florida Economic Development Assistance The mission of FEDC is to provide leadership and vision to advance economic development in Florida and enhance the professionalism of its diverse membership. Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council Inc. (FEDC) has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today, it is a primary resource for policy development, legislative updates, education, networking and professional advancement.

Georgia Economic Development Assistance Small Businesses are no small part of Georgia’s economic lifeblood. Fueling job growth as well as personal pride, their success depends on a supportive environment for the entrepreneurial spirit. Georgia has that supportive environment and a host of innovative resources demonstrate a statewide commitment to it.

Hawaii Economic Development Assistance The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism is Hawai‘i's resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages.

Idaho Economic Development Assistance Idaho offers a diverse economy with a skilled and educated workforce, state of the art public facilities and a willingness to cultivate next generation technologies.

Illinois Economic Development Assistance

Indiana Economic Development Assistance

Iowa Economic Development Assistance

Kansas Economic Development Assistance

Kentucky Economic Development Assistance

Louisiana Economic Development Assistance

Maine Economic Development Assistance

Maryland Economic Development Assistance

Massachusetts Economic Development Assistance

Michigan Economic Development Assistance

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Missouri Economic Development Assistance

Montana Economic Development Assistance

Nebraska Economic Development Assistance

Nevada Economic Development Assistance

New Hampshire Economic Development Assistance

New Jersey Economic Development Assistance

New Mexico Economic Development Assistance

New York Economic Development Assistance

North Carolina Economic Development Assistance

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Ohio Economic Development Assistance

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Oregon Economic Development Assistance

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Tennessee Economic Development Assistance

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Utah Economic Development Assistance

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Virginia Economic Development Assistance

Washington,Economic Development Assistance

West Virginia Economic Development Assistance

Wisconsin Economic Development Assistance

Wyoming Economic Development Assistance

American Samoa Economic Development Assistance

Puerto Rico Economic Development Assistance

U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Assistance

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