Learn about FLVEC Partner Indian River County Economic Development:
1) In what ways does Indian River County Economic Development help business owners?
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce and it's Economic Development Office serves as the primary economic development organization on behalf of the Board of County Comissioners to create a positive environment for job creation while diversifying the local tax base. The Chamber works with new and existing businesses to assist with the site selection process, state and local incentive programs, streamlined permitting, business intelligence data, legislative issues, and workforce development. Their team also offer workshops throughout the year, partnering with SCORE, SBDC and other organizations that provide key information on starting and growing a business. The Chamber’s many networking events provide ample opportunities for a business owner to develop new customer contacts.
2) Why is important for business owners to take the time to contact Indian River County Economic Development?
The Chamber’s Economic Development Office is a key resource and a facilitator for new and growing businesses. The Office works closely with county staff to provide expedited permitting assistance; meet individually with business owners and managers to identify and alleviate immediate concerns and long-term issues; offer a property search website that also provides a vast amount of market research and demographics; facilitate the relationships between educators and the business community, especially in terms of workforce training needs; and refer business owners and entrepreneurs to the appropriate individuals who will walk them through the various financing programs.
3) Which types of businesses does Indian River County Economic Development help?
The Chamber’s Economic Development Office provides information and support to all businesses in Indian River County and to those that are considering a move to the area. For recruitment purposes, the County has identified five target industries: Manufacturing, Warehouse/distribution, Professional Services, Agri-business and Aquaculture, and Specialty Healthcare.
4) What are some things Indian River County Economic Development hears from business owners that other business owners should know about?
Indian River County is fortunate to have many C-level executives of Fortune 500 firms, active and retired, who live here and have created a strong philanthropic environment. Many of the venues available to visitors and residents were established through private donations. Business owners also appreciate the wide range of resources and networking opportunities offered by the Chamber. In these days of low unemployment, finding the right employees can be a challenge. The Economic Development Office is a partner with CareerSource Research Coast, which assists local businesses in finding the right employees and possibly provide funding to offset the cost of training.
5) Is there a cost for business owners to use Indian River County Economic Development and its services / resources?
Most of the services are provided at no cost to the business. The Economic Development Office also provides an opportunity for private businesses to invest at various levels in the economic development activities through the Economic Leadership Alliance program.