Doing Business in Stephens County
Since 2010, 8 industries have located or expanded in Stephens County, creating over 400 new jobs and adding more than $60 million in new private investment in the community. These companies have constructed or occupied facilities totaling more than 432,000 square feet on over 100 acres of newly developed or redeveloped land.
Our diverse business sector includes local as well as foreign investment. Four Stephens County companies have foreign ownership, and twenty-two companies have foreign branches and/or do business internationally.
Starting a Business in Stephens County
How can you become an entrepreneur? How can you start your own business? The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the Stephens County Development Authority have designed a booklet to simplify the transition into the role of an entrepreneur. Starting a Business in Stephens County will make establishing your own business easier by giving you “one-stop shopping” for the information you will need. We are determined to promote economic growth and development. By giving you the proper tools, we can help build a strong economic foundation.
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Top Industrial Employers
Top County Employers
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For additional information, we provide the Six C's that Should be in Every Business Plan.
The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.
The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.
Georgia Work Ready
State Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
Freeport Tax Exemption
Training and Education
Grants & Other Finance Options
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A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us.-
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County!-