Business Programs

HUBZone ProgramA group of business people meeting.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, encourages economic development in designated HUBZones through federal contracting preferences.

Main Street Program

The Main Street program is a national network of over 1,600 towns and cities in over 40 states organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Tourist Oriented Directional Sign Program

Tourist-oriented directional signs provide travelers with directional guidance to an approved business/site location available along City primary or secondary roadways (not interstates).

Businesses pay an application fee, fabrication/installation fee for each sign. The business is responsible for all costs associated with the sign(s). The designated city approved sign vendor is responsible for the fabrication/ installation of the sign(s). There is a 4 to 6 week review and processing of each sign application by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism with final approval by all city departments involved in processing the application, sign(s) and sign(s) location.

There are specific business participation requirements which each type of business must meet to be eligible for the program. Businesses can participate if a substantial portion of its products or services are of significant interest to tourists, if the business falls within one of the approved sites and if it meets the other criteria outlined below.

Rehab Tax Credit Program

The rehabilitation of certain commercial and industrial buildings 40 years of age and older may qualify for partial real estate tax exemption.