Planning and Counseling
Many entrepreneurs need assistance in completing a business plan for their start up or growth project. HCBI works closely with the business counseling team at Saint Francis Small Business Development Center to provide individualized service to develop a comprehensive strategy for the business, including market analysis, financial planning and growth projections.
Referrals and Mentoring
Businesses in the county have access to a wide variety of partner agencies that can provide specialized services. Examples include product development/prototyping, pairing local businesses with local professional services such as insurance agents, financial institutions, accounting/bookkeeping, attorneys and so much more.
Partnerships with several local and regional agencies to provide targeted training programs for incumbent workers as well as trainings for dislocated workers. HCBI also works to be a connector between the business community and our educational partners (secondary and post-secondary) for development of a trained and ready workforce.
HCBI manages a portfolio of local revolving loan fund options to compliment commercial lending from our local banks. Businesses can also access the regional, state and federal loan options through the HCBI staff. For some types of businesses, there are tax credit and tax abatements options.
HCBI has developed a section of our website dedicated to assisting businesses with locating their next home. The commercial properties database has detailed information on commercial sites in the county.