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More than $120,000 provided to Weld County small businesses

Posted on 02/15/2019
More than $120,000 provided to Weld County small businessesThe Weld County Small Business Incentive Program continues to help small businesses in unincorporated Weld County thrive. Since the program began in 2014, a total of $123,608 has been distributed to eight businesses to help offset permitting fees.

“We’re pleased to have been able to provide more than $120,000 dollars to business and property owners to help cover development fees,” Weld County Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “Small businesses provide stability to our economy, and this program is one way we encourage anyone looking to start a business to consider doing so in Weld County.”

Facilitated by the Board of Commissioners and the Department of Planning, the Small Business Incentive Program was established with $500,000 from the county’s economic development fund in 2014. The program has provided businesses with $60,000 this year, and the commissioners believe it will help many more in the future.

“This is a unique program, and I would encourage more participation,” said Scott James, Weld County Commissioner and Coordinator of the Planning Department. “When you’re in the planning process or the permit process, don’t forget to look into the Small Business Incentive Program. It’s a great way to start you off on your new venture.”

To be eligible for financial assistance, business owners or tenants must be located in unincorporated Weld County and meet several requirements including:

• The subject real property must be located within Weld County
• The business shall hire 50 percent of its workforce from Weld County
• The program only applies to businesses in Weld County with 35 or fewer employees
• Applicants must submit a business plan and consult with the Small Business Development Center

To learn more about the program or start the application process, pleasevisit https://www.weldgov.com/departments/planning_and_zoning/small_business_incentive_program/. Questions can also be directed to Tom Parko, Weld County Planning Director, by calling 970-400-3572 or by emailing tparko@weldgov.com.