If you’ve ever considered starting your own business, Orange County Economic Development, with its world-class academic and enterprise resources, can help you get off on the right foot. For starters, the SBTDC Business Startup Guide is an excellent guide to help with many of your first business decisions. It provides general information for new business owners and can serve as both a reference and directory for established businesses of all sizes.

Loan/Grant Program

Orange County (through Article 46) promotes a variety of programs intended to help strengthen and diversity the County’s local economy, to include the attraction, growth and retention of our many valued small businesses and agricultural based operations.

BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM

The purpose of the Orange County Business Investment Grant Program (Grant Program) is to stimulate successful non-farm Business Investment development and expansion in Orange County (County). Farmers should complete the Orange County Agricultural Grant Application.

The ”Business Investment Grant” program offers two types of grants – Small Grants (up to $1,500.00) and Large Grants (from $1,500.01 – $10,000.00).

  • Guidelines
  • Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31
  • Download applications:

AGRICULTURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM

The “Agriculture Economic Development” grant program will assist local farmers to develop new sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants. The program will provide two types of grants – Small Grants (p to $1,000.00) and Large Grants (from $1,000.01 – $10,000.00).

Click to download guidelines and application in Word format.
Click to download guidelines and application in PDF format.

A small subcommittee of members from the Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Farmland Preservation Board, and other relevant staff will meet quarterly to review applications and make decision on possible awards. For more information on this program contact Mike Ortosky at Orange County Economic Development, 919-245-2336 (mortosky@orangecountync.gov).

SMALL BUSINESS LOAN INFORMATION:

The Small Business Loan Fund was established several years ago by the county’s Economic Development department to support the growth of local businesses and is available to Orange County residents with an equity contribution of at least 10% in the business. The loan fund is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of small business owners, bank representatives and representatives from several County departments. To request additional information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, please contact Amanda Garner, (919) 245-2330 or agarner@orangecountync.gov.

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