Expand a Business

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An agribusiness puts down roots and flourishes, expanding from a family-owned orchard to a family-owned enterprise comprising a restaurant, bakery, deli, and even a winery with a tasting room, all operated by a staff of 120.

A vacation rental operation starts with a single cabin in 2006 and expands its portfolio to include 375 properties managed by a team of 100 employees.

High quality standards have guided Fannin County successes like Mercier Orchards and Escape to Blue Ridge vacation rentals. “Our philosophy is very simple,” says Doug Miracle, owner/founder of Escape to Blue Ridge. “We want to be the best at what we do.”

A crucial factor in being the best and staying ahead of the competition is workforce. And that’s where Fannin County can bring the assistance needed for a successful expansion, starting with the recruitment of added staff and reskilling of existing ones.

Recruitment/upskilling: The local office of WorkSourceGeorgia and an affiliate of America’s Job Network, the Blue Ridge Career Center is a one-stop recruitment resource for any needed new hires. For qualified projects, custom training at no cost is available for new and incumbent workers.

In addition to human resources, the Fannin County Development Authority can help your operations procure needed financial resources and assistance.

Navigating state incentives: Call on the Development Authority to help your company identify the financial resources that can move your expansion forward, including Georgia incentives such as the State Small Business Credit Initiative and the SBA microlending program.

Expansion through export: If your operation is seeking to expand distribution to overseas markets, the Development Authority can also assist with connections to the expansion services offered by Georgia Economic Development, where an experienced international trade team can help you grow your company’s global footprint.

Learn more:

  • Learn more about Georgia’s small business assistance here.
  • Learn more about Georgia’s small business incentives here.
  • Learn more about incumbent worker and on-the-job training through WorkSource Georgia here.