Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)

The Growth Council's business retention and expansion program focuses on services for Lawrence County established businesses with a goal of encouraging continual growth, cost effective business practices and improved productivity. Our economic development team specializes in services to help you expand. 
Our non-profit services are free of charge and all project information is considered strictly confidential. 

Our team can assist your company:

  • Explore Business Expansion Opportunities

  • Identify Applicable Incentives

  • Building & Site Searches

  • Tax Phase-in Assistance

  • Connect to Workforce Programs

  • Collaborate with Local Entrepreneurs & Innovators

  • Develop Relationships with Local Universities

Contact us before you:

  • Decide on location of new investment

  • Bid on large projects that will add new jobs at your location

  • Purchase new equipment

  • Hire new employees

  • Train your employees


Small Business Loans
Lawrence County Economic Growth Council offers a small business loan program through the USDA. Loan funds may be available for qualifying emerging or expanding Lawrence County companies. The Growth Council is an equal opportunity lender and provider. 

Tax Abatement
The City of Mitchell, the City of Bedford, and Lawrence County can choose to provide tax abatement for both new and existing companies that are making new investment in both real and personal property. Under state law, local governments have the option of granting tax abatement for up to 10 years. On average, tax abatement can provide nearly 50 percent savings from property taxes over the life of the abatement.

Department of Workforce Development
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may also offer assistance through the following:

  • Employee Recruitment
    DWD`s Customer Self-Service System (CS3) is a sophisticated Internet-based job matching system with the ability to match the company`s job orders for new workers with the skills of job seekers all over the state. The system increases the company`s access to qualified workers, contributes to diversity in the potential labor pool and ensures that only those individuals most likely to meet the company`s job criteria are seen. Through CS3, DWD can assist in the recruitment, screening and selection of employees based on qualifications specified by a company.

  • On-The-Job Training
    The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program is a great opportunity to begin your next career. On-the-job training offers unemployed or underemployed Hoosiers training for a new career while earning a paycheck. The benefit to OJT is that you can start your new career today, instead of traditional training which must be completed before starting your career. With this program you will be trained while working, so you start earning a paycheck while being trained.

Additional information on many of these programs can be found at

WorkOne – Workforce Development is a company set up to engage in workforce development. WorkOne supplies information, courseworks, seminars and other services to both work-seekers and employers to enable value creating connections in the jobs market. They are a private enterprise working with both Government and Non-Government organizations.

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