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Statesboro. Now you’re in business.

Downtown Statesboro is a business hub and consumer heartbeat in the city. With the 2010 census, Statesboro was named the sixth fastest-growing city of our type in the nation. The city population now tops 29,000, while the Georgia Southern campus adds 20,000 students — all within minutes of Downtown.  Include in that customer base the full Bulloch County population of over 72,000, among the 50 fastest growing counties in the country and the potential is clear. We’re at the center of a region primed for growth thanks to local facilities of Fortune 500 companies, a burgeoning University campus, and healthy agribusiness.

That’s the impressive big picture, now zoom into the close-up.

Traffic counts show 25,000 cars through our Main Street intersection every day. That’s because Statesboro is the county seat with all government offices Downtown, plus an already thriving core of finance, entertainment, retail and business here. Clothing shops and music stores, restaurants and bakeries, antique malls and salons, law offices, banks, and business services of all kinds.

The City Campus, an extension of Georgia Southern University, is another downtown resource. It houses the Entrepreneurship Center called the E-Zone, an incubator for entrepreneurial start-ups, complete with support from University staff and Fellows. It’s also a gathering place for business leaders thanks to regular lunch-and-learn programs and a large business resource library. In addition, it’s a popular event venue, offering state-of-the-art technology and several meeting spaces, from an executive boardroom to a classroom setting.

Business Incentives: Three programs that grow business and community.

The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority Incentive Package

As you search for a prospective business location and opportunity, Downtown Statesboro has a number of advantages, including a strong incentive package for NEW businesses that locate in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District. For example, on a $750,000 project, total savings can top $11,000.  The incentive package includes:

  •         Waiver of Business License Fees
  •         Waiver of Alcohol License Fees: For new restaurants only.
  •         Waiver of Building Permit Fees
  •         Waiver of Initial Water and Sewer Tap Fees
  •         Waiver of Initial Natural Gas Connections and Fees

Download the Incentive Program brochure for all the details. 

Façade Matching Grant

To fund store front renovation and improvements to qualified buildings, business owners in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District can apply for a matching grant from the DSDA. Contact us to find out more.

Low-Interest Loans

The DSDA has the ability to offer low-interest loans at below market rates to qualified borrowers in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District. Contact us to find out more.