Open for Opportunity
Starting a business is a big decision, and in Madison County it’s a smart decision. Here are a few reasons why:
Prime conditions for growth:
In 2021-2022, Florida led the nation in the number of new business formations—almost 12% of the nationwide total. New business is encouraged and nurtured here by a pro-business climate in a state ranked #4 in overall best tax structure. Consider zero personal income tax, zero income tax on limited partnerships and significantly reduced regulations; these are a real boon for entrepreneurs.
And in Madison County we amplify Florida advantages with personalized support, commitment and dedication. We’re behind you from the idea stage through startup, second stage and expansion to help assure your enterprise makes it in Madison and makes it your way.
The Madison County Economic Development team helps your operation effectively access advantages including:
Faster ROI through lower costs and stronger support: Madison County’s lower costs overall free up resources in both personal and enterprise budgets. Housing and business space is more affordable here, and the Madison County Economic Development staff can help you identify and evaluate your best business location. We also speed your enterprise startup by cutting red tape. We want to see your business up and running—and succeeding. Over 75% of Madison County businesses are small (500 or fewer employees). We know small businesses, and we know how to help them grow.
More effective employee recruitment and retention: Local employers are served by CareerSource North Florida’s regional Career Center here in Madison County, where employers enjoy one-stop assistance in job posting and candidate recruitment. Working through the state’s Employ Florida labor exchange system, Career Source can connect your new enterprise to the human resources you need.
Madison also makes it easier to attract and retain employees with the ideal combination of lower costs of living and a higher quality of life that includes great educational opportunities and a wealth of inviting outdoor recreational and sports opportunities. The County’s location also puts the sports and cultural events of Valdosta State University just a half hour away and Gulf Coast beaches just 45 minutes away.
Financial and professional contacts and networking: The Madison County Development Council team is your conduit to professional networks including the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and regional lenders who are receptive to new ideas and welcoming to new business. And for qualified projects Florida incentives offer a range of assistance.