Friday, February 11, 2011

Presentation: City of St. Mark's Commission Meeting

Last night, I participated at the City of St. Mark's monthly Commission meeting.  I presented on Florida economic incentives (i.e. tax breaks in the form of credits, refunds and grants).  It was an amazing experience.  My goal was to inform smaller communities about the availability of these incentives and briefly describe some of their benefits. 

My BIG questions: If I offered you a check for $25,000 for training your employees, would you take it?  What if you had to do the training anyway, would the $25,000 check encourage you to get a move on it?

The responses: What's the catch? It's free money, sure I would take it!

Ultimately, what I wanted to get across to the audience was, the money is available each year.  As small business owners, we have to be willing to get help.  No man is an island.  We cannot exist in a vacuum.  And, although some business owners may consider this a hand-out, when you think about it, it is really your money.  If you pay taxes, consider a tax incentive as the government returning some of your money back to you to help with your growth and training needs.

So, I ask this question again, "If I offered to give you a check for creating, retaining or training your employees, would you take it?"


Why not start now? Email me at so we can discuss how you can start receiving money from to help your business grow.

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