Local Resources - Business Retention/Expansion
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce can provide information and business intelligence data for new and expanding businesses. Chamber staff has access to numerous sources of information, including our GIS-sourced website www.indianriversites.com.
One-on-one counseling through SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers provides local companies, start-ups, and those new to the area ample information on establishing and operating a business in our area. Our office also partners with the University of Central Florida to provide entrepreneurs a portal to access local resources via the Virtual Entrepreneur Center website.
As part of our Existing Industry activities, the Chamber recognizes local businesses for their contributions to our community through our Industry Appreciation Awards program, celebrating the success of our local businesses either through architectural enhancements or community involvement. A list of those who received awards at our 2016 event is available for download here.
Through CareerSource Research Coast, which serves as our local workforce board, our office has access to programs administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. CareerSource offers many training programs for new and incumbent workers, as does Indian River State College.
The Virtual Entrepreneur website connects local entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and local businesses who can provide services to small business owners and start-ups.
Business Owners & Service Providers: If you are a local business or service provider offering business-related products and/or services that assist entrepreneurs, you can register your company with the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center AT NO COST (click the button in the right margin). Once registered, you can upload your company information to the online web portal and become a resource for other businesses.
The following local government offices can also provide other needed business information such as site plan review and permitting:
City of Vero Beach Planning Department
City of Sebastian Community Development
City of Fellsmere Community Development
Town of Orchid Building Department
Town of Indian River Shores