The Growth Council works to provide programming that meets the current needs of Grant County. From developing entrepreneurship to training and retaining a skilled workforce, the Growth Council has established a variety of innovative programs that are making a difference!
Business Retention & Expansion
Workforce Training –
The GCEGC facilitates an industrial maintenance training program that offers training at no cost to Grant County employers. The program has graduated 19 individuals since 2016.
Business Visits –
The GCEGC visits local manufacturers on a regular basis to gather current data and assists their goals for success.
Local Elected Officials Dinner –
The GCEGC hosts a quarterly dinner for all Grant County elected officials, providing opportunity for networking and education.
Revolving Loan Fund –Thanks to receiving the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, the GCEGC
facilitates a revolving loan fund to assist local entrepreneurs with access to financial capital.
Manufactures Council – The GCEGC facilitates a quarterly lunch where local manufacturers gather for networking, support, and education.
Downtown Development – The GCEGC staff works closely with the local main street organizations, assisting with downtown development planning, business recruitment, and promotion of events.
The CHARM Grant – The GCEGC facilitates a $1000 matching grant for high impact, visible improvements for businesses.
Business & Talent Attraction
Links to Locals –
The GCEGC and Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce facilitate this program that connects Prospective Residents with Current Residents.
RFI (Request for Information) Response – In the process of site location, site selectors or business send their official requests for information on available buildings, sites, and utility hook-ups to the local economic development organization. Thus, the GCEGC has a long-legacy of receiving and responding to RFIs.
Recruitment Trips and Marketing Event–The GCEGC participates in the regional marketing events and national recruiting trips annually.
Site Consultant Forums – The GCEGC participates in annual conferences to promote available sites and buildings in Grant County to site consultants.
Job Postings – The GCEGC posts local job openings on their Facebook feed each Friday and creates a promotional video of the featured place of employment.
Grant for Grads – The GCEGC facilitates a housing assistance program that recruits skilled talent to Grant County.
Local Business Initiative – The GCEGC meets with local entrepreneurs on a regular basis, providing business planning and networking assistance.
Grant County Business Resource Guide – The GCEGC provides an E-book of resources for entrepreneurs in Grant County, including direct contacts, discounts, and free consulting sessions.
I69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge –
The GCEGC hosts an annual business competition plan for college students educating them on business planning and fostering entrepreneurship.
One-on-One Consulting – The GCEGC regularly meets with local entrepreneurs at all stages in their business planning process to provide guidance and local resources.
BYOC² – The GCEGC facilitates a monthly networking event that connects the Grant County professional community.