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Entrepreneurs thrive in Jackson County, Ohio

Numerous buildings and
storefronts available

Financial resources
and site location 
assistance available

The Jackson County Economic Development Partnership recognizes the importance of the small business entrepreneur as a key source of job creation in our economy. For individuals with a dream of starting a business, Jackson County has tools and advantages to help make that entrepreneurial dream become a reality.

Our office can help connect your business with financial resources, education and training, and area other business leaders who want to help. Whether you need assistance with your business plan, or help navigating the Ohio Business Gateway we have the resources for you. We offer startup friendly gap financing programs as well as a close partnership with our local, award winning Small Business Development Center housed at THE Ohio State University South Centers.

Jackson County has numerous buildings and storefronts available throughout the county. Our community downtowns are experiencing a resurgence, and space is available for office, retail, warehouse, and other businesses.

Whether you need technical assistance, financial resources, or site location assistance let us help you make Jackson County your new business destination.

Revolving Loan Fund: 

Jackson County has two targeted entrepreneurial revolving loan funds that can help fund a variety of projects:

Rural Enterprise Loan Program - The USDA Rural Development* backed Rural Enterprise Loan Program (RELP) can provide low interest loans from $2,000-$100,000 for eligible projects. Eligible projects include land & building, working capital, machinery & equipment, inventory, vehicles, and construction/renovation**. Eligible applicants are businesses already located in, or those planning to locate to Jackson County that can demonstrate an ability to create or retain one job for every $25,000 leveraged through RELP, and meet the USDA’s definition of a small and emerging business.

City of Wellston Central Business District Revolving Loan Fund – The City of Wellston is able to assist smaller gap financing needs through their Central Business District Revolving Loan Fund (CBD-RLF). The CBD-RLF offers businesses more flexible terms than traditional gap financing in that it only requires the creation of one (1) job per project. The CBD-RLF has a maximum loan amount of $55,000. Eligible projects include land & building, new construction & renovation, machinery & equipment, and leasehold improvements. Eligible borrowers are businesses already located in, or those planning to relocate to Wellston, Ohio (must be within city limits).


*Equal Opportunity Commitment: “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online - click here, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

**Davis-Bacon Requirement – In accordance with the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), all construction activities funded through RELP are required to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931.