Jefferson Means Business

Region Poised for Economic Growth Per Recent Study
By Marcia Elder, Jefferson County Small Business Development Director

Guest Column for Monticello News/Jefferson Journal
Published June 26, 2015

A recent study by a national organization examined the economies of Jefferson County and three other nearby counties. Released in May 2015, the results appear in a report entitled “Opportunities for Growth: An Economic Analysis of Florida’s Big Bend Region”. For a copy of the complete article: SBDP Monticello News Article, Local Economy, 6-26-15

Home Based Businesses Play Key Role In County

 Excerpt from March 2015 Guest Column for Monticello News/Jefferson Journal

Home-based businesses play an important role in local economies. The national Survey of Business Owners, conducted by the U.S. Census, showed that just over half of U.S. businesses were home-based in 2007. With the influence of the Internet, and the cost savings from working at home, that number is on the rise.

A wide array of home-based businesses (HBBs) operate in Jefferson County – from building contractors and repair shops … to mail order outlets and product distributors … to beauty shops and health care services … to consulting firms and caterers … among many others. These are in addition to the hundreds of farms and agricultural businesses not classified by the County as “home-based” (for permitting purposes).

There are many choices available for still others who want to work from their homes. Certain requirements apply (allowable land uses, insurance coverage and such) along with other considerations that business owners need to know in order to have a successful home-based business.

An upcoming County-sponsored workshop will focus on the needs of “HBBs”, including the range of such considerations in creating and running businesses from the home-front. Details posted about workshop.

Jefferson ACTION Plan Moves Forward

In 2014 the Jefferson County Commission adopted a detailed community-wide Vision ACTION Plan. Implementation of the Plan is underway through a range of local organizations. Picture below is from November 13 Stakeholder Team meeting, with Jefferson EDC, City of Monticello, Jefferson County (Small Business Development Program, Planning Department & Coordinator’s Office), Chamber of Commerce, Monticello Main Street, Jefferson Tourism Development Council and the Extension Office.

See more detailed article in December 3, 2015 Monticello News article here.

Community Business Survey

Help shape the kinds of businesses that serve our county. Please take a moment to complete the survey here. Responses  were requested by March 15 but are still being accepted. Watch for a report of results., for use by community leaders and entrepreneurs. And we thank you for your participation!

SBDP Program Status

The SBDP is in transition. Important Program news appears HERE  (Transition page). Be sure to read if you are seeking support services ... and stay tuned for further updates.

SBDP Annual Report & Jefferson Business Fact Sheet

​Jefferson County is starting the practice of publishing an Annual Report on the functions, services and accomplishments of its departments and programs. Click here for the submittal by the SBDP.

Excerpts from a timely Fact Sheet on typical questions about small business in Jefferson County are here.

National Energy Solutions Conference Airs from Jefferson County

Video replay of presentation by Jefferson County Small Business Development Program Director Marcia Elder on topic of "Rural Communities: Opportunities & Resources for Renewable Energy". The conference featured 23 national and state experts on energy topics. Elder served as Conference Chair for the host organization and proposed this session as a way of drawing widespread attention  to Jefferson County for business and economic development opportunities. Jefferson business promotions also took place during other parts of the conference.