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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 54 IDEA: Check Out Economic Development Incentives

If you are thinking of relocating or expanding your business, it's time to investigate a variety of economic incentives and tax breaks. Hundreds of local, state, federal, and private agencies offer scores of programs designed to entice business owners to move into economically disadvantaged areas.

Former President Bill Clinton supported a high-profile initiative that designated distressed communities across the country as Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZs and ECs).

In 2001, he moved his office into one of the first EZs in Harlem, which had been selected for $1.2 million to stimulate tourism by developing a tour package and gift shop for the Apollo Theater.

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