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First Steps Program

Our First Steps Program was designed to be a working partner for you. Let our experienced staff walk you through the development process of starting, growing, or relocating your business to the Fairborn community.

 Available Assistance In:

  • Property Assessment
  • Building/Site Design
  • Permitting
  • Zoning & Code Requirements
  • Project Scope Development
  • Contractor Selection
  • Construction Management

Ohio Small Business Development Center

We are fortunate to have an SBDC office right in our back yard at Wright State University.

 The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDC’s provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The SBDC can assist you in:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Financial Analysis
  • Bookkeeping


The Fairborn Community Development Department

 Residential and commercial permits, along with planning and zoning are managed within the Fairborn Community Development Department. Should you have specific questions concerning zoning requirements, fees, or status of permits please call (937) 754-3056.


 Fairborn Business Growth Initiative
The Fairborn Business Growth Program is designed to provide an incentive in the form of direct payments on an annual basis to qualifying businesses that agree to create new full-time jobs, meet anticipated payroll income tax revenue levels and agree to maintain operations in Fairborn for a specified time period.

Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program
This program provides local and state incentives for commercial (non-retail) and industrial businesses that expand or locate in designated areas of Ohio.

Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Program
The CRA program provides local real-property tax incentives for businesses that invest in designated areas in Ohio. In 2015 the City of Fairborn moved to a Post-94 CRA which encompasses the entire city as eligible for the CRA program.

Tax Increment Financing Program 
Tax increment financing can be used to help finance development projects that require substantial public infrastructure improvements. Benefits include exemption from property taxes for new real property improvements and the redirection of the taxes to pay for public infrastructure improvements.

Federal HUB Zone Program
The Federal HUB Zone Program (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) allows small businesses in urban communities the opportunity to gain competitive access to federal set-aside contracts. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of dollars for federal prime and subcontracts to HUB Zone certified small businesses.


For more information on any of these programs or to talk with someone in our Economic Development Department, you can email Cherise Schell at:

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