Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)


The Growth Council's business retention and expansion program focuses on services for Lawrence County established businesses with a goal of encouraging continual growth, cost effective business practices and improved productivity. Our economic development team specializes in services to help you expand. Our non-profit services are free of charge and project information is considered strictly confidential. 

We're here for you. 

Our team can assist your company:

  • Explore Business Expansion Opportunities
  • Identify Applicable Incentives
  • Building & Site Searches
  • Tax Phase-in Assistance
  • Connect to Workforce Programs
  • Collaborate with Local Entrepreneurs & Innovators
  • Develop Relationships with Local Universities

Contact Us Before You:

  • Decide on location of new investment
  • Bid on large projects that will add new jobs at your location
  • Purchase new equipment
  • Hire new employees
  • Train your employees

All project information is kept strictly confidential.


Small Business Loans

Lawrence County Economic Growth Council offers a small business loan program through the USDA. Loan funds may be available for qualifying emerging or expanding Lawrence County companies. Lawrence County Economic Growth Council offers a small business loan program through the USDA. The Growth Council is an equal oppurtunity lender and provider. 

Tax Abatement

The City of Mitchell, the City of Bedford, and Lawrence County can choose to provide tax abatement for both new and existing companies that are making new investment in both real and personal property. Under state law, local governments have the option of granting tax abatement for up to 10 years. On average, tax abatement can provide nearly 50 percent savings from property taxes over the life of the abatement.

Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may also offer assistance through the following:

  • Employee Recruitment
    DWD`s Customer Self-Service System (CS3) is a sophisticated Internet-based job matching system with the ability to match the company`s job orders for new workers with the skills of job seekers all over the state. The system increases the company`s access to qualified workers, contributes to diversity in the potential labor pool and ensures that only those individuals most likely to meet the company`s job criteria are seen. Through CS3, DWD can assist in the recruitment, screening and selection of employees based on qualifications specified by a company.

  • Advance Indiana
    When a business is established in Indiana and a company is committed to expanding the skills of its current workforce, the Advance Indiana program can be considered. Advance Indiana is intended to address a company's need for a skilled workforce while promoting lifelong learning opportunities for working Hoosiers. This training initiative develops the transferable skills of workers, is targeted to Indiana businesses, available over a two-year period, and must result in a portable credential for the employee participating in the training. Portable credentials sought by participants in current training projects include college degrees and advanced information technology certifications.

Additional information on many of these programs can be found at

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