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Small Business Offers and Incentives

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Media Package
Please contact Eatonton Main Street at (706) 749-9150 for a certificate that entitles you to $1000 of advertising from Smith Communications; $500 worth of advertising from DOCK 103.9; $500 worth of advertising from Star Station; $500 from Z-97; $475 worth of advertising from the Union Recorder and Breeze magazine.
Facade Grants
Eatonton Main Street offers up to a 50% match on improvements to your building façade. There are limits and conditions on this offer. Main Street will also offer advice on window displays and signage.
Please contact the Main Street Manager for details (706) 749-9150.
Tax Credits
A specific area of Eatonton is designated as an Opportunity Zone. (OZ map). If your business is within this zone, and you hire 2 or more employees, you may claim state tax credits up to $3700 a year. Please note this does not apply to Federal Taxes and is a credit against your corporate state taxes. See Opportunity Zone brochure for additional details.
Low Interest Loans
There are several federal, state and city programs that can help you borrow funds at a favorable rate.
Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal program that guarantees payment for loans secured from local banks. People’s Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, BankSouth, Exchange Bank, WellsFargo and BB& T are all SBA approved. Contact these banks directly for terms and conditions.
  • The City of Eatonton has a Revolving Loan Fund which it will lend to small businesses for start-up or expansion. The fund balance varies as money is lent out & repaid. Contact the Eatonton City Administrator at (706) 485-3311 for details.
In addition to the above incentives, the Putnam Development Authority has information on county and state level incentives. See PDA web site.