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Enterprise Zone
The Enterprise Zone is a geographical area designated by the State as being eligible for State Income Tax credits and other financial incentives. These benefits are only available to companies within the Zone and are offered to encourage business growth and job creation.

Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) were created in the United States to provide special customs procedures to U.S. plants engaged in international trade-related activities. Duty-free treatment is accorded items that are processed in FTZs and then re-exported, and duty payment is deferred on items until they are brought out of the FTZ for sale in the U.S. market. This helps to offset customs advantages available to overseas producers who compete with domestic industry.
Empowerment Zone
The Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program was established to empower people and communities across the United States by inspiring Americans to work together to develop a strategic plan designed to create jobs and opportunities in our nation's most impoverished urban and rural areas.

Coachella Valley Innovation Hub works to provide a wide variety of programs, services and incentives to start-up businesses focused on creating and developing clean technology. Clean technology may encompass the fields of solar energy, wind power, geothermal and smart grid technologies, as well as green building materials and techniques, biofuels/biomaterials, and water filtration and conservation technologies.

The CalWORKs program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size. Most able-bodied aided parents are also required to participate in the CalWORKs GAIN employment services program.

SCORE offers FREE confidential business counseling from over 30 volunteer counselors. These successful executives and small business owners represent over 1,000 years of experience in all areas of business. Sign up for low-cost SCORE workshops for both new and existing business entrepreneurs. Local business experts conduct training across a variety of relevant subjects including starting and financing a business, business plans, marketing, human resources and much more.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Coachella Valley Women's Business Center is committed to developing thriving, sustainable, women-owned businesses that achieve and create economic prosperity through entrepreneurship.  The mission of CVWBC is to counsel, teach, encourage, and inspire women business owners at every stage of development and expansion.  The center assists men as well as women, and encourages both genders to seek out services in order to ultimately strengthen the economy of the Coachella Valley.