Business Support & Entrepreneurship

Business Retention & Expansion

On average, 80% of new jobs and capital investment come from companies that already exist in a community. That’s why Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) is essential to Gallia County. We visit local companies for candid conversations regarding the opportunities and challenges that exist operating a business in Gallia County. As a result, we’re able to provide assistance to help solve business challenges, improve the local business climate, and connect businesses to available resources to catalyze their growth.

We aim to complete at least one BRE visit per year with major local employers and companies in JobsOhio’s target sectors, which include advanced manufacturing, aerospace & aviation, automotive, advanced mobility, energy & chemicals, financial services, food & agribusiness, healthcare, logistics & distribution, military & federal, and technology.

How We Can Help

Finding land or buildings for future operations

Securing financing for new equipment or operations

Finding or training new workers

Help with permitting, licensing, or infrastructure needs

Technical assistance for exporting, market development, and other growth opportunities and challenges

BRE in action

BRE visits from Gallia County Economic Development have uncovered plans for fixed-asset investments eligible for JobsOhio’s Inclusion Grant program. Multiple Gallia County companies have taken advantage of the Inclusion Grant program to secure grants in addition to their own investments, including:

  • D&D Enterprises
  • JB Nets
  • Patricia Rawlinson Designs
  • R&C Packing
  • Silver Bridge Coffee

Entrepreneurship is in our DNA

The late Bob Evans started his restaurant chain right here in Gallia County, and continued investing long after his “down on the farm” jingle went mainstream. 

Today, Gallia County entrepreneurs carry on in that legacy, growing their businesses and supporting the local economy. Gallia County Economic Development has…

  • Resources to help entrepreneurs make their next major investment
  • Contacts with low-interest loan and gap financing loan programs
  • Knowledge of tax incentive programs that can help your business save money

Spotlight: The Root Sports & Fitness Center

The Root is a 52,000 sq. ft. all-purpose indoor sports center, offering full-sized basketball courts, an indoor turf soccer field, 24-hour fitness facility, and training classrooms. Local entrepreneurs Robbie & Tessa Pugh have made The Root a destination for Ohioans and West Virginians. More…

Spotlight: River City Manufacturing Co.

River City Manufacturing Co. makes hand-crafted leather goods, ranging from wallets, purses, and dog collars, to briefcases and weekender bags. Local entrepreneurs Aaron & Erin Buckley grew the business from a spare bedroom all the way to their current facility along the Ohio River. More…

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