Small Business Incubator

The Crawford County Development Authority’s small business incubator program, established in 1991, is the oldest such program in the country.  This program helps local entrepreneurs, like Dianne Dye of Designs by Dianne, reduce the opportunity costs of starting their business by offering low rates and flexible terms on rental space within a shared facility.

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Designs by Dianne, located in the Development Authority’s small business incubator since 2008, manufactures custom quilts and specializes in longarm machine quilting.  By operating in the incubator space, Dianne has the freedom to grow her business at her own pace.  She hopes to one day hire some employees, but as of today, she is content to share the space with her three trusty quilting machines, that she affectionately names “Lenni,” “Lucey,” and “Fred.”

Additional Incentives and Resources

Freeport Exemption Available!

Crawford County offers 100% Freeport Exemption of ad valorem tax on all business inventory as defined by Georgia law. The law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption on three classes of property:

  • Manufacturer’s raw materials and goods-in-process
  • Finished goods held by the original manufacturer
  • Finished goods held by distributors, wholesalers, and manufacturers destined for out-of-state shipment.

Workforce Training:

Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), Crawford Center, is located just outside the city of Roberta on Highway 128. The college serves students in Crawford and neighboring counties. The center offers adult learning courses for students to achieve their GED, Certificate and Diploma Programs and Continuing Education Programs.

CGTC is committed to helping Crawford County grow and build a Work Ready force. The school has partnered with the state and offers the Georgia Work Ready Certificate Program and Quick Start workforce development. CGTC will work with businesses locating to the area by designing a custom program to train employees for the skills required to make your business successful.

Current credited programs that are offered are:

  • Business Office Technology
  • Industrial Preparation
  • Patient Care Training
  • Cosmetology
  • Cabinet Making Fundamentals
  • Small Engine Repair