Business Assistance Programs

The Office of Economic Development is committed to attracting, growing, and retaining business and industry to the Gilbert community.

Gilbert Next Level

Gilbert is on a path to becoming the premier entrepreneurial Town in Arizona, a community that intentionally cultivates and supports its businesses and residents. One of the ways we are investing in and building our future talent pipeline is through exclusive programs and strategic partnerships aimed at enhancing workforce capabilities through educational opportunities and supporting small businesses with on-going community networking and technical assistance training. Explore the many resources available to Gilbert residents, business owners, and Gilbert-based employees – all designed to take their business and career goals to the next level.

Join the community.

Gilbert-based small businesses are invited to join a join a network unlike any other. The #GilbertTogether HUUB is a one-stop digital business platform designed to assist local businesses with all their needs, great or small. The streamlined portal offers a single point of entry to access complimentary technical assistance trainings, learn about grants and the latest funding announcements, and connect with a community of Gilbert business owners and entrepreneurs.

Professional Skills Training

The Office of Economic Development has partnerships focused on workforce development and skills training. The self-paced online training is free for Gilbert residents and Gilbert-based employees. Participants complete ten professional skills modules throughout the month-long course with access to an instructor. This program is a great opportunity for Gilbert business owners to invest in their current employee and new hire training programs, and for job seekers looking to improve employability.

Higher Education & Scholarships

Gilbert is home to an assortment of higher education institutions and workforce development partners such as Park University, the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Learn more about the #GilbertTogether Resident Career Training Scholarship program, an investment with the nation’s largest community college district, that is preparing and educating Gilbert’s future and current workforce.

Green Business Certification

With partners like Local First Arizona, the Office of Economic Development is able to promote sustainability efforts among Gilbert-based businesses and nonprofits. This collaboration, part of the Green Business Certification program, aims to encourage these organizations to reduce their water and energy consumption, minimize solid waste generation, and adopt best management practices for stormwater management.

Workforce Acceleration

Gilbert’s pilot program with workforce accelerator partner, Elevate, is training Gilbert residents in technology sales. Accelerated programs like Elevate are designed to help jump-start a career in emerging industries. Gilbert residents receive virtual and in-person instruction and upon completion, graduates will have an opportunity to secure interviews with employer partners.

SizeUp Tool

SizeUp is a free online tool designed to help businesses grow by making smarter decisions through data analysis. SizeUp allows you to easily obtain highly specific data on revenues, salaries, health insurance costs, suppliers, competitor information, and much more.

The Office of Economic Development provides expert site selection services:

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Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis

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Incentive Qualification Review

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Labor Market Analysis

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Community Based Research and Analysis

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Expedited Plan Review

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One & Done Self-Certification

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Permit By Appointment

State Incentive Programs

Marked by an ever-evolving pro-business climate, Gilbert, Arizona benefits from significant incentive programs on the state and local levels. These programs provide qualifying Gilbert-based businesses with significant reductions in property, sales and income tax liabilities.

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Arizona Competes Fund – An annual state-wide closing fund of $25 million. A portion is available to qualified organizations achieving performance measures that stimulate and promote industries that provide stable, high-wage jobs.

Business Property Tax Exemption Amount – Calculated so that the exempt amount is raised from approximately $68,000 to $125,000.

Corporate Income Tax – Corporate tax rate reduction from 6.97% phased down to 4.9% beginning in 2014.

Corporate Tax Allocation Sales Factor – Service-based companies with at least 85% of sales outside Arizona to elect tax liability based on the location of the buyer (in-state or out-of-state) when calculating applicable income for corporate taxes. This further enhances legislation passed in 2011 that increases the electable sales factor for multi-state corporations from 80% to 100% between FY2014-2017.

Data Centers – State and municipal retail sales tax exemptions, as well as use tax exemptions for the owner, operator or co-location tenants of computer data centers. Newly constructed data centers in urban areas must make a minimum investment of $50 million ($25 million in rural areas) during a 5-year period. Companies with existing data centers in the state that have brought investment of $250 million over the past six years also qualify for tax benefits.

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) – Arizona is the only state that provides businesses in a designated FTZ, or subzone, eligibility for a 75% reduction in state real and personal property taxes. Gilbert has available commercial land within a foreign trade subzone.

Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) Program – Available to businesses that lease parcels from the community government rather than own them outright; the program waives all real property tax, replacing it with an excise tax at a rate established per square foot and based upon type of use. Every 10 years the rate drops by 20% until it reaches the 51st year, at which point the tax drops to zero.

Job Training Program – A job-specific, reimbursable grant program that supports customized training plans for employers creating new jobs or increasing the skill and wage levels of current employees. An employer creating net new jobs can receive up to a 75% reimbursement of eligible training expenses. An employer seeking to supplement current training programs may receive up to a 50% reimbursement of eligible training expenses.

Property Tax Reform – Reduction of business property tax (class 1) assessment ratios from 20% to 18%.

Qualified Facility Income Tax Credit – $70 million/year refundable tax credit for headquarter, manufacturing and R&D operations of export-oriented companies eligible for a refundable tax credit up to 10% of projected capital investment or $20,000 per net new job.

Quality Jobs – Performance-based tax credit on net new job creation of up to $9,000 per employee over three years. The program allows first year credits to be claimed for 3 subsequent tax years once program requirements are met.

Quality Jobs through Renewable Industries – Businesses making new investment in manufacturing and/or headquarter operations in renewable energy industries are eligible for a refundable corporate income tax credit up to 10% of the capital investment and a 75% reduction in real and personal property taxes.

Research & Development Tax Credit – Companies performing qualified research and development in Arizona may receive an income tax credit equal to 15% to 24%. Legislation enhanced this tax credit by 10% if increased R&D expenditures are made in cooperation with an Arizona university. Companies with less than 150 employees may elect to take a refundable tax credit.

Small Business Capital Investment Tax Credit Program – Designed for those who invest in small businesses, the program allows for an income tax credit of up to 35% of the qualifying small-business investment amount over a period of three years.

Transaction Privilege and Use Tax Exemption – Sales of machinery and equipment used directly in manufacturing operation are exempt from the state transaction privilege and use tax.

For more information about these and other state incentive programs visit: http://www.azcommerce.com/start-up/

Startup Resources

By fostering entrepreneurship, Gilbert can establish a stable economy with enhanced productivity, innovation, and job creation. With support from the Gilbert Office of Economic Development, small businesses can be assisted with scale-up, leading to wealth creation and generating greater prosperity for the area. From no-cost education and business resources to helping entrepreneurs find co-working spaces for today’s modern office demands, our staff is dedicated to identifying programs and partnerships that help startups find success in Gilbert.

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Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Every step of a startup leads to questions. The ACA aims to provide answers and tools to help you navigate the many stages of your business. From events to success stories, this is your one stop for everything start up.

AZ STEP Program

With funding from a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and matching funds contributed by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the ACA runs Arizona’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). AZSTEP assists Arizona small businesses to enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets. This will enable these businesses (which account for 98% of the businesses in Arizona) to increase their revenues via international sales and to thereby be even more significant engines for job creation and economic growth in Arizona.

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