BizFTZ is the Foreign Trade Zone program that operates in a twelve county region in Northeast Indiana. Foreign-trade zones are geographical areas considered outside U.S. Customs territory. Companies that import and/or export merchandise as part of their business may be helped by using the foreign-trade zone to minimize, defer or even avoid payment of customs duties. Duties and taxes are only paid if the merchandise enters the United States.
The ISBDC was created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community. The ISBDC creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources.
Downtown Improvement District (DID)
The Downtown Improvement District (DID) is an Economic Improvement District established under State of Indiana statute. Their services improve the business climate of the district and allow owners of non-residential real property to more easily assess their own economic potential. The Downtown Improvement District's mission is to enhance the image of downtown Fort Wayne for the social and economic benefit of our community by providing special events to promote the downtown Fort Wayne area; providing enhanced beautification, cleaning and security to complement the downtown's wide range of services; and working cooperatively with local government to augment municipal services.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the new organization that unifies the Fort Wayne – Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, serving as a single point-of-contact for economic growth in Greater Fort Wayne while also complementing and supporting broader, regional efforts.
Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association
The Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association debuted in 1984 with a revitalization plan to breathe new life and energy into the Fort Wayne's industrial core. The UEA is a small business incubator which can provide manufacturing, research and development, and office space. The Center can house several tenants concurrently in its 50,000 square feet facility in spaces ranging in size from 100 to 6,500 square foot. Because it is in the Fort Wayne Enterprise Zone, the Center offers its tenants access to tax credits and other business incentives. Start-up businesses are able to grow and thrive in the Center because service costs are shared among companies.
Community Development Corporation of Northeast Indiana (CDC)
The Community Development Corporation of Northeast Indiana (CDC) is a City of Fort Wayne sponsored 501 c (6) not for profit business development organization. Their primary objective is to promote the growth and development of small commercial and industrial for profit businesses in Indiana through creative loan programs. Since their inception in 1978, they have loaned over 52 million dollars to small businesses with an additional 131 million of private funds contributed to those projects and have helped create or retain over 4000 jobs.
The Innovation Center
The Innovation Center is a non-profit, community-based resource center that catalyzes the growth and development of innovative companies in Northeast Indiana, thereby diversifying, improving, and growing the region's economy and enhancing our community's vitality. An incubator provides business coaching, mentoring, financial assistance and/or capital access, technology tech transfer and commercialization, innovation evaluation, marketing and business plan assistance, and referrals to professional service providers to increase the likelihood of business success.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is an economic development team serving as a single point of contact to businesses interested in locating to the 10-county region. The Partnership operates on the principle that to create business investment in the region, it must not only generate business leads, but also develop the product that is Northeast Indiana and work on the effectiveness of what we call the regional team—strategic partners who collaborate to better the region.