CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - WINK News first told you last year about a program that gives companies inside undeveloped areas incentives to grow. Fast forward to today, WINK News found out how some businesses are reaping the benefits.
From plain white paper to a colorful sign...
"We do from business cards to billboards, we'll do just about anything, we do vehicle wraps," says Janet Cernoch.
Sign Tech has grown from a business set up in the back bedroom of Cernock's home to a booming operation in this warehouse in Punta Gorda.
"We've done nothing but move forward," Cernoch adds.
Bringing in new clients and a need for new equipment like this $15,000 printer.
"We can do higher quality imaging now, a better print more consistent and less mistakes... when you have to go back and reprint stuff it just costs you money every time," says Mark Sturman.
But as the company continues to expand, the owners still have to manage their costs making 'Enterprise Charlotte County' a perfect option to help do that. Sign Tech is located inside one of the enterprise zones that cover about 16 square miles in the county from the airport and along US 41.
"The enterprise zone is an additional tool for us so as we go through recruiting new businesses to the area or helping businesses expand," says Debrah Forester with the Economic Development Authority.
Companies inside the zones can qualify for tax incentives. they can get money for adding jobs, refunds for materials they purchase to remodel or build from the ground up, and money back for new equipment they buy for their growing operation.
"It's another tool that we can provide them," Forester adds.
Sign Tech Inc. tells WINK News they are also hiring for two new positions, an experienced fabrictor and a sales person. They are located at 25191 East Olympia Avenue in Punta Gorda. To find out if you are inside one of the enterprise zones, head to: http://floridasinnovationcoast.com/index.php/site_selection/enterprise_zone