Business Development Resources

The Economic Development Department assists businesses with local and regional needs. Please use the following resources to assist with the initiation or continued growth of your business.

Business Startup & Permitting

The listed organizations will assist with the startup, permitting, and growth of your business:


Targeted Industry Incentives

Qualified Target Industry Refund (QTI)Designed to encourage the creation of high-skill jobs and encourage the growth of corporate headquarters and other targeted industries. Pre-approved applicants who create jobs in Florida can be eligible to receive tax refunds from $3,000 to $5,000 per new Florida full-time equivalent job created.

City Incentives

Hire DFB: Designed to encourage the hiring and retention of Deerfield Beach residents to new jobs in the City and to help offset on boarding costs.  Eligible applicants may receive an award based in increments of $500 per eligible employee for a maximum of 50 awards per business. For information, please contact the Economic Development Department.

For the complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, please email

Business Growth Training

The City has partnered with SCORE Broward to offer Free Business Workshops. The goal is to make the workshop series accessible to anyone who may be interested in learning, collaborating with community members, and/or growing their entrepreneurial skills.

The following workshops will be offered online.  Registration is required - links to be posted soon.

  • 12/1/2020 (6-8 PM)  Business Contracts & Agreements in Unsettled Times - What You Need to Know
  • 2/23/2020 (6-8 PM) TBA
  • 5/23/2020  (6-8pm)  Raising Sources of Capital
  • 09/21/2021 (6-8 PM) Google Tools to Grow your Business 

Workforce Training Incentives

Quick Response Training (QRT): Quick Response Training is an employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. The company may use in-house training, outside vendor training programs or the local educational entity to provide training. Reimbursable training expenses include: instructors’ and trainers’ wages, curriculum development, and textbooks/manuals. This program is customized, flexible, and responsive to individual company needs. 

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT): Incumbent Worker Training is a program that provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees. 

Florida Power & Light Rate Incentives

Economic Development Rider (EDR): Designed to help attract new investment to the Sunshine State and create more jobs for Floridians. Eligible companies receive discounts on new electric demand for up to five years.

Commercial Industrial Service Rider (CISR): This rate was designed to attract new, large power users to the state as part of a competitive site location project.

Employer Services

The following organization provides resources to include free job postings and referrals; employee recruitment; applicant pre-screening; on-site interviewing facilities; a pool of qualified, professional-level candidates, and much more. Visit the link below for additional information.