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The Office of Economic Development (OED) is the primary resource for citywide business information, recruitment, development and assistance in Delray Beach. Our mission is to drive and inspire the growth of a diverse, vibrant, entrepreneurial economy for all. We serve our local economy by offering discrete, professional, and timely services that promote business activity and enhance the quality of life within our city.

Site Selection Services

Whether you’re seeking to lease or own, OED’s complimentary site selection services can help you identify the most suitable potential locations for your startup, relocating, or expanding enterprise throughout the greater Delray Beach area.

Confidential Project Management
We understand the sensitive nature of negotiating a business relocation, development project, or incentive deal. The OED team is glad to help you coordinate the various elements of your project with other City departments, while ensuring the appropriate level of privacy is maintained at critical junctures.

Market Data & Business Intelligence
Assessing market feasibility is an important step in the process of any business venture. The OED team and our affiliates can provide you with data that allows you to assess demographics, demand, competition, and market share in the Delray Beach area and beyond.

Community Introductions
The help you need is just a friendly introduction away. With an extended network or more than 45 partners ready to assist you, the OED team will gladly provide you with a person referral to connect you with the departments, organizations, or businesses you seek.

Permitting & Processes
If you’re not sure where to start, make the Office of Economic Development your first stop. We work across many departments and organizations throughout Delray Beach, and can help you navigate local permitting, licensing and approval processes efficiently. We’ll point you in the right direction, so that you can start doing business as quickly as possible.

Lending – Grants – Incentives
Delray Beach offers a variety of local grant and incentive programs, allowing us to compete on a regional, national and global level for jobs, businesses and private investment. In addition to our own programs, OED’s connections to various lenders and economic development organizations make it easy for us to help identify additional funding opportunities for businesses to support job creation, expansion into new markets, and growth acceleration.

Small Business Assistance
Small business is big business in Delray Beach. With approximately 93% or our businesses having 30 or fewer employees, OED has a thorough understanding of the needs of small and independent enterprises. Whether it’s individual counseling, business development services, or financial planning that you seek, we can connect you to the right expert to arm you with the tools you need to succeed.

Entrepreneurial Assistance
Delray Beach has a deeply imbedded entrepreneurial culture, and the NEXTDelray movement is gaining more momentum than ever to connect entrepreneurs with like-minded individuals in order to drive thoughts, ideas and business. The OED team works with a variety of local, regional and statewide groups that support entrepreneurs through networking events, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities, and ongoing dialogues that move entrepreneurship forward.

Workforce Development Services
The Greater Delray Beach area has a competitive workforce ready to join your team, filling critical positions from entry to executive levels. Our partners offer human resources solutions to help you create your ideal candidate profile and recruit talent, and even access to training grants for new and existing employees.


100 NW 1st Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Economic Development Director
(561) 243-7009

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