Community & Economic Development Bureau
The mission of the Economic Development Department is to facilitate economic development activities that foster a strong local economy, spur business and job growth, and provide for a better quality of life in Savannah.
The Economic Development Department's programs and activities are geared toward improving economic opportunities and increasing financial well-being for individuals, families, and small businesses of Savannah. These services include:
Business outreach, support and assistance
Development and administration of small business incentives to encourage business development and retention
Commercial corridor revitalization activities
Asset and wealth building services for Savannah residents
Entrepreneurial Center and Training
Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises Program
On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations went into effect. This Final Rule of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) automatically extends overtime pay eligibility to 4.2 million workers. The rule will entitle most salaried white collar workers earning less than $913 a week ($47,476 a year) to overtime pay. Employers will have a choice either to increase their employees’ salaries to at least the new salary threshold, pay workers the overtime premium for extra hours, or limit their work to 40 hours in a week.
For more information about how the Final Rule impacts small businesses, please refer to the Department of Labor's
Small Business Guide
Thomas Gamble Building
2 E. Bay St.
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402
Ph: (912) 651-3653
Fx: (912) 651-7616
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Economic Development Authority
Small Business Assistance Corporation - Savannah
Small Business Development Center (Savannah)
U.S. Census Bureau
Do I need a Business License to start a business?
Where do I go to obtain a Business Tax Certificate application?
Who do I contact regarding the zoning classification for the location I am considering for my business?
P.O. Box 1027
2 East Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401
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