Business Resources

Starting a Business

The City of McDonough welcomes new businesses to start and open locations in the City. The Business Development Department is available to assist you with:

Development/Permitting Process

The City of McDonough’s permitting process should involve a visit to the Business Development office. There you will meet the staff who will work to introduce you to other departments that assist you with finding answers regarding your proposed projects.


Job Tax Credits

The City of McDonough offers businesses the advantage of State of Georgia Tier Three job tax credits which amount to $1,250 per job created.  Please see the Georgia Department of Community Affairs page ( for more info.

tax credit 
Educational Assistance

Georgia Department of Economic Resource Center & International Trade 
Southern Crescent Technical College

The University of Georgia - Business Outreach Services 
Georgia Tech - Economic Development Institute 

Atlanta Technical College - Economic Development 

Financial Assistance

McDonough features the following financial institutions to assist you in meeting your needs:

  • BB&T
  • Bank of America
  • Chase Bank
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Hamilton State Bank
  • Heritage Bank
  • Regions Bank
  • Suntrust
  • Wells Fargo


For over 53 years, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key resource for start-ups and existing businesses. The SBA is there to assist you if you are looking to start or expand an existing business, looking for financing, business counseling, federal procurement opportunities, or need help in attaining certifications necessary to compete in today's market. Through their resource partners such as SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Small Business Development Centers, WBC (Women Business Centers) and U.S. Export Assistance Center, the SBA can help a business develop a viable business plan, obtain financing, and develop a marketing strategy. The SBA even has programs for helping special audiences, such as women and veterans become small business owners. For more information:  or 404-331-0100

Other helpful and related websites under SBA:

Women's Economic Development Agency (WEDA) - Women's Business Center  
678-904-2201 ext. 6 

SCORE (Atlanta)  

Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC)  

"MY BIZ" for Women  

State Purchasing Office  

Georgia Department of Labor  


Export Trade Financing - Export Working Capital Program  

U.S. Export Assistance Center