Startup & Planning Resources

Thinking of Starting or Expanding a Business?

Whether you are starting a new or growing a small business in Marietta, the Economic Development Division is here to support the success of your company. Use the links on this page to locate business resources and learn about local incentive programs that may reduce the cost of starting or growing a business in Marietta.


A partnership of Kennesaw State University and the Cobb Chamber, IgniteHQ works to support inventors and problem solves as they become entrepreneurs. IgniteHQ is a hybrid business incubator/ co-working hub focused on meeting the needs of technology, engineering, and food and life sciences related businesses.  Members receive office space, educational resources, and more.


SCORE is a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentor-ship. SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling.  Learn more about  resources available through a strategic partnership between the Cobb Chamber and SCORE Atlanta.

Small Business Development Center

University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business helps existing and prospective business owners to grow or start a business by offering a wide variety of educational program and providing confidential one-to-one consulting. Explore the SBDC at Kennesaw State University.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Since its founding in 1953, the SBA has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Local Incentives for Small Businesses

Many small businesses may qualify for the state of Georgia's  job tax credits for new and expanding companies located in designated areas.  To learn more about each job tax credit program, view designated area maps, and access program eligibility requirements, visit the Tax Credits Overview page.