Sales Tax Rebates
The City Council, in cooperation with the Business & Economic Development Commission (BEDC), developed a sales tax rebate program to facilitate business attraction and retention. New businesses making minimum capital investments of $250,000 and generating a minimum of $1,000,000 in sales tax dollars annually may be eligible for rebates. Existing businesses investing a minimum of $75,000 in capital improvements and generating a minimum of $1,000,000 in sales tax dollars annually may be eligible for rebates. Prospective applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the Sales Tax Rebate Guidelines and Application. All applicants are required to submit a completed application along with a non-refundable $5,000 application fee to the Office of Economic Development for review and processing. Applications will be reviewed by the City Council for final approval. For more information, please contact Carolyn Hersch, Business Development Coordinator, at (847) 926-1027.
Small Business Facade Improvement Program
The City of Highland Park recognizes the importance of independent merchants to the City’s image and tax base. The goal of the Small Business Facade Improvement Program (SBFIP) is to provide both assistance and incentive to property owners and local businesses to improve the look and functionality of their property and place of business. The SBFIP is available for use by small business operators and commercial property owners citywide. For more information, please contact Carolyn Hersch, Business Development Coordinator, at (847) 926-1027.