The Orange County Planning Division verifies that the business is operating in a manner consistent with the program's requirements when the application is submitted. The Planning Division also maintains program files and submits quarterly reports to the State of Florida. The Enterprise Zone incentives can help reduce the costs of business relocation, expansion, renovation, and job creation. The program has helped all type of businesses including retail stores, restaurants, nurseries, and child care facilities. The Enterprise Zone Program provides incentives only AFTER the applicant has made an investment. The program does not offer loans or grants. The Enterprise Zone Program was reauthorized by the Legislature until 2015. This allows a business owner several years to benefit from the program when planning to purchase equipment, buy or renovate property, or hire new employees. To be eligible, all Census Block Groups included within the Enterprise Zone must have at least 20 percent poverty rate, and half of the Block Groups must have poverty rates of at least 30 percent. A business owner must own a building only to qualify for the child care facility exemption. If you are leasing or renting the property, you can still qualify for the rest of the incentives. Businesses can benefit from the building materials application only once, but may submit job tax credit, property tax credit, and business equipment applications more than once, if eligible investments are made.