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Starting a Business

As a city, we welcome your new business effort. So, just know that whether you represent a national chain or you’re more mom and pop, Forney Economic Development Corporation is here to help. We’ll meet with you to honestly evaluate whether your enterprise or small business is a good fit, provide you with demographic and growth pattern data, arrange site tours, point you toward available properties, and answer your questions. With our partners at the City of Forney Community Development Department, we are here to assist you through the planning, developing, and permitting of your project.  For more information on available sites in Forney, click here.

Click here for Information on the Forney Planning & Zoning Development Process


THE RIGHT AUDIENCE: The people of Forney comprise some of the most sought-after demographic and psychographic profiles for: developers of residential and commercial properties—retail, professional, and services businesses, and enterprise-level operations.

HIGH DEMAND: First and foremost, the people of Forney crave more choices. They are eager to find the products and services they want closer to home. That translates into pent-up demand that can launch a business quickly.

LOW RISK: While demand is essential, profitability is the bottom line. The financial model has to make sense, or why take the risk? That’s where Forney’s attractive real estate prices, competitive lease rates and quality labor pool add up to a critical mass of opportunity that’s hard to ignore.

PRO-BUSINESS: The business startup experience here is personal, friendly, and supportive. The City of Forney Community Development Department, Forney EDC, Forney Chamber of Commerce and TVCC Small Business Development Center are all here to help.

LOCATION: Conveniently located 21 miles east of Downtown Dallas, Forney offers close proximity to the highway and interstate system of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in one of the fastest growing regions in North Texas.


Our local partner in business planning: Trinity Valley Community College Small Business Development Center

The Trinity Valley Community College Small Business Development Center (TVCC/SBDC) provides FREE confidential business consulting services to individuals seeking to start a business and those already in business. Assistance may consist of one-on-one counseling, research services, training or utilization of one of our specialty centers. Consulting services are comprehensive and individualized to meet your particular needs.

Basic steps to starting a business in Texas

More useful links:

Forney Community Development Department

Forney Chamber of Commerce

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business

Small Business Administration

  •     “The community is real supportive of new business coming in. The city itself has great ideas on what’s coming ahead. I would advise anyone to look at moving into the Forney area.
    - Patrick McCrea
    Owner, Doe Belly’s Catfish Café
  •     Working with the City of Forney has been a pleasure. The City’s proactive response to any problem Steve Silver Company has encountered is refreshing. Glad to call Forney our home.
    - Jud Preskitt
    Vice President, Steve Silver Company
  •     Smurfit Kappa’s Forney Mill has been operating in Forney for over forty years.  Forney is a great place to do business with an excellent, well-educated workforce and a supportive, forward-thinking city government.
    - Dave Nelson
    Vice President of Paper Operations, Smurfit Kappa North America
  •     OGW is a proud member of the Forney business community. The EDC, City Government, and the community as a whole are very open and supportive of growing businesses.
    - Holly Dempsey