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Business Retention and Expansion

The TEDC, the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, and Tomball College Center for Training & Development have partnered together to provide a comprehensive resource for Tomball’s existing business community. The Business Retention & Expansion partnership is designed to help local business owners address their needs and provide a means for achieving their goals.

The Tomball EDC knows the importance of creating positive relationships with existing businesses in our community. The goal of this partnership is to assist local companies with their development plans, whether that includes a facility expansion, an increase in the number of employees, job training/development, or the purchase of additional equipment and supplies.

The Business Retention & Expansion Program can help in the following areas:

  • Expansion / Relocation within Tomball
  • New development
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Job training/development

View our incentives to see how the TEDC can help you!

Development and Building in the City of Tomball

Development in Tomball is regulated in order to promote public health and safety, and protect public and private property. Regulations and procedures have been developed to establish rules and implementation for development.

The development process can be broken down into four basic steps. Zoning, the first step, identifies permitted uses and development regulations for the property. The second step, Platting, submission and approval, identifies the subdivision of land and any proposed public dedications such as right-of-way or easements. The third step, the Site Plan process, involves the review and approval of the actual plans for construction of public infrastructure contained within the public dedication areas and improvements on the site. Construction plans indicate exact locations of connections to City infrastructure and include site details that address existing and proposed paving, grading, drainage and utility improvements. The fourth step, the Permitting process, addresses the review and approval of building plans for conformance with minimum building standards to ensure the safety of future property owners and occupants. 

Project Elements

Every project must be:

  1. ZONED for the intended use;
  2. Located on a Recorded PLATTED lot or legally subdivided lot;
  3. Approved through the SITE PLAN APPROVAL and/or a BUILDING PERMIT process;
  4. INSPECTED during and upon completion of construction; and
  5. Issued CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (if applicable).

Click here to connect to the City of Tomball Community Development Department's webpage for additional information regarding developing in Tomball.

Workforce Development

Responding to the challenges of an ever-changing workforce, Lone Star College System has Workforce Development programs to meet the needs of individuals and businesses.  Lone Star Corporate College offers a variety of programs and services tailored to business, from customized training and open enrollment courses to professional seminars.

For more information, call 281.296.7827 or e-mail us

Small Business Development Center

The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center works with existing companies to help them grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. The SBDC also works with individuals to assist them with the development of new businesses and their operations. The resulting improvement in business performance leads to job creation, investments, and economic growth in our community.

Small Business Development Center - At Lone Star College System
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 777381-4356
Phone 832.813.6674
SBDC@lonestar.edu