Dear Business Owner/Entrepreneur,
Riverside is a great place to start or grow your business and the City of Riverside’s Office of Economic Development is here to help. Located in the fastest-growing economic region in the State, this award-winning City is ranked #1 among all Inland Empire cities in virtually every economic indicator; including number of jobs, number of businesses, amount of available office space and assessed valuation. Riverside has seen tremendous investment over the last 10 years resulting in an increasingly affluent and educated population and diversified industry clusters, all vital qualities for economic stability and long-term prosperity.
Yet perhaps as important to your business today as any statistical data about the City, is Riverside’s economic development approach and business friendly philosophy. Through our Business First Program we strive to provide efficient, personalized customer service in every City Department, every day, to every customer. Business First is our dedication to giving small businesses, large companies and budding entrepreneurs alike the tools, information and guidance they need to thrive and create jobs in Riverside.
The strength of our local businesses plays an integral role in the overall economic health of our City, so we are serious about helping you succeed. This comprehensive website represents a commitment to meeting your need for information, assistance and support. We salute the demonstrated ingenuity, creativity and perseverance necessary to become a successful business owner.
Assistant City Manager
Contact: Cindy Roth, President & CEO
As one of the largest, and most influential chambers in the state, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce works closely with local government and other entities to strengthen the local economy
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
3780 Marke Street
Contact: Vincent McCoy, Executive Director
The Inland Empire SBDC offers comprehensive programs to assist business owners in Riverside. The center offers free or low-cost business consulting, business workshops and seminars, and a small business library/computer lab.
Contact: Patti Anthony, Executive Assistant
CMTC’s non-profit organization provides manufacturing and distribution consulting services which improve California’s Industrial base and our state’s economic vitality. CMTC’s organizational culture of “hands-on consulting,” delivered by an exceptionally experienced team with proven capabilities, provides unique client value with industry specific services that offer tailored, practical solutions for manufacturing and technology related industries.
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
916.322.0694 / 877.345.4633
1400 10th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact: Jeff Malin, Senior Business Development Specialist (Los Angeles)
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
Contact: Tom Evans, Business Counselor
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 13,000 member volunteer program sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The program matches volunteer retired executives with small businesses that need expert advice at no cost.
Contact: Michelle Skiljan, Executive Director
The Women’s Business Center supports entrepreneurial women as they begin and grow their businesses. The Women’s Business Center provides educational programming, access to capital, advocacy, networking opportunities, one-on-one counseling and workshops.
Contact: Hilda Kennedy, IE Chapter President 2011-2012
NAWBO-IE sits in the center of the fastest growing Counties in the country – both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and covers more square miles than any chapter in the country. NAWBO-IE is one of nine chapters in the State of California and is an integral part of NAWBO-CA. With more than 92,000 businesses in the Inland Empire headed by women as Presidents or 50% partners, NAWBO-IE seeks to be the premier organization for women business owners in the Inland Empire. Established 14 years ago, our goal is to promote and enhance the growth and profitability of our member businesses. Our vision and objective is to unite women business owners in the Inland Empire for profit, influence and community!
Contact: Michael Stull, Director
In the local community, IECE meets the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs by offering specialized assistance programs that provide mentoring and consulting services, entrepreneurial training programs, and student internship resources that will help them achieve greater levels of success in their business ventures.
Minority Business Development Agency Business Center (MBDA BC)
6820 Airport Drive
Riverside, CA 92504
Contact: Irma Flores, Director of Government & Public Relations
The MBDA BC provides procurement and finance assistance to minority business enterprises (“MBEs”) in Riverside. Its primary objective is to assist MBEs by identifying opportunities for increased sales and revenues, securing financial capital needed to start or expand a business, resolving key operational issues hindering the success of the business, and providing business education and training on important business topics.
Contact: Rachel Rola, President
Founded in 2009, the Inland Empire ABA is a non-profit, membership based organization. The Association finds their roots in the long history of the Asian Business Association, started in 1976, to proactively assist Asian Americans gain access to economic opportunities and advancement. They facilitate the growth of our member businesses by providing networking events, training programs and promoting business opportunities.
Contact: Julie Mason, PTRC Representative
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated the University of California, Riverside Libraries as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) to stimulate patent development, economic development, and technology transfer within southern California. UCR is the only PTRC within the UC system and one of three centers located in southern California. The Patent and Trademark Resource Center maintains the entire back file of U.S. utility and design patents on DVD and offers assistance in searching USPTO patent and trademark databases to both the general public and the UC Riverside community.
Patent and Trademark reference service is available from Library staff at the Orbach Science Library Reference Desk. Those new to patent or trademark searching may make an appointment for individual assistance by phoning the Orbach Science Library Reference Desk. Read more information on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Resource Center Program.
Riverside Community College District – Office of Economic Development
152 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
Contact: Vevesi Save, Economic Development Assistant
Whether your company needs training workshops or other services, RCCD Office of Economic Development can help address your needs in an efficient and time effective manner. They provide tailor-made services to improve employee performance. This customized approach supports your business in today’s competitive marketplace by increasing the knowledge and skill of your employees. RCCD Office of Economic Development offers your business a full-service consulting program.
The Procurement Assistance Center
152 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
Contact: Julie Ann Padilla, Director
The Procurement Assistance Center (PAC) offers assistance to businesses interested in marketing their products and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. These complimentary services include counseling, assistance with registrations and certifications; identify opportunities through bid matching and informative workshops.
Contact: Mark Mitchell, Director
TriTech SBDC is for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into viable businesses. TriTech providestraining, high-level consulting, and referrals that empower the client to succeed. Unlike other professional firms motivated by profit margins, TriTech has assembled complementary, personalized business assistance in a confidential, one-on-one setting that result in major economic impact.
Contact: Susan Almeida, Custom Programs Manager
UCR Extension is the continuing education branch of the University of California, Riverside. Your employees can choose to enroll in one of more than 90 certificate programs, all of which offer concentrated study in specific fields. The certificate program is a sequence of courses aimed at helping your employees gain practical instruction to stay current with new developments in their field, qualify for a new job, compete for a promotion or change careers completely.
Business Improvement Districts
The Downtown Business Improvement District (called “BID”) is an area within the City of Riverside, roughly a mile square, bounded by Vine Street/91 Freeway and Brockton Avenue,14th Street and Third Street. Businesses within the BID pay a levy equal to 100 percent of their business tax to fund these activities and programs.
Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP)
Contact: Janice Penner, Executive Director
The RDP is a not-for-profit organization that partners with the City of Riverside, Redevelopment Agency, other not-for-profit organizations, Downtown retailers, Downtown businesses and fellow Downtowners whose joint mission it is to promote and enhance the quality of life in Downtown Riverside.
Arlington Business Partnership
The Arlington Business Partnership represents and promotes Arlington businesses with the primary purpose to stimulate the local economy and initiate improvement projects, thus creating a sense of pride for all who live, work and do business in Arlington.