California economic developers are dedicated to helping the businesses in their communities thrive by focusing on:
If you are a business representative and are looking for resources, please contact CALED, and we will connect you to the appropriate economic developer. If you are looking to learn more about business retention, expansion, creation, and attraction, you’re in the right place.
Business Retention & Expansion
Economic developers work hard to find new and innovative ways of working with their existing businesses. But there are some basics of business retention and expansion that a successful BRE program will have.
CALED’s Orange County Chapter Leadership delivers an excellent training on the subject: Business Retention and Expansion Workshop (BREW). Here are some of the basics they feel are important:
- Build a business database–collect information on your local businesses
- Be aware of market conditions–analyze and understand your community & businesses in it
- Build a support system–lean on your colleagues
- Foster relationships with internal partners–know the “go-to” people in your organization
- Foster relationships with key external partners–agencies, real estate professionals, and other ED stakeholders
- Get a toolbox–identify business incentives, Workforce Investment Act, know Federal/State designations, etc…
- Know your permit process–Is there are permit assistance team or fast-track program in place
- Make business calls–prioritize your contacts and visit your businesses
- Be prepared
- Sell yourself as a resource
- Call back on your major businesses–keep in touch with them
Entrepreneurship As An Economic Development Strategy
As Chuck Wolfe, Principal, Claggett Wolfe Associates explains, there are many good reasons communities choose to use entrepreneurship as an Economic Development strategy.
- Gardening vs. Hunting: Some communities would rather invest in businesses that can be grown in their backyard versus hunting for businesses that may be interested in moving to their city or county.
- Some communities lack the competitive advantages to attract large firms and it makes sense for them to grow what they have.
- Working with local entrepreneurs and inventors allows a community to retain local innovation and talent.
- It also allows you to retain and build wealth in the community.
Where to go for more information
These resources will answer the most frequently asked questions business owners want to know when deciding where to locate.
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ) www.business.ca.gov
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency www.labor.ca.gov
- Business & Individual Taxes www.taxes.ca.gov
- County Profiles & Demographic Data www.census.gov/acs (check out the “data tables’ link)
- Labor Market Information www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
- Permitting www.calgold.ca.gov
- TeamCalifornia for Marketing & Promoting in California teamca.org