Richmond’s business community is extremely diverse, ranging from manufacturing, bio-tech, shipping, retail, restaurants, business services and personal services. With this much variety, there will be a niche for your new business in our city.
All businesses in Richmond must have a Business License, available through the City of Richmond. For information on this and other permits/licenses that may apply to your business contact the City Business License Department, 510-620-6742.
Need help starting your business? Check out these business-related services offered by the Chamber and other local organizations to help get you to that next step. If you need help re-writing your business plan, finding the latest market data on East Bay businesses, investigating small business loans, etc., these services can help you:
Richmond Enterprise Zone Benefits
Our Enterprise Zone Specialist looks at your business and considers its qualifications for Richmond Enterprise Zone benefits, which amount to significant bottom line savings to businesses of all sizes. Benefits include Hiring Credit, Sales & Use Tax Credit, Manufacturer’s Investment Tax Credit, Business Expenses Deductions, Net Operating Carryovers and Net Interest Deductions for Lenders. Contact the Chamber to see if your business qualifies.
Certificates of Orgin
The Chamber embosses and signs Certificates of Origin to members for overseas shipments at no charge. Nonmembers may also use this service at $25.00 per form.
Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency, Office of Economic Development
Peruse all that they have to offer to both existing and prospective businesses; those that have chosen — or will choose – Richmond as their home.
510-307-8140 | www.richmondca4business.com
S.C.O.R.E., Counselors to America’s Small Business
S.C.O.R.E offers excellent free business advice that is available by setting an appointment with the local representative through the Richmond Chamber office. Call the Chamber to make an appointment. It’s completely free!
510-234-3512 | www.eastbayscore.org
West Contra Costa Business Development Center
510-236-3690 | www.wccbdc.org
Contra Costa Small Business Development Center
510-646-5377 | www.contracostasbdc.com
Richmond Public Library (Ask for the Business Librarian)
510-620-6561 | www.ci.richmond.ca.us
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Once you get your business started, membership in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will help you get connected and grow.