Richmond has a ready workforce, acres of space to locate and expand, great transportation connections, a growing economy. Richmond’s Economic Development Division can assist in connecting business to resources, relocate existing operations, connect to workforce development, and facilitate business-to-business transactions. We are here to help you - please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and inquiries.
Business & Economic Development Assistance
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The City of Richmond's Economic Development Commission hosts a public meeting on the Second Wednesday of each month. The Economic Development Commission has four sub-committees, Policy, Community Engagement, Taste of Richmond, and Cannabis. The goal of the Commission and the Subcommittees are to support the business community in Richmond.
Health officials caution that it is now more important than ever to follow the state health guidance for physical distancing and use of face coverings, to keep everyone safe and healthy during the holiday season.
Following the heath guidance for physical distancing and face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home when you feel sick are also key to continuing Contra Costa’s progress against the pandemic.
Support your local small and medium businesses
COVID-19 continues to have significant effects on the economy, both locally and nationally. Restaurants and retail are particularly hurt due to closures or changes in their business operation during the pandemic. The City of Richmond, Richmond Main Street, and Richmond Chamber of Commerce are collecting an inventory of open businesses to help community members locate and support Richmond businesses.
To find local restaurants and retail spaces, please explore the map to the right to find a business that is right for you.
If you are a small business that is open or will soon open and are interested in being included in the map, please complete the following survey.
The Temporary Use Permit allows businesses to use private areas, such as parking lots, for outdoor dining and seating, outdoor merchandise displays, and outdoor community assembly. The Temporary Use Permit fees have been waived, and the permit is valid until December 31, 2020.
Businesses may apply to use public right-of-ways such as sidewalks adjacent to their business, to temporarily expand capacity outdoors by applying for a Temporary Outdoor Dining and Retail permit through the Community Services Department. A complete application will need to include a site diagram, assurance of following all proper safety standards, and a Certificate of liability insurance.
The San Francisco Business Times has published a supplemental issue featuring Richmond. This issue highlights the assets and amenities that make Richmond one of the best options for business in Bay Area, and profiles a variety of companies that call Richmond home. Please follow the link to read and share this wonderful profile of Richmond: