Giving our Customers a Competitive Edge
Our Economic Development Services Team helps our business customers gain a competitive edge through coordinating the available tools and resources of our federal, state and local partners. Making better-informed business decisions helps you succeed, which in turn supports the success of our regional economy. Our Economic Development Services Project Managers provide one-on-one, specialized consulting services. After assessing your unique business issues, they’ll propose a package of available incentives, tools and programs to reduce your operational costs and make your business more competitive.
Talk to us first if you're considering a move to Southern California or looking for incentives to stay in the region.
Contact us at 626-812-7351 or 626-815-7284 or email us.
In business, it’s all about whom you know. We’ve served our communities for over 100 years, and care about maintaining a thriving regional economy where businesses can prosper and provide opportunity for Californians. We’re not alone: there’s a wealth of organizations and services to help your organization succeed. We look forward to working with you in our great state, the smart place to do business.
Set your sites on Southern California. Talk to our team for no-cost assistance in finding the right location for your company. We’ll share information on relocation and financial incentives to help you gain a competitive advantage and set you on you right road to success.
The Right Location For Your Business
Southern California is an exciting place to live and work. It’s also a great place to do business. We have a large and dynamic economy, a skilled work force, world-class transportation networks, cutting-edge technology and a commitment to a clean energy future. Relocating or expanding your business here shows your company values innovation and advancement—values that we at SCE share as well.
With an established startup culture and unlimited potential, Southern California offers an openness and energy that permeates our business community and powers growth. From electronics and clean-tech to health sciences and apparel, there is a network of motivated venture capitalists, and intergovernmental organizations designed to help mentor emerging business owners, provide guidance, and direct them to the right resources.
We utilize the collective strength of our partnerships when working for the success of our business customers. Find out more about the Economic Development partners in your area and how together we can help your business succeed.
Los Angeles County
- Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
- World Trade Center Los Angeles/Long Beach
- Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley
- Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA)
The Central Coast
- The County of Santa Barbara County.
- The Ventura County Economic Development Authority (VCEDA)
- The Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County
The Inland Empire
- San Bernardino County
- Riverside County
- The Inland Empire Economic Partnership(IEEP)
- Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
- Riverside County Economic Development Corporation
- County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency
- Victor Valley
The Owens Valley
- The Kern County Economic Development Corporation
- Kings County Economic Development Corporation
- Tulare County Economic Development Corporation
There are many state resources that can help you start, grow, finance, expand or relocate a business in California.
- California Association For Local Economic Development
The California Association For Local Economic Development (CALED) is an economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members' ability to achieve excellence in delivering economic development services to their communities and business clients. CALED's membership consists of public and private organizations and individuals involved in economic development.
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) works with potential employers, corporate real estate executives, and site location consultants considering California for new business investment and expansion. GO-Biz offers a wide array of services ranging from site selection assistance to workforce services to help tap into the ever-expanding international markets.
- Team California
Team California is a cooperative effort between public and private sector economic development leaders bringing together resources and expertise from throughout California to promote business investment and job creation.
Members are comprised of experts from economic development corporations, cities, counties, utilities, community colleges and government agencies. TeamCalifornia strives to use these resources to identify and develop ways we can work together to promote business.
- The State of California
- California Association of Enterprise Zones
- League of California Cities
- California State Associations of Counties
- California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)
- California Manufacturing Technology Consultants
California Manufacturing Technology Consultants (CMTC) focuses exclusively on the component parts and
industrial-useproducts manufacturers. The group has decades of industry experience in the plastics, metal, electronics, wood, chemicals and composites industries. CMTC has on-staffspecialists that can provide hands-onsupport to improve a company's competitiveness, find key personnel, become a more efficient energy user, keep current on technology advances and reduce cost. Learn more about CMTC's Small Manufacturers Advantage®. or CMTC's Industrial Manufacturing Consulting Group.
- California Workforce Association
The California Workforce Association (CWA) is a
non-profitorganization that develops public policy strategies to address critical workforce issues. CWA represents the 50 Workforce Investment Boards, over 200 One-StopCareer Centers and other workforce development partners in California.
We know that small, local businesses are vital to the health of our communities. These resources can help you start, grow, finance, or expand a business in Southern California:
Small Business Administration (SBA):
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency that aids, counsels, and assists small businesses. The SBA recognizes that small business is the engine of the American economy.
As a result it seeks to preserve and strengthen the free market system because what is good for small business is often what is great for the nation as a whole.
Small Business Development Centers (SCDCs)
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are located nationwide and offer comprehensive assistance to small businesses. Members of private industry, the educational community and federal, state and local governments support the program. Here you will find a list of statewide Small Business Development Centers.
Southern California: A Great Place to Be
This is a great place to do business, for many reasons. In this section you’ll find a wealth of useful information along with links to guides and resources that can help you make well-informed business decisions and succeed, here in Southern California.
Our Economic Development Team's no-fee consulting services are designed to help you select the business location that's right for your company:
- Finding Location Incentives/ Tax Credits
- Customizing Workforce Training Programs
- Discovering Innovative Technology
- Implementing Energy Efficiency best practices
SCE offers a comprehensive portfolio that helps your business save money. Whether it's energy efficiency, demand response, new construction, or educational workshops and classes, SCE has a program for your business. Small, medium and large sized businesses are all eligible for our
- Small Businesses
- Medium Businesses
- Large Commercial and Industrial Businesses
- Specialized Programs for Large Industrial Energy Users
- New Construction
- Workshops and Classes
- Demand Response Savings/Demand-Side Management
SCE has developed Energy Efficiency partnerships with organizations large and small, ranging from
non-profits,to government agencies, to retail stores and supermarkets seeking methods to reduce energy consumption while looking at a multitude of technologies applicable to new and existing facilities.
- Exploring Lean Manufacturing practices
SCE and the California Manufacturing Technology Consultants (CMTC) set out to develop a program to help companies implement lean manufacturing practices while realizing energy savings.
The Skills To Save On Bills
CMTC uses this tool to help companies stay competitive both locally and globally by developing and instituting processes to help businesses reduce production costs and lead times while reducing energy consumption.
Putting the Tool To Work We can identify where you're wasting energy, note ways for you to reduce consumption and suggest methods to help you improve your manufacturing process.
From zones earmarked for enterprise to redevelopment to foreign trade, we can help you determine if your business qualifies for location incentives. Listed below are a few of the incentive zones available in Southern California:
- Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area (LAMBRA)
- California Enterprise Zones
- Recycling Market Development Zones
- Federal Empowerment Zones
- Foreign Trade Zones
- Tulare Targeted Tax Area (TTA) (PDF)
- Tulare Targeted Tax Area (TTA) offers incentives only to companies located in the Tulare TTA and engaged in a trade or business within the specific standard industrial codes.
- Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits (R&D) (PDF)
The Small Business Administration's prime directive is supporting small businesses. The SBA's most
The 504 Program provides growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets such as land and buildings. Typically, a 504 project includes a loan secured with a senior lien from a
The 7(a) is the most basic SBA business loan. The "7" and "a" refer to section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, which authorizes the SBA to provide loans. 7(a) loans are "guaranty only," which means they are provided by lenders who agree to structure their loans according to SBA's requirements. In turn these lenders receive a guaranty from SBA on a portion of each loan.
Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs)
Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs) are securities issued by State, certain governmental agencies or authorities, local government, or a development corporation. The proceeds are used to finance the construction of industrial plants or purchase of equipment, and expansion or relocation of qualifying manufacturing facilities.
The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Because many incubation programs don't track the success of their clients and graduates, we teamed with NBIA to create an economic impact measurement toolkit, which can help you understand your businesses progress and gain the insight you need to succeed.
The following business incubators located may be able to help you:
Los Angeles County
- Business Technology Center
- CalNASBO/Innovation Village
- CALSTART Project Hatchery
- DotCom Director
- FAME Renaissance
- Fashion Business Inc.
- Funk Ventures
- The Grimshaw Group
- Koffler Ventures
- LA Cleantech Incubator
- Mama’s Small Kitchen Incubators
- Pasadena BioScience Collaborative
- Redondo Beach Information Technology Cen...
- Start Engine
- UCLA Momentum Biosciences
- Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp
- Digital Media Center-Rancho Santiago Community College
- The Hive, Huntington Beach
- Tech Coast Works
- UC Irvine Photonic Incubator
- WIN Opportunities, Inc.
San Bernardino County
Innovative technology creates new businesses and transforms existing ones. We are networked with organizations that provide innovation resources, contacts, and information to help you build your new businesses or guide your current company toward success.
Innovative Technology Resources
NASA Research Centers
The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) helps your small businesses reach its potential by offering incentives to bring your technological innovations to the market through the commercialization of your research.
These profiles will help you assess if Southern California is where your company can best flourish.
Southern California has a vibrant bioscience industry that drives profits and economic growth. It employs tens of thousands of highly skilled professionals and individuals in administrative, marketing and manufacturing positions. This successful regional industry also supports organizations in other industries, such as law firms, consultancies and contract research and manufacturing organizations. Read our Bioscience Profile (PDF) to learn why Southern California is the right location for your company.
Education: A World-class System
Within the Southern California region, there are approximately 200 colleges and universities that prepare graduates for jobs in specific industries.
Training: A New Economy Workforce
We help you team with the state to create training programs and offer initiatives tailored to retail your workforce
Community college system
California Workforce Investment Boards (CalWIBs)
The California Community College Economic and Workforce Development program
Employment Training Panel (ETP)Funds