The Economic Development Division’s Business Visitation Program
provides a great opportunity for company representatives and
economic development staff to meet and discuss business
operations, business information and resources, future expansion
plans and many other business-related topics. It also provides
businesses with an opportunity to share and showcase what they do
Whether your Redlands-based business is large or small, we
encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and let us
know when a visit to your facility would be convenient.
Please contact the Economic Development staff at (909)
335-4755 ext 1, to schedule your business visit.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones
as a mechanism to provide tax incentives for investment in
designated U.S. Census Tracts. Investments made by individuals
through special funds in these zones would be allowed to defer or
eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. The City of
Redlands has one (1) Opportunity Zone. To learn more, click here.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs
The City of Redlands, in participation with the California
Enterprise Development Authority (CEDA), the California Statewide
Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and their affiliated
financing partners, is
offering commercial and residential property
owners multiple programs for financing energy upgrades and
improvements. Learn more here.
Redlands Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1893, the Redlands Chamber of
Commerce continues to provide a service for local businesses
and professionals looking to improve their business and build a
better community. The Chamber’s programs and activities are
focused on three main themes, business promotion and assistance,
community development and community promotion.
SCORE – Inland Empire
SCORE is a nonprofit
association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping
small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a
resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than
forty years. With over 30 volunteer mentors in the Inland Empire
and 900 years of business experience, we are a very active
chapter providing a full range of counseling services as well as
putting on workshops covering a wide range of topics.
The County of San Bernardino’s Workforce Development
Department provides programs that can assist employers with
hiring and training new employees, as well as developing
customized programs to meet a company’s current workforce needs.
Services include worker recruitment and advertising, tax credit
verification for hired applicants and space to conduct
interviews. Contact the WDD directly or the City of Redlands
Economic Development Division for more information.
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Training (OJT) is a program offered by the County of San
Bernardino’s Workforce Development Department to assist
businesses and offset the training costs of new employees.
Normally when businesses hire new employees there is a period of
time when the employee is learning the job and he/she is not as
productive as more experienced employees. OJT assists in
offsetting these costs and helps your company hire and train
highly qualified employees.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
The California Department of
Tax and Fee Administration administers California’s sales and
use, fuel and tobacco taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes
and fees that fund specific state programs. Services include the
issuance of sellers permits and business licenses, taxpayer
events and education, and more.
Board of Equalization
The Board of
Equalization (BOE) provides property tax
oversight, ensuring that county property tax assessment
practices are equal and uniform throughout the state.
Currently, the tax programs administered by the BOE are
concentrated in three general areas: alcoholic beverage tax,
tax on insurers and property taxes.
Department of Business Oversight
The Department of Business
Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and
services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The
Department regulates a variety of financial services, products
and professionals and oversees the operations of state-licensed
financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money
transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and traveler’s
checks and premium finance companies. Additionally, the
Department licenses and regulates a variety of financial
businesses, including securities brokers and dealers, investment
advisers, deferred deposit transactions(commonly known as payday
loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders.
Department of Industrial Relations
The California Department of
Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health,
safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners
and helps their employers comply with state labor
laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce
Employment Development Department
Development Department’s Workforce Services
Branch (WSB) provides a comprehensive range of
employment and training services in partnership with state and
local agencies and organizations through the America’s Job Center
of California (AJCC). The services offered benefit all job
seekers including youth, veterans, people with disabilities,
adults, and dislocated workers and brings employers with job
opportunities together with qualified job seekers.
The WSB also prepares up-to-date statistical
information, demographics, and analyses impacting the
State’s business climate.
Employment Training Panel
The Employment Training
Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in
upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads
to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in
1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by
California employers through a special payroll tax.
The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency.
Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide
training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying
for funds and other aspects of participation.
Franchise Tax Board
The Franchise Tax Board is
responsible for administering two of California’s major tax
programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. The Board
also administers other non-tax programs and provides
delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent
vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department
of Motor Vehicles and court–ordered debt. Businesses can access
tax forms, make payments and get information on corporate
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
The Governor’s Office of
Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves 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
Tax Credits & Exemptions
The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit
available to businesses that want to come to California or stay
and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by
GO-Biz and approved by “California Competes Tax Credit
Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of
the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, one
appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate
Committee on Rules.
A new law beginning on July 1, 2014, allows manufacturers and
certain research and developers to obtain a partial exemption of
sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and
development equipment purchases. To be eligible under this law,
you must meet all three of these conditions:
- Be engaged in certain types of business, also known as a
- Purchase “qualified property”
- Use that qualified property for the uses allowed by this
New Employment Credit
The New Employment Credit (NEC) is available for each taxable
year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1,
2026, to a qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time
employee on or after January 1, 2014; pays or incurs qualified
wages attributable to work performed by the qualified full-time
employee in a designated census tract or economic development
area [commonly referred to as a Designated Geographic Area
(DGA)]; and that receives a tentative credit reservation for that
qualified full-time employee.
USA.gov quickly connects businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center or office they go to for help.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under the immigration program certain EB-5 visas are set aside for investors in targeted employment areas designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services based on proposals for promoting economic growth. New rules will go into effect on November 21, 2019, please visit www.uscis.gov/eb-5 for more information.
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
The City of Redlands Purchasing
Division maintains an open list of suppliers desiring to do
business with the City, which is made available to all City
departments. Suppliers are responsible for notifying the
Purchasing Division of any changes to their information.
Businesses interested in doing business with the City can be
added to the vendor database by completing
this form and sending contact information and product
lists and/or brochure to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
County of San Bernardino
The County of San
Bernardino Purchasing Department supports the
procurement of material and equipment that are essential to
providing governmental services for the citizens of San
Bernardino County. The Purchasing Department buys products and
services needed to run many County departments including a
hospital, sheriff and fire stations, detention centers, juvenile
facilities, general offices, medical laboratories, mental and
public health clinics, welfare programs, maintenance and
construction of buildings, roads, parks, and playgrounds. A list
of commodities and other information can be found on the County
Purchasing web page listed above.
The State of California
Procurement Division (PD) is the central purchasing authority
for all state departments, agencies, institutions, community
colleges, technical institutes and city or local boards of
education. The California Department of General Services (DGS)
Procurement Division (PD) partners with BidSync to host
California’s online procurement service (eProcurement).
U.S. Federal Government
As the acquisition arm of the federal government, the General Services
Administration (GSA) plays a vital role in connecting the
private sector with federal agencies fulfilling their business
needs. GSA offers professional services, equipment, supplies,
telecommunications, and information technology from commercial
businesses to government organizations and the military through
acquisition solutions from its Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).