Business Assistance

The Economic Development Department provides a variety of incentives, programs and resources to assist both small and large businesses. We also partner with many organizations to provide a broad array of assistance. See below for direct links to various programs and resources. Please contact us with any questions that you may have, we will be glad to assist you.


Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) - Merchandise exported from or imported into an FTZ is excluded from customs duty and excise taxes until the time of transfer from the zone.  The Port of West Sacramento is designated as an FTZ with several subzones and serves as the Customs and Border Protection port of entry.

The California State Treasurer's Office can provide information regarding Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs), California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), and Pollution Control Financing.

Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZs) -
Businesses located in a designated RMDZ that manufacture recycled raw materials, produce new recycled products, reduce waste from the manufacture of a product, or divert waste from landfills are eligible for low interest rate loans. RMDZs in the Sacramento Region include Sacramento, Placer County and the West Sacramento Enterprise Zone.

Research and Development Tax Credits - Businesses investing in in-house and outsourced research and experimental development in the state are eligible for credits against bank and corporate tax liabilities.


Business Advantage Network is a team of workforce development professionals that provide no-cost hiring assistance to employers in Placer County.

California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (SBLGP) works to help businesses create and retain jobs, while at the same time encouraging investment into low- to moderate-income communities.  Business size eligibility for the SBLGP generally follows the U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) program guidelines.  The SBLGP provides loans to small businesses that experience capital access barriers.  Through this program, a small business can establish a favorable credit history with a lender and obtain access to future loans on its own, independent of the program. 

Governor's Office of Economic Development offer's assistance whether you're starting a business, looking to expand, or wondering about a particular policy or procedure. 

Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council (“Greater Sacramento or GSAEC) is the catalyst for innovative growth strategies in the Capital Region of California. The organization spearheads community-led direction to retain, attract, grow, and scale new businesses, develop advanced industries, and create jobs and investment throughout a six-county region. Greater Sacramento represents a collaboration between local and state governments, market leaders, influencers, and stakeholders, with the sole mission of driving economic growth. 

Northeastern California Small Business Development Centers Existing small businesses and new entrepreneurs can receive no-cost business consulting, management training, and technical assistance.

Placer County Economic Development Department provides demographics and special industry reports on-line. In addition, there are several programs and services offered through the County to assist both employers and those seeking jobs.

Roseville Chamber of Commerce, located at 650 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville, provides a wide variety of programs and services to support businesses of all sizes in the South Placer Region. The Chamber works closely with local, state and federal governments to ensure a strong local economy, promotes the region as an ideal place to live, work and operate a business and offers multiple and varied opportunities for networking to secure new customers, make valuable business connections and have access to the decision-makers. The Roseville Chamber also has a premier young professional's social organization, Ignite.  From this dynamic group of business-minded individuals, the region’s future leaders are being molded.

Roseville Electric Utility Rebates and Incentives - Business customers investing in facility equipment, new construction, and energy efficiency measures are eligible for a variety of loans, technical assistance programs, and rebates.

Sacramento Area Sustainable Business program certifies and promotes businesses and other organizations in the Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties that pledge to adopt environmentally friendly practices as well as conserve resources. There are six categories which include: Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction, Transportation & Air Quality, and Green Building.

Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is a private non-profit organization devoted to supporting the economic development of the rural communities north and east of Sacramento. SEDCorp supports local jurisdictions in their economic development efforts, providing expertise often lacking in small local governments. They work with those jurisdictions to secure grant funds from a variety of sources for high priority projects. SEDCorp also supports the region's businesses with a variety of training events ranging from single-subject sessions on such topics as bookkeeping and local business resources to intensive three-day business "boot camps' to teach the fundamentals of sound business planning from inception to retirement. They are also a small business lender providing a number of loan products sourced from the US Small Business Administration and the Department of Agriculture. 

Small Business Administration The Sacramento district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration offers assistance through programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.


California Employment Training Panel (EPT) - Certain types of businesses that face out-of-state competition or are expanding in or relocating to the state are eligible for ETP funds to offset the cost of job skills training for current and new employees.  ETP also has an agreement with the California Energy Commission to utilize American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to offer targeted training for jobs related to energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy - check web site for Clean Energy Workforce Training Program status.

California Employment Development DepartmentEmployers can enter job listings, browse resumes, and find qualified workers through EDD's CalJobs system and participate in work sharing programs that prorate unemployment insurance benefits to workers whose hours and wages are reduced.  EDD also provides training subsidies and layoff transition assistance in partnership with One-Stop Career Centers.

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.  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.

Golden Sierra's suite of easy to use services and resources are designed to empower business owners in Alpine, El Dorado and Placer Counties. We want to build relationships with businesses and keep our local economy strong. Over its thirty year history the agency has invested more than 120 million dollars in the region’s youth, adults, dislocated workers, and businesses. These investments keep youth in school and improve their skills, assist job seekers with career transition and training, and reduce costs for small businesses.

Sacramento State College of Continuing Education - Employers can access courses, workshops, customized training, conference services, and skills screening to help identify and manage training and development needs.

Sierra College offers Economic and Workforce Development programs that provide access to training and consulting services such as on-site customized training, employee skills assessments, college courses, performance evaluations, and program management assistance. 

Employers can access workers with basic technical and occupational knowledge through the California Department of Education's Career Technical Education programs for high school students and adults that provide fundamental job competencies training, the background for advanced education and training, and opportunities to upgrade existing skills in a number of specific career fields.

UC Davis Extension - Employers can access resources through the UC Davis Extension to assist with educational needs assessment, instructional design, educational delivery (in person and online), custom training, facilitation, and program evaluation.