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Updates: Previously Economic Development Department (EDD) staff presented recommendations for a small business incentive program with the proposed budget for fiscal year 13. Unfortunately funding was not appropriated at that time. City staff continues to explore options and ideas for a small business incentive program.

Top suggestions and ideas from the most recent Small Business Summit include:

Incentive program that mirrors incentives for larger businesses

Gentrification incentives for owner occupied

Equal incentives (small vs. large business) for opening new locations

We invite you to build upon these ideas and offer new suggestions below keeping in mind that while broad, big-picture solutions are helpful to discuss; we equally value specific, short-term solutions that may address a single issue within this area.

What ideas do you have to incentivize small business development?