Businesses want their city to support entrepreneurial activities and provide resources that will help local businesses thrive.

Riverside does.

Life In Riverside

The community of Riverside offers a vibrant lifestyle for both your personal and professional life. Between thriving educational institutions for all ages, a variety of parks and spaces, and its commitment to culture and the arts, Riverside is truly an extraordinary place to live.

Retail Story Map

Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context by combining interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive. This interactive map is a great way to learn about Riverside’s retail centers and what separates our city from the rest.

Helpful Tools

As the City of Riverside's Economic Development Division, we’re here to help. We want to see your business grow and flourish, so we’ve provided a few tools to help you do just that.


Zoning Check


Use this new tool to learn more about where to locate your business in Riverside, California.


Permit Assistance


Cal Gold assists you in finding the permit information you need for your business including contact information for the various agencies administering the permits.

Data and Reports


Data and Reports

The City of Riverside’s Economic Development Division provides a comprehensive data dashboard to help businesses better understand the economic assets of the region. This data collection includes demographic information, quarterly economic reports, labor market data and other valuable resources.

#1 for Best Paying Cities for Teachers in the U.S.


#4 Top Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs in the U.S.


#1 in Business Retention & Expansion in the Inland Empire

(Feb 2017)

Economic Development Partnership Award