Our Team Works to Help Your Business Thrive


The City of Riverside’s Office of Economic Development is taking a proactive approach to better address the increased demands and challenges facing our local businesses by shifting resources and time in order to enhance outreach and ombudsman services through the Business First Initiative.

The Business First Program reflects our dedication to giving small businesses, large companies and budding entrepreneurs alike the tools, information and guidance they need to thrive and create jobs in Riverside.

Are you thinking of relocating your business? We can help you through the process of finding the perfect location to start or expand your business. Having trouble with permits? Our business liaisons are here to guide you through the permitting process and make sure everything gets done correctly the first time around. Even if you just need direction to the right local resources, you’ve come to the right place! Our Business First Program assures you will have a point person to assist you, backed by a team of knowledgeable professionals.

If you want to do some research on your own, take advantage of numerous FREE resources here on our website to gain valuable insight regarding your business and your market. For example, if you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. The SizeUp tool will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against others in your industry, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers and locating the best places to advertise.

To connect with one of our business liaisons to talk about your business, feel free to contact Sherry Shimshock or Greg Lee.

Sherry Shimshock                                           Greg Lee
(951)826-2433                                                 (951)826-5145
sshimshock@riversideca.gov                         glee@riversideca.gov