The Community and Economic Development Department provides many resources to help you find the information and assistance you need in the most efficient manner. These resources include a directory of strategic partners who can provide business development and financing assistance; exclusive data and demographic information; Riverside Prospector, a tool to help you find the right location for your business; Size Up to assess how your business matches up against your competitors; CalGold to help you find the permits and licenses required to start your business; and our Business First initiative to help you navigate City Hall.

Partner Directory

The Partner Directory is a complete listing of our key partner agencies and organizations and can be filtered by industry. The directory includes organizations focused on business development and financing assistance for startups and well established businesses, chambers of commerce, export assistance agencies, and many more.

Data & Reports

The City of Riverside’s Community and Economic Development Department 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.

Business First

The City of Riverside’s Community and Economic Development Department 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.

SizeUp Business Tool

If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp 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. These tools will provide your business with valuable industry data and research insights.

Riverside Prospector

Looking for the perfect location for your business? Riverside Prospector can help you find the right site to meet your business' needs.


CalGold can assist you in finding the permit information you need for your business including contact information for the various agencies administering the permits.