Riverside is a great place to start or grow your business and the City of Riverside’s Economic Development Division is here to help. The Economic Development Division offers a single point of contact for information about resources you need as a first time business owner and tools for continued success as you expand your existing small business. Whether you need access to capital, permitting assistance or help finding the right location we are here to guide you through the process.

Starting Your Business

Starting a business? Careful planning is key to the success of any new enterprise. Listed below are 10 essential steps for business startups along with available local resources to guide you through each step.

Makerspaces, Coworking, and Accelerators

Entrepreneurs need places to connect, collaborate and network. Riverside’s vibrant technology ecosystem is the ideal platform for exciting ideas to flourish and for high-quality entrepreneurs to start and scale their business.


Financing a business can be accomplished through various outlets. Before applying for a business loan however, it is important to know what institutions will be looking for when determining your ability to repay the loan.


Federal, state, and local governments buy just about every category of commodity and service available. Selling goods and services to a government entity can be interesting and lucrative work. It's an income potential that deserves consideration by your business.


The City of Riverside wants to help your business succeed. In an effort to provide personalized customer service and opportunities for you to showcase your business to the community, we provide two highly specialized programs: the Business First initiative and the Shop Riverside campaign.