Business Resources and Programs
Palmdale is a great place for business.
Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, the City recognizes the importance of its business community, from thousands of small start-ups to some of the world’s largest aerospace companies and a growing number of high tech manufacturers, all of whom have located in Palmdale.
Starting a Business
When starting a new business, there are important decisions to make and many guidelines to follow. Knowing the basic steps to start your business is the first step toward success.
America's Job Center of California
Business Retention Liaison
Current and prospective business owners have a direct link to City Hall via the City's business retention liaison, who serves as the key contact to help business owners through the permit and development processes.
For more information, call the Economic Development Division at 661-267-5125.
Business Watch Program
Palmdale’s Business Watch Program provides businesses with tools to make shopping safer for customers and employees.
Visit the Business Watch Program page to learn more.
Foreign Trade Zone
Palmdale’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) offers international traders, importers, and exporters outstanding opportunities to take advantage of special customs benefits. For more information, read Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) - How it Works (PDF).
Los Angeles Consumer and Business Affairs Office of Small Business
Small business made for you. For more information, call Chris Perry at 323-881-3964, or visit the https://dcba.lacounty.gov/
Small Business Development Center Business Counseling
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has consultants with expertise in finance, general business management, marketing, and operations. They are available to meet with local businesses by appointment in Palmdale. SBDC is administered by College of the Canyons for North L.A. County.
To learn more about the services they offer and to make an appointment, call College of the Canyons at 661-362-5900, or visit the SBDC College of the Canyons website.
Governor's Economic Development Initiative (GEDI)
GEDI, established under the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), has three incentive programs to help business locate or expand in California:
Employment Training Panel (ETP)
ETP provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good-paying, long-term jobs. ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency.
For more information, call the North Hollywood Regional Office at 818-755-1313, or visit the California Employment Training Panel website.
State Research & Development Tax Credits
Businesses may receive a tax credit for in-house or outsourced research and development. For more information, call the Franchise Tax Board at 800-852-5711, or visit the California Franchise Tax Board website.
Industrial Development Bonds
Low-interest financing is available through tax-exempt industrial development revenue bonds (IDB). Eligible IDB industrial activities include assembly, fabrication, manufacturing, and processing. For more information, call the Economic Development Division at 661-267-5125, or visit the California State Treasurer's website.
Opportunity Zones in California
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones as a mechanism to provide tax incentives for investment in designated census tracts. Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains.
The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) has an Opportunity Zone web portal with program details, and about how investors and communities can benefit.
You can determine if a property address is located in an Opportunity Zone by using the U.S. Department of Treasury CDFI Fund's Community Information Mapping System.
GovOps has produced an interactive map containing Opportunity Zones with Caltrans transportation projects, Air Resources Board low carbon projects, and high-speed rail investments within Opportunity Zone boundaries.
- Click here for a PDF containing a list of California designated tracts.
- Click here to download a large, non-interactive map (28 inches x 40 inches) of California designated tracts.
- Click here to download a shapefile of designated opportunity zone tracts. You must have ArcGIS, QGIS or some other GIS software to view these files.
- Click here to download a kml file of designated opportunity zones tracts that can be viewed in Google Earth.