Contra Costa County welcomes your business! With its strategic location as The Capital of The Northern California Mega-RegionTM and easy access to your suppliers and customers, Contra Costa is a business destination full of opportunity.
Contra Costa County is home to a wide variety of companies and organizations, reflecting the character of the diverse communities of the East Bay. From urban neighborhoods to rural farms, Contra Costa County is large – and we'll find the perfect spot for your business. You will be in world-class company, as many well-known brands are based here.
With commercial and industrial opportunities close to rail, deep-water ports, two county-owned airports, major freeways, and a range of housing options, get started with your Contra Costa County location by contacting the Economic Development team.
Economic Development Services and Major Projects
The Economic Development team works to encourage investment and job growth within the unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County, and supports efforts of its cities to grow business within their boundaries.
Major Projects and Initiatives Include:
- Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative - The Northern Waterfront Economic Development InitiativeTM is a regional cluster-based economic development strategy with a goal of creating 18,000 new jobs by 2035.
- Small Business Ombudperson Services - Business development and tailored referrals through ombuds-services.
- Business Attraction and Retention - Business attraction, growth, and retention needs.
- Incentives - Opportunity Zones and Recycling Market Development Zone low interest loans
Economic Development News and Events
East Bay Small Business Development Center In-Person Advising in Concord
East Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in-person advising for small business comes to the Concord City Hall/Library! We have partnered with the City of Concord Economic Development Department to provide no-cost in-person advising sessions. Ask your questions, get advice, and learn how East Bay SBDC can help you start and grow your business.
Location: Concord Library, Community Room - 2900 Salvio Street, Concord, CA 94519
Schedule: Mondays 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM from December 4, 2023 to January 22, 2024
Partners and Resources
Economic Development Partners
Many divisions of Contra Costa County work closely with Economic Development to support our businesses, including Planning, Applications and Permits, Workforce Development Board, Public Works/Airports, Purchasing, Health Services/Green Business Program, and the Treasurer-Tax Collector.
Eash of Contra Costa County's 19 cities runs its own economic development program.
We work with partners like our Workforce Development Board, community colleges, and Small Business Development Center to connect businesses with resources, employees, and training. The team approach will help you win in Contra Costa County.
Looking for someone to help navigate through available resources, funding, and regulations? These organizations can help:
- Contra Costa County Small Business Development Center External link to west contra costa business development center
- West Contra Costa Business Development Center extrernal link to San Pablo Economic Development Corporation
- San Pablo Economic Development Corporation
COVID-19 Economic Resources: At Contra Costa County our economic development mission is to connect business owners, employees, entrepreneurs and residents to the tools, resources and opportunities needed to sustain, overcome, and grow after the pandemic.
No-Cost Human Resources Hotline: If you are an employer in Contra Costa County, you need to know that the answers to your labor law questions are just a call away – at no cost to your business. The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Contra Costa County businesses with a no-cost HR Hotline.
Contra Costa County Employment & Small Business Trends Report (PDF) - November, 2023
Doing Business with the County: Find out more on business opportunities with the County.
Funding Opportunities for Businesses: Contra Costa County runs incentives programs.
County Demographics: Find Contra Costa County Demographic Quick Facts.
Largest Employers: Many well-known companies are headquartered in Contra Costa County.
Northern Waterfront Economic Development: The Northern Waterfront Economic Development InitiativeTM is a regional cluster-based economic development strategy with a goal of creating 18,000 new jobs by 2035.