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The City of Chico can assist your business with:

  • Site Location
  • Permitting
  • Plan Check
  • Business Licenses
  • Facade Improvement
  • Recycling Market Development Zone

In Chico many services are available to assist busineses. The following services are also available to North State businesses. If you can’t find what you need, please contact us at (530) 896-7204 for help.

City Programs
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
City of Chico
Economic Development Dept.

(530) 894-4357
  • Commercial Facade Program - both public and private funds to rehabilitate, upgrade, and generally improve the appearance of commercial of commercial building facades within the redevelopment project areas
  • Recycling Market Development Zone Program - working capital, machinery and equipment, real estate and property improvements, refinancing
Source: City of Chico Economic Development Department ( (June 2011)


Small Business Assistance
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
(530) 893-8732
3CORE is a private, non-profit corporation that works as the economic development planning and coordinating agency for the Tri-County region, composed of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties and the nine member cities. 3CORE offers the following business services: 
Center for Economic Development
(530) 898-4598
The Center for Economic Development (CED) at CSU, Chico is committed to helping communities prepare and plan for future growth. Helping communities and businesses in planning, community development, employment generation, natural resource management, workforce development, alternative energy advancement, and leadership training is the CED’s goal. Following are some of CED's services:
Small Business Development Center
(530) 895-9017
Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Butte College, offers one stop business management assistance through one-on-one business consulting, entrepreneur training, referrals and a wide variety of information and guidance to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The SBDC offers the following services:
Source: Chico Chamber of Commerce (, 3CORE EDC (, CSU, Chico Center for Economic Development (, Northeastern California SBDC ( (June 2011)


Business Financing
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
(530) 893-8732
  • Financing for business expansion including property, equipment, and working capital
  • Industrial Development Vonds for land, building, equipment
  • Offers financing for multiple programs, IDB, Revolving Loan Fund, Incubation program
Superior California Economic Development
(530) 225-2760
  • SBA 504 Loan for real estate, machinery, equipment for expansion or modernization
Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
  • SBA 7(a) Loan - working capital, machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, property and construction, leasehold improvements, debt refinancing. Apply through your local banker.
Source: 3CORE EDC (, Superior California EDC (, US Small Business Administration ( (June 2011)


Business Location / Expansion
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
City of Chico
Economic Development Dept.

(530) 894-4357
  • Economic vision to promote innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Early and free feedback on development projects
  • Economic development liaison
  • Inventory of vacant land for business use
  • Façade improvement loans
  • Redevelopment agency
  • Foreign trade zone
  • Recycling market development zones
  • FAA certified municipal airport
Chico Chamber of Commerce
(530) 895-1202
  • Business advocacy and networking
Chico Economic Planning Corporation
(530) 895-1202
  • Site location services and local business assistance
  • Talent development, retention and attraction
Downtown Chico Business Association
(530) 345-6500
  • Downtown location
  • Events
  • Business directory
(530) 342-8932
  • Business Plan Evaluation
  • Counseling assistance on growth and stability strategies
Source: Chico Economic Development Department (, Chico Chamber of Commerce (, Chico Economic Planning Corporation (, Downtown Chico Business Association (, SCORE ( (June 2011)

Entrepreneurial / Innovation / Technology Resources
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
CSU, Chico - Center for Entrepreneurship
(530) 898-6680
Entrepreneurial activity is supported by a large network of organizations established and managed by students. College-sponsored competitions and events give students a forum for showcasing ideas and promising solutions.
Grow California
(530) 893-8838
Grow California fosters jobs and wealth creation by connecting innovative entrepreneurs, growth companies and market leaders with capital, talent, academia, customers, and partners
Innovation Lab
(530) 892-1707
The Innovation Lab is the go-to resource for companies seeking to commercialize their new products or scale their business in Northern California. The lab services the full lifecycle of innovative companies:  
  • Start-ups with innovative concepts
  • Mid-market, well-established companies
  • Student and faculty entrepreneurs

Through the Innovation Lab companies have access to mentors, capital resources, labor, university faculty and resources, as well as an array of tools for product development.

Source: CSU, Chico Center for Entrepreneurship (, Grow California (, Innovation Lab ( (June 2011)

Industry Associations / Resources
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
Business Information and Support
Butte County Economic Development Corporation
(530) 895-2728
Local resource network for business services
(603) 658-0340
Global resource network for small business
California Chamber of Commerce
(916) 444-6670
Grow California fosters jobs and wealth creation by connecting innovative entrepreneurs, growth companies and market leaders with capital, talent, academia, customers, and partners
California Small Business Association
(310) 642-0838
Export helpline available to members, insurance and retirement plans, business advocacy in state and federal government
(619) 258-3670
The Connectory® Network is a nationwide, Web-Based Buyer-Supplier Network that provides:
  • A unique way to connect with companies and other assets by understanding their capabilities
  • Powerful means for government, large company, and institutional buyers to identify sources of products, services, technologies, capabilities, and capacities
  • Detailed capabilities and capacities for companies at every level of the supply chain
  • Focus on manufacturing/technology companies and their supplier chain including wholesalers/logistics, technical services, construction, agribusiness, and mining
  • Showcase for tens of thousands of US companies at NO COST to them
  • Geocoding and interactive mapping feature for locating assets/resources
  • Internet speed/powerful search engine combined with in-depth company database
  • Commitment to usability, coverage, quality, and continual updating distinguishes it from any other available database
  • IT platform on which Communities of Interest (COI) can segment the Connectory database within Portals, specified by geography, industry, or other COI criteria
MANEX: The Corproation for Manufacturing Excellence
(925) 807-5100
Manex provides a broad array of proven advisory and implementation solutions exclusively to manufacturers, distributors, and their supply chains. We deliver high-impact solutions in four key areas - strategy, people, process and performance - to help you quickly achieve cost efficiencies and increased profits.
  • Strategy - Identify and create new sources of value and growth in your enterprise.
  • People - Enhance the skills and knowledge of your workforce with innovative training and development programs.
  • Process - With our holistic approach, pinpoint high-impact process improvements and streamline operations to quickly achieve cost efficiencies and increased profits. 
Source: Butte EDC (, Buzgate (, California Chamber of Commerce (, California Small Business Association (, Connectory (, MANEX Consulting ( (June 2011)
Business-to-Business Networking
Chico Chamber of Commerce
(530) 891-5556
The Chico Chamber of Commerce areas of service are:
  • Networking and Promotion
  • Community Promotion
  • Representing Business Before Government
  • Business Training
  • Issue Advocacy
  • Young Professionals Organization - Once a month young professionals in Chico are invited to listen and learn from leaders in the community.
  •  Business networking and job recruitment website
Ryze Business Networking
  • Business networking and job recruitment website
  • Members get a free networking-oriented home page and can send messages to other members.
  • They can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location.
Source: Chico Chamber of Commerce (, LinkedIn (, RYZE Business Networking ( (June 2011)
Trade Associations
Butte County Farm Bureau
(530) 533-1473
  • Non-profit grass roots organization whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout the state of California and to find solutions to the problems of the farm, the farm home, and the rural community.
California Business Roundtable
(916) 553-4093
  • Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of California CEOs focusing on big picture issues affecting California businesses. These issues include infrastructure, education, energy, and government reform
California Farm Bureau Federation
(916) 561-5500
  • Non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary membership California corporation whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout the state of California and to find solutions to the problems of the farm, the farm home and the rural community.
California League of Food Processors
(916) 640-8150
  • Devoted primarily to furthering the interests of the food processing industry before the State Legislature and regulatory agencies, and is a major representative for the California industry at the Federal level.  CLFP's purpose is to foster a favorable environment for the growth and strength of the industry within the state.  In doing so, California processors can continue to provide consumers with safe and wholesome food produced in an environmentally sound and responsible manner. 
California Manufacturing and Technology Association
(916) 498-3340
  • The California Manufacturers & Technology Association works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies by providing business advocacy with state government, legislative updates and conferences
California Solar Energy Industries Association
(916) 747-6987
CALSEIA’s mission is to expand the use of all solar technologies in California and establish a sustainable industry for a clean energy future. CALSEIA is funded by memberships through annual membership dues.
CALSEIA activities:
  • Enact Legislation
  • Create and/or Modify Regulations
  • Create and/or Maintain Incentives
  • To encourage the ethical conduct of companies participating in the solar market
  • Develop Codes and Standards:  to ensure safety and reliability and to standardize requirements to reduce costs and improve construction efficiency
Source: Butte County Farm Bureau (, California Business Roundtable (, California Farm Bureau Federation (, California League of Food Processors (, California Manufacturing & Technology Association (, California Solar Energy Industries Association ( (June 2011)
International Trade
California International Business Association
(858) 483-7250
  • International business directory for international trade opportunities with Califoria; originally an ar of the California Trade & Commerce Agency
Federation of International Trade Associations
(718) 871-0369
  • FITA provides resources, benefits and services to the international trade community and useful tools to help you do business globally.
  • Organizations that are linked to FITA through their membership in a FITA member association represent a broad cross-section of the international trade and business community: manufacturers, trading companies, contractors, freight forwarders, custom house brokers, airlines, shipping companies, port authorities, banks, insurance brokers and underwriters, associations and a wide range of service providers including telecommunications companies, law firms and consultants.
Source: California International Business Association (, Federation of International Trade Associations ( (June 2011)


Hiring / Recruiting / Trainng Resources
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
Butte College Center for International Trade
(530) 879-9049
Butte College's Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is a "one-stop" source of expert trade consulting, export-import workshops, customized market research and planning, and worldwide trade contacts and leads. We serve the thirteen northernmost California counties. We work closely with federal, state, and local trade assistance partners to broaden our service base and better meet client needs. Through these partners, we can help you obtain pre-export working capital, find qualified agents and distributors, take part in overseas trade promotional events; and handle all aspects of your export transaction. CITD offers free or low-cost services:
  • A full range of trade assistance services to meet all export-import needs.
  • Free export-import counseling by trade experts
  • Affordable trade training for all levels of experience
  • Customized market research and planning
Butte Community Employment Center
(530) 895-4364
The Employment Center connects businesses and job seekers in order to strengthen the economic vitality of our community.
Business services include:
  • Post your job openings FREE of charge
  • Professional and Affordable Training and Seminars
  • Human Resources
  • Tax Credits
  • Pre-screening job applicants
  • Recruitment Office for your business

Employee services include:

Source: Butte College Center for International Trade (, Butte Community Employment Center (, Alliance for Workforce Development ( (June 2011)


Conference Facilities
Name / Phone Meeting Rooms Occupancy Food Service Technology
Associated Students Conference Services
(530) 898-6414
12 Bell Memorial Union Auditorium: up to 1,000 depending on seating style
Sutter Buttes (Rm 204): 20-40
Mt. Lassen (Rm 209): 18
Bidwell Park (Rm 210): 118
Honey Run (Rm 211): 40
Sacramento River (Rm 302): 16
Almond Blossom (Rm 303): 40
Feather Falls (Rm 304): 48
Walnut Grove (Rm 305): 8
Esplanade (Rm 307): 10
Chico Creek (Rm 314): 40
Full-Service Catering State of the art technical facility, "smart classrooms"
California State University Chico
Sierra Hall (3rd & Chestnut)
(530) 898-6118
  Colusa Hall: Conference Rms 100A/ 100B: up to 200
Rm 110: 48
Rm 115: small groups
Catering kitchen


Smart meeting room technologies
Audio-visual and technology
Graphic signage and customized promotional itemsWeb-based file sharing

Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD)
545 Vallombrosa
(530) 895-4711


CARD Community Center: Multipurpose rm: 200
Rm 3: 40*
Arts/Crafts rm: 40*
*depends on seating style
  PA system
  Pleasant Valley Recreation
 - 2320 North Avenue
2 Social Room: up to 100 depending on seating style
Small room: 25
  Dorothy F. Johnson Center
  775 E. 16th Street
3< Willow Hall: up to 100
Cedar & Walnut Room: small meetings
  PA system
Chico Women's Club
592 E 3rd Avenue
(530) 894-1978
Convention & Meeting Facilities Up 220 depending on seating style No full service kitchen  PA system
Grand Ballroom On Broadway
242 Broadway
(530) 899-8331
Contact: Allison Hart
Meeting rooms only available from 12pm Up to 274 Catering, in-house PA system
Holiday Inn
685 Manzanita Ct
(530) 345-2491
8 Conference Center: 80-300*
Butte Rm: 30-75*
Glenn Rm: 30-54*
Sutter Rm: 30-75*
Lassen Rm: 14-30
Paradise Rm: 15-30
Shasta Rm: 30-75
*depends on seating sylte
Full-Service Catering 35mm Slide Projector, Cable Modem, DVD Player, Digital Projector, Flip Chart and Markers, LCD Projector, Lectern, Microphone, Modem Lines, Overhead Projector, VCR, Whiteboard
Manzanita Place
1705 Manzanita Ave
(530) 343-5617
2   Full service catering Full service kitchen  
Chico Masonic Family Center
1110 W East Ave
(530) 342-7143
2 banquet rooms, York Rite room and conference room   Full restaurant-style kitchen is available Some audio / visual equipment available to rent
ARC Park Tower Pavillion
2020 Park Ave
(530) 891-5865
1   A restaurant style kitchen is part of the rental area including tables, plates and flatware No glassware  
Hotel Diamond
220 West 4th St.
(530) 893-3100
2   Catering Dept.
The Arroyo Room
131 W. 1st Street
(530) 894-1930
N/A   Kitchen - Caterer's Prep  
Oxford Suites
2035 Business Ln
(530) 899-9090 Ext. 523
3   Full catering available - breaks, breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception Wireless or wired internet equipped. LCD projector(s), TV monitor(s), screen(s), white board, flip charts available

Panighetti's Eatery
2760 Esplanade, Suite 100
(530) 809-1640

1 Up to 50 people Full service catering Overhead projector, wireless internet
Source: Local telephone book, Yellow Pages (, Chico Chamber of Commerce (, (, Associated Students Conference Services (, CSU, Chico (, Chico Area Recreation & Park District (, Chico Women's Club (, Holiday Inn (, Manzanita Place (, Chico Masonic Family Center (, ARC Pavillion (, Hotel Diamond (, The Arroyo Room (, Oxford Suites (