Berkeley companies are regularly breaking boundaries and reinventing the future. Unlike most cities that are dominated by a few companies or industries, Berkeley is defined by its incredible diversity of creative invention. Over 5,000 small businesses, nearly 300 innovative startups, award-winning theatre groups, and trendsetting enterprises in industries as distinct as bioengineering, horticulture, and craft brewing bring a unique diversity and dynamism to Berkeley’s business community. Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development (OED) assists businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations to access services, feel welcome in Berkeley, and thrive.
Find general resources to get started
Get help navigating the permitting process, identifying a location in Berkeley, or finding other resources.
Get personalized advice and support
Free one-on-one advising to help Berkeley’s small businesses and non-profit organizations that are at risk of displacement or closure.
Explore co-ops, collectives and more
Helping businesses and communities discover the power of employee ownership.
Free technical assistance for established businesses that are planning for expansion.
Financing for start-up and early-stage small businesses
Connect with other local businesses
Get involved with monthly business-to-business networking events, workshops to improve business success, and advocacy for city policies that support Berkeley businesses.