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Visalia Works!

Visalia’s vitality is the result of a community-wide commitment to excellence. Business owners, elected officials, city staff, educational partners, other strategic partners and an engaged citizenry have all worked together to make Visalia the “Jewel of the Valley.” Because of this widespread camaraderie of excellence Visalia is a great place to work and do business. As a result, Visalia’s thriving business community has expanded beyond a traditional agricultural base into a diversified, self-sustaining market including distribution facilities and manufacturing outlets which are national and international in scope. Our economy has become part of the global economy.

We want to thank you for choosing (or considering) Visalia as a home for your business. In Visalia we understand that your success leads to our success and as such, we are here to assist you to get on with your business! We hope that the information found in this section of the website helps you to find what you were looking for but if not, please feel free to contact the City’s Economic Development Manager, Devon Jones for help. Devon can be reached at (559) 713-4190 or devon.jones@ci.visalia.ca.us.

You will find links to helpful information below and in the ‘City Options’ menu to the left.

Tools for Business Success – Helpful information for any Visalia business

Cal Gold - This website created by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business across all statewide and local agencies.

Business License/Tax Brochure – A Business Tax Certificate from the City of Visalia is required prior to conducting any business, trade, or profession in the City of Visalia.

Permit Counter - Provides a "one stop shop" for the general public, the building industry and the development community. The counter staff will help direct your project needs, intake your applications, issue business tax certificates and issue a variety of city permits.

Site Plan Review - Site Plan Review is a FREE pre-application process that gives citizens relevant feedback on any changes they wish to make to a site. Whether there are proposed physical alterations to a site or a change of use, site plan review will provide initial guidance for the project in order to meet all applicable codes and requirements of the City of Visalia.

SBA Learning Center – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Learning Center provides an easy to access online database of resources and information for small businesses.

Valley Innovative Energy Watch – The VIEW Partnership provides a starting point for exploring energy savings through energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrades.

General Plan Update

FAQ’s:

“I’m starting or relocating my business in Visalia, where do I start?”

1.     (For small business start-ups) Fresno State Small Business Development Center (Tulare Kings office) – The SBDC provides no cost one-on-one business consulting, workshops, research, and online learning services for small businesses in Visalia.
2.     Cal Gold
3.     Business License/Tax information – A business tax certificate from the City of Visalia is required prior to conducting any business, trade, or profession in the City of Visalia. Contact Business Tax Division for application.
4.     Site Plan Review

“I’m potentially interested in bringing business to Visalia, but haven’t made my decision yet. Why should I pick Visalia?”

Because Visalia:
·         Offers excellent quality of life for your employees and their families
·         Has a world class industrial park
·         Offers a location that uniquely boasts overnight delivery to anywhere in California and much of the Western US market
·         Understands your success leads to our success
·         Overall, is a great place in California to live, work, and play! 
      
     
Economic Development 
            
Demographics 
                Incentives 
                Industrial Park 
                Downtown 
                Retail

"How do I potentially do business with the City of Visalia?”

Contact the City’s Purchasing Division for more information.

"I’d like to lower my energy bill by going solar and/or becoming more energy efficient.”

You should start by contacting the Valley Innovative Energy Watch (VIEW) Partnership to get a comprehensive look at resources available. In terms of financing, Visalia businesses have access to three PACE financing options:
        
(Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a program that enables property owners to install renewable energy, energy and water efficiency improvements with little or no up-front costs. The financing is paid on tax bills tied to the useful life of the improvements up to 20 years. PACE is property qualified financing; not credit-based, and the repayment obligation stays with the property.) 
        
CaliforniaFIRST is now accepting applications for commercial and multifamily properties with a $50,000 loan minimum. For more information, visit www.californiafirst.org or contact (510) 692-9995. The Tulare County PACE program offers large commercial, industrial and multifamily loans over $200,000. There are no out of pocket costs to the property owner to participate in the program. For more information, visit www.tularecopace.org or contact (626) 385-8410. The HERO program, which will be available October 1, 2014, provides financing for approved projects that start as low as $5,000. For more information visit www.heroprogram.com, or contact (855) 437-6411.

"I’m a business looking for help and I’m not sure who to contact.  [OR]   What types of resources are available that can assist me with specific aspects of my business?”

Resources:

You can always contact the City’s Economic Development Manager, Devon Jones at (559) 713-4190 or devon.jones@ci.visalia.ca.us for help in navigating any of the resources indicated below or you can contact them directly. Specific types of services per agency is indicated below. List is not all inclusive.

City shortcuts:
Business License/Tax
Permit Counter
Site Plan Review

Tools for Business Success

Valley Innovative Energy Watch
Energy efficiency
Renewable energy

GO-Biz Permit Assistance Unit
Assistance Navigating Statewide Permitting and Regulatory Environment
Cal Gold

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)
Small Business Assistance Unit
Grants and Incentives
CEQA/Land Use/Indirect Source Review Questions

U.S. Commercial Service (DOC)
Export Consulting
    
Trade Counseling
    
Market Intelligence
    
Business Matchmaking
    
Commercial Diplomacy  

Visalia Economic Development Corporation
Local Site Selection
Project Assistance
Networking

Economic Development Corporation of Tulare County
Regional Site Selection
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)
State and Federal Incentive and Special Financing programs

Fresno State Small Business Development Center (Tulare Kings)
Accessing Capital
Business Planning
Consulting
Business Workshops

Business Finance Center
Accessing Capital
Business Planning

VSBDC Technical Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC)
Accessing Capital   
Business Planning
Revenue Development

Fresno EOC Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
Accessing Capital
Business Planning
Microenterprise Development

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Business Workshops
Government Contracting
Accessing Capital
SBA Learning Center
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone

College of the Sequoias Business and Industry Services (BICS)
Customized Training
Business Consulting
LEAN Training ( ISO 9001:2008, ISO 9001:2015, TS 16949, and others)

Tulare County Workforce Investment Board  
Employee Screening/Recruiting
Training Programs
Intern/Work Ex Programs
Tax Credit Screening
Layoff Aversion
Labor Market Information
Customized Training

Proteus
Employee Screening/Recruiting
Training Programs
Intern/Work Ex Programs
Tax Credit Screening
Labor Market Information

Tulare County Office of Education Services for Education and Employment (SEE)     
Intern/Work Ex Programs
Training Programs

Community Services Employment Training (CSET)
Employee Screening/Recruiting
Training Programs
Intern/Work Ex Programs
Energy Efficiency upgrades
Sequoia Community Corps
Microenterprise Assistance
Recycling

Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Technology Commercialization
Business Consulting
Product Development

Visalia Chamber of Commerce
Business Workshops
Networking
Marketing
Legislative Advocacy     

Tulare and Kings Counties Builders Exchange
Technical Assistance for Construction Trades
Contracting Assistance
Business Workshops
Networking
Marketing

Building Industry Association of Tulare and Kings Counties
Technical Assistance for Construction Trades
Legislative Advocacy
Assistance with Regulatory Environment 

Downtown Visalia Alliance
Downtown Information Hub
Project Assistance
Downtown specific Site Selection
Marketing
Networking

Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Business Workshops
Networking
Marketing

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