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The City's Economic Development mission is to improve San Leandro's quality of life by encouraging reinvestment and economic growth through retention and expansion of existing businesses and attraction of new industry, which will enhance the local tax base, enabling an increase in the standard of living for all San Leandro.
For the latest news on new business openings, updates on major development projects, and ongoing progress reports as we work to build an innovation ecosystem in San Leandro, visit San Leandro Next.
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NEW: Small Business Window Repair Grants
Deadline to submit: 5PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
Although the state of emergency in California has been lifted, many San Leandro businesses and property owners have not recovered from the impacts of the pandemic and are having to make tough decisions on how to spend their money. In some cases, this includes deferring repair and replacement of damaged windows. To help restore the businesses' and community's appearances, the City of San Leandro has developed a Window Repair Grant. These grants will not need to be repaid.
Grants are available for up to $4,900 to businesses and property owners located in San Leandro for window repair and other glass replacement needed to improve the exterior appearance of the building. Actual grant amounts will vary, based on professional bids submitted with the application, but will not exceed $4,900.
More information is available on the COVID-19 Business Resources Page.
NEWS: San Leandro Business Facilities Grants
The City of San Leandro will soon launch a new program for grants of up to $25,000 for businesses in commercial spaces in San Leandro impacted by the pandemic. The grants can be used for lasting physical improvements for beautification, accessibility, or security. The grants can also be combined with the City's Business Incentive program for businesses that would benefit from up to $45,000 in public funding.
To receive an email when the application is available, request to be added to an alert list or call (510) 577-3397 to talk with San Leandro Economic Development staff.
In the July 22, 2022 issue of the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT), readers can find a colorful and captivating 24-page insert highlighting San Leandro’s 150-year history of culture, business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Over the past months, the City’s Economic Development team has been working with SFBT staff on compiling a feature to celebrate the City’s sesquicentennial milestone and the many transformations that have taken place over a century and a half. The stories highlight legacy businesses, forward-thinking businesses, new developments, the history of manufacturing in San Leandro, Downtown happenings, housing, and COVID-19 relief and recovery, and more. Read the online version of the insert now.
Training goes a long way to helping make businesses productive and profitable. Here are a few selections that you should check out:
JOB FAIR FROM SAN LEANDRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Businesses looking to recruit new staff can take advantage of the San Leandro Chamber's Job Fair on November 15. To register or more information including pricing visit the Chamber's Job Fair Employer page.
Access information on business financing in San Leandro.
The City of San Leandro Economic Development team is committed to serving San Leandro's homegrown businesses, from entrepreneurs, startups, and small business to corporate headquarters.
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COVID-19 Business Resources
Find resources to aid your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discover the demographics for the City of San Leandro.
Downtown San Leandro
Discover information about Downtown San Leandro.
Information on how to support San Leandro businesses by shopping locally.
Opportunity Zones Dashboard
The City of San Leandro's official Opportunity Zone dashboard, a central location for information about the Opportunity Zone and strategic locations for development that can positively impact the community.
Redevelopment Successor Agency
The City of San Leandro will serve as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency for the purposes of managing ongoing payment obligations and liquidating assets.
San Leandro Next
San Leandro Next is an initiative of the City of San Leandro Community Development Department providing news and updates on economic development and innovation.
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San Leandro Business Email Update Sign-Up
Form for signing up to important updates pertaining to the San Leandro business community.
Bay Area Manufacturing Week
A place to announce San Leandro-specific activities related to the annual National Manufacturing Week celebration.