Economic Development

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Walk-ins are welcome but customers with appointments will be given preference. The cut off for walk-ins is 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 2:30pm on Wednesday. The Permit Center is closed on Fridays. Permit Center is closed at lunchtime from 12 pm to 1 pm.


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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.

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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.

SFBT Insert 2022 - Front PageIn 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.

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Training goes a long way to helping make businesses productive and profitable. Here are a few selections that you should check out:

  • There are a lot of business assistance organizations in the Bay Area offering free or low-cost training. For a list of workshops offered by those partnered with the Small Business Administration, check out the SBA calendar.


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.