Business Ambassador Program (Guidance on the building permit
The Building Department's
Development Services assists small business owners through the review
and permitting process by appointing a single point of contact within
the City to assist those not familiar with the project review and
inspection processes. Business owners receiving the most benefit
from this program engage an ambassador prior to signing a lease
or buying a property. To find out more visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/development/smallbusiness/.
Guide to Starting a Business (An overview of organizations and their role in business)
The City's Finance Department
has developed a list of the various agencies and organizations that
businesses need to register with depending upon the type of business.
The list covers City, State and Federal agencies and the types of
regulations they enforce. For the complete listing of agencies please
visit the Finance Department: http://www2.csjfinance.org/giball.asp.
work2future-Business Services Program (Guidance on Getting Started)
The Business Services Program is a collaboration of partners who
provide quality business development, entrepreneurial and employment
services to businesses. The objective is to provide businesses with
workforce tools they need to succeed in a global economy. To
find out more contact work2future at 877-880-1222 or visit www.work2future.biz
BusinessOwnerSpace.com (Guidance on Getting Started)
BusinessOwnerSpace.com (BOS) is San Jose-Silicon Valley’s most accessible, comprehensive, and useful one-stop resource for launching and growing a business in the greater San Jose metropolitan area. BOS is comprised of a collaborative partnership among two dozen public, private, and non-profit agencies and businesses -- all pursuing the same goal: to help new and small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve success. To find out more visit www.businessownerspace.com/
Special Tenant Improvement Program in Vacant Buildings
The Special Tenant Improvement Program (STI) was established to encourage companies to locate in vacant buildings within industrial and r&d uses, as well as office space in the Downtown Core. The program offers expedited plan review and plan check. To see if you qualify or to find out more information contact the Building Department at 408-535-7781 or visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/building/STIlinks.asp.
Industrial Tool Installation Program
The Industrial Tool Installation Program (ITI) program offers expedited plan review and inspection. To see if you qualify or to find out more information contact the Building Department at 408-535-6849 or visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/building/ITIlinks.asp.
Incentives Offered by the City for Your Business
Business Cooperation Program
The Business Cooperation Program provides businesses a rebate of up to 30% on the local portion of the State collected Use Tax subsequently remitted to the City as a result of the business entering the State’s Use Tax Direct Pay Permit program or allocating Use Tax attributed to acquisition of construction materials in San Jose. For a flyer on the program or more information and details contact the Office of Economic Development at 408.535.8178 or visit: http://www.sjeconomy.com
Businesses located in the
Enterprise Zone can receive state tax credits that can significantly
reduce business-operating costs. Incentives include: Sales and Use
Tax Credits, Hiring Tax Credits, Business Expense Deductions, Net
Operating Loss Carryover and Net Interest Deduction for Lenders.
To find out if you are eligible please contact the San Jose Redevelopment Agency at 408-795-1813 or visit: http://www.sjeconomy.com/ez/.
Foreign Trade Zone
The Foreign Trade Zone is a site within the U.S., where foreign and domestic merchandize is considered to be outside of U.S. Customs territory. Merchandise can be imported into a Foreign Trade Zone without a formal Customs entry procedure or the payment of federal import duties. The Foreign Trade Zone allows a user (an individual or business) to delay, reduce or eliminate duty payments on foreign merchandise that enters the Foreign Trade Zone. To find out more contact the Office of Economic Development at 408-535-8186 or visit: www.sjeconomy.com/ftz/
Water Efficient Technologies
Water Efficient Technologies
(WET) offers rebates of up to $50,000 per water efficiency project
to businesses that discharge to the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution
Control Plant. To find out more contact the Environmental Services
Department at 408-945-3000 or visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/esd/water-conservation/business/wet.asp.
City Programs for Financing Your Business
Recycling Market Development Zone
San Jose manufacturers
using recycled feedstock (glass, paper, plastic, used tires, etc)
may not only be eligible for low-interest state loans of up to $2
million but also technical, marketing and location assistance. To
find out more contact the Environmental Services Department at 408-975-2527
or visit http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/RMDZ/SanJose/.