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With an ideal location just outside one of the state’s largest markets, the City of Berkeley is highlighted by a dynamic and diversified local economy. Berkeley’s cultural, dining, shopping and entertainment features draw much tourism from throughout the Bay Area and beyond. The city’s educational base makes a huge impact on the local economy, as does the film industry and the research industry, which includes the world-class programs at UC Berkeley and through area laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and additional R&D companies.

An astonishing assortment of goods and services, traditional and ethnic arts, bona fide factory outlet stores, bookstores, hundreds of restaurants and dozens of antique shops and art galleries can be found along the streets of the city’s bustling retail districts. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramists, textile artists, furniture makers and other artisans sell their creations directly to the public from studios and shops. Street vendors along Telegraph Avenue sell an infinite variety of handmade jewelry, crafts and clothing.

West Berkeley’s industrial center, where the exotic and high-tech coexist with the more traditional manufacturing plants and businesses, is convenient to the nearby Bay Area ocean terminals, airports and railheads.

Office and retail space is available throughout the city, including historic seismically upgraded buildings, new buildings and live/work lofts in renovated warehouses. Throughout Berkeley’s commercial areas, nationally recognizable franchise businesses affably rub shoulders with one-of-a-kind boutiques.

To help spur further growth and development in varying industries in Berkeley, the city offers a variety of business incentive programs for both new and existing businesses. When relocating or expanding in Berkeley, businesses utilize hiring incentives, various business loans, Enterprise Zone tax incentives in west Berkeley and access to pertinent local economic information. The city also places a high value on green building and sustainability by providing incentives and assistance that encourage eco-friendly development and business practices. In addition, the City of Berkeley works closely with the area’s individual District Business Associations and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce to help attract and retain businesses of all kinds.

Looking for a future home for your business? Come to Berkeley. We are the home of innovation. Whether it is in a small café kitchen or a technology lab, Berkeley welcomes the true entrepreneur.

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