Businesses of all types and sizes call Hayward home. And it’s no wonder, since the city boasts a strategic location in the bustling East Bay, with unmatched advantages in its access to transportation networks, retail sites, multiple colleges and workforce training campuses, a large source of educated employees and an elevated quality of life.
More and more, companies are looking to the Hayward area as an optimal place for relocation and expansion – aiding in the establishment of Hayward’s business community as one of the largest and most diversified in Alameda County. The mix of industries provides for an energetic and cooperative economic climate, with a quarter of the city’s sales tax revenue generated by business-to-business transactions.
The manufacturing sector is varied, with leading companies that include Berkeley Farms (dairy products), Bay Area News Group (print and electronic publishing), Pepsi-Cola and Shasta (beverage distribution), Gillig Inc. (transportation), Sugar Bowl Bakery (food production), Pucci Foods (food distribution) and Morgan Advanced Ceramics (ceramic and carbon products). Baxter BioScience (biotechnology) is a leader in Hayward’s growing biotechnology sector of more than 30 companies.
AT&T, PG&E, Interactive Data (financial information systems) and the City of Hayward also appear near the top of the major employers list.
The retail sector is essential to the health of the Hayward economy. A range of stores and restaurants, both locally-owned and national chains, as well as automobile dealerships dot the map of Hayward. Southland Mall is a regional shopping destination with 140 retailers and more than a dozen dining choices – anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Macy’s and Kohl’s. The revitalization of downtown Hayward is marked by a variety of entertainment and dining options. Downtown is the site for traditional communitywide summer street parties, a blues festival, mariachi concerts, outdoor family movies and a weekly farmers’ market.
Healthcare is a leading employer. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, St. Rose Hospital, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and Bay Valley Medical Group have long-established ties in the community, and Eden Medical Center in neighboring Castro Valley is the county’s trauma center.
More than 30,000 students attend Hayward’s preeminent university, an outstanding community college and professional and vocational training campuses that produce highly skilled, educated and dedicated employees. Employment services are offered by a variety of agencies, including the Eden Area One Stop Career Center. The business community also has access to support services through the City of Hayward, the Alameda County Office of Education, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the East Bay Small Business Development Center and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. The 70-year-old Hayward Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest in the East Bay and offers extensive services and opportunities to its members.