Chico’s Entrepreneurial DNA is as strong and deep as our educational and agricultural roots…and so is our drive to assist businesses.

Chico entrepreneurs are well-supported with direct resources and hands-on assistance to start, manage and grow their businesses. New businesses can access these resources and a permit ombudsman to fast-tract their location.


The City of Chico or the Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of Team Chico, will guide you to the right place, or you can find what you need in the detailed resource list down below.

  • City of Chico
    Mark Orme, City Manager
    (530) 896-7210 |
    Chris Constantin, Assistant City Manager
    (530) 896-7202 |
    Debbie Collins, Management Analyst
    (530) 896-7216 |

  • Chamber of Commerce
    (530) 891-5556 | Katie Simmons, President/CEO

  • Team Chico
    A cooperative partnership among several business-service organizations and the City of Chico, focused on activities that improve Chico's business climate. Read more in Team Chico's Annual Report.

  • Smart Business Links
    A quick reference guide to the various business resources in Chico.

Business Assistance

3CORE  | (530) 893-8732 
Business mentoring and financing.

Center for Economic Development, Chico State  |  (530) 898-4598
Market area data and workshops on business and economic topics.

Chicostart  |  (530) 892-1707
Technology-focused startup incubator in downtown Chico.

Grow Manufacturing Initiative  |  (530) 892-9600 Ext. 210
Directory of North State manufacturers and activities to support the industry and build a workforce for the future.

North Valley Lean  |  Wade Meith (MTECH, Inc.), Chair: (530) 894-5091
Manufacturers meet monthly to share best practices in lean manufacturing.

SCORE  |  (530) 342-8932
Free business mentoring by active and retired senior executives.

Small Business Development Center  |  (530) 895-9017
One on one business counseling and training sessions for existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs.


Education, Workforce and Training

Alliance for Workforce Development  |  (530) 895-4364
Employee recruiting, hiring, and screening services along with training programs and employer workshops.

Center for Entrepreneurship, Chico State  | (530) 898-4894
Assists students and recent alumni to build their businesses.

The Training Place, Butte College  |  (530) 895-9015
Workforce coaching and training, customized training and online training ranging from office skills, to manufacturing and supervisory practices.


Advocacy, Information & Resources

Chico Chamber of Commerce  |  (530) 891-5556
Business networking, location information, and programs to improve the business climate.

Downtown Chico Business Association  |  (530) 345-6500
Advocacy, support, and promotional events for businesses located or considering location in downtown Chico.


City Services

Business Licenses
Contact: Finance Office  |  (530) 879-7320

Building Permits
Contact: Building and Development Services  |  (530) 879-6700

Planning Applications and Forms, Zoning and Land Use
Contact: Planning Services  |  (530) 879-6800

Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)
Contact: Public Works  |  (530) 896-7241  |  RMDZ Info Sheet (pdf)

Business Location / Expansion or Questions

  • Mark Orme, City Manager
    (530) 896-7210 |

  • Chris Constantin, Assistant City Manager
    (530) 896-7202 |

  • Debbie Collins, Management Analyst
    (530) 896-7216 |