Honored as a 20th Annual "Most Business Friendly City Awards" finalist by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Pasadena's Economic Development Division focus is to support new investment into the city by way of commercial activity, development and jobs. Whether you are starting out or building up, the intel and assets below are a resource to help you future yourself and your next big idea in Pasadena.
We are Pasadena
Pasadena’s Retail Site Assessment provides a snapshot of information and insight into Pasadena’s resident consumer habits. If you would like information specific to your site, and your customer profile, please contact Ruth Martinez or (626) 744-7351 for assistance.
We can assist you with a property search for your future business location in Pasadena.
For customized site selection assistance, please contact
the City of Pasadena Economic Development Office at (626) 744-4660.
Business Assistance & Training
The Foothill Workforce Development Board (FWDB) builds relationships with businesses to understand their hiring needs and match qualified workers. The FWDB also maintains close relationships with area schools and colleges to communicate the skills needed in the labor market. For more information on the FWDB's programs and services, click below
For over 50 years, SCORE has offered free business mentoring and education to entrepreneurs and small business. Schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an area SCORE rep by calling Pasadena Economic Development at (626) 744-4660. For more info about SCORE, click below.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Pasadena City College helps businesses start, grow and succeed. For more info about their no-cost business advising and low cost training, click below.
Start & Grow your business with resources offered by the Small Business Administration. Contact your local district office at (818) 552-3201. For more information, click below.
Every week, over 100 innovators meet for coffee, networking and a presentation on an emerging topic or a look-in of a local company. For more information on the Friday Morning Coffee Meetup, click below.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets forth regulations and guidelines to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. The resources assembled on this page will help to familiarize you with requirements under the ADA and help to make your place of business more accessible and inclusive for all.
PWP Rebate Commercial Offerings
Below is a summary of Pasadena Water and Power's their commercial offering for small to medium sized businesses.
Water & Energy Direct Install Program
Qualifying customers who use 50kW or less in electric demand receive up to $7,500 of water and energy-saving equipment installed at no cost.
Simple Business Rebate Program
Commercial customers who install efficient equipment in their business may qualify for rebates up to $24,000. Rebates include LED Lighting, HVAC systems and appliances, restaurant equipment and more.
Customized Incentive Program
The Customized Incentive Program helps customers offset upfront costs and improve the bottom line for project-specific incentives for technology not included in the Simple Business Rebate Program.
Water Rebates in Partnership with Metropolitan Water District
In partnership with Metropolitan Water District, PWP offers direct rebates through Socal Water$mart for efficient plumbing fixtures, turf replacement, medical equipment and more.