The Mono County Economic Development Department strives to continually improve and enhance the economic conditions within Mono County for its residents and businesses to ensure long-term sustainability. Through the pursuit of potential opportunities, Mono County Economic Development works to create jobs, promote tourism and existing businesses, to create a business environment that is attractive to new ventures, and provide support that will ensure long-term economic success and environmental sustainability for the region.
We’re here to help! Call our office for information or to set up a meeting with one of our staff members.
Mono County Civic Center
1290 Tavern Road, Suite 230
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Small Business Development Center
The California State University, Bakersfield Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers one-on-one business consulting at no cost to you. They present a Webinar series every third Wednesday of the month at no cost, and also host a number of seminars and classes throughout the year. SBDC also offers free small business and small business start-up consulting from professional business consultants. All services provided by SBDC are offered free of charge to the small business owners in Kern, Mono, and Inyo Counties.
SBDC counselors can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Counseling is provided at no charge to qualified businesses (the business must have less than 500 employees). Individuals who are considering starting a business are also eligible for counseling.
A full list of free webinars, including topics and times can be accessed here: http://www.csub.edu/sbdc/services/webinar/index.html
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides a substantial amount of information and support for small businesses and small business start-ups. The SBA provides information for entrepreneurs and existing business owners to start, plan, expand, or finance your business. Don’t pass up the opportunity for free resources and check out the many diverse tools the SBA has to help your business or business idea succeed. You can access these resources by visiting the SBA site at www.sba.gov.
USDA Rural Development
Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. Rural Development promotes economic development by providing loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, while also assisting communities to participate in community empowerment programs.
Loans, grants and financial assistance may be available. Contact the USDA Rural Development office in Bakersfield for more information: (661) 861-4221
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) includes the following units:
Business Development (CalBIS)The Business Investment Services Unit works with companies to expand their presence in California by streamlining the site selection process and offsetting the cost of doing business with the use of local, state and federal incentives.
The Permit Assistance unit provides permit streamlining for business owners struggling with local, state and federal permitting for major job creating projects. The permitting team also administers the state’s electronic on-line permit assistance center, CalGOLD.Small Business Assistance
The Small Business Unit provides small business assistance through interagency projects, informational workshops, and direct advocacy. It also maintains a comprehensive list of resources for small business technical assistance, financing, and state procurement.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit is the state’s primary point of contact for promoting California’s innovation infrastructure. It functions to develop an environment that encourages entrepreneurship, promotes long term economic growth and facilitates job creation through innovation. This unit is primarily responsible for the administration of California’s Innovation Hub (iHub) Program.
International Affairs and Trade Development
The International Affairs and Trade Development unit provides critical support on issues relating to international trade and investment opportunities, foreign relations, international agreements and partnerships with the countries that have a friendly relationship with California. The unit collaborates with federal, local and international partners to identify and assist small to medium size companies in developing markets abroad for their products and services.
Contact one of our staff members with specific questions or contact a business specialist to get customized help with your business.