Economic Development Division

Welcome to the South Pasadena Economic Development page. Our economic development division located in the city manager's office is dedicated to providing up-to-date resources for our local businesses, meeting with our businesses to earn more about them, and growing the local economy in South Pasadena.

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City Programs

Business Concierge Program

Business Visitation Program
The Economic Development Division is conducting 30 minute to 1 hour business visitations to meet with local businesses and discuss challenges.

Business Review Session
The Economic Development Division is setting up meetings with individuals to discuss new business ideas, resources, and site selection assistance.

Social Media 101
Our Communications Team is visiting businesses to provide tips on using social media as a tool to grow your business.

Building Capital/Funding

State of California's Programs

CalCAP for Small Business
CalCAP is a program administered by the California Pollution Control Financing Agency within the California State Treasurer's Office, and it encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses.

Highlighting Your Business

Would you like our team to feature our business on social media? Email and we will feature your great work on our social media pages!

Site Selection

Visit the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership website to access a site selection tool to find sites in the City of South Pasadena.

FY 2023 Economic Development Strategy

Doing Business with the City of South Pasadena

Check out our Guide to Doing Business(PDF, 11MB) - your 10-Step Guide to Starting and Growing Your Business in South Pasadena

Guide to Doing Business

Information on Sunsetting of COVID-19 Emergency Declarations

In March of 2020, Governor Newsom issued a statewide proclamation of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In June of 2020, the South Pasadena City Council adopted Resolution No. 7657 which continued the local emergency and created the al fresco dining retail program, which is valid for 90 days after the termination of the Declaration of Local Emergency. The City also relaxed its commercial signage requirements to allow for additional temporary signs as part of its emergency declarations.

Governor Newsom proclaimed that California's current COVID-19 state of emergency will end February 28, 2023. There will be no major impacts to any existing outdoor dining at local businesses, as the City is preparing to shift to permanent and existing programs to provide for additional outdoor dining retail opportunities. Businesses may contact the City's Economic Development Team with any additional questions or information!

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