Doing Business in Santa Clara

Being located in the center of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is an ideal place to grow your business.  Santa Clara’s location, pro-business attitude and its bright future make it an ideal community for new businesses.  The City of Santa Clara offers the lowest combined utility rates in the nine Bay Area counties.  This is due in part to the city-owned electric company, Silicon Valley Power, offering the lowest electricity rates in the Bay Area.  Silicon Valley Power also offers their customers green power programs.  

Businesses in Santa Clara find that low business license fees, combined with the one-stop Permit Center, allow organizations to continue to grow and thrive in a progressive environment.  Santa Clara has made business expansion and new business development their primary goals.

The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau also offers many services and benefits that “Give Business the Power to Grow”.  Our focus areas include: Representing the interests of business before government (local, regional, state and national), issues lobbying, networking opportunities and promoting the community to businesses, residents and visitors.

The Chamber of Commerce, along with the City, is committed to making Santa Clara a place where business can succeed and prosper.

Here are the other descriptions and links:

City of Santa Clara Business License - All new businesses within Santa Clara should complete all necessary paperwork for a New Business Tax Affidavit ("business license") within 30 days of commencing operation.  Business licenses may be purchased at City Hall, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue, just 2 blocks from the Chamber office.  Please click the link to learn more. 

City of Santa Clara Smart Permit- The City of Santa Clara offers a “one-stop” permit shop in City Hall, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue. Businesses that need to build, enlarge, or make improvements to the building or space they propose to occupy will need a building permit from the City.  Please click on the link to learn more

Silicon Valley SCORE –The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Silicon Valley SCORE executive volunteers provide free confidential business counseling and low cost training to local business entrepreneurs. Monthly counseling sessions are held at the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau office, by appointment only. To learn more about SCORE, please click the link provided. To schedule a complimentary one-hour counseling session, please call our office directly at (408) 244-8244.

Economic Profile – Each year the City and Chamber compile an economic profile for the City of Santa Clara. Please click the link to download the profile as a pdf document.

Economic Development – The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau works in conjunction with the City to ensuring Santa Clara is a viable option for business. In addition to having the lowest combined utility rates in the nine Bay Area Counties, Santa Clara also offers its businesses and residents lower electric rates through Silicon Valley Power, the city-owned electric utility. To learn more about the Santa Clara Advantage, please click the link provided.

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