Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

Business Resources

There are multiple organizations in Butte County providing assistance to businesses at all stages of development. These organizations collaborate to provide expertise to the diverse local business base. Some organizations provide direct business assistance such as financing, human resources and business counseling, while others operate programs to help generate economic activity. To see a full list of organizations and the types of services they provide, take a look at the Smart Business Links document below:

Butte County Smart Business Links



1430 East Avenue, Suite 4A, Chico, CA 95973
Contact: Patty Hess,
Business Assistance: Debt financing, gap financing, business mentoring, networking, CDFI
Community Assistance: Infrastructure financing, food hub collaboration with NCRLT, CEDS

Alliance for Workforce Development (AFWD)

500 Cohasset Rd. Suite 30, Chico, CA 95926
Contact: Nicole Clift,
Business Assistance: Job postings, employee recruitment assistance including application/resume screening, human resources, training programs, job descriptions, workshops for employers/employees
Community Assistance: Job training programs, job placement assistance, job seeker workshops, youth employment opportunities, collaboration with other service providers

Butte College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, CA 95928
Contact: Sophie Konuwa,
Business Assistance: One-on-one business consulting and training to existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs in all areas of business management, expansion, growth and development including financing, business and marketing plans, financial management, social media, strategic planning and business start-up

Butte College, The Training Place

2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, CA 95928
Business Assistance: Workforce coaching and training, customized training and online training for employers in areas of communication, customer service, Lean/Six Sigma, MS office and computer skills, management and supervisory skills, sales and social media


411 Main Street, Suite 101, Chico. CA 95928
6161 Clark Road, #1, Paradise, CA 95969
Services include shared office amenities, mentoring, workshops, internships, tech talks, student to business projects, entrepreneurial events, think tanks, and satellite office programs. 

Chico State - Center for Economic Development

35 Main Street, Suite 203, Chico, CA 95928
Contact: Jason Schwenkler,
Business Assistance: Market area data and workshops (technology, online marketing, etc.)
Community Assistance: Retail leakage analysis, statistical profiles

Chico State - Center for Entrepreneurship

College of Business, Glenn Hall 221, Chico CA 95928
Contact: Peter Straus,
Business Assistance: Student mentoring, competitions, accelerator fund to support emerging businesses and intellectual property developed by students, as an arm of the College of Business

Chico State - Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

25 Main Street, Suite 103, Chico, CA 95928
Contact: Carol Sager,
Business Assistance: Access to faculty research and expertise

Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT)

580 Vallombrosa Avenue, Chico, CA 95926
Business Assistance: Beginning Farmer-Rancher Program (BFR) workshops
Community Assistance: Buy Fresh Buy Local - North Valley Agricultural Marketing Program


525 Wall Street, Chico, CA 95928
Contact: Michael Cross,
Business Assistance: Organizing and working with businesses and fleet managers on expanding alternative fuel and vehicle growth, develop and implement comprehensive regional strategies to meet the education and job training needs of the workforce

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business

1324 Mangrove Avenue #114, Chico, CA 95926
Business Assistance: Workshops and mentoring, tune-ups for existing businesses


Butte County Economic and Community Development Office

25 County Center Drive, Suite 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Business Assistance: Referrals and assistance for business location, business expansion, and business retention in unincorporated areas

City of Biggs

3016 Sixth Street, Biggs, CA 95917

City of Chico

411 Main Street, Chico, CA 95928
Business Licenses: 530.879.7320
Building Permits: 530.879.6700
Planning Applications and Forms, Zoning and Land Use: 530.879.6800
Contact: Mark Orme,
Business Assistance: Business location, permitting, licensing, referrals and assistance for business location, business expansion, and business retention
Community Assistance: Infrastructure improvements

City of Gridley

685 Kentucky Street, Gridley, CA 95948
General: 530.846.5695 (business license)
Planning: 530.846.3631 (zoning, environmental review)
Online Forms:

City of Oroville

1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA 95965
Community Development: 530.538.2408 (planning, building, business license)

Town of Paradise

555 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969
Community Development: 530.872.6291 (building, zoning)
Town Clerk: 530.872.6291 Ext. 102
No business license is currently required. Contact the City Clerk for information on required permits.



Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

25 County Center Dr. Ste. 213, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.552.3338 | Email:

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