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

Organizations

3CORE

1430 East Avenue, Suite 4A, Chico, CA 95973
530.893.8732
3coreedc.org
Contact: Patty Hess, PHess@3coreedc.org
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)

2445 Carmichael Drive, Chico, CA 95928
530.895.4364
afwd.org
Contact: Nicole Clift, NClift@ncen.org
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
530.895.9017
buttecollegesbdc.com
Contact: Sophie Konuwa, konuwaso@butte.edu
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 plan, financial management, social media, strategic planning and business start-up

Butte College, The Training Place

2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, CA 95928
530.895.9015
butte.edu/thetrainingplace/
Contact: thetrainingplace@butte.edu
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

Chico State - Center for Economic Development

35 Main Street, Suite 203, Chico, CA 95928
530.898.4598
cedcal.com
Contact: Dan Ripke, dripke@csuchico.edu
Business Assistance: Market area data and workshops (technology, online marketing, etc.)
Community Assistance: Retail leakage analysis, statistical profiles, broadband initiative

Chico State - Center for Entrepreneurship

College of Business, Glenn Hall 221, Chico CA 95928
530.898.4894
csuchico.edu/cob/students/beyond-classroom/center-for-entrepreneurship
Contact: Peter Straus, pstraus@csuchico.edu
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
530.898.5700
csuchico.edu/resp/
Contact: Carol Sager, casager@csuchico.edu
Business Assistance: Access to faculty research and expertise

Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT)

580 Vallombrosa Avenue, Chico, CA 95926
530.894.7738
landconservation.org
Contact: ncrlt@landconservation.org
Business Assistance: Beginning Farmer-Rancher Program (BFR) workshops
Community Assistance: Buy Fresh Buy Local - North Valley Agricultural Marketing Program

NoRTEC

525 Wall Street, Chico, CA 95928
530.892.9600
ncen.org
Contact: Michael Cross, mcross@ncen.org
Business Assistance: Organizing and working with businesses, fleet managers on expanding alternative fuel and vehicle growth

SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business

1324 Mangrove Avenue #114, Chico, CA 95926
530.342.8932
greaterchicoarea.score.org
Contact: scorechico@sbcglobal.net
Business Assistance: Workshops and mentoring, tune-ups for existing businesses

Government

Butte County Economic and Community Development Office

25 County Center Drive, Suite 200, Oroville, CA 95965
530.538.6182
CHatcher@ButteCounty.net
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
530.868.5493
www.biggs-ca.gov

City of Chico

411 Main Street, Chico, CA 95928
Business Licenses: 530.879.7320
Building Permits: 530.879.6700
Development Review: 530.879.6810
Planning Applications and Forms, Zoning and Land Use: 530.879.6800
choosechico.com
Contact: Mark Orme, mark.orme@chicoca.gov
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: www.gridley.ca.us

City of Oroville

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

Town of Paradise

555 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969
Community Development: 530.872.6291 (building, zoning)
Town Clerk: 530.872.6291 Ext. 101
No business license is currently required. Contact the City Clerk for information on required permits.
www.townofparadise.com

 

 Contact

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
530.538.6182
CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

 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

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
25 County Center Dr. Ste. 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.538.6182 | Email: CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

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