State Incentives

California offers a variety of incentives for new businesses as well as established businesses currently looking to expand. Highlighted below are details on a few of the major incentives offered, as well as summary information on additional State incentives.

Opportunity Zones

Certain census tracts have been designated as Opportunity Zones. Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones can defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. The zones designated in Butte County generally fall in the Chico and Oroville area. Use the Interactive Map to determine if your business falls into one of the Opportunity Zones in Butte County.

California Competes Tax Credit

Income tax credits are available through California Competes, which is administered by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). No fee is required to apply and the credit is available statewide to all industries. Applications are submitted online.

Sales & Use Tax Exemption

This incentive offers partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain equipment purchases and leases. To be eligible you must be a qualified person/business purchasing qualified property used for qualified purposes. Eligible businesses must primarily be engaged in manufacturing, research and development in biotechnology, or research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences. Qualified purchases include such items as basic manufacturing equipment, manufacturing research and development equipment, biotech equipment, and necessary tenant improvements (eg. clean rooms for biotech). The Board of Equalization administers these exemptions and they encourage potential participants to contact them with questions regarding the exemption, as it can be quite complex:
Mailing Address
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Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95826-3889
Toll Free Number: 800-400-7115

New Employment Credit

The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2021 to a qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time employee on or after January 1, 2014, and pays or incurs qualified wages attributable to work performed by the qualified full-time employee in a designated geographic area (DAG). Within Butte County, the designated geographic area includes the area within the former Oroville Enterprise Zone boundaries. An annual certification of employment is required for each qualified full-time employee hired in a previous taxable year. In order to be allowed a credit, the qualified taxpayer must have a net increase in the total number of full-time employees in California. This credit is administered by the State Franchise Tax Board. Obtain your credit reservation with the Franchise Tax Board to start the application process.

Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ) Revolving Loan Program

The RMDZ Loan Program provides low-interest loans for the purchase of equipment and other relevant business costs to businesses with manufacturing and processing facilities that produce recycled-content materials and products. The goal is to divert solid waste materials from California landfills. Up to 75% of costs directly attributed to an eligible project may be funded through the program with a maximum amount of $2,000,000. The program is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and recovery (CalRecycle). The are 2 Recycling Market Development Zones located in Butte County:

  • Chico/Northern Butte County
    Linda Herman, Parks and Natural Resources Manager
    City of Chico
    Phone: 530-896-7241
    Email Linda Herman
  • City of Oroville
    Rick Farley, Department of Business Assistance and Housing Development
    City of Oroville
    Phone: 530-538-4307
    Email Rick Farley

Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) supports job creation and retention through workforce development. ETP provides financial assistance through reimbursements to California businesses in support of customized worker training. ETP funds three types of training program: Retaining, New Hire, and Special Employment Training which includes a small business program. Eligible employers are ones that are subject to the Employment Training Tax.

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0

Over $100 million in available tax credits for feature films, independent films, TV series, etc.

Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC)

EPIC provides funding for applied research and development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation for clean energy technologies and approaches.

Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program

The Clean Transportation Program provides grants towards innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate change goals.

Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)

HVIP is a voucher program to help speed up the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric trucks and buses.

Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) Program

The California Air Resources Board offers two loan programs for the following areas: On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Goods Movement Emissions Reductions.

California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA)

CPCFA facilitates low cost financing to qualified waste and recycling projects, helps participating financial institutions extend credit to small businesses through microloans and larger loans for start-up, expansion and working capital through the California Capital Asset Program, and assists with the cleanup of contaminated sites through the CALReUse Program.

Industrial Development Bond Financing Program

Provides manufacturing and processing companies low-cost, low-interest financing for capital expenditures.

Nor-Cal Financial Development Corporation (FDC)

Nor-Cal FDC provides a wide range of innovative programs and services for business and economic development.

State Resources

Innovation Hub Program

Improves the State's national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters through state-designated iHubs.

California Centers for International Trade Development

Invests in California's economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Visit the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) website to learn more.

2023 Micro-Enterprise Loan Program

The County of Butte, 3Core, and the Small Business Development Center are pleased to announce that the 2023 Micro Enterprise Loan Program opens June 26, 2023. The Micro-Enterprise Loan Program is an exciting opportunity for eligible low-to-moderate income micro-enterprises (5 of fewer full-time employees) to receive technical assistance and forgivable loans up to $20,000. Additional information is available on the 2023 Butte County Micro-Enterprise Loan Program Flyer and the 2023 Butte County Micro Enterprise Loan Program Guidelines.