Economic Development Department

The Economic Development Department strives to:

  • develop jobs by attracting new businesses to Stockton, 
  • maintain a healthy business environment for existing businesses, 
  • assist small business start-ups, and 
  • provide housing for low-income residents.  

The department also manages City assets and the Central Parking District and collaborates with outside agencies to support business development. 



Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)- 2022 Stockton Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Grant Program

The City is now accepting applications for the Stockton Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Grant Program. This year $400,000 is available to fund grants to local entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, and organizations that serve as business service providers to entrepreneurs in Stockton. Please review the NOFA below for more details. The deadline to submit an application is June 30, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to review the NOFA and attend an informative webinar on May 23, 2022, for more details about the application and to ask questions.


Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)- Nonprofit Capacity Building 

The City is soliciting concept proposals from organizations that can build capacity in the network of local nonprofits, increasing the nonprofits' ability to fulfill their mission. Proposals are due Thursday, May 19, 2022, at noon (12:00 p.m.). Please review the NOFA below for more details.


Temporary Outdoor Permits

To assist local restaurants and personal care services during the Local Emergency related to COVID-19, the City of Stockton will be offering Temporary Outdoor Permits for both dining and personal care services, such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, body waxing, and tattoo parlors.

For a link to applications and permit requirements, please visit the Community Development Department webpage.


Department Information and Programs 


Target Industries


External Links

Downtown Stockton Alliance

San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Joaquin Small Business Development Center

San Joaquin Partnership



The African American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin County

Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/16/2022

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