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. 


2021 Stockton Entrepreneurship Grant Program

The City of Stockton will grant up to $435,000 to local entrepreneurs and organizations that serve as business service providers to entrepreneurs in Stockton; $335,000 of the available funds is allocated toward organizations that serve as business service providers, providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and existing businesses; and $100,000 is allocated for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses that provide goods and services to the Stockton community in award amounts of up to $5,000 per applicant. 


The application period is currently closed. Applicants will be notified on September 1, 2021, on application status.



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 Delta College 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 --- 7/26/2021

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