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Kim Walesh
Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategist

Ph: (408) 535-8181
Fax: (408) 292-6719

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Cara Douglas
Business Communications Manager

Ph: (408) 535-8168
Fax: (408) 292-6719
Economic Development
City of San Jose Announces- San Jose Storefronts Initiative
Picture of Store Awning

Open for Business Sign ImageSJ Storefronts Initiative is a $250,000 Office of Economic Development grant opportunity to help small businesses lease vacant spaces by offsetting the cost of City permits, fees and taxes. The goal of this Initiative is to strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown San Jose and the City’s Neighborhood Business Districts. Storefronts Initiative webpage.

Overview of San JoséAbout Us

The City of San José's Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to a vital, competitive San José economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and enhances City revenues.

The office guides the City's economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with trained workers, and provides art and cultural resources to our community.

Our five core services are:

  • Art and Culture: The Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Office of Economic Development, has the responsibility of supporting, promoting, developing the arts in San José.
  • Assistance for Business: OED promotes business success by providing services and information for small businesses and entrepreneurial growth companies, as well as large established companies.
  • Economic Strategy and Information: OED develops and guides implementation of the City's economic strategy and provides economic information to support decision making.
  • Real Estate and Asset Management: Real Estate and Asset Management, a division of the Office of Economic Development, manages the acquisition and valuation of City owned property.
  • Workforce Development: OED manages work2future, which provides workforce development services to businesses and job seekers in San José and south Santa Clara County. Their One-Stop System brings under one roof a multitude of prepaid employment resources for both job seekers and employers.

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News and Announcements
County Placarding Scoring Program Workshop
The County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will be hosting public workshops for business owners during the month of September. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the new Food Facility Placarding & Scoring system. Additional Info...
Is Starting a Business Right for Me?
Volunteers from SCORE will talk about the necessary requirements and personality characteristics to consider before starting a business at MLK Library (150 E. San Fernando St.) on September 10th at 6:30 pm. Additional Info...