Spotlight on Business Assistance
April 16, 2014
Russ Bassett Corporation, a long-time Whittier business recently signed a new 15-year lease saving over 100 full-time jobs.  Last spring, upon learning the business was exploring options to relocate, the City assembled a Rapid Economic Development “RED” Team to help retain the business in Whittier. The RED Team comprised of various economic development partners and utility companies including the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, SASSFA/WorkSource Center and City of Whittier economic development staff including the City Manager and Council Member Joe Vinatieri.  Resources from the various partners as well as state and federal programs were compiled for Russ Bassett.  Please call 567-9320 for more information on how a RED Team can help your business.

February 7, 2014
One of the goals of the City’s economic development program is to retain and enhance the City’s existing business base. With the recent announcement of Albertson’s closing several stores in Southern California, including the Whittier location, on February 5, 2014, the City, with the help of LA County Supervisor Don Knabe’s Office and the LAEDC, a “RED” (Rapid Economic Development) Team was coordinated and included representatives from The Gas Company and Southern California Edison as well as the City Manager’s Office, Director of Community Development and Councilmember Joe Vinatieri. The RED Team met with Albertson’s Executive Managers to explain the development projects on the horizon, the plans for millions of dollars of infrastructure investment and the value of our community as well as to provide valuable resources in hopes that Albertson’s remains in Whittier.

A RED Team can also be coordinated for businesses which are:
• Exploring expansion options;
• Considering a reduction in workforce;
• Making a significant change to business strategy; or
• New to the City or looking to open in the City.

Please call 567-9320 for more information on how a RED Team can help your business.

January 28, 2014
In addition to business outreach and retention, economic development entails recruiting new businesses to the City. Recently, a children’s indoor recreation center was assisted resulting in a lease being signed on a site in Uptown Whittier. The new business owners were assisted with information on how to open a business in Whittier, including information on the City’s conditional use permitting process. As a result of several meetings and conversations between the economic development staff and the business owners, leasing broker, and property owner, a lease for a new children’s indoor recreation center was successfully executed. The new business owners have a similar business in Pasadena, therefore, it is expected the new children’s indoor recreation center will do well in Whittier!

Please contact the city's Business Development Manager at 567-9320 for information on how to open a business in the City of Whittier.

December 5, 2013
Did you know that the City provides personalized business development services?

Recently staff assisted FF Gomez, a family owned and operated business that repairs, sells and manufactures solid waste truck parts as well as pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder systems, mostly for private trash haulers. After meeting with the business, the City’s business development staff learned FF Gomez was operating on temporary power and was in need of a new transformer on the building. Staff stepped in to work with Edison to expedite installation of the new transformer so FF Gomez could get up and running at full capacity.

If you have a business need, please call the city’s Business Development Manager at 567-9320 to inquire how we might be able to help your business too.