The City's Economic Development Division provides assistance to local businesses by way of one-on-one consultations with a dedicated ombudsperson; site selection; expedited permitting and coordinated project review; business license facilitation; free educational seminars; and access to additional resources and workforce development programs through regional partnerships.
The City's Business Development Manager also conducts quarterly outreach visits in an effort to connect with new, existing or struggling business owners. The City's RED (Rapid Economic Development) Team may be coordinated for businesses that are growing; new or relocating; considering a layoff; downsizing; or making a significant change to their business strategy. By identifying warning signs of at-risk companies, the RED Team can marshal resources and personnel to address a company's needs, not only preserving existing jobs but creating expansion opportunities and new employment positions as well.
Please visit this page periodically for updates on business assistance success stories and other highlights from local businesses that have benefited from working with the City's Economic Development Division. If you are a Whittier-based business owner and are in need of assistance, please email the Business Development Manager, Katie Galvin-Surbatovic, or call (562) 567-9351.