Relocate or Expand Your Business

Are you looking to relocate or expand your business in California and need some guidance on where to start? Learn about different resources and requirements to help your business grow in California as you choose a location, find out about registration requirements, foreign investment, and hiring employees.

Choose a Location

It is important to consider several factors when deciding on the location of your business, including building and land requirements, utility usage, proximity to airports, rail, and ports, as well as zoning and signage regulations.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides comprehensive confidential site selection services tailored to meet the needs of individual companies. As a part of this service, GO-Biz will also analyze the factors affecting a company’s investment decision and provide additional information related to taxes, human resources, training and workforce development, incentives, financing, utilities, permits, and specific real estate opportunities available in the state.

To further assist the site selection process, the California Business Portal Mapping Tool provides detailed information about business assistance programs, workforce development organizations, entrepreneurship support, and regulatory boundaries located near the potential location(s).

If your company is looking to relocate or expand in California, please contact GO-Biz to utilize the site selection service.

Registration

If your business is relocating or expanding (selecting another location) in California, you will need to update records and register with the necessary local, state and federal government agencies. You can use the Relocate & Expand A Business Sections of the Business Navigator Tool, and can also use our Business Relocation Checklist as a guide to determine what entities you will need to change records with. Learn More

International Trade

California is the most popular US location for international companies and attracts more foreign direct investment than any other state. The state has one of the largest concentrations of international banks, foreign consulates, and bi-national chambers of commerce in the United States. California welcomes all form of foreign investment, from entrepreneurial ventures to major manufacturing or distribution facilities, and from real estate investment to major private equity or other financing.

Businesses in California have access to a variety of programs to help them expand internationally, including export financing opportunities, investor visa programs, and business showcase opportunities. Learn More

Workforce

In California, businesses have access to a highly-skilled workforce, thanks to the state’s world-class universities, community colleges, and workforce training providers. The state offers incentives to encourage hiring, and businesses must also be mindful of responsibilities for administering employees, including business registration filings, wage and hour laws, workers compensation insurance requirements, and health care responsibilities. Learn More

About Us

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the State of California's leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create the California Business Portal.