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Your manufacturing business might benefit from these local, state, and federal resources

To watch experts discussing these programs and more, watch the video from Integrated LA at WESTEC 2017.

Getting Started:

The Los Angeles Works Incentives Finder provides a customized list of business incentives for which your business might qualify. Just enter your address, and let the algorithm do the rest.

The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business – allowing you to navigate the licensing and registration process in under 24 hours. Try the Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant. Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.

Real Estate Permitting and Building:

LocateLA helps you easily navigate the site selection process by identifying properties and communities that will fit your business needs – whether you’re commercial, retail or industrial. Just enter your property requirements, and you can compare sites and types of land across LA neighborhoods.

What is the total investment that your company plans to put into your site? If it’s more than $5M, the Mayor’s office can facilitate planning and permitting through its Case Management Program to ensure that you are meeting code compliance, and that your design and permitting processes are expedient. For smaller projects, they will help make connections to ensure your project is on time and the City services departments can fit your needs.

Bonds and Loans:

Through the Industrial Development Authority, the City can provide Industrial Development Bonds, as well as small business loans and HUD-backed large project financing, for site investments at roughly 20-30% below regular interest rates.

The Utility Infrastructure Loan (UIL) program provides low cost, fixed-rate, multi-year funding to commercial/industrial customers to finance a wide range of projects involving energy efficiency, water conservation, process improvement strategies and equipment upgrades, solar photovoltaic systems,  as well as new/upgraded power and water service.

Tax Relief:

Moving to California, or growing your operations? The California Competes income tax credit is available to businesses that come to CA, or stay and grow in the Golden State. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by the State, but the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office help you navigate this process.

Are you purchasing significant equipment, or have you already done so? We can ensure that you receive a tax credit for these purchases. The State has a Use Tax Rebate, and the City has an additional one that builds off of the state program. For a succinct overview, see these links for California and Los Angeles.

Have you developed a new product, or innovated a product within the last 10 years? Most manufacturers can take advantage of the state-level R&D Tax Credit tax incentive, but don’t realize they qualify.

Sustainability and Waste Management:

The LADWP provides programs to help your business become more sustainable. If you are about to purchase new equipment, or implement energy or water-saving efforts, you are likely eligible for a rebate through the Commercial Lighting Incentive Program (CLIP), Water Technical Assistance Program (TAP), or the Custom Performance Program (CPP).

If you are a new commercial or industrial customer with 100kW demand or greater as of 10/16/2016, check out the LADWP’s Business Promotion Bill Credit program.

The LA Industry Program provides a forum for manufacturers to actively help identify challenges and opportunities for growth and Industrial Discharge compliance. As part of LA Industry, the LA Sanitation Department developed the Green Chemistry Guide.

The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program is a collaborative effort for reaching zero waste goals while promoting positive economic growth. Participation means access to attractive loans, technical and/or regulatory assistance, and free product marketing for companies that use materials from waste stream to manufacture products. Los Angeles has provided over eleven million dollars in loan financing  since the program was established.

Workforce Training:

When you are ready to start hiring, the Mayor’s Office will help connect you to the WorkSource Center that manages manufacturing worker pipelines, so that you know you have the employee skills you’ll need to operate your plant. The Mayor’s office can also connect you to Employee Training Panel (ETP) funding, so that your workers can be trained on your machines, for low or no cost.

Export Planning and Assistance:

The Mayor’s office and the State of California have numerous programs that can facilitate international exports. Whether you’re looking to get into exports, are export ready, or are already exporting, the Mayor’s office can assist you in achieving your international trade goals. For more information, visit the LA Mayor’s export program and the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

US Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Division has a various local and regional partnerships and program to educate US manufacturers and help them access markets globally. Including but not limited to New to Export 101 – Los Angeles, a pilot project providing a pathway to success with customized assessments for competitiveness, readiness and potential to export; workshops and training to build knowledge and skills, market research and entry strategies, and more. EXPORTECH, the only national program that helps companies develop an export plan. Gold Key, a program that helps you find the best international markets for your company with trade counseling, business matchmaking, market intelligence, and commercial diplomacy.

Small businesses that are starting or expanding their exporting can apply for export credit insurance through EXIM Bank of the United States.


If you are located in the City of Los Angeles and want help navigating any of these incentives, contact:

Adrienne Lindgren
Business Development Manager, Aerospace & Manufacturing
Office of LA Mayor Garcetti
213-610-8277 (cell)

(updated Sept 27, 2017)