Economic Development Division

If you're starting a new business or expanding one, finding a "business friendly" location isn't enough. For long-term success, you don't need a friend; you need a partner.

City of Hayward Business Needs Survey |  Encuesta Sobre Necesidades de Empresas de la Ciudad de Hayward:

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We continue to look for ways to support the business community now and prioritize future needs, which is why your input on this survey is critical. We are gathering data to determine how we can serve you better as we begin to develop more programs to help you recover from the pandemic.  Your responses will help inform decisions on programs and policies as we move into the future. 

Please click on the link below to take the survey before May 13:

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Seguimos buscando formas de apoyar a la comunidad empresarial ahora y priorizar las necesidades futuras, por lo que su opinión en esta encuesta es fundamental. Estamos recopilando datos para determinar cómo podemos brindarle un mejor servicio a medida que comenzamos a desarrollar más programas para ayudarlo a recuperarse de la pandemia. Sus respuestas ayudarán a informar decisiones sobre programas y políticas a medida que avanzamos hacia el futuro.

Por favor haga clic en el botón a continuación para tomar la encuesta antes del 13 de mayo:

COVID-19 Resources and Programs:


California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program - The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. To learn more, click the button below.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan information and application assistance - The SBA recently announced it is accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to provide working capital to qualifying businesses and nonprofits in designated counties of California, including Alameda, that have been economically injured by coronavirus COVID-19. To learn more, click the button below.

Hayward COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant Program - In an effort to support our small businesses and restaurants disrupted by COVID -19, the City of Hayward Economic Development Division developed a Business Resiliency Grant Program to provide funding to support operations and layoff aversion.

For more COVID-19 business and employer Resources visit:  State of California Resources for Businesses and Employers

Economic development is more than just infrastructure, jobs, and buildings. It is a pathway to self-sufficient neighborhoods and a fiscally sound City. As the economy continues to improve in the coming years, it is essential that Hayward is recognized for its assets and is known as a welcoming and effective city in which to conduct business, where staff understands and respects the critical business elements of time and certainty.

Our mission is to:

  1. Ensure efficient and predictable business permitting processes;
  2. Create and sustain a safe, clean, green, and fiscally sound business environment that benefits residents, businesses, and the region;
  3. Promote Hayward for its central location, prime business sites, great climate, and excellent transportation, water, and public safety services; as well as for other strengths that distinguish Hayward from other municipalities, such as its international community, civic participation, and history;
  4. Actively recruit and retain businesses, especially supporting emerging sectors that create quality, good-paying jobs like biotech industries and food processing businesses;
  5. Foster an educated and job-ready local workforce by driving the improvement of the academic performance of Hayward students and by connecting businesses, learning institutions, and community agencies.