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Selecting the right site – in the right city – can make or break a company. Many companies have recognized Ontario, California as a cost-effective, efficient and easy alternative to coastal California. Because of Ontario’s location just 35 miles east of downtown L.A., offers easy access to interstates, railways and ports, the City is recognized as the “Gateway to Southern California” Ontario is a prime location for any business because of its access to Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Many Fortune 500 companies have chosen Ontario for their corporate headquarters, manufacturing operations and distribution facilities. At the same time, Ontario, California is also home to small businesses and family owned and operated companies that have been thriving in the City for more than a century.

Although the process of site selection can be both time-consuming and tedious, the business-friendly City of Ontario provides a one-stop shop for companies that are looking to establish, relocate or expand their businesses. Ontario City staff and personnel are available to answer questions and provide guidance for any company that is searching for its first, newest or next site. By choosing Ontario, business owners have quick access to both City staff and City services throughout the entire start-up process. Whether you are working with the Development, Building, Planning, Engineering or Fire departments, City staff will arrange to meet and address any questions. When choosing the right location for your business, the City of Ontario Economic Development Department can put you in touch with people who know the area and who specialize in commercial real estate, brokerage, investing and development. The Economic Development Department’s goal is to facilitate a smooth transition into the city.

Ontario understands the challenges of starting and growing a business, and knows that selecting the right location with the proper zoning is critical to the overall success of your company. Planning staff can provide all the necessary insight and information about development opportunities. The City of Ontario’s staff wants to ensure the process of starting, expanding or relocating your business is as smooth and efficient as possible, whether that’s selecting the site, acquiring funding, getting design approval, pulling building permits or hosting a grand opening. If any issues should arise, City staff can help you by effectively directing you to the proper contact. Getting a business up and running – or relocating an established company – can be a long and difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be if you choose to make Ontario, California your business’s home.

Need assistance in finding a property available within the City of Ontario? 

Contact the Economic Development Team