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Ontario has a robust business environment and brewery-friendly zoning. The City boasts a skilled workforce, competitive lease rates, and well-developed office and retail spaces. Ontario is home to over 100 million square feet of industrial, manufacturing, and distribution space, perfect for business expansion.

Beyond its business advantages, Ontario features a walkable downtown area with historic buildings, museums, and art galleries. With Ontario Ranch, the largest master-planned community in Southern California, and the rapid growth of the Ontario International Airport, the City offers an array of residential and commercial development opportunities. Ontario is a logistical haven because of its strategic location and excellent transportation connectivity, including major interstates, railroads, and an international airport.

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$10K in Brewery Equipment

Eligible businesses with a lease in the Downtown designated area that purchase qualifying restaurant or brewery equipment may receive a forgivable loan up to $10,000. The balance is reduced by 20% each year the business remains at the location until the loan is paid off in five (5) years.

  • Downtown Ontario Restaurant Equipment Loan Program
$25K Downtown Ontario Façade Improvement Program

The Downtown Façade Improvement Program is a federally funded program that offers business owners up to $25,000 of grant money for exterior improvements to their building, such as paint, windows, awnings, and signage in the Downtown designated area. This reimbursement-based program is a one-to-one match meaning that whatever is invested by the business or property owner will be matched by the City up to $25,000.

Brewery Friendly Zoning

We understand the importance of fostering a thriving craft beer industry and have established zoning policies that support the establishment and growth of breweries. From favorable zoning designations to streamlined permitting processes, Ontario is dedicated to creating a welcoming business environment for breweries looking to locate in the City.

Downtown Ontario

Downtown Ontario is a walkable, authentic neighborhood with historic buildings and many opportunities for redevelopment. Mixed-use projects under construction will bring over 600 new market-rate apartments, breweries, wine-tasting rooms, restaurants, and ground-floor retail space. A bustling civic center, museums, art galleries, performance spaces, and signature events make this the heart of Ontario's arts and culture scene, located along Euclid Avenue, which sees over 30,000 drivers daily.

Arena District

Centered around the Toyota Arena - the largest venue of its kind in the Inland Empire - the Arena District is a regional entertainment destination that continues to grow in popularity. The 11,000 seat Toyota Arena hosts over 250 events annually including concerts and live sports. The district also includes Class A office space, retail uses, and the 131-room Element by Westin Hotel. New mixed-use development around the arena is expected to break ground by the end of 2023 which will feature approximately 700 new luxury apartments, 70,000 square feet of commercial, a hotel, a new performance arts theater and public plaza. This will be the premier entertainment district in the Inland Empire.

Ontario Ranch

Spanning 13 square miles, Ontario Ranch is the largest master-planned community in Southern California. At build-out, this amenity-rich community will boast 40,000 new single family homes, brand new schools, over 300 acres of parks, and up to 30 million square feet of commercial, retail, office, and industrial space.