Economic Development Working Group


The City of Richmond, City Manager’s Office, Economic Development established a working group of its local and regional economic development partners to coordinate the provision of programs and ensure that local businesses have information about available resources. The Working Group was identified as an action item in Richmond's Economic Development Action Plan. The working group meets monthly to build a culture of collaboration and to launch recovery actions for local businesses. This collaboration includes sharing information about ongoing activities and identifying areas for support or joint programming across organizations, cross-advertising business services, and events, and ensuring that efforts are not duplicated between the City and its partners. Proactive collaboration with these partners will help expand the City's capacity to serve local businesses and deliver recovery services more efficiently.

Economic Development Working Group Resources

ICA Accelerator -  The Accelerator is a 12-week program designed for later stage companies looking to implement growth, people, and investment strategies. The Accelerator provides coaching, connections, and access to capital to help scale business, build a great team, and get ready for investment. Qualifying participants are eligible for up to $500,000 in investment.

ICA Lab - The Lab at ICA is designed for early-stage high growth companies looking to strengthen business fundamentals and developing a plan to strategically grow. Qualified participants are eligible up to $50,000 in investment. 

ICA Accelerator - The Accelerator is a 12-week program designed for later stage companies looking to implement growth, people, and investment strategies. The Accelerator provides coaching, connections, and access to capital to help scale business, build a great team, and get ready for investment. Qualifying participants are eligible for up to $500,000 in investment.

  1. Lizeht Zepeda

    Senior Business Assistance Officer

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Economic Development Working Group Members

DescriptionServicesContact information
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CoBiz Richmond, located at the Richmond Transit Hub, is a premier co-working-event-business incubator space for entrepreneurs, professionals, freelancers, creatives, and working students to convene, work, network, conduct business, as well as access resources and expertise necessary to attain success.  Accessible 24/7 for members, CoBiz offers 9,000 square feet of beautiful, mentally-stimulating areas to work and be productive, all while doing so close to home.   

Private & Shared Office Rental, On-demand Meeting Space, Hot Desking, Event Space, Production Space For Creative, Business Incubation, Editing Stations for Creatives, and
Entrepreneurial and Wellness Programs

Wesley Alexander              
(510) 309-710

1503 Macdonald Avenue, Suite A Richmond, CA 94801

CFL_Logo Opens in new windowCommunity First Lending’s Revolving Loan Fund is a community-based program with the goal of fostering local economic growth through the creation and retention of employment opportunities for Richmond residents and complementing community and individual development initiatives.Provide loans for working capital, machinery/equipment, fixed assets, and façade improvements.
Also, provide technical assistance to small businesses to ensure local small business success.

David Derryck
CCSBDC Opens in new windowThe Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) mission is to serve the citizens of Contra Costa County through the formulation and implementation of the County General Plan, the administration of the Building Code, and coordination of planning, building, special housing, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, solid waste, and habitat conservation programs.

Alyson Greenlee
Economic Development Manger
Coop_Richmond_Logo Opens in new windowIn order to achieve the greatest success in creating a cooperative economy, Cooperation Richmond provides a variety of services that span the range of cooperative development from beginning to end, including customized technical assistance and capital based on the needs of each project.

Cooperative Education, Matchmaking, Assessment, Coaching, and Capital, credit development and financial literacyDoria Robinson

Princess Robinson
RichmondWorks_logo Opens in new windowRichmondWORKS American Jobs Center of California is a One Stop for all employment needs. Our Career Center offers a comprehensive array of employment & training services to assist Job Seekers and Employers. We connect workforce opportunities by providing WIOA Funding for occupational training and job search/placement assistance to the job seeker and staffing support to local businesses at NO CHARGE. The City of Richmond takes seriously its ordinances designed to promote business development.  Our Business Opportunity Ordinance and Local Employment ordinance are cutting-edge approaches that harness local resources to achieve local benefits.  By supporting the local community, especially those businesses that have been disadvantaged, the City steadfastly stimulates economic development. Our Contract Compliance reviews contracts for compliance with city ordinances and provides support in implementing city policies around local hire, local contracting, and minimum wage. Visit our RichmondWORKS webpage to learn how our exceptional services will benefit you!

On –the- Job Training, Recruitment Services, Labor Market Information, Identify Hiring Credits & Incentives, Vocational Training and Programs, Job Search Assistance, Job Referrals, Internet Access and Email, Software Tutorials, Resume Preparation Computers/Phone/Fax,
Career Counseling, College Information, Comprehensive Assessment of Skills, Typing Tests, Literacy (LEAP) Services,
Dislocated Workers & EDD Support, EDD California Training Benefits, Youth Program / Work Experience

Monica Castrillo,
Employment Specialist II

Cinthia Hernandez, Employment Specialist I

RenCenter_Logo Opens in new windowRenaissance transforms lives and communities through entrepreneurship. Our mission is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. Our work demonstrates that through small business ownership, women and men who face systemic barriers to economic opportunity due to race, gender, immigration status, former incarceration, education or income level, can achieve economic mobility, create jobs for themselves and other residents, and build better futures for themselves, their families and communities.

English- and Spanish-language training, Access to capital and resources, Special programs for women, Business incubation and ongoing support that assists clients in developing the skills, confidence and networks needed to succeed as small business owners but are frequently unavailable in the under-resourced communities Renaissance serves.  Christian Hills
East Bay Renaissance Center

RCF_Logo Opens in new windowRCF Connects (formerly known as Richmond Community Foundation) is a leading motivator in Contra Costa County in the field of philanthropy and community change. Our mission is to mobilize the power of connection to build healthy, thriving communities. Our focus is on impacting the five areas of community building: Restoring Neighborhoods, Health, Community Growth, Quality Education, and Public Safety. We truly live, work and breathe our motto: “Together, we are shaping the future!”

SparkPoint Financial Services (budgeting, financial services, job/career services, free tax preparation, business development), Housing Renovation Program (homeownership), Black Wealth Builders Fund (down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers)Jim Becker
President and Chief Executive Officer
richmond-main-street-logo Opens in new windowRichmond Main Street Initiative is dedicated to strengthening Downtown Richmond’s economic base through business retention, targeted recruitment, social entrepreneurship and financing, trend monitoring and education, and new equitable development. Furthermore, we actively partner with the local business community, anchor institutions, and service providers to provide a wide range of technical assistance services to small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs. Whether you’re the owner of an established enterprise who wants to revamp your business practices or you’re an entrepreneur ready to take the next step, Richmond Main Street is here to help.

Local Business Planning & Development, Local Financial Services & Alternative Lending, Legal Resources for Small Business, National Business Resources, Resources for Women in Business & Leaders, Small Business Certifications & Procurements Resources, Sustainable Business Resources & Practices, E-commerce resources,

Andrea Portillo-Knowles
Executive Director

Ronnie Mills
Project Manger