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Emeryville: California’s Original Enterprise Zone

Location, location, location are the three secrets to success in business. Location is just one of the many reasons why Emeryville has become the location of choice for East Bay business.

Emeryville’s very creation was based on business and commerce. The City’s founder, Joseph Emery, purchased this tract of land in 1852 and broke it off as an independent city in 1896 for the purpose of facilitating commerce. That spirit of free enterprise and welcoming business pervades the City’s culture to the present time.

An attractive East Bay location at the crossroads of Interstates 80, 580 and 880 and State Highway 24, coupled with access to a large and highly skilled pool of employees, proximity to U.C. Berkeley and an overall high quality of life are among the many reasons that make Emeryville an ideal place for business location and expansion.

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The city features an exceptional mix of small business and major corporations. Emeryville continues to be the East Bay’s retail, dining and hospitality hub, hosting an assortment of locally owned ventures as well and well-known chains. Large corporate employers, including Novartis; Pixar Animation Studios; Amyris; Leapfrog; Clif Bar; Ex’pression College for Digital Arts; Peet’s Coffee and Tea; F’real Foods and Jamba Juice all call Emeryville home or have major operations here. These major corporations complement the area’s many small businesses, creating a unique and dynamic local economy.

Emeryville has a well-deserved reputation for providing a highly supportive, business-friendly environment that encourages growth, visionary development and entrepreneurial ingenuity.

These community-based organizations are here to help businesses with location, expansion or relocation questions:

Emeryville Chamber of Commerce

City of Emeryville Community Development Department

City of Emeryville Business Licenses

East Bay Economic Development Alliance

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