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Business and Development

Businesses of all types and sizes call Hayward home. The city boasts a strategic location in the bustling East Bay with unmatched advantages in access to transportation networks, retail sites, colleges and workforce training, a large source of educated employees and an elevated quality of life.

Companies look to Hayward as an optimal place for relocation and expansion – aiding in the establishment of its business community as one of the largest and most diversified in Alameda County. The mix of industries provides for an energetic and cooperative economic climate, with a quarter of the city’s sales tax revenue generated by business-to-business transactions.

The manufacturing sector is varied, with leading companies that include Berkeley Farms (dairy products); Plastikon (plastics); Pepsi-Cola and Shasta (beverages); Casa Sanchez Foods; Marelich Mechanical (HVAC systems); ConXtech (steel); and Morgan Advanced Ceramics (ceramic and carbon products). Annabelle’s, Azuma Foods, Pacific Cheese, Sugar Bowl Bakery and Pucci Foods are among more than 100 food distributors and manufacturers. Impax Laboratories, Biolog, and Baxter International are among the leaders in Hayward’s growing bioscience sector of more than 400 companies.

The growing “advanced industries” sector includes Glimmerglass (optical signal management), MDC Vacuum Products (scientific components), Porifera (water treatment), Siemens (metering and security systems) and Interactive Data (financial information systems).

The retail sector is essential to the health of the Hayward economy. A range of stores, restaurants and automobile dealerships dot the map of Hayward. Southland Mall is a regional shopping destination with 150 retailers, restaurants and a movie theatre complex.

Downtown Hayward is marked by a variety of entertainment and dining options. It’s the site for summer street parties, a blues festival, a mariachi fiesta, a “wine walk,” outdoor family movies and Saturday farmers markets. And downtown is easily accessible to visitors by bus service and a light rail BART station.

Employment services are offered by a variety of agencies, including the Eden Area One-Stop Career Center. The business community has access to support services through the City of Hayward, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board and the East Bay Small Business Development Center. The chamber of commerce is a partner with these organizations and offers workshops for both small and large businesses and a career pathways program for students.

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