Economic Development Division

If you're starting a new business or expanding one, finding a "business friendly" location isn't enough. For long-term success, you don't need a friend; you need a partner.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan information and application assistance:

The SBA recently announced it is accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to provide working capital to qualifying businesses and nonprofits in designated counties of California, including Alameda, that have been economically injured by coronavirus COVID-19. To learn more, click the button below.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan application information

Hayward COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant Program

In an effort to support our small businesses and restaurants disrupted by COVID -19, the City of Hayward Economic Development Division developed a Business Resiliency Grant Program to provide funding to support operations and layoff aversion.

Hayward COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant Program

Economic development is more than just infrastructure, jobs, and buildings. It is a pathway to self-sufficient neighborhoods and a fiscally sound City. As the economy continues to improve in the coming years, it is essential that Hayward is recognized for its assets and is known as a welcoming and effective city in which to conduct business, where staff understands and respects the critical business elements of time and certainty.

Our mission is to:

  1. Ensure efficient and predictable business permitting processes;
  2. Create and sustain a safe, clean, green, and fiscally sound business environment that benefits residents, businesses, and the region;
  3. Promote Hayward for its central location, prime business sites, great climate, and excellent transportation, water, and public safety services; as well as for other strengths that distinguish Hayward from other municipalities, such as its international community, civic participation, and history;
  4. Actively recruit and retain businesses, especially supporting emerging sectors that create quality, good-paying jobs like biotech industries and food processing businesses;
  5. Foster an educated and job-ready local workforce by driving the improvement of the academic performance of Hayward students and by connecting businesses, learning institutions, and community agencies.