Business Resources

 The City of Merced Office of Economic Development will assist your business with:

  • Site Location
  • Permitting
  • Plan Check
  • Business Licenses
  • Recycling Market Development Zone

The City of Merced offers a variety of services to assist businesses. The following services are also available to Central Valley businesses. If you have can’t find what you need, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (209) 385-4788 for help.

City/ County Programs
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
City of Merced Office of
Economic Development
1(800) 723-4788

 Merced County 1(800)226-6452


Small Business Assistance
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
Alliance SBDC
(209) 386-1008

The Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosted by a local non-profit organization in cooperation with UC Merced and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The Alliance SBDC offers free business consulting, a variety of free or low-cost trainings, free research services and more. 

The Alliance SBDC serves Stanislaus, Merced Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.


Small Business Development Center
(559) 241-7406

Central California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UC Merced, offers one stop business management assistance through one-on-one business consulting, entrepreneur training, referrals and a wide variety of information and guidance to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The SBDC offers the following services:

SCORE                    (209)724-2033

SCORE is made up of a group of local professionals with expertise in areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and business plan preparation. SCORE offers the following services:

  • Free tailored business plan consultations. 
  • Local workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.
  • Business plan evaluation.
  • Counseling assistance on growth and stability.
Source: UC Merced Small Business Development Center (, Alliance SBDC (, SCORE (


Business Financing
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
  • SBA 7(a) Loan - working capital, machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, property and construction, leasehold improvements, debt refinancing. Apply through your local banker.

Merced County Department of Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development             (209) 385-7686

Source: US Small Business Administration (; Merced County (,


Business Location / Expansion
Agency / Phone Programs and Services
City of Merced Office of Economic Development
(209) 385-4788
  • Economic vision to promote innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Early and free feedback on development projects
  • Economic development liaison
  • Inventory of vacant land for business use
  • Recycling market development zones
  • Merced Municipal Airport
  • Downtown Location
  • Community Events
  • Business Directory