Looking to stay informed on what’s going on in Lompoc? Looking to expand your current business or thinking about opening your own? The City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Division has a ton of information available online.

It has updates on new businesses that are coming into Lompoc and information on projects that could be happening in the near future. There is also a section dedicated to a variety of resources for starting a new business or expanding your current business.

If you are wondering what is going into that new building that’s being constructed or even how Lompoc came about in the first place you can find it here. The “What’s New?” page has a quarterly update on projects and businesses around town. Among many other things there is a section devoted to demographics and a page on the history of Lompoc. The information is presented in easy-to-read sections and showcases growth in the Lompoc Valley.

Ever hear someone say that it’s hard to open a business in Lompoc? Next time you hear that, ask if they looked at the City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Division website before making their business plan.

It’s a common misconception that you have to have your entire business plan, including your location and building plans, finalized and perfect before you start working with the City. On the contrary, the Economic Development Division offers services that include Site Selection Assistance, an Economic Development Loan Program, Utility Incentive Rebate Program, and information on financing resources and training.

All these services are here to help new businesses and expanding businesses get connected with the people and information they need to be successful. They offer a number of useful services intended for existing business owners as well including a Business Visitation Program and Broker’s Breakfast Program. They also work in conjunction with many of the city’s other departments and can aid in connecting you with the right place to get the answers people need to help grow good business in the Lompoc Valley.

The website also features an “Economic Development Toolbox” (www.cityoflompoc.com/econdev/toolbox.htm). Found at the site are a variety of useful resources and links all on one page for easy location and navigation. Featured there is information on incentive programs, contacts for dealing with city planning, and information on Small Business Development Center Programs.

The Economic Development Division of the City of Lompoc is constantly working to make Lompoc a more business-friendly community. Taking advantage of these services before you start a new business or expansion helps to set you up for success. It aids in mitigating issues with zoning and permitting and builds healthy relationships with the people who are working to help Lompoc grow.

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A little information can save a lot of headache when someone is looking to open or expand a business in Lompoc. Utilizing the resources available through the City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Division is a great place to start.

To learn more, visit www.cityoflompoc.com, and use your cursor to hover over the tab on the top of the page titled “Departments”. Then from the drop down menu go to “Economic & Community Development” and then click on “Economic Development Division” (www.cityoflompoc.com/econdev/index.htm). This area of the website is updated regularly and is a great place to stay up-to-date on what’s going on around town.

To stay updated on the EDC’s progress throughout the year like the “Lompoc Economic Development Committee” page on Facebook.

Building the Future Today is a column by the Lompoc Economic Development Committee. The column runs on the first and third Sundays of each month. To contact the committee, email lompocedc@gmail.com. Lompoc Economic Development Committee can also be liked on Facebook.

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