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The City of San Fernando Economic Development team is dedicated to creating a vibrant and economically sustainable San Fernando.  Located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, the City of San Fernando is a tight-knit community with approximately 24,000 residents living within 2.4 square miles, surrounded by City of Los Angeles.

Our team strives to create new job opportunities, encourage innovative ideas, attract new investments, boost commercial activities and sales tax revenues, create vibrant neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for residents, business community, and visitors of San Fernando.

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With a variety of businesses and a pedestrian-focused streetscape, Downtown San Fernando represents the heart of the City.  Downtown San Fernando is planned to become a destination for both residents of San Fernando and the broader region. Downtown San Fernando offers opportunities for broader use, coordinated development, and a mix of commercial and residential uses that will enhance its vibrancy and create a stable economic district that will continue to be sustainable.

The City is currently developing a Downtown Master Plan to help guide the future development and revitalization of the City’s historic downtown area.

For more information and to sign up for project updates, visit

photo of people walking at the San Fernando Outdoor marketSAN FERNANDO OUTDOOR MARKET 

San Fernando Outdoor Market is hosted once a month in San Fernando Mall, and it’s free to attend.  It brings together local business owners and artisans throughout the area with over 90+ vendors showcasing a variety of products, services, music, classic cars, food and entertainment.  For more information: San Fernando Outdoor Market.


San Fernando is the place for business!


  • Dog Haus – 1001 San Fernando Rd (Early 2024)
  • American Fruits & Flavors (Early-Mid 2024)

*Anticipated opening dates are subject to change. 


Interested in locating your business in San Fernando? We’re happy to help you find the right location! Please contact Kanika Kith, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development at or call (818) 898-8316.


San Fernando is always looking to support our local economy to meet the needs of our residents. Whether you are starting a new business or relocating a business to San Fernando, we are here to assist you!  Here are some key steps you will need to consider:

Need help?  Please contact Kanika Kith, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development at or call (818) 898-7316.


San Fernando offers over 2.4 million square feet of commercial space and 5 million square feet of industrial space.
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Interested in locating your business in San Fernando? We’re happy to help you find the right location! 

For available properties and opportunities please contact Kanika Kith, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development at or call (818) 898-7316.


San Fernando Economic Development team provides a number of resources and services to new and existing businesses to advance job growth and boosting commercial activity in San Fernando! We offer the following services to all of our businesses. 

  • Site Selection Assistance – Free site selection assistance to new and existing businesses in the City. This assistance consists of a confidential site search for available properties based on specific needs and site criteria.
  • Business Concierge Service – Businesses receive one-on-one assistance to navigate through the City’s permitting, entitlement and development process.
  • Facilitation of Business Resources – Help facilitate contacts and resources to a variety of federal, state, and local programs and incentives.
  • Market Analysis Assistance – Free market analysis and demographic information to assist with the decision-making process for businesses looking to locate or expand in San Fernando.


In addition, we partner with the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce to provide marketing and social medial support.

  • Marketing & Social Media Support – The San Fernando Chamber of Commerce helps promote local business through multiple digital channels including social media and e-mail newsletters. More information on the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce:


The City proudly announces the launch of the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), a new initiative designed to help local businesses. This program offers grant funding of up to $10,000 to support the vibrant small business community in the City. Eligible businesses can utilize these funds to enhance both the exterior and interior improvements.  Potential improvements include the installation of anti-graffiti coating and graffiti-resistant window covering, creation of eye-catching vertical landscape (green wall), upgrading of signage and paint, and other architectural features contributing to the City’s aesthetic and economic vitality. 


Grant funds are earmarked for various improvements including, but not limited to:

  • Anti-graffiti coating and graffiti-resistant window covering
  • Exterior vertical landscape (green wall)
  • Signage
  • Paint
  • Exterior architectural details (e.g., replacing existing security gate with alternatives, architectural appropriate window bars)


Businesses eligible to apply for the SBAP include:

  • Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, cafés, gastropubs, etc.
  • Salons, barbers, and other grooming businesses
  • Gyms, day spas, and fitness studios
  • Retail and Commercial stores
  • Others not on the ineligible list  


To participate in the SBAP, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • Located in a commercial or mixed-used property in the City, with priority for businesses in the San Fernando Mall area that are adjacent to public parking lots and other businesses with a high incidence of graffiti.
  • Operating for a minimum of 3 years, or have a minimum of a 2-year lease or mortgage on the commercial property where the business is located and operated.
  • Has an active business license in the City
  • Employs 50 or fewer individuals
  • Has not received grant from the City  


Certain types of businesses are not eligible for the SBAP, including but not limited to:

  • National chains not locally franchised
  • Massage parlors, bars that only serve alcohol, bail bond services, etc.
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Real estate salespersons
  • Businesses engaged in illegal activities


Local businesses must complete an application providing details of the proposed work, cost estimates, and a timeline for completion. The City will review applications, select businesses, and issue grant funding accordingly.



  • Application Period: May 6, 2024 – May 21, 2024
  • Review Applications: May 22, 2024 – May 29, 2024
  • Selection and Notification: May 30, 2024 – May 31, 2024
  • Grant Funding Issued: June 3, 2024 – June 28, 2024


Selected businesses must submit the following documentation:

  • Complete and sign the Small Business Grant Application.
  • A list of work with cost estimate and timeline for completion of work.
  • A copy of an active business license issued by the City.
  • A copy of the lease agreement/mortgage statement for the commercial space the business occupies; must be a minimum of a 2-year lease.
  • All business owners with a 20% or greater ownership interest must submit a copy of a government issued identification. Examples include: driver’s license with a photograph; State identification card with a photograph; Copy of applicant Social Security card; Immigration and Naturalization Service documents – must contain a photograph; Military identification with a photograph; Alien Registration Card with a photograph; valid passport.
  • Unique Entity Identifier* (UE) number 

*A UE number is required for receipt or renewal of a Federal grant. To obtain a UEI number, contact or call the Federal Service Desk ( at (866) 606-8220. Note that DUNS numbers will no longer be accepted.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your business and contribute to the vibrancy of our community. Apply now and take advantage of the City of San Fernando’s Small Business Assistance Program!

Submit your application and supporting documents to City Hall, Business & Community Resource Center, Attention Kanika Kith, 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340 or by email to


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The City is working in partnership with Initiating Change in Our Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (ICON CDC) to offer comprehensive business support services.  Through close collaboration, ICON CDC and the City are committed to enriching the local business landscape and fostering economic growth by implementing a diverse range of services and initiatives. 

Furthermore, the City is an active member of the Valley Economic Alliance (Alliance), an organization dedicated to advancing economic growth and vitality in the San Fernando Valley.  The Alliance provides a spectrum of services, including strategic resources, workforce programs, and networking opportunities. Through membership in the Alliance, local businesses in the City gain access to valuable business support services such as financial mentorship and marketing assistance.



CITY HALL | Administration Department
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Kanika Kith, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development
(818) 898-7316 |

Monday through Thursday | 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday | 8 am to 5 pm

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