Starting and growing a business is both challenging and exciting.
The City of Moreno Valley is committed to providing you with the tools, resources and information you need to help you succeed. Find out why 4,500 businesses “Choose MoVal.”
Ideally situated at the epicenter of Southern California, Moreno Valley is the best opportunity to start or expand your small business.
Small Business Programs
The City of Moreno Valley is committed to your success The Small Business Programs section features the Small Business Wednesdays, Business Spotlight, Business Roundtable, Small Business Visitation, Shop MoVal and the iMake Mobile Innovation Center.
Find out how these programs can help you.
Small Business Wednesdays
Are you thinking of starting a business but don’t know how to begin? Have you been in business for years and need some help navigating the next steps?
Join us for Small Business Wednesdays! Every Wednesday at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center we will host an array of workshops that bring valuable information for entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. These workshops are FREE or low-cost to attend. Visit the events page to register for upcoming workshops.
Spotlight on Moreno Valley Business is a free business recognition program that promotes awareness about Moreno Valley’s variety of local businesses. The Spotlight is a 30-second professionally produced video created by the award-winning City of Moreno Valley media team to promote your business.
The Spotlight lives on the MVTV-3 YouTube Channel. Businesses receive a copy of the video on a DVD. It runs on MVTV-3 and is showcased on the City’s website for approximately two weeks. It is also posted on the City’s Facebook page. Businesses selected for the program are highlighted during a scheduled special presentations segment of City Council meetings. At that meeting, the video will be played and your City Council Member will present a certificate of recognition to the business.
All businesses and nonprofit organizations with a valid City of Moreno Valley business license that occupy a commercial business location or utilize a permitted vehicle for mobile businesses are eligible to apply. The popular Spotlight slots are limited and are chosen by Council District. View the Council District Map to find your Council District.
Connect with the Business Roundtable
The Business Roundtable program promotes dialogue between the business community and City officials. Roundtables are hosted five times annually, once in each Council District. Attendees include business owners and managers representing retail, restaurants, services, non-profits, industrial, and development firms within the city.
Roundtables are held at establishments located within the Council District. The meal is provided and RSVPs are required.
View the Council District Map to find your Council District.
Contact the ED Team to learn when the Roundtable is coming to your District by phone at 951.413.3460 or by email at EDTeam@moval.org.
Benefits and goals of the Roundtable:
- Meet with Council Members and City staff
- Share information about your business
- Provide feedback about the City’s business environment
- Connect with fellow business owners
- Meet with local business service providers
- Stay up-to-date on the latest Economic Development news
Small Business Visitation
We know business owners are busy. Let us come to you with the Small Business Visit program. With this program, City staff and key business development staff visit Moreno Valley companies to open the lines of communication and maintain good working relationships with our business community.
Based on each company’s interest, the City provides one-on-one consultations to describe City programs or services that can save the business money.
To request a Business Visit, contact the ED Team at 951.413.3460 or email EDTeam@moval.org.
Shop Moval and support Local Business!
The City of Moreno Valley supports our retail businesses by encouraging residents and businesses to shop locally. With more than 40 shopping destinations to choose from, shopping in Moreno Valley is easier than ever! Shopping MoVal is the best way to get great deals, retain local jobs, support other Moreno Valley business owners, and expand the economic health of our City. Plus, when you Shop MoVal, your hard earned dollars help keep sales taxes in our city to help fund vital services.
iMake Mobile Innovation Center
Moreno Valley College’s iMake Mobile Innovation Center is designed to create a mobile “learning” lab delivering STEM engagement activities. iMake Mobile Innovation Center provides hands-on, interactive activities and unique STEM experiences to the community.
To learn more about the iMake Mobile Innovation Center please visit mvcstemssc.com.
Small Business Resources
Being a business owner can sometimes feel like it is you against the world. But in Moreno Valley there is a whole small business ecosystem that is ready and willing to help. The Small Business Resources section features information on organizations, workshops, contacts and other tools to help you start, relocate or grow in Moreno Valley.
No matter where you are on your educational journey, the City of Moreno Valley has developed partnerships to get you to the next level.
Key educational partners, like Moreno Valley College & California Baptist University, are located at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center & are ready to help.
Are you thinking of starting your own business?
You have come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. Learn more about what you will need to get your business up and running. The City of Moreno Valley is committed to providing you the tools, resources and information to help you get started.