Employee Training

The County of Orange is served by three individual Workforce Investment Boards: Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the Orange County Development Board.

Business services provided by Orange County’s Workforce Investment Boards include:

  • Recruitment Services
  • Workplace Regulations
  • Rapid Response
  • Workforce Training and Development
  • Financial Incentives
  • Labor Market Information

Orange County’s Workforce Force Investment Boards focus on workforce development activities through programs that respond to the ever-growing workforce needs of Orange County, including training, information, and assistance for both businesses and job seekers.

Foreign Trade Zone

One of the major benefits to Orange County’s import/export industry is its location within Foreign Trade Zone 50, which is administered by the Port of Long Beach.

There are substantial benefits to businesses with a Foreign Trade Zone designation, which include:

  • Lowered duty rates
  • Better ability to manage cash flow
  • No duty on scrap or damaged goods
  • No duty on domestic value added activity
  • No duty on exports (alternative to duty drawback)
  • Substantially reduced paperwork and administrative costs

Recent actions taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce have resulted in a new, streamlined process for companies submitting Foreign Trade Zone applications. This new process has reduced the application processing period from 12 months to 1 to 3 months.

City Economic Development and Business Support

The County of Orange aims to bring various government agencies and services within easy reach of the business community. For the County of Orange’s Business Assistance website, click here.

Helping local businesses thrive are the various Orange County city Economic Development and Business Support departments. These departments aid local businesses by providing a variety of resources and assistance.

For a list of local Economic Development and Business Support departments, click here.

Business Support Organizations

At the forefront in representing the interests of Orange County’s business community is Orange County Business Council (OCBC).

For more than 100 years, OCBC and its predecessor organizations have worked to develop America’s 6th largest county into the prosperous and thriving region that it is today. OCBC’s membership includes hundreds of Orange County’s leading businesses, cities and nonprofit organizations representing an elite group from every industry cluster.

OCBC is dedicated to ensuring Orange County thrives and its voice is heard at the regional, state and federal levels, helping to keep the county strong and competitive in a 21st–century global economy.

Orange County’s business friendly climate is also bolstered by a strong contingent of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations.

Business Permitting

To assist businesses in finding the appropriate permitting information, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has developed the CalGOLD database.

This online tool provides links and contact information directing businesses to agencies that administer and issue business permits, licenses and registration requirements from all levels of government.