Starting a small business in Chandler

Are you interested in establishing your small business in Chandler? Never fear because Chandler encourages small businesses, especially in the aspects of manufacturing, technology and business services. What’s more, the city provides enhancements to business progress by ensuring friendly neighborhoods with gated houses and contemporary garage doors, great education and outstanding retail, dining and entertainment experiences.

These features of Chandler continuously attract small and large businesses, great residents and a vibrant community.

For those interested in establishing their small business in Chandler, here are some helpful resources:

City of Chandler’s Economic Development Division

This office is the primary resource for employment opportunities and ensures the city’s industrial, office, detail, downtown revitalization and tourism development. It is a partner of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council in marketing Chandler domestically and internationally to attract business investments and create new jobs as well as quality retail and tourism experiences.

This office has dedicated staff to provide services to small business owners such as in business site selection, assistance in navigating the zoning, permitting and licensing processes and connecting you to business resources.

Chandler Public Library

The Public Library has four branches across the city that provide information resources for small business owners or potential owners. The services provided by the library include:

  • The Business and Company Resource Center
    A comprehensive research collection offering accurate, updated company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies
  • Reference USA
    A directory and market research tool containing detailed information on millions of businesses and U.S. residents
  • GrantSelect
    A searchable list of funding opportunities from thousands of organizations throughout the country.

All four libraries have books and audios about small business start-up, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, law, sales, personnel and other relevant topics. Downloadable materials are also available free through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library

Chandler Diversity Office

The Chandler Diversity Office works with the Human Relations Commission to develop diversity programs and events that support the mission of promoting mutual respect and inclusion in Chandler. The Diversity Office works toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination; and to promote amicable relations among all racial, cultural, religious, age, gender, disabled, socioeconomic and national groups within the community.

The Diversity Office maintains relationships with numerous individuals and organizations that seek to promote the success of minority-owned small businesses and staff can provide referral assistance to interested parties.

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization that has been in business since 1912. Through nearly 100 years of service to the business community, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce has become an important advocate for the business community and a primary source for networking in Chandler.

The Chamber offers valuable information to small business owners in association with the Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Counseling sessions are held by appointment. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s Small Business Services (SBS) is a resource for information and referrals at every step of the small business development process: startup, expansion or relocation. The office also provides minority and women business owners with information on relevant business programs and services. The Arizona Commerce Authority provides a variety of resources to assist entrepreneurs.


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