Business Resources

Merced County is dedicated to assist existing and prospective business in their success. The County provides a range of business and development services with the purpose of establishing, assisting, and growing your business. If you’re starting a new business, looking to expand your existing operation, or relocating your company, Merced County is your partner in this process.

Planning and Community Development

The mission of this Department is to provide solution-oriented services to its constituency which promote the implementation of sustainable plans, facilitate economic development and growth, enhance quality of life, and protect our environment. Being an integrated team of professionals, Merced County Planning and Community Development Department creates innovative methods that will facilitate land-use planning decisions while balancing the need for economic growth while maintaining the County’s natural resources.


Mark J. Hendrickson


Steve Maxey
Deputy Director of Planning


Mark J. Mimms II
Deputy Director of Economic Development

Building and Safety Division

When establishing a new operation in Merced County, the Building and Safety Division will assist in the request and application of building and safety permits. To increase the efficiency of this process, Merced County now allows submittals to be done online.


Submittals shall include the following items where applicable:

  • All drawings/plans (framing, roof, site plan, etc.)
  • Soil/geotechnical reports
  • Structural calculations
  • Engineering documents with engineering stamp/signature
  • Truss calculations
  • Product cut sheets
  • Energy calculations


Dana Hertfelder
Deputy Director

Environmental Health Division

Merced County prides itself of taking care of its residents, businesses and its environment and the County has a well-established Environmental Health Department. The Department overlooks applications, forms, and permits dealing with food inspection, food facilities and transportation, well systems, onsite wastewater treatment systems, radiation, hazardous waste recycling, and laws and ordinances.


Ron Rowe
Director Of Division Of Environmental Health

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Since 2003, the Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has helped thousands of businesses, from ideas to start-ups to companies with hundreds of employees, in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and Mariposa Counties. Fully funded by grants and corporate donations, the Valley Sierra SBDC provides confidential consulting services at no cost, enabling businesses to have access to a wide variety of valuable services, including classes and access to business resources.


Services offered include:
* Free Business Counseling and Consulting
* Free Business Classes
* Free Business Resources


1735 M. Street Merced CA
(209) 386-1008 or (209) 422-6416

Workforce Investment (Worknet)

Worknet is committed to assisting the business community to keep pace with new growth, the emerging economy, and their ever-changing needs by creating a better educated and skilled workforce. They provide programs for young adults 16-24 years of age and adults in our community through partnerships with education, community colleges and vocational training facilities.


The assists employers with recruitment, skills assessment, job fairs and hiring. Worknet can also help with training costs for qualified new hires through our On-The-Job training and Subsidized Employment programs, which may reimburse costs from 50% to 100% during the training period.


1205 W. 18th Street Merced CA
(209) 724-2000

InvestMerced (Merced County Department of Economic and Community Development)

Working in collaboration with all 6 cities located in the County, as well as its other communities, InvestMerced is the primary point of contact for companies, site consultants, and property professionals.


Keeping our client’s wellbeing in mind, and following the standards Merced County and its cities hold, InvestMerced assists in providing data and information, identifying sites and building for new companies, promoting state and local incentives, streamlining permit processes, hosting client visits to the county and its cities, and expert knowledge of helping your company thrive within our locality.


Merced County and its partner cities looks forward to assisting your company to consider investing in our region. Here you will be provided with excellent customer service, and innovative solutions to any issue your company might encounter.

Economic Development Partners