Economic Development

As Mayor, I want to help create a climate that encourages businesses and entrepreneurs to follow their ingenuity and invest in their ideas in Barstow. I propose newly formed small businesses receive a 50% reduction in City of Barstow required start-up fees and costs during the 1st full year of doing business.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.


  1. Peggi on August 6, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    I agree with the reduction of start-up costs, but I also believe that the city’s process for business license, building permits and CUP are difficult, time wasting and cumbersome. If we are truly going to be more “business friendly”, we need to streamline all those processes. There also needs to be more involvement with follow through with business and activities that are not operating within their original agreements with the city. Sometimes, programs, services and activities are added that no longer look like the original permits. Sometimes, that is to the direct detriment of the community. If zoning does not matter, why do we have it? If permitting is arbitrary, is it necessary? If it takes too long to get an inspection, is frustration so great that the whole process is avoided? There is a lot wee can all do to assist with these things, but all parties need to be willing to work together.
    The partnership with the Chamber was a good thing. The city should always have representation on the Chamber board, but the Chamber, more than anyone or any group, is in constant contact with the business community. Maybe with a true partnership, funding could be a priority to strengthen the business/city relationships. This might have been a good direction for Measure Q funding. The city needs to have a voice in the administration of the Chamber, and the Chamber needs to be at the table with economic development. Why we seem to insist on existing within silos is beyond me. We always have the most strength when we work together. It is a sad thing that the Chamber has to cut the cost of memberships due to economic hardships, but the staff cannot be compensated with a “living” wage. A strong partnership would benefit the community.

  2. James on October 20, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I plan to be in the position of owning business by the end of the year. Have a cash auction law suit with a employer. Have a daughter

  3. E. Givens on July 15, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Wonderful news. I wanted to ask about the entrepreneur center. I would like to help reopen it, as I myself need resources to ensure my business is successful. Please advise.

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