Dublin, California, while named for the better known town in Ireland, is a suburban city just east of San Francisco. You’d think that would make it more affordable, but that is not the case. Sure, it’s not as expensive as the Bay area, but it’s still in California, making it cost prohibitive for many people.
When it comes to new businesses, the only slack they can seem to get is that it has the lowest business license fees within the Tri-Valley Area – which also consists of Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Livermore, depending upon whom you talk to. Now the City charges only for necessary regulatory expenses instead of basing the fees on gross revenue like other cities. That’s really cool, since those licensing fees can really start to add up when you begin to turn a decent profit.
The commercial rents, just like the property costs and residential rentals, will set back a small company quite a bit of coin. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the region, though. The city has made economic development one of their top priorities. For example, they have a few perks to attract new businesses, like the
Sales Tax Reimbursement Program. There’s also a Fee Deferral Program for non-residential development. And then there’s the Sewer Capacity Assistance Program. Woo hoo!
That can mean a lot to certain types of businesses, but what about consultants and businesses that don’t charge sales tax? Well, bupkis. For those who may not know what that means, I bet you can guess: just about nothing. Unless I’m just misinformed.
So, how is an entrepreneur or small business owner going to make it there? The rents are high. So that means many people are going to start businesses from home. That’s fine and well, but you can’t really take meetings in your living room. Well, you can, but you really shouldn’t…
But there is hope! You can get a room! No, not that kind. A meeting room! Davinci has them for just $20 an hour, which is one of the few bargains you’ll ever find in that region!