The Office of Economic Development offers assistance to new and growing businesses in Berkeley. With expertise in commercial real estate, financing, economic data, green business, and marketing, our office provides Berkeley ventures the resources they need to thrive. We work with local, regional and state partners to create a vibrant community of businesses. Home to UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab, our city is a center for technological innovation. Trendsetting companies in fields from alternative energy and zero waste production to nanotechnology and bioengineering choose to do business here because of our highly educated workforce and culture of creativity. Berkeley boasts charming shopping districts, award winning arts and entertainment and more restaurants per capita than any city in Northern California. And with easy access to major transportation hubs, we are close to other major business centers in the Bay Area while within walking distance to the world class research centers that are the innovation engines for our city.