Kern EDC’s Mission is to stimulate a diversified and strong economic climate in Kern County, through recruitment of new business opportunities and assistance in the retention and expansion of existing businesses.



 An expansive land of opportunity lies just an hour north of Los Angeles. Known as Southern California’s Leading Edge, this group of high desert communities has been famed for its aerospace prowess for nearly 70 years. Supersonic travel, the Space Shuttle, and advanced stealth technology were all born here. NASA astronauts train here and now commercial space flight is being pioneered here.  But today, we’re also showing the world that we have the right stuff when it comes to developing advanced materials, building clean transport systems, crafting high-precision parts, generating fresh, green energy while adding value with innovative agricultural products. With easy access to key transport corridors, good rail service, and three of America’s top seaports within a seventy-mile radius, it’s no surprise that we’ve found favor with many distribution and logistics firms. Global traders enjoy the tax and tariff advantages of our Foreign Trade Zone. We also think you’ll find our air quality district, separate and distinct from LA’s stringent South Coast AQMD, to be refreshing. Yes, we are a world apart from LA, yet we’re close at hand. Our region puts 21 million Southern Californian’s at your doorstep, the Western U.S. within a day’s drive and the emerging Pacific Rim within our global reach. We invite you to explore Southern California’s Leading Edge.


The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today's challenging economic climate.

Direct and personalized technical assistance is provided to entrepreneurs through professional consulting, supplemented by low-cost or free seminars and conferences. These services are delivered throughout California via an extensive network of thirty-five Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

Your local SBDC provides comprehensive business guidance on most business issues including;

    best practices for small businesses,
    business plan development,
    start-up basics,
    procurement & contracting opportunities,
    regulatory compliance,
    money management,
    international trade, and
    manufacturing assistance.

Our one on one advising is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, state, and local partners and is offered at no cost to the client.


The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) is California’s premier economic development association. With more than 800 members, it is one of the largest economic development associations in the country, which is why we refer to our membership as California’s Economic Development Network. Since 1980, when it was created, CALED has led the way in teaching economic developers, local elected officials, and state representatives the value of economic development and how it is used to grow businesses, generate revenue to support community development programs, and retain and create quality jobs.


Our goal is fundamental change:

CA Fwd is driven to make the promise of the California Dream attainable for all. Its mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all levels in order to: Grow Middle-Class Jobs, Promote Cost-effective Public Services, and Create Accountability for Results.



The California Business Portal is a first of its kind in state government one-stop-shop website where business owners can learn about incentives, resources, regulations, and permits. The portal consolidates and centralizes business information from multiple government sites and assists business owners in navigating different stages of business development.




The U.S directory. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.



 Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) 1325 J St., 18th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 324-0694




About the Edwards Community Aliance

The purpose of the Edwards Community Alliance (“the Alliance”) is to support the continued viability of Edwards Air Force Base and the Air Force Flight Test Center through collaborative efforts, including political lobbying, financial support, and promotion of Edwards Air Force Base and the Antelope Valley Region as a premier location for continued pursuit of military, defense, and commercial aerospace enterprises.

Specifically, the Alliance will endeavor to:

• Preserve and enhance the unique value of Edwards Air Force Base and the Air Force Flight Test Center to the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, NASA, and the commercial aircraft industry.

• Protect the Edwards Air Force Base, the Air Force Flight Test Center and the R-2508 Airspace from encroachment from all sources.

• Collaborate with the Edwards military and civilian commands to leverage existing base capabilities and technologies to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense Vision 2010 and Vision 2020.

• Work cooperatively with the military commands to:

1. Strengthen existing military and community partnerships formed to attract new, compatible military missions to the base on this page.
2. Encourage technology based industries to use existing underutilized military base capabilities and resources
3. Outsource appropriately selected functions
4. Develop cooperative ventures
5. Meet mission requirements more efficiently
6. Establish student “mentoring, internships, and cooperative education programs” to help reduce engineering shortfall

• Work with appropriate congressional representatives and federal officials to bring more military facilities and personnel to Edwards to expand and enhance existing capabilities and missions of the Base and Flight Test Center and its tenants.

The Alliance functions under the oversight and control of the County of Kern as the Single Local Base Retention Entity for Edwards Air Force Base. The County will provide this oversight and control through its Community Development Department. The Aerospace Office, under contract to the County, will facilitate the operation of the Alliance in accordance with this Statement of Purpose and Rules for Proceedings.