Welcome to West Hollywood! Our City is home to innovative industries and a magnet for highly skilled professionals. Companies ranging from retail, tourism and nightlife, restaurants, entertainment and media, as well as arts and design are drawn to West Hollywood’s creative workforce as well as its high quality of life.

Whether you want to open a business, expand an existing business, you are considering a development project or you are a broker representing properties in our City, our staff is available to assist you and your company through its business planning process. To learn more about the Business Development Division and the services it offers, click on the image below. 

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For more information, please contact Jackie Rocco, Business Development Manager

If you are unsure of who to contact email CreativeCity@weho.org or call at 323-848-6574 and you will be directed the appropriate staff person.

Starting a business is challenging, but we are here to help you make your business dream a reality. To get you started on the right foot, the Business Development Division has created a series of step by step guides to open three of the most common businesses in West Hollywood. To learn more, click on each image below.

Health and Fitness Business

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Restaurant Business

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Retail Business

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Open Your Business

Opening a business other than one of the three listed above? The general information below will get any business off to a great start.

Operate Your Business

As your business grows in West Hollywood, be sure to take advantage of the many benefits of doing business here including but not limited to the following: 

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Cultural Diversity Certification Training. Learn important human resources information about how to hire and support talented employees who are transgender and gender non-conforming. Presented by the City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Transcanwork.org, the seminar will be held on Thursday Sept. 20, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the West Hollywood Library Community Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. For more information and to register visit: wehochamber.com/small-business-seminars.

2018 1st Quarter Sales Tax Update. West Hollywood’s sales tax receipts from January through March 2018 (Q1 2018) were 2.7% above the first quarter in 2017 (Q1 2017). Excluding reporting aberrations, actual sales were up 6.6% year over year. Industries leading the growth include restaurants which experienced a 7.6% increase compared to last year and cannabis businesses which experienced a 223% increase with the addition of recreational sales. Citywide increases were slightly offset by a reduction in sales at art/gift/novelty stores. Click here to view a complete summary of the West Hollywood 2018 1st quarter sales tax update.

City of West Hollywood Minimum Wage. Attention West Hollywood businesses. The City of West Hollywood follows the State of California minimum wage schedule. The next minimum wage increase for all business will occur on January 1, 2019. The current minimum wage in West Hollywood is as follows:

  • For employers with 25 employees or less: $10.50/hour
  • For employers with 26 employees of more: $11.00/hour

For more information, visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.

New Laws for 2018.  The California Chamber of Commerce recently released a summary of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 or beyond that will impact businesses in California. Employers must be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as a small business parental leave law and new hiring restrictions. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing law or may affect only employers in specific industries. Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2018. If you own or operate a business in West Hollywood, please check out the link here and be prepared for 2018.