Business Development & Attraction

The City of Lake Forest's Business Development and Attraction Program offers a number of resources to our local businesses. These resources consist of information regarding the permitting process, financing, and how to properly start a business. Other resources provided by the program consist of business counseling, free seminars and events aimed at helping your business grow and expand and also our crime prevention program. All these great resources are described in further detail below.

Seminars, Business Workshops & Roundtables

Numerous business owners, managers and people looking to start a new business, have attended business events are offered by the city on topics such as marketing, tax issues, business planning, and starting a new business. These events are held quarterly and most are offered free to Lake Forest businesses and residents. To get information on upcoming events, check the Business Events and Seminars calendar.

Professional Business Consultations
Lake Forest business owners and residents interested in starting businesses can obtain individual consultations from experts at no charge. Consultants from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) have helped numerous clients start or grow their businesses in Lake Forest. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE counselor in Lake Forest call 714-550-7369.

Crime Prevention Program
The Orange County Sheriff's Department provides police services for the City of Lake Forest. Their Community Policing and Crime Prevention programs can help you develop a comprehensive approach to safety for your business as well as the entire business community. Services provided by the Crime Prevention Unit include security surveys, employee safety meetings, personal safety programs for employees, and training in robbery procedures. For more information on the Business Watch Crime Prevention Program, please call 949-461-3546.

Contact city staff at 949-461-3567 or email us for more information about programs and resources available to Lake Forest businesses.