Business Support

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The Town of Oro Valley enjoys its reputation as a place where businesses startup, expand, and most importantly, SUCCEED. The Community and Economic Development Department understands the business community,  the speed of business, expectations for development and strives to provide efficient, effective customer service.

In addition to development assistance, the Town of Oro Valley offers business support after opening. 

OVNextSteps

OVNextSteps, a program created after the successful completion of OVSafeSteps* includes:
  • Enhanced personal business visits, many with members of the Town Council or the Mayor, with the goal to visit at least 200 businesses each year.

  • Yearly business surveys to get additional information regarding workforce, business viability and resiliency, and other factors impacting Oro Valley businesses.

  • Communication with businesses about resources, events & support services using the email database that was created during OVSafeSteps  

  • Upcoming sign code changes 

  • Expanded outdoor seating in parking lots 

*OVSafeSteps was launched during the height of the pandemic to help publicize financial aid available to struggling small businesses and persuade residents that it was safe to shop locally. The program included a complex multi-channel communications campaign that included a comprehensive website, a dual-track digital advertising campaign targeting businesses and residents, social media and print collateral. Website analytics tracked over a million impressions, benchmarks for social media were exceeded, residents returned to stores and over $800,000 was distributed to more than 200 businesses.

 

 

Oro Valley Business Navigator

The Town supports shopping local and provides free advertising for all Oro Valley businesses on its website. Please visit The Business Navigator where you can search for businesses by their name or category.

 

Annual Business Summit

In partnership with the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Town sponsors an annual Business Summit to hear from the business community and foster business owner collaboration, networking, and idea generation. 

 

Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Town has a great partnership with the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Chamber staff.

Chamber staff:

  • Participate in personal business visits with Town staff and members of the Town Council
  • Organize ribbon cuttings and grand openings for all businesses new to Oro Valley regardless of Chamber membership status
  • Host an annual Business Summit (sponsored by the Town) to hear from the business community and foster business owner collaboration, networking, and idea generation.