Economic Development

Kerman. A place where business grows

Kerman is located just 16 miles west of Fresno in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. One of the fastest growing cities in California, Kerman places great emphasis on quality of life, while still keeping a small-town flavor. However, the City of Kerman and the City Council have planned, financed and developed the necessary support infrastructure to properly accommodate this growth. A recent survey indicated that that Kerman has one of the lowest crime rates of incorporated cities in Fresno County. In addition to an extensive parks system (over 47 acres of developed parks) the City of Kerman offers a wide variety of youth and senior citizen recreational activities, programs and transit services.

Kerman Economic Profile

New Business Resources

Are you thinking of starting a business in Kerman? Here are some resources assist you with this process.

  • Register with the California State Board of Equalization (they assess the amount of sales tax your business will pay
  • Contact the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for the Form SS-4; the IRS assigns a tax and Employer I.D. number to your business. The IRS will provide tax withholding schedules and essential small business federal tax information.
  • If your business will have employees you must contact the Employment Development Department to obtain a State I.D. number and employee withholding schedules. You will also be required to carry Workers Compensation Insurance. Contact either your insurance broker or the California State Compensation Insurance Fund.
  • A large number of business/occupational categories are regulated by the State of California’s Consumer Affairs Department. Exams are required before many can legally operate in the state.
  • If you make up a name for your business, this “Fictitious Name” must be recorded with the County Clerk.  – This must be done through the County of Fresno
  • If construction is involved (including major remodeling), local zoning ordinances governing construction should be checked by contacting City or County offices. Building and related permits and zoning validations may be required through the Planning Department.
  • Complete the City of Kerman’s Business Licenses application.

Regardless of what kind of business you are starting, the Kerman is here to offer assistance.

Contact Information
Main Office: (559) 846-9384
Fax: (559)-846-6199

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Location
Kerman City Hall
850 S. Madera Avenue
Kerman, CA 93630


John Kunkel
City Manager 
(559) 846-9384

Olivia Pimentel
Assistant Planner
(559) 846-9386

Financial Resources/Loan

Small Business Administration
Fresno District Office
2719 N. Air Fresno Dr., Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 487-5791
(559) 487-5636 Fax
(800) 359-1833 then press 6

Valley Small Business Development Center
Fresno Office
7035 N. Fruit Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 438-9680
(559) 438-9690 Fax

California Small Development Ctr.
Diane Howerton, Regional Director
550 East Shaw Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-241-6590
Fax: 559-241-7422

Cen Cal Business Finance Group
2580 West Shaw, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 432-4889 ext 14
(559) 432-4891 Fax

Marketing & International Trade

Center for International Trade Development
550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 155
Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 241-6566

California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
CHCC’s State offices
1510 J Street, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA
(916) 444-2221

U.S. Department of Commerce
550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 155
Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 227-6582
(559) 227-6509 Fax

Management & Technical Services

Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County
906 “N” Street, Suite 120
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 233-2564
(559) 2156 Fax

Economic Opportunity Commission
1900 Mariposa Mall, Suite 280
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 499-3715
(559) 485-1071 Fax

Fresno County Workforce Connection
3302 N. Blackstone, Suite 155
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 230-3600

Business Licensing 

State of California
Board of Equalization
8050 N. Palm Suite 205
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 440-5330