Existing business enterprises are important to Arcata's economic development. The County's economic development strategy (Prosperity!) highlights the importance of base industry enterprises that sell locally produced goods and services to those from outside the County and consequently inject income into the County's economy. Also important are local firms that primarily serve local residents, support the base industry firms, or "plug the leaks" in the local economy by providing local substitutes for goods and services purchased from outside of Arcata.
In order to support local businesses the City of Arcata provides various forms of financial assistance to businesses within the city limits. You may view more information about these programs on the pages listed below.