Open Counter

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If you are interested in opening a business in Fremont, you’ve come to the right place. The City of Fremont has a new tool just for you…welcome to OpenCounter.

What does it do?

OpenCounter is a web based tool designed to help you open your business in Fremont. By answering just a few questions, you can see the requirements and fees for starting a business.

Who is it for?

If you are considering a business venture in Fremont, then OpenCounter is for you. The results you receive through OpenCounter will allow you to make business decisions early on in the process, potentially saving you time and money. You will also be able to create a business plan that is aligned with City requirements.

How does it work?

The site will ask you pertinent questions about the business you are interested in opening and then based on your responses, it will provide you with the necessary requirements and fees.

Why does it matter?

The local Fremont economy depends on its diverse businesses, from ice cream shops to advanced manufacturing/industrial enterprises. OpenCounter helps emerging businesses navigate the business registration process with a streamlined, easy-to-use interface that can be accessed anywhere, any time. OpenCounter also gives the City new insight into the economic trends and needs of the community and helps develop relationships between the City and local businesses.
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Looking for a location within Fremont?

Another useful tool the City is able to offer through OpenCounter is ZoningCheck. This portal lets you know if the business you want to open is allowed at the location you are interested in. If you do not have a site in mind, it will show you where in the city the business could be located. 

ZoningCheck incorporates zoning overlays and use-specific questions (like whether a restaurant will have live entertainment) to provide an accurate picture of the City’s zoning requirements. This helps users understand their options before they choose a location. ZoningCheck also helps City staff identify trends in their communities and capture data for future re-zoning efforts.
For a step-by-step guide on how to start a business in Fremont, check out the booklet below created by the City's Economic Development Department.
How to Start a Business
Check out Economic Development's blog post by Peter Koht, Founder and COO of OpenCounter!

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Have questions?

Please contact the City's Business Ally at (510) 494-4487 or the City's Planning Division at (510) 494-4440 or email.