Doing Business in Angels

Starting a Business in Angels

We are pleased that you are considering Angels Camp as the location for your business. We appreciate the importance of our local business community and the benefits that successful growing businesses bring to our community. We are here to help and offer services and programs to assist in the growth and success of your business.

Business Funding Opportunities

Are you looking for help with expanding your business, replacing certain equipment, or starting a development? There are programs out there to assist.

USDA Grant/Loan Opportunity! 

Open for Fiscal Years 2023 & 2024
Application Windows:
June 30, 2023
September 30, 2023
December 31, 2023
March 31, 2024
June 30, 2024
September 30, 2024

Business Support Programs and Agencies

Running a successful business takes a village. The City and County have plenty of resources to help. Whether it is marketing, networking, or updating that worn-out website, there are free and low costs options to help.

Angels Camp Trade Area
Angels Camp Trade Area
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If you are looking for a business location that has the largest regional customer draw, Angels Camp is it. Angels Camp—located at the crossroads of Highways 4 and 49—is centered in Calaveras County with Tuolumne County to the south and Amador County to the north. This 3-county potential customer base includes 140,000 residents, second-home owners and several million visitors that pass through the central Sierra region each year. Angels Camp represents OPPORTUNITY for our local and new businesses. In a December 2010 Retail Assessment Study conducted by Buxton Company, one of the nation’s leading consumer analytic firms, using a “drive time” trade area of 18 minutes, the study determined Angels Camp’s Trade Area demand of $385 million with local supply of $251 million, leaving leakage (demand being met outside the trade area) of $133.5 million. That’s Opportunity. In addition, visitors’ direct spending in the Trade Area in 2010 added another $150.5 million to the economy.

Economic Development

In the Past…

Angels Camp began in 1848 as a gold mining camp and quickly developed into a significant gold mining town, a position it kept until World War II when the gold industry shut down. Mining and timber played a significant role until the 1980s. Property and construction became leading employers from the 1980s until the collapse of the building industry in 2006-2007. Throughout this period retail sales have been the number one employment opportunity in Angels Camp. Since the mid-20th century, tourism has grown steadily due to Angels Camp’s location at the intersection of highways 4 and 49 and as a base camp for the vast recreation opportunities of the Sierra Nevada.

Angels Camp was incorporated as the City of Angels in 1912 — the only incorporated city in Calaveras County — and is seen today, and in the County’s General Plan, as the commercial hub of the County.

Special Event Program

The City welcomes Special Events throughout the year and the City. Due to state highways being the main routes through town, some events require encroachment permits, while others may only require additional signage.

Ensuring that you have planned all of this and worked with the City ahead of time, ensure your event will go off without a hitch!

Be sure to email Community Development at least 45 days in advance or call 209-736-1346.

Special Event Support Program

Event costs can be burdensome, especially for not-for-profits. The City has a support program that can help. Funds are limited. To read more about the program, click here.

To apply, email Community Development or call 209-736-1346 to have an application sent to you.