3 New California Credits and Incentives



Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption


California has a new sales tax exemption of 4.19% effective 7/1/14 through 6/30/22 applicable to equipment purchases of up to $200 million by a company engaged in manufacturing, biotechnology, or research and development.  The exemption applies at the time of purchase so long as you have obtained a certificate from the Board of Equalization prior to your purchase.


Qualified equipment includes basic manufacturing and R&D for manufacturing and biotech, and addition of necessary tenant improvements, e.g., clean rooms.


This incentive is available to businesses located anywhere in California.



California Competes Credit


This credit is an investment incentive to attract businesses to California or expand or retain businesses already located here.   The State GO-Biz Program can now negotiate offering credits to companies based upon job creation, location and capital investment.



New Employment Credit (NEC)


Taxpayers who own businesses located in a designated geographic area (DGA)* that have a net increase in jobs from year to year qualify for a 35% tax credit for employees hired between 1/1/14 and 1/1/20, earning wages between $12 and $28 per hour, and who were one of the following:

  • unemployed for the last 6 months;
  • a Veteran separated from service within the last 12 months;
  • a recipient of the Federal earned income tax credit in 2013;
  • an ex-offender convicted of a felony; and/or
  • a recipient of CalWORKS or general assistance.

Gardena has one exclusive Designated Geographic Area (DGA)  (Census  Tract 6029) which makes qualifying  businesses who are either located or wish to relocate into this area, eligible to apply for this credit. The maximum credit amount is $11,200 per year or $56,000 total over a five year period per employee.



*DGA Mapping Tool – Use this tool to determine if a location is in a DGA.

NEC Quick Facts – Use this document to see if your business may qualify for the NEC.

Frequently Asked Questions – These FAQs outline the requirements, credit computation, and how to     claim the credit.

New Employment Credit Reservation – Use this tool to request a reservation.

Annual Certification of Employment – Obtain more information for this requirement.

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The City of Gardena’s Outstanding Business Award seeks to recognize outstanding businesses in the City for their business achievements, leadership, and community involvement.


The City of Gardena Council is pleased to concur with the

Gardena Business Advisory Council (G-BAC) regarding
their recommendation/selection of


(Gardena Bowl)

to be the recipient of the

January – June 2015 Outstanding Business Award


Gardena Bowling Center was first built in 1948 by a group of men in the construction business. These men, including Mr. Joe Amenta, pooled their resources to build Gardena Bowl, and, in 1960, Mr. Amenta, along with a partner, purchased the building. Mr. Amenta’s partner retired in 1983, and Gardena Bowl was then purchased by two of Amenta’s sons – Sam and Phil.


Gardena Bowling Center, Inc. has been a family-owned and run business for 55 years. Gardena Bowl employs 22 people and the coffee shop, which has expanded into a restaurant, employs 30 people. The average number of years that Gardena Bowl employees have worked there is 25.


Gardena Bowl is involved with several community organizations: Friends of Richard, Gardena Judo, and the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce. Bowling is, of course, the main focus of this organization, which uses certified instructors as coaches for the young bowlers. One of the Amenta brothers, Victor Amenta, has been a member of the Gardena Economic Development Committee since appointed in November 1999.


Besides Gardena Bowl’s community involvement, contributions to local employment, and revenue to the City, the brothers are very appreciative and humbled by the importance of “community.” They state, “Gardena Bowl has been part of the Gardena community for 67 years due to the loyalty of the community. Support by the community has enabled us to do what we have done. Gardena has and continues to support us and we are so grateful for the loyalty they have shown. Without this community, we are nothing.”

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Congratulations to GARDENA BOWLING CENTER (Gardena Bowl)

[Victor Amenta…and his brothers, Sam and Phil ]

for being selected to receive the City of Gardena’s

Outstanding Business Award for January 2015 – June 2015.


Thank you for your commitment and contributions to the City of Gardena.


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Retail Developments in Gardena

Retail Developments in Gardena


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Address: 1753 West Artesia Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90248


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Chipotle Mexican Grill

1755 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248


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Ace Hardware

14000 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249


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85°C Bakery Café

1386 W. Artesia Blvd. Gardena, CA 90248

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Keep Your Home California

Keep Your Home California is a federally funded program which helps homeowners who have suffered a financial hardship such as a job loss, a reduction in pay, divorce or significant health care expenses to make their mortgage payments.  The program administered by the California Housing Finance Agency assist homeowners who meet the income requirements and their mortgage servicers participate in the program.   Click on the button below to find out if you qualify for a Keep Your Home California Program.



Click here to download the PDF flyers: English | Español

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