Business Resources

This page is a comprehensive list of all the resources available to Orem businesses. On this page you can view Orem’s Economic Strategic Plan, learn about the City’s business licenses and sales tax rate, and get in touch with all of the organizations available to help Orem businesses.

Economic Development Strategic Plan

By resolution, the City Council approved the City of Orem Economic Development Strategic Plan on February 24, 2015. It is a guide for economic development over the next five to ten years. During the City Council meeting, a presentation was given by Susan Becker with Zions Bank Public Finance. The presentation highlighted some of the key data gathered during the planning process and covers eight of the goals outlined in the plan.

View the Strategic Plan here
UNIVERSITY PLACE MALL
UNIVERSITY PLACE MALL
Located at the busiest intersection in Utah County, this node centered at University Mall has the potential to become a downtown experience for the entire Valley.
STATE STREET & UNIVERSITY PARKWAY
STATE STREET & UNIVERSITY PARKWAY
The rendering above illustrates the higher building scale proposed for the intersection of State Street and University Parkway.
MAJOR TAX REVENUE LOCATIONS
MAJOR TAX REVENUE LOCATIONS
As shown in the picture above, the areas with the highest sales tax revenues lie mainly along State Street and University Parkway. These areas play an important part in our Strategic Plan.

Business Licensing

Orem is home to more than 5,000 businesses and is a hotbed for technology companies. Many internationally recognized companies such as Novell, WordPerfect, PowerQuest, Blendtec, and many more got their start in Orem.

View the Business Licensing Webpage

Sales Tax Rate

  • General City Sales Tax Rate: 7.25%
  • Restaurant Sales Tax Rate 8.25%
  • Unprepared Food Sales Tax 3.00%

Updated as of April 15, 2019

Business Loans

When an entrepreneur has a dream and a plan, they start looking for capital to fund their business. But sometimes traditional lending institutions won’t lend to a risky venture, and so the City of Orem steps in to help. The City of Orem offers business loans through a few different options:

  • The Revolving Loan Fund
  • Business Loans of Utah
  • Utah’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program

What is the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)?

The Revolving Loan Fund is a program that provides financial assistance to new and expanding local businesses. The purpose of the RLF is to stimulate private investment and create employment opportunities in Orem. Funding for the RLF comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Our Revolving Loan Fund is the oldest of its kind in the state of Utah. Since the inception of the RLF in 1985, it has provided loans to over 148 Orem businesses, with the total amount loaned recently surpassing $10.2 million.

Who can utilize the RLF?

Consideration for the Revolving Loan Fund is given to all applicants who meet the following.

Your business must fall within the following two categories.

  • An industrial/manufacturing, commercial, or service business.
  • An owner-user business or a for-profit company.

To comply with federal funding regulations and to achieve the purpose of the RLF, businesses must show they can meet these additional requirements.

  • The business must provide at least two private sector dollars for every one RLF dollar.
  • The loan money must be used as a source of working capital or financing for the acquisition of machinery or equipment used at the Orem place of business.
  • The business must create one job for every $35,000 borrowed.
  • 51% of jobs created must pay at least minimum wage and be available to people with a low/moderate income.

*Loans will not be made to companies who are in direct competition locally for their main client.

Special Considerations

Although all loans that meet the minimum requirements will be considered, preference will be given to applications who:

  1. Have demonstrated that funds are not available from other sources;
  2. Have shown they will exceed the minimum requirements of job creation while maintaining the ability to meet debt service;
  3. Have shown that RLF funds are fully secured. (The greater the security of RLF funds, the higher priority given to the application);
  4. Create jobs in the basic sector, which will spinoff additional new jobs in the service and retail sector;
  5. Demonstrate public and/or community benefit.

Business Revolving Loan Fund Facts and History

  • Commission for Economic Development in Orem (CEDO) began administering the Business Revolving Loan Fund in 1985. 
  • There have been a total of 147 loans given.
  • Total loans made that have revolved since 1985: $10,129,945.23
  • Of the 147 loans made there have been over 1,100 full time equivalent low to moderate jobs created.
  • The funds originated from the Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). 
  • The minimum amount to loan is $15,000 and the maximum allowed amount to loan is $80,000.
  • Some of our successful loan clients include:  800 Lens-Now (aka 1-800 Contacts), Digis Networks, Fezzari, Granny B’s Cookies, K-Tec (aka Blendtec), Kara’s Chocolates, Moxtek, PowerQuest (aka Symantec), Traco Manufacturing, and Wolfe Electronix (aka Computrol).

What are the specifics of the loans?

Maximum loan amount is $80,000.

  • Interest rate is up to three points above the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (fixed over the loan term). Typical interest rates have been between 8-12%
  • Minimum leverage is 2:1 (which means a minimum of two private sector dollars for every one RLF dollar loaned)
  • Applications are accepted year-round and are due by the end of the month prior to the month in which applications will be considered by the RLF committee.

The RLF Board reserves the right to approve or deny loan candidates at its discretion. If you have any further questions about the RLF or would like to request an application, please contact Kathi Beckett at (801) 229-7079 or kmlewis@orem.org.

View an application

Partnering with banks, cities, and counties to support economic development and job creation by providing funding to small businesses within the participating cities and counties.

Who qualifies for the BLU Program?

Small Businesses:

  • That are seeking a BLU loan must be located within a participating City or County’s boundaries
  • That have been turned down for traditional financing
  • That are active and have produced revenue for 2 years

What types of loans can be financed?

  • Accounts Receivable Loans
  • Unsecured Loans
  • Equipment Loans
  • Real Estate Loans
  • Working Capital Loans

What are the maximum and minimum loan amounts?

  • Minimum loan amount $50,000
  • Maximum loan amount is $175,000
    • Interest rate varies based on risk, and will generally be between 8% – 12%

Visit their website to learn more and apply.

Utah C-PACE Opportunity

Utah C-PACE is an innovative program that helps property owners access private-sector financing to install building improvements that can reduce energy consumption and increase the value of their property. Properties located in the City of Orem are eligible for this program due to the establishment of a C-PACE district over the entire city.

Visit their website to learn more and apply.

Resources for Orem Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The City of Orem is committed to providing you with accurate information and resources as Utah transitions into a new phase of battling COVID-19. View our page dedicated to up-to-date information for Orem businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 below:


Resources for Orem Businesses Affected by COVID-19

OFFICE LINE

1.800.555.6789

EMERGENCY

1.800.555.0000

WORKING HOURS

9:00am – 6:00pm