Business, Economy & Demographics

The Weed business community is comprised of many small and sole proprietor businesses, as well as several large employers — College of the Siskiyous, Crystal Geyser Roxane, Roseburg Forest Products, and Siskiyou Development, Inc. There is a vital network of services and agencies available to help prospective businesses become successfully established in Weed.

Local citizens and new arrivals avail themselves of favorable tax dispensations (Shasta Valley Enterprise Zone). Training opportunities at College of the Siskiyous are available, as well as support and information through the Workforce Connection. The experienced staff at City Hall along with several county-wide agencies are available to aid in negotiating the steps necessary for starting a business, building or remodeling, and finding good employees.

City Hall at 550 Main Street is a primary source of information concerning business regulations and licensing, and various permit requirements. City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday. The phone number is (530) 938-5020.

Before you open for business, check for the kind of permits, inspections and the requirements you must meet. Proprietors who relocate a business, increase area usage space or change their method of operation in any way should check with the appropriate agency. Structural changes of most kinds to an existing business location requires coordination with the city. This includes plumbing and electrical work, and changes in the heating system. It may also include the installation of a new sign.

Commercial establishments must have business licenses. Home businesses in Weed are exempt if: residential use of the property is clearly the primary use; no more than one room is devoted to the business; and no paid employees other than family members work onsite.

State law mandates an architect or engineer for most commercial building projects. The Planning Department will help you determine whether or not your project is exempt.

Siskiyou County Employers (2004)

250-499 employees

  • Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Crystal Geyser
  • Fairchild Medical Center

100-249 employees

  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Klamath National Forest
  • Nor-Cal Products Inc
  • Roseburg Forest Products
  • Siskiyou County Sherriff’s Office
  • Siskiyou County Public Works
  • Siskiyou County Schools
  • Wal-Mart

Employer & Business Development

Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI) (530) 926-6670
Personnel Preference 800-479-8367 or (530) 938-3909
Siskiyou Training Employment Program (STEP) (530) 938-3231
Siskiyou County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) (530) 842-1638
Workforce Connection In Weed, (530) 938-3231
In Yreka, (530) 842-7329
State of CA Employment Development Department toll-free 1-800-300-5616
Cascade Small Business Development Center (530) 226-2770

Economic Development

Siskiyou County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) toll-free 800-842-1638 or(530) 842-1638
Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI) (530) 926-6670
Great Northern Corporation (530) 938-4115
Center for Economic Development (530) 898-4598
Superior California Economic Development (530) 225-2760


Interstate 5, the major artery through central Siskiyou County connects the rural towns to California’s major freeway.

Bus & Rental Cars

Greyhound Bus Terminal 1-800-231-2222 or (530) 938-4454
S.T.A.G.E. County Bus 800-247-8243 or (530) 842-8295
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (530) 841-0525


Amtrak 1-800-231-2222
Union Pacific (freight only) 1-888-870-8777
McCloud Railway (freight only) (530) 964-2141
Shasta Sunset Dinner Train (530) 964-2142

Trucks & Local Carriers

Numerous common carriers with Interstate and Intrastate service. Overnight delivery in California and 5 – 7 day anywhere in the US.

Erickson Trucking (530) 926-6181


Redding, CA

United Express 1-800-241-6522
Horizon Air 1-800-547-9308

Sacramento, CA

Administration (916) 929-5411

Medford, OR

Administration (541) 776-7222

Siskiyou Co. Airports (530) 842-8295
Eagles Nest Aviation (530) 938-2656


California Labor Market

Center for Economic Development, California State University, Chico
(530) 898-4598
Publishes annually an extensive resource for nine regional counties of Northern California.

Bureau of Labor Statistic
California Job Journal

RAND California
An online source for California and U.S. Statistics. By Subscription. The reference desk of your local library may be able to access it for you.

Upstate California