City Overview

The City of Lake Forest welcomes your interest in operating a business in our community. At just over 16 square miles, Lake Forest is located in the heart of South Orange County, and is one of California’s most desirable locations, making it The Natural Choice for Business.

Why Lake Forest

Lake Forest is nestled in the beautiful Saddleback Valley Mountains. Centrally located in Southern California, the City offers businesses efficient access to 3 major transportation corridors: Interstates 5, 405, and the 241 Toll Road, connecting the Cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. Plus, Lake Forest is in close proximity to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and 5 municipal and international airports.

City Attractions

Located just 9 miles from the coast, Lake Forest also provides numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options, along with 29 public parks, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, and a collection of equestrian, biking, and hiking trails, all of which make Lake Forest a great place to work and play. Lake Forest has everything a business needs to thrive and grow. Many startup companies and global companies call Lake Forest home because of its various amenities.

Promoting Innovation

“The environment was what encouraged us to locate our corporate headquarters here. The mountains, the trees, it’s a natural place that seems to promote innovation, a free spirit and dedication to the environment. Sole Technology calls Lake Forest home because it fuels the creative energy of our workforce.” - Pierre André Senizergues, Founder/CEO, Sole Technology, Inc.

City Programs

From the sole proprietor to the major corporation, the success of Lake Forest businesses is a top priority. We take a proactive role in growing existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and encouraging entrepreneurship. Our Business Development and Attraction program includes 1-on-1 business visitations, free seminars and workshops, free business counseling, business information packets, and referrals to other resources and agencies. All of these services are provided to ensure the success of our companies.

Join the growing number of companies that maintain global, corporate and regional headquarters in the city, and you'll discover why Lake Forest has become the best city in Orange County to successfully grow a business, enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle, and pursue innovation.