Local businesses in Mill Valley benefit greatly from the prestige and prominence of establishing their presence in this unique and important town. Mill Valley ranked fourth out of the 20 best small towns in America in the Smithsonian magazine article, "20 Best Small Towns in America" this year.
Mill Valley occupies a special place among cities. It is known for being a prominent town in the San Francisco Bay Area by virtue of its charm, natural beauty, affluence, and annual and cultural events. Mill Valley is located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco and welcomes visitors with its local attractions, gourmet food and relaxed pace. The town is set in the midst of national parks and where San Francisco Bay abuts the Pacific Ocean. The awe-inspiring natural wooded areas by the coast, a dense, mysterious fog hanging over the town and sweeping views of the stunning landscape draw visitors from around the world, making tourism and related services one of Mill Valley’s most robust industries.
The town’s Chamber of Commerce is active in keeping businesses healthy with promotions that benefit their bottom lines. In keeping with being a leader in the ecologically-friendly Bay Area, the Chamber also focuses on the businesses' impact on the environment. The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce was the first Marin Chamber of Commerce to be certified by the County as a green business. It remains the only one at this time. The goal of the Chamber is to keep businesses and their proceeds in town; support local and family-owned businesses, support community programs, and provide a solid foundation based on community support for the businesses.
Businesses in Mill Valley include companies such as advertising and marketing agencies, attorneys, business and management consulting, computer services, event planning, graphic and web design, printing services, photography and video, public relations, promotional materials, staffing agencies, security, transportation services, autos, personal and beauty care, home services, government, and financial and insurance services.
Walking through downtown Mill Valley quickly reveals the quality of its restaurants and the draw of its retail shops. The service businesses in Mill Valley include entertainment, food and beverage, travel agencies, and hotels and lodging.
Health, beauty, and fitness businesses are acupuncture, chiropractors, day spas and tanning salons, dentists and orthodontists, diet and nutrition, exercise centers, physicians and surgeons, psychologists and psychotherapists, and tennis and swim clubs.