Economic Development Board
We are dedicated to helping your business to succeed. Whether you are a small start-up or established company looking to grow, the EDB offers a range of direct services to help your business every step of the way. Find out more about how to start, grow, or relocate your business to Sonoma County.
November 21, 2014
The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was 5 percent in October, according to state projections, inching up ever so slightly from the September’s rate of 4.9 percent, but not enough to cause concern that job growth is slowing, according to experts.
November 17, 2014
The Annual Spirit of Sonoma County Award luncheon honors those who contribute to the economic development of the communities in which they live and work through donations of their time and expertise in support of local business, and in helping others.
November 16, 2014
At Occidental Video and Internet Cafe, anachronistic evidence of the great digital divide is everywhere.
It’s in the cafe’s dusty computers rented out to locals for $4 an hour ($2 for students) to access broadband Internet service. And it’s in the musty shelves of DVD movies and blockbuster cable shows city-dwellers can watch at home or stream on HBO Go or Netflix.
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Sonoma County is a great place to call home. With nationally-recognized companies such as Medtronic, Marmot, La Tortilla Factory, CamelBak, Kendall Jackson, Agilent, and Amy’s Kitchen, Sonoma County offers one of the lowest costs of doing business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with its scenic beauty, outdoor pursuits, and a relaxed pace of life, it’s no wonder that Sonoma County is a great place to locate a business.
Need assistance in launching your business? For quick and useful information, check out “ Ten Steps to Starting your Business in Sonoma County
”. You can also contact our Business Assistance Hotline
at (707) 565-7589
for help in navigating the licensing and permitting process.
Need help in expanding your business? Contact our Business Assistance Team
to to connect you with vital county resources to jumpstart your business. Whether you are in startup mode or are looking to grow your existing business, check out these FREE business development tools.
We know that there is a lot to learn when it comes to planning for the financial health of your business.
Learn about financing options
The EDB offers several programs to assist in your business operations and employee recruitment.
Lower your business costs and get recognized for being green through the Sonoma Green Business Program
Do you want to improve employee productivity? Recruit and retain the best employees? Become a certified healthy business through iWork Well Sonoma County
2014 Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan
Developed by the EDB, Sonoma County's first ever strategic Arts Action Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 24, 2014. The cultural arts and creative economy sector has emerged as an important area for economic growth potential in Sonoma County, and this newly coordinated strategy aims to support and boost the County's diverse artistic and creative economy. For more information please call (707) 565-7170.
Your business may be eligible for certain tax savings and incentives through the State of California. Detail can be found at The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development: "California Economic Development Initiative"
Spotlights growth opportunities for craft brewery, distillery and cidery businesses in Sonoma County.
The 2013 International Trade Guide provides information for small businesses owners who are considering expanding their businesses internationally.