• Spring Economic Summit
  • Price Pump Company
  • EDB carousel Supervisor Rabbitt at the farm
  • El Molino Central
  • Green Business Award
  • Architecture Building
  • Sonoma Coast Visitors Center
  • Costeau French Bakery
  • EDB carousel front door

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.

2015 State of the County: Annual Report to the Community

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This year’s State of the County was held on January 22, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park.

This highly anticipated annual breakfast event highlighted key opportunities, challenges, and initiatives facing Sonoma County in the coming year.

Ben Stone, Executive Director of Sonoma County Economic Development Board, delivered the welcome message with progress and plan updates.

Jerry Nickelsburg, Senior Economist from UCLA Anderson Forecast, presented our keynote address. He will provide a special analysis and forecast for the California economy, as well as the prospects for Sonoma County.

The 2015 State of the County was delivered by Supervisor Susan Gorin, District 1.

Before and after the program, attendees were given the opportunity to visit exhibits and speak with representatives from a collection of Sonoma County's high public-contact departments and organizations.EDB logo thumbnail

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Sonoma County Economic Development Board

2015 State of the County
  • January 13, 2015
    Use the Consumer Help Center website to file a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agencies responsible for investigating and resolving disputes between utilities and consumers. Filing a complaint puts regulators on notice that your utility's service is not good enough, and can drive important policy decisions.
  • January 13, 2015
    Expanding broadband services in rural areas is difficult for many reasons, including the methodology used to collect data for the State Broadband Coverage Map. This map is created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) using advertised coverage and speed data provided by the internet providers, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.
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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.
Business Hotline We Can Help! Brochure (707) 565-7589 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

Business Programs

The EDB offers several programs to assist in your business operations and employee recruitment.

Green your Business

Lower your business costs and get recognized for being green through the Sonoma Green Business Program

Support Healthy Employees

Do you want to improve employee productivity? Recruit and retain the best employees? Become a certified healthy business through iWork Well Sonoma County

Business Updates

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.

New Incentives for California Businesses in 2014

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"

2013 Craft Business Report

Spotlights growth opportunities for craft brewery, distillery and cidery businesses in Sonoma County.

2013 International Trade Guide

The 2013 International Trade Guide provides information for small businesses owners who are considering expanding their businesses internationally.

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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 565-7170
Fax: (707) 565-7231
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2015 State of the County

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Annual Report to the Community.

Sonoma County Connections

Relocate Your Business to Sonoma County

Information on living and working in Sonoma County

EDB Programs

The Sonoma County EDB provides direct services to help businesses to launch and grow.

Business Assistance
Resources for businesses in Sonoma County

Sonoma Green Business
Go green and lower your business costs

Healthy Business
Get certified as a healthy business

Recycling Market Development Zones
Benefits for businesses looking to reduce waste

Film Office
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