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.
Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan
Adopted by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on June 24, 2014
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors commissioned the Economic Development Board with development of the Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan to advance its arts sector, both nonprofit and commercial, throughout the county and beyond.
The primary purpose of this project is to identify what type of arts and creative sector leadership is needed and appropriate for the county.
Download: Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan (PDF: 563 kb)
February 18, 2015
Now available: Sonoma County Economic & Demographic Profile 2014-2015. The reports contains important information about Sonoma County’s residents and communities.
January 21, 2015
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today invited President Barack Obama to visit California’s North Coast to discuss closing the digital divide in rural America. During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a major investment in “21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet.”
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.
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February 27, 2015
The 2015 Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference will convene the dynamic Sonoma County craft beer, cider and spirits industry for a half-day event to be held on February 27, 2015 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa, CA.
February 17, 2015
Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation, has been appointed the new Director of Arts at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.
September 22, 2014
The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) announced today that Nancy Glaze has joined the staff to provide interim leadership for Creative Sonoma, a county-wide arts promotion effort approved by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in the summer of 2014. Ms. Glaze will facilitate the start-up phase of Creative Sonoma while a search for a permanent program manager is conducted.
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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.
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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.