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.
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.
Event hosted by: 2015 State of the County
Sonoma County Economic Development Board
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.
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.
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.