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Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Upcoming Projects and New Developments Ten Steps to Starting Your Business in Sonoma County

Looking for Help Starting a New Business? – check out this FREE step-by-step guide!!

Are you starting a new business, or looking for resources to help you manage your current business? Check out the EDB’s new publication – "Ten Steps: a Guide to Starting your Business in Sonoma County" for all the information you will need to get your business up and running; including permit, licensing and registration requirements, plus business plan resources, tax requirements and more! For one-on-one customized assistance, give the EDB’s Business Assistance Officer, Ethan Brown, a call at 707-565-7589.

Are You Ready for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

Starting October 1, 2013 , Covered California, the California health care marketplace will open. Established under the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Covered California has two programs: the Individual Marketplace and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), designed to help individuals and small businesses compare health plans, take advantage of new tax credits, and enroll in health plans.

What are your new responsibilities under ACA? What opportunities can you take advantage of?

New Business Incentives offered by the State of California – starting in 2014

In July 2013, the Governor Jerry Brown passed "New Tools for a New Economy", a series of economic initiatives to ensure that the California economy stays competitive and fosters job growth. Highlights include:

  • A new statewide sales and use tax exemption for manufacturing, biotech and Research & Development companies
  • A new long-term unemployed tax credit for areas of high unemployment and poverty
  • A new recruitment and retention incentive, "California Competes", to attract new companies to California and expand existing companies

For more detailed information about the initiatives, visit the State of California Economic Development Initiatives Briefing Handout

Sonoma County Craft Beverage Report: June 2013

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board is pleased to present the Sonoma County Craft Beverage Report. This report offers economic insight on Sonoma County’s craft brewery, distillery, and cidery businesses and identifies opportunities for growth.

The craft beverage report features a video as part of its tourism analysis. The EDB interviewed Natalie Cilurzo, owner of Russian River Brewing Company, and tourists on the February 2013 release day of Pliny the Younger.

New International Trade Guide: June 2013

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board is pleased to present the updated 2013 International Trade Guide.

Business Assistance Team

Need help to grow or expand your business in Sonoma County? Contact our Business Assistance Team to connect you with vital county resources to jumpstart your business.

FREE Business Development Tools

The EDB recently launched a set of business tools to help local businesses to launch and grow. Whether you are in startup mode or are looking to grow your existing business, check out these FREE business development tools.

About the EDB

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) provides assistance services directed toward encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of Sonoma County businesses and jobs, particularly with small businesses; creation of new jobs and employment opportunities; and diversification of economic activity and strengthening the County’s tax base. The EDB has three major functions:

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