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  • Published on February 8, 2019

    The tenth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food.  From March 1-10, 2019, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices.  There are no tickets or passes required.  For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board
    Published on January 7, 2019
    Sonoma County Economic Development Board

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

    Register Now!  Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, until sold out.

  • Published on October 5, 2018

    Slides from Dr. Chris Thornberg's Fall Economic Forecast 2018 Presentation are now available!

  • Published on August 23, 2017
    The EDB produces a monthly online newsletter.  The latest edition is now available to read.

  • Published on July 14, 2017

    Creative Sonoma is proud to have significantly expanded our grant making portfolio this year. Over the past 2 months, we have awarded $184,000 to 28 recipients for creative projects through our Arts Education Innovation, Pop-Up Creativity, and Summer Arts Youth Program Grants.

  • Published on May 24, 2017

    The EDB is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a 20 member, limited-term Advisory Group, which will help shape a five-year economic strategy for Sonoma County. Members of this group would work with County staff and consultants to prioritize actions and identify opportunities for Sonoma County’s continued economic strength.

  • Published on May 23, 2017

    Do you have ideas for ways to infuse creativity into your community? Then apply for a Creative Arts Pop Up Grant. Deadline: May 24, 2017.

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    The eighth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, 2017, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. No tickets or passes required. For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Published on January 25, 2017

    This year's "Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County" features the work of five local artists. The show has been co-produced by the Petaluma Arts Center and Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board. The exhibit runs from January 24, 2017 - March 18, 2017.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the next Conference & Communications Coordinator. This position is part-time (30 hours/week). For a complete job description or to apply, visit the County of Sonoma Human Resources page.

  • Published on November 22, 2016

    As part of its 2016 Year of the Entrepreneur initiative, the EDB is currently sponsoring a 12-week run of Career Conversations on KSRO Radio in Sonoma County. Career Conversations is a weekly radio show spotlighting local entrepreneurs in Sonoma County and offering career advice for those considering launching a business. Tune in Friday afternoons from 12:00pm - 12:30pm October through December 2016.

  • Published on October 7, 2016

    Creative Sonoma Now Hiring: Full-Time Administrative Aide. Creative Sonoma is seeking a qualified individual to fill one Full-Time, contract position as an Administrative Aide. The position is grant-funded and has a duration of one year.

  • Published on September 30, 2016
    Fall Economic Forecast with Dr. Chris Thornberg, Beacon Economics. Our most popular speaker for 13 years!! What does he forecast for the economy based on different electoral outcomes. RSVP deadline October 3, 2016.
  • Published on September 21, 2016

    With a clean design and simple navigation, our website now makes it easier for businesses to launch and grow in Sonoma County, California. Our responsive design means that users can access the site on their desktop, tablet or smart phone.

  • Published on April 26, 2016

    Creative Sonoma is pleased to announce the availability of 5 $2,500 grants for Sonoma County’s musicians. The grant program is the second phase of the Next Level music industry showcase and concert produced in Santa Rosa on April 15-17, 2016.

  • Published on March 29, 2016

    The Council is a new, county-wide organization designed specifically to help outdoor recreation and hospitality businesses flourish, by facilitating collaboration among these two sectors to address joint challenges and emerging opportunities together.

  • Published on March 16, 2016
    This new county-wide organization is designed to help agriculture businesses flourish; encouraging collaboration among leaders in the industry while addressing joint challenges and emerging opportunities together.
  • Published on January 20, 2016

    Arts Grants Available: February 19, 2016 Deadline

  • Published on December 18, 2015

    This year’s State of the County is held on January 27, 2016, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Registration opens on December 22, 2015.

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

  • Published on September 17, 2015

    On September 15, 2015, the Economic Development Board presented its report on Coworking and Shared Work Space to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

  • Published on August 5, 2015

    2016 will be "The Year of the Entrepreneur" in Sonoma County. The Economic Development Board is seeking applicants to be part of the planning process for this first-ever effort for Sonoma County Entrepreneurs. If selected, participants will help shape this exciting initiative, as well as be on the inside track on the latest resources and information available to small business. Applicants can apply online  at:   www.surveymonkey.com/r/yoteapp. Deadline for application is August 21st at 5:00pm.  If you have any questions please contact Mike DeWald at (707) 565-7170.

  • Published on July 10, 2015

    Arts Grants Available: July 10, 2015 Deadline

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on May 25, 2015
    Economic Development Board
    Dr. Steve Cochrane, of Moody's Analytics, will be returning to give us his thoughtful and insightful economic forecast for California and Sonoma County. Always a popular speaker, we look forward to his return to Sonoma County. He will be joined by Diego Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist (aka Manufacturing Evangelist) at Autodesk.
  • Published on May 18, 2015

    Kristen Madsen, the new Director of Creative Sonoma, talks about the strength of the the local creative arts community in the latest issue of the Sonoma County Gazette.

  • Published on May 5, 2015
    New forecast for the local financial services, real estate, and creative sector firms, prepared by Moody's for the Economic Development Board.
  • Published on May 4, 2015

    This annual event recognizes the Sonoma County businesses that through commitment and much hard work, received their Green Business Certification in 2014 and early 2015.

    To Be held May 14, 2015

  • Published on April 22, 2015
    This workshop will present a panel of Foundation leaders representing funders of the arts and creative activities in Sonoma County. It will be moderated by John McGuirk, Program Director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
  • Published on April 2, 2015
    Led by Cathy Kimball, Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, this workshop will help visual artists learn how to present their work to attract more attention and sales.
  • Economic Development Board
    Published on March 26, 2015
    Economic Development Board
    This workshop is directed toward both board and staff members of nonprofit arts organizations.  Nancy Glaze, Interim Director of Creative Sonoma, will take you through the process of board development and engagement, roles of staff and board, and the fundamentals of good governance.
  • Economic Development Board
    Published on February 25, 2015
    Economic Development Board

    March 4, 2015 - April 24, 2015

    • Workshop #1 - What are Curators Looking For?
    • Workshop #2 - Grant Writing Basics
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