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  • Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The specialty food and beverage manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid clip, in terms of both profits and employment, according to a December 2016 industry report from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    Sonoma Magazine - On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Pliny the Younger is making its 14th annual debut at Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) in Santa Rosa. Pliny the Younger is one of the most anticipated seasonal beer releases around the globe. Find out what the hype is all about!

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    At the annual State of the County event on January 12th, 2017, Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson Forecast assured Sonoma County leaders that the North Coast's economic outlook will be positive in 2017 due to steady growth and a jobless rate of less than 4 percent. 

  • Published on November 15, 2016

    San Francisco Chronicle - A $175 Million expansion adds a 200-room hotel to the Graton Resort & Casino, adding a sizable hotel with a number of amenities to the sprawling 342,000-square-foot Rohnert Park property. The six-story hotel in Sonoma County—adjacent to the casino that Station Casinos manages for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria—features two bars, a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon, 20,000-square-feet of meeting space and other amenities.

  • Published on November 3, 2016

    The North Bay Business Journal - Challenges and new opportunities forecast for Sonoma County's workforce as the demographics shift towards Hispanic and millennials in the decades ahead. 

  • Published on May 20, 2016

    The North Bay Business Journal - Competition for workers in Sonoma County is “very tight,” as the number of jobs and what employers are paying is rising faster here than in the rest of the nation, an economist told a few hundred local business and civic leaders in Rohnert Park.

  • Published on April 17, 2016

    The Press Democrat - With new digs in downtown Santa Rosa, a large sign out front and a strong record of profit, Luther Burbank Savings is finally bringing a little attention to its success as the largest consumer bank in Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 15, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in March at 4.1 percent as manufacturing, health and public education added the most new jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on April 8, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Windsor is touting its relative youthfulness and family-friendly reputation in a new campaign designed to attract business as well as showcase existing merchants.

  • Published on March 29, 2016

    The Press Democrat - First came the tourists. Now come more hotel rooms to accommodate them.

  • Published on March 8, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County has landed a second air carrier at its growing airport with the addition of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, which announced Tuesday it will begin offering service from Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport to the gambling mecca and to the Phoenix area starting in May

  • Published on March 4, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Unemployment in Sonoma County ticked up to 4.3 percent in January, driven by seasonal job cuts at local retail stores, restaurants, hotels and construction companies, the state reported Friday.

  • Published on March 1, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Bear Republic Brewing Co. will open a brewpub in Rohnert Park, becoming the latest homegrown beer company to expand in Sonoma County as cities vie for a piece of the fast-growing industry.

  • Published on February 18, 2016

    North Bay Business Journal - Small businesses in rural North Bay communities looking for financing are about to get a boost.

  • Published on January 22, 2016

    The Press Democrat -Sonoma County hotel revenues rose 75 percent in the past five years, further evidence that Wine Country tourism has made a strong rebound since the recession.

  • Published on January 22, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate in December remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.2 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on January 13, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s housing market in 2015 hit $3.4 billion in sales, the largest total in 10 years. And Healdsburg set a new record for median sales prices.

  • Published on December 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - With harvest ended, Sonoma County’s jobless rate rose slightly in November, but employment off the farm continued to grow.

  • Published on December 15, 2015

    Northbay BIZ - Parched landscapes, dry creek beds and raging wildfires had North Bay residents on edge and craving rain by the time fall arrived, so reports that a strong El Niño was forming off the west coast of South America created high hopes for a wet rainy season.

  • Published on December 13, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Amelia Beemer doesn’t have a regular 9-to-5 job, but she does share an office.

  • Published on December 5, 2015

    The Press Democrat - The state’s 4-year-old drought may still be with us, but an even-longer dry spell for Sonoma County homebuilders appears to be ending.

  • Published on November 20, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Job growth in Sonoma County shattered records for the third straight month in October as local employers continued to expand their payrolls, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on November 16, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County home sales picked up in October after an end-of-summer lull.

  • Published on November 8, 2015

    The Press Democrat - With part gumption and part perseverance, Jennifer Olivo has been able to get her designer-and-apparel business off the ground in a nondescript office park in Cotati.

  • Published on November 1, 2015

    The Press Democrat - In spite of all the worry about drought, homelessness and housing — and a temperamental stock market — the economy is doing just fine here on the North Coast. And the future is looking bright, at least for the next two years.

  • Published on October 29, 2015

    Argus Courier - Earlier this year, Kitsbow, a high-end mountain bike apparel company based in Petaluma, desperately needed workers to operate a specialized industrial sewing machine. The company could have outsourced the jobs to a country like China, but it wanted to keep manufacturing local.

  • Published on October 22, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s future could involve fewer surges in new home construction and more debates about rent control and living wages.

  • Published on October 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - San Francisco’s commercial real estate market all but glows red hot these days, and some of that energy seems to be radiating out to suburban communities in the North Bay.

  • Published on October 16, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September, its lowest level in eight years, down from a revised 4.3 percent in August as the local economy continues to show strong job growth.

  • Published on October 14, 2015

    The Press Democrat - A significant number of Sonoma County home sellers ended the summer by putting their properties on the market, contributing to the largest number of signed sales agreements in September in at least six years.

  • Published on September 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - The return to campus by school teachers and related employees helped Sonoma County’s unemployment rate decline in August to 4.3 percent, the state Economic Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on September 6, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Clothing shop owner Ru Scott wasn’t surprised that a new survey ranked Healdsburg as a good place to start a business.

  • Published on August 31, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Petaluma’s HenHouse Brewing Co. announced on Monday that is moving to south Santa Rosa and opening a facility that can handle up to 75,000 barrels annually, signaling continuing growth in Sonoma County’s craft beer industry.

  • Published on August 23, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Rick Risbrough lives 70 miles away in Martinez. But when he travels with his wife to San Diego, the couple typically drives up for the night to their summer home in Monte Rio and flies out the next day from Santa Rosa.

  • Published on August 21, 2015

    The Press Democrat - A surge in tourism helped to ease seasonal job losses in Sonoma County in July as the county’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.6 percent, up slightly from 4.3 percent in June but still well below levels from a year ago, the state Economic Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on August 7, 2015

    The Wall Street Journal - Were those tannins I was tasting in my drink? Did I detect citrus notes and a fruity finish in my next glass? I popped a palate cleanser of organic local cheddar and fig jam on toasted crostini and jotted reminders on my cheat sheet, including “very bitter” and “complex.”

  • Published on July 31, 2015

    CNBC - Think real estate is crazy in Silicon Valley? Try wine country.

  • Published on July 7, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Unemployment remained near an eight-year low in Sonoma County in June, ticking up to 4.3 percent, the state reported Friday.

  • Published on July 1, 2015

    Keegan & Coppin Company Inc. - Total existing Office vacancy estimates 2nr quarter 2015 in Sonoma County in PDF report format.

  • Published on June 26, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s economy should continue to grow at a sturdy pace this year, spurred on by a recovery in consumer spending that will buoy such sectors as tourism and wine, an economic analyst said Friday.

  • Published on June 25, 2015

    Sonoma County Gazette - Four Sonoma County businesses were awarded tax incentives on Thursday totaling $369,000 by the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).  Since January 2015, 10 Sonoma County business have been awarded credits is excess of $2.5 million.

  • Published on June 15, 2015

    The Press Democrat - The parent company of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. is closing its longtime campus in Marin County and moving to Petaluma, taking steps that would allow it to transfer more than 500 workers later this year.

  • Published on June 9, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Two ventures tasked with helping small businesses in Sonoma County have teamed up to share office space and provide educational programs for entrepreneurs.

  • Published on June 9, 2015

    The North Bay Business Journal - To make its dollars go farther in helping entrepreneurs, the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center has partnered with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

  • Published on June 4, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Cloverdale have been named California’s third safest town in a report published this week by Niche.com.

  • Published on June 2, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sunset magazine will make Cornerstone Sonoma the home of its main gardens and outdoor test kitchen, a move that is expected to revitalize the Sonoma Valley attraction by drawing a new wave of international attention — and visitors — to the region.

  • Published on June 1, 2015

    Sonoma County Gazette - Kristen Madsen, director of the newly-formed Creative Sonoma program, said creativity is a fundamental—yet often overlooked—component of Sonoma County’s identity.

  • Published on May 24, 2015

    The Press Democrat - At first glance, the upper stretch of North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma doesn’t look like Sonoma County’s newest must-see attraction.

  • Published on May 23, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Each night before bed, José Navarro gets on his computer to see what diners think of his Peruvian restaurant’s seven ceviches or dishes like Lomo Saltado, tenderloin strips fried in a wok with a soy/balsamic sauce.

  • Published on May 22, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County appears to have fully recovered from the recession and is on track to eclipse the employment record set in 2007, the state reported Friday..

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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 

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