Helpful Links


Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center on Santa Rosa Junior College website
Business consulting, training workshops, small business resources

Sonoma County Economic Development Board
Provides assistance services directed toward encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of Sonoma County businesses and jobs

Sonoma County Clerk website
Fictitious Business Name filings (needed if the business is for profit and under a fictitious name, which does not include surname)

Sonoma County Tourism Bureau
Information on travel in Sonoma County, plus events, lodging, local attractions, winery tours and more

Press Democrat newspaper
Sonoma County’s daily newspaper with current news sties and archive files by subject

North Bay Bohemian newspaper
Weekly newspaper covering mainly arts and entertainment in Sonoma, Marin & Napa counties

The Community Voice newspaper
Weekly newspaper covering Cotati, Rohnert Park, and Penngrove areas

North Bay Business Journal newspaper
Weekly newspaper that covers business topics and companies active in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties

North Bay Biz magazine
Monthly magazine covering business topics in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties

Sonoma County Public Library
Search for books, articles and websites

Sonoma County Job Link
Job search assistance, business services, training & labor market information

North Bay Careers
Job listings and resources for job seekers

Santa Rosa Junior College
Two-year institution offering career counseling, job preparation, community courses & associate degrees

Sonoma State University
Four-year California State University with links to job openings and college courses


State of California Business Portal
Information on starting, growing, financing, expanding or relocating a business in California

Business Service Center on the California Secretary of State site
Information on types of business structures and requirements

California Chamber of Commerce
Information and links on doing business in California and internationally

State Assistance Fund For Enterprise, Business And Industrial Development Corporation
State-owned non-bank financial assistance center for small businesses

California Government Online to Desktops (CalGOLD)
Information businesses need to comply with environmental and other regulatory and permitting requirements in California

California Tax Service Center
Income tax, payroll tax, sales and use tax, and Small Business Resource Center

California Franchise Tax Board
Information about state income taxes

California State Board of Equalization
Sales and Use Tax and Special Taxes and Fees

California Workers’ Compensation
Information on work-related injuries for California employees and employers’_comp.html

Employment Development Department of California (Unemployment Office)
Job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, employment and training, labor market information, payroll taxes

Employment Development Department, State of California
California’s Internet system for linking employer job listings and job seeker résumés

Employment Development Department, State of California
Labor market information & occupation profiles


Small Business Administration
Information on starting, financing, managing a business

Official Business Link to the U.S. Government
Sponsored by SBA, assists with government rules and regulations, access to services and resources

Service Corp of Retired Executives
Market research, advertising, borrowing money, business licenses, legal issues, with link to Sonoma County Chapter of SCORE

Center for Business Planning
Resources for planning your business, documenting your plan, evaluating your strategy

Small Business Knowledge Base
Privately sponsored comprehensive free resource, with guides and worksheets

American Management Association
Online resources for management

American Marketing Association
Resources for business marketing, case studies, tips

Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Tax information and tips for businesses

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site
How to apply for and research patents and trademarks, government services, guides and resources

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Information for small business and the EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system) research database for all U.S. public companies

U.S. Census Bureau
Research on regional business profiles, statistics, demographics, and geography

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Government’s Export Portal
Resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
Finding qualified employees, labor market information