Starting A Business

Business Assistance Now Available

Business owners or those interested in starting a new business will now be able to meet with the Economic Vitality Program Manager Laurie Decker during regular office hours. 

Services offered include:

  •  Assistance with understanding licensing and permitting processes
  • Information to aid in business site selection
  • Resources to assist in developing a business plan and launching a business
  • Business workshops and one-on-one advisory services for existing businesses
  • Connections to regional resources

The Economic Vitality Partnership is a collaboration of the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, providing assistance to both prospective and existing local businesses as well as various initiatives to support the local economy.  More information can be found online at Sonoma Chamber website.

Business Start-up Video

Businesses considering a location in the City of Sonoma can receive tips from those most familiar with the process in a new video. Aimed particularly at start-ups, the 6-minute video provides an overview of ways to help ensure a smooth and successful launch, with an emphasis on City permit processes and available resources.  "Tips for Starting a Business in Sonoma" was initiated by the City as part of business outreach and streamlining efforts that include a brochure series and the new FAST START plan check service.  To view the video and for related information, visit the Start-Up Assistance page and the Business Location page, along with many other business resources on the Chamber website.