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An abundance of resources are available to help you through the process of starting a business. The following are just a few of these valuable tools.

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Local Assistance

  • Sonoma county Business Assistance Guide
    The Sonoma county Business Assistance Guide (BAG) is for small business owners and managers. The information is directed to sole proprietorships and general partnerships. Larger companies, limited partnerships and corporations usually have experienced staff or hire professionals to research and work with the agencies involved in meeting requirements for new business start-ups, relocations, and change of business ownership. Call 707-565-7170for more information.
  • Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
     This resource offers 1 on 1 no-cost professional consulting in business planning, loans and financing, marketing, taxes and bookkeeping. Call 707-524-1770 for additional information.
  • Sonoma County Community Block Grant Assistance
    This program has funded a wide variety of housing and community development activities throughout the United States. These include land acquisition for new affordable housing projects, rehabilitation of existing housing, construction or renovation of community centers, infrastructure improvements, fair housing services, and other public services. Call 707-565-7500 for more information.
  • Sonoma Green Business Program
    Sonoma Green Business Program verifies that businesses meet higher standards of environmental performance. Our partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste Call 707-565-6455 to learn more.
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    This resource provides counsel to America's small business, is a nonprofit association dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and email business consulting. Call 707-571-8342 to learn more.

State Assistance

  • California Association for Local Economic Development-
    The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has a new tool to assist in job and business retention by providing local companies with a CALED engineering based cost segregation study that allows them to dramatically increase their operational cash flow by accelerating their asset depreciation on federal taxes. This program will provide a no cost analysis of the potential cash benefits available. Fees for the actual study are totally contingent on the benefit received. There is no risk involved for the company, and no cost to the economic development organization. Call 916-448-8252 for more information.