Sonoma State University: Sonoma State University (SSU) provides an excellent talent pool of young professionals from all disciplines. Undergraduates at SSU can choose from about 45 bachelor’s degree programs, and graduate students can earn degrees in about 15 fields of study, including nursing and business. The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State offers the nation’s only program that focuses exclusively on the business side of the wine industry. The Wine Business Institute offers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree concentration, with courses such as Wine Business Strategies and Wine Production. Their Hospitality and Tourism Management program is reputable and produces young professionals to the area interested in careers in restaurant, hotel and winery management.
Empire College: Offers career training programs and degrees for today’s in-demand careers such as business, law, hospitality and accounting.
Santa Rosa Junior College: Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is one of California’s premier junior colleges and offers associate degrees and certifications in a wide variety of majors.
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North Bay iHub: dedicated to building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties through the promotion of innovation as a community building and job creation tool by providing entrepreneurs with resources to enable them to build successful businesses.
SoCo Nexus: a technology incubator located in Sonoma Mountain Village here in Rohnert Park. This nonprofit organization provides facilities, support and mentoring to the region’s entrepreneurs. By improving the success rate of start-up businesses focused on sustainable and socially-relevant technologies, SoCo Nexus creates jobs and helps to develop a prosperous business community dedicated to sustainable growth. SoCo Nexus focuses on four sectors in the North Bay business ecosystem: sustainable resources, medical technology, cloud-based technology and manufacturing
GoLOCAL Sonoma County: a network for locally-owned businesses, residents, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to build a thriving local economy by supporting local, independently owned businesses.
GoBiz (California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development): serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts and offers a range of services to businesses.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County: provides support for economic growth and business development for Hispanic owned and operated businesses in Sonoma County.
Napa Sonoma SBDC (small business development center): provides business owners and managers with information, training and expert individual consulting; with the goal of stimulating local and regional economies.
North Bay Angels: the oldest and largest angel investment group north of the Golden Gate. Provides knowledge in making early stage investment capital and advisory assistance to entrepreneurial companies in the North Bay.
State of California Employment Development Department: provides a Work Opportunity Tax Credit program for businesses that hire individuals who qualify as members of certain target groups.
101 MFG: a private alliance of manufacturing executives throughout California.
Enhanced Subsidized Employment Program (ESE): A Goodwill Industries program that provides a training period subsidy of up to $10,000 as an incentive to qualified employers.
Windsor Chamber of Commerce: resource to all visitors and residents to enhance their Windsor experience and to help provide information to grow and sustain businesses.