Community Web Links
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Community Resource Directory
Contains up-to-date listings for most types of service agencies.
From the Sonoma County Human Services Department,
Volunteer Center, United Way, and Community Foundation Sonoma County.
Also available by calling 211.
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These government help sites have short collections of top links for job hunting, applying for unemployment,
getting lifeline rates on utilities, avoiding foreclosure, getting an apprenticeship, and other services
for economic tough times.
Below are local business directories, small business help, and business-related government agencies. See also the Business, Finance, & Investment page for more business-related resources.
- SCL Biz
- the business blog from Sonoma County Library
- Keep up with the latest in local business events and new business books for you.
Economic Development Board
- Sonoma County department dedicated to helping local businesses start, succeed,
and grow. Valuable information on the county's economy and demographics, industry reports for sectors such as wine, construction, technology, etc. Best place to start in getting to know County resources available to your business.
Fictitious Business Name
- How to register your business name with the County of Sonoma.
IRS Tax Calendar
- For small businesses and self-employed.
- From Sonoma County Job Link.
Job & Career Resources
our Job & Career page.
- Covering Sonoma, Marin, and Napa. Special features include the annual Top 500 North Bay companies list.
North Bay Business Journal
- Local coverage for Sonoma/Marin businesses, as well as for Solano and Napa
counties and the 680 corridor. Excerpts from the Journal are
featured on their web site, along with information on ordering their Book of Lists.
North Coast Builders Exchange
- Construction Industry group has a list of local contractors, tips on
remodeling and more.
Small Business Development Center
- A project of the SBA and Santa Rosa Junior College. Workshops and no-cost consulting for business start-ups. Help and information on business plans, business loans and other capital sources, marketing, and product development.
Santa Rosa Chamber of
- This website provides information on membership in the Chamber,
Economic Development Projects, publications and more.
- Help and information for inventors. Patent searches; information on how to copyright your work or trademark your product; training and consulting.
- North Coast chapter of the small business counseling organization. Workshop listings and free business counseling information.
Tools for Business Success
- Guides to Business Formation; Government Regulations; Business Planning; Funding & Incentives.
- Cities and towns in Sonoma County
- From Sonoma County's website, "Discover Sonoma County" section.
City and town government web sites:
Information on City departments, a community bulletin board, City Council
Minutes and Agendas.
Information and links to Cloverdale City Hall, Cloverdale Chamber of
Commerce, the Citrus Fair, Community Calendar and more, designed and
maintained by the staff and volunteers of the Cloverdale Economic
Development Commission, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, and the City
Cloverdale with assistance from many of its Citizens.
Information about city administration and the different city departments,
with an online tour and events calendar.
Links to City Departments, City Council business, community links, and
Information on the services and activities of the city of
- Santa Rosa
The City of Santa Rosa has a site with information about the city,
its history, council minutes and agendae and links to local sites.
A web site run by the City of Sebastopol,
it has City Council meetings, planning commission and some community information.
Upcoming local events and contact information for
the Visitors Bureau and other local departments.
A usefully organized site with links to all aspects
of town hall business - permits, planning, public works, public safety,
parks, the town council and more.
Sonoma County Government
- The official site for the County of Sonoma, with information on and
agendas of the Board of Supervisors and information about County
Sonoma County Economic Recovery
- Information on grants and services, links to state and federal economic recovery websites.
Sonoma County 2-1-1
- Help agencies and services, including: shelters and services for the homeless,
domestic violence, community
service programs, drug rehabilitation programs, pregnancy counseling, welfare and employment,
and services to seniors.
Sonoma County Regional Parks
- Links to information about the
parks, excursions, reservations, maps.
Public colleges and universities
Santa Rosa Junior
- Information about the Junior College, including the class schedule
and catalog. There is also information
about placement tests, ESL tests, and GED tests.
Sonoma State University
- SSU's website.
Private colleges and universities
- Empire College
- Business, law
University of San Francisco
- USF Santa Rosa Campus - bachelor's degree completion, master's degree programs, Master of Education
Burbank Housing - affordable rentals and homeownership programs
Housing Land Trust - affordable homes for sale
Santa Rosa Section 8
Sonoma County Section 8
Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless - scroll down the left menu for the link to the current edition of the Homeless Resource Guide
Parks & Camping
Sonoma County Regional Parks
- Information about using our local parks, including information about
hours, activities and weather, special events and festivals, job
opportunities and more.
California State Parks
- Information on hours and activities at the state parks, museums and
archeological sites, jobs, and great pictures. Click Find a Park to select a listing of all state parks in Sonoma County, including Fort Ross, Jack London State Historic Park, Petaluma Adobe, and Sonoma Coast State Park (Goat Rock, Bodega Head, Wright's Beach, etc.)
National Park Service
- Maps, historical information, visitor
information for all of the National Parks, National Historic Sites and
National Preservation Areas. Most, if not all, of the information you
need to plan your trip. Many park descriptions include links to reservation services for campgrounds,
tours, or lodging. The site has a clickable
map of National Parks in California
including Point Reyes National Seashore.
- Trying to find a summer camp? This site
provides a directory of ACA certified campgrounds
and programs. Information for parents, camp staff, volunteers and
Tourism & Event Calendars
- Features a directory of businesses, a restaurant guide and an
events calendar for Sonoma County - from the Press Democrat.
Santa Rosa Convention &
- This visitor's guide has useful information
on getting around in Sonoma County, places to stay and eat, and things to
do and see. There is also information on event and wedding planning.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
- Calendar of upcoming events and headliners, and information on the
annual Fair and Harvest Fair.
Sterba - The Wine Country Guide
- Features a directory of businesses, a restaurant guide and an
events calendar for Sonoma and Napa Counties.
- Directory and calendar site. Also links to other UncleWebster sites in
- Information on local acitivities,
accommodations, restaurants, travel information and more. From the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.
Wine Country - Sonoma
- Another visitors' guide site, with restaurant and lodging information, winery maps, event listings.
TV, Radio and Newspapers
Petaluma360 (Petaluma Argus
- Petaluma's daily paper with local news and
- Sonoma County's weekly free newspaper contains some of the week's stories,
information on events, the arts, music, movies.
Bodega Bay Navigator
KBBF Bilingual radio station for Sonoma County
KGGV Russian River area
KRCB, Channel 22 and KRCB Radio
- KRCB Radio broadcasts at 90.9 and 91.1 FM. Local public radio and
television for Sonoma County.
KSVY Sonoma Valley
Other Sonoma County radio stations from About.com
Santa Rosa Community Media
- is the TV station for the people of Santa Rosa,
established through funding made available in the franchise agreement.
It will provide Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access services
Santa Rosa. Beginning with two channels, there will eventually be seven
channels available for PEG use. Additionally, the organization will assist
in the functional development of the community Institutional Network for
voice, video and data.
The Santa Rosa Press
- Searchable archive but does not contain
all of the content of the print paper. You can always come in and use the Library's
current paper copies and archive of microfilm copies of the Press Democrat.
Also available: the Library's online Newspaper Articles index
with full text of the PD and many major newspapers -- just sign on once with your library card number and search hundreds of newspapers at once.
Sonoma Index Tribune
- This online version of the twice weekly paper focuses on
the news of the Sonoma Valley. There is a daily 4:30 update on the web
site, event and visitor information, classifieds and listings of local
Sonoma Valley Sun
- News, blotter, community and business news, sports, classifieds for Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma West Times and News
- A locally owned newspaper serving Western Sonoma County, published in