Wine and tourism may be Sonoma Valley's most well-known specialties, but the region is also home to a diverse economy that includes an array of creative professional services, green businesses, and specialty food producers.
Artisan food products are a natural fit for Sonoma Valley. Businesses make award-winning breads, cheeses, olive oils, chocolates, pasta sauces, tamales, and more here. Commercial kitchens, co-packing facilities, and specialized assistance from the local Small Business Development Center are all available to help start-ups go "from kitchen to market".
The 2013 Chamber Business Expo featured a Food Forum showcase and panel discussion.
Creative professionals are drawn to Sonoma's outstanding quality of life, inspiring environment, and easy access to San Francisco. Local connections are made through groups like Sonoma's Young Professionals, through Chamber networking events, and by participating in the variety of cultural and community events found in the Valley.
With its strong roots in the land, it's no surprise that Sonoma is such an environmentally conscious community. Green businesses are a great fit for Sonoma Valley, where sustainable practices are actively supported. A Chamber survey found that over 90% of local businesses agree that "Sonoma Valley is well-suited for businesses that are 'green' in their products, practicies, or services." Sonoma has been name a "Solar Champion" by Environment California, ranking 5th in the state for solar power per capita.
Vode Lighting, located in Sonoma Valley's Eighth Street District, creates modular lighting solutions that blend aesthetics and high performance with environmental stewardship.
Laura Chenel's Chevre recently opened a new, state-of-the art creamery facility in Sonoma.