Sonoma County Library


Community Web Links

2-1-1 Sonoma County 2-1-1 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.
Get Help Now Get Help Now: Quick lists from US and California
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.

Local Business

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.

Job Listings
From Sonoma County Job Link.

Job & Career Resources
From our Job & Career page.

NorthBay Biz
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 Commerce
This website provides information on membership in the Chamber, Economic Development Projects, publications and more.

Sawyer Center
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:
  • Cotati
    Information on City departments, a community bulletin board, City Council Minutes and Agendas.
  • Cloverdale
    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 of Cloverdale with assistance from many of its Citizens.
  • Healdsburg
    Information about city administration and the different city departments, with an online tour and events calendar.
  • Petaluma
    Links to City Departments, City Council business, community links, and ongoing projects.
  • Rohnert Park
    Information on the services and activities of the city of Rohnert Park.
  • 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.
  • Sebastopol
    A web site run by the City of Sebastopol, it has City Council meetings, planning commission and some community information.
  • Sonoma
    Upcoming local events and contact information for the Visitors Bureau and other local departments.
  • Windsor
    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.

Non-government sites:

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 Departments.

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.

Higher Education

Public colleges and universities

Santa Rosa Junior College
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.

American Camping Association
Trying to find a summer camp? This site provides a directory of ACA certified campgrounds and programs. Information for parents, camp staff, volunteers and business partners.

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 & Visitors Bureau
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 other areas.

Visitors' Guide
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 Courier
Petaluma's daily paper with local news and classifieds.

The Bohemian
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

Santa Rosa Community Media Access Center
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 to 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 Democrat Online
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 services.

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 Sebastopol.