Innovative Models for Change

SONOMA REGION: The Sonoma County Economic Development Board Sonoma_Logo(EDB) provides assistance services directed towards encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of the region’s businesses and jobs.

Entrepreneurship has been declining nationally, particularly among members of the emerging “millennials” generation. Local efforts to lower barriers for entrepreneurs, and inspire would-be business owners are now more important than ever to diversify the economy, create jobs, help innovate new solutions to persistent social issues, and better prepare for future economic opportunities and challenges.

The Year of the Entrepreneur (YOTE) represents a proposal to tap underutilized creative energy through the celebration and promotion of entrepreneurship among local creators and would-be business owners, whether they be youth, members of the “Boomer” population, underserved populations, or anywhere in-between.