Causes: Economic Development
Mission: To support sonoma county's economic development board programs
Programs: Creative sonoma, a program of the economic dev't board (edb), produced a full slate of professional trainings and workshops (13), town hall meetings across the county (17) a day-and-a-half music industry conference, grants, and a special arts education initiative. These activities were fully or partially funded through grants received by the edb foundation. Focus was on the business aspects of art including workshops on fundraising, forming creative business contracts, social media and more. Five $2,500 grants were awarded to sonoma musicians and bands; and five emerging visual artists were awarded $2,000 stipends and a professional curated exhibition of their work. Finally, creative sonoma spearheaded an assessment of the state of arts education in k-12 schools in sonoma county, follow up work will be in fye 2017-18.
innovative council: planned as a one-year celebration of entrepreneurship in sonoma county, year of the entrepreneur (yote) activities ended during the first half of fiscal year 2016-17. The effort, which garnered the support of over 20 local organizations that work in business development and entrepreneurship, included an entrepreneurial storytelling event featuring neal gottlieb of three twins, youth maker camps (with the sonoma county office of education and the boys & girls club), a youth shark tank, a radio show that highlighted interviews with local entrepreneurs and supported the activities of several local organizations that work with entrepreneurs, and more.
research initiativesthe foundation provided funding for the development of a website launch|sonoma that can help guide entrepreneurs with local businesses/resources, and assist them with the three core stages of a business: concept, startup and growth. These three stages each have various needs and challenges that an entrepreneur could be facing with their business; e. G. Financing, business planning, legal assistance, etc.