The Chamber and the City of Sonoma are teaming up to host Santa for a special visit on Friday, December 6. Join us at City Hall at 5 p.m. for hot chocolate and some special entertainment. Santa arrives on the antique fire engine at 5:30 p.m. to greet the kids, and afterward families can head over to the Sebastiani Theatre for a special showing of "Frozen".
One of the best ways to "Think Local First" this holiday season is to support those in need. This year is the first year that Sonoma’s nonprofits will be coordinating with Sonoma Valley F.I.S.H. to ensure that the neediest in the community will experience the joys of the season through a holiday giving program to families and those with no family. For details on the Adopt A Family Program visit fishadoptafamily.org. To learn more, contact Cathy Gorham at Rabobank at 933-3090.
Each year at the Chamber's "Women in Business" breakfast forum, we tap into our talented pool of local leaders to share their stories. This year's featured speakers are Maureen Cottingham, Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Association; Sharon Cohn, Breathless Sparkling Wines and LifeVantage Corporation; and Claudia Mendoza, a seasoned multicultural communications professional and current Board President for La Luz Center.
Always an upbeat and inspiring event, this year's forum is set for Friday, November 15 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Sonoma Golf Club. Tickets are $45 for Chamber members and $60 general. Register online here or call the Chamber at 996-1033.
Held on Wednesday, October 30 at the Krug Event Center at Sonoma Valley Inn, the workshop is presented in two sections. The first session, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. provides an overview for business or building owners on strategies for making their business accessible to the public while managing risk. The program includes a virtual “walk-through” of a property demonstrating common barriers to access and aspects of non-compliance that can give rise to lawsuits. Discussion will include examples of simple fixes, as well as the policies and practices that can help businesses meet state and federal accessibility standards.
A follow-on session from 10:45 a.m. – noon will provide more in-depth information and evaluation tools, and is aimed at design and building professionals, property owners or managers, and real estate professionals. Business owners seeking additional information are also welcome to attend this section.
Workshop presenter Craig Williams is a Sonoma County based architect and Certified Access Specialist (CASp) with an extensive background in access design, site evaluations, and accessibility consulting.
Cost to attend is $25 for the first session and $40 for both sessions, and space is limited. Click here to register. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Economic Development Partnership and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.