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Marin's Premier Cowork Space and Entrepreneurship Center in downtown San Rafael, newly opened in March.
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VenturePad is Marin’s premier cowork community and business incubator, opened in March.  Located at 1020 B Street in downtown San Rafael, VenturePad fills a need in Marin County for affordable, accessible and professional coworking space and entrepreneur support services for start-ups, solopreneurs, creatives, freelancers & telecommuters to help them reach their professional & personal goals. Our impact oriented, values-driven community supports you with affordable shared office space, training & expert mentoring.

Get out of the home office when you need to. Upgrade from the coffee shop.  Don't get into a sublet or office lease by yourself, come share our office space, join our coworking community and work around others in a workspace with an open desk or private desk, and meeting rooms. Be a part of something bigger with a mission and a vision that aligns with your values!

Why VenturePad?

•   Professional upgrade from the home office. Get away from distractions, interruptions and the entertainment temptations. Reduce the entrepreneur isolation and loneliness.

•   Time to move beyond the café.  Feeling like a space parasite at your local cafe? Work with a comfortable table & chair optimized for productive work and professional meetings. Get away from the din of food service and constant people traffic. 

•   Have business meetings in a professional setting with conference rooms, private office settings with supper fast Wi Fi, big screens, ergonomic chairs, wonderful natural and task lighting.

•   Wake up with purpose and have a place to go working side by side with driven, smart peers and advisors who will inspire you, help you become more effective and reach your goals faster.

•   Work in a buzzing, friendly downtown neighborhood filled with the best of San Rafael’s restaurants, shops, business and amenities. VenturePad is a short walk to the San Rafael transit center and the new SMART train station, and under 5 minutes to I-101. Parking is plentiful. Walking and biking are do-able and encouraged!

Memberships start at $95/mth. Go to

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Chris Yalonis
San Rafael

Center for Climate Protection

Working with business, government, youth and community leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Center for Climate Protection creates model programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for communities everywhere.

The mission of the Center for Climate Protection is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The Center for Climate Protection constantly seeks solutions commensurate with the scale of the problem. Although it is important for individuals to take action like changing their light bulbs, we need solutions for change at the speed and scale required by science. Our strategic approach is to help implement policies and incentives that make it easier for everyone to do the right thing.

We know that local action can move the world. By creating model programs in communities that are willing to be pioneers, we are spreading solutions that can make a major impact on global climate change.



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Ann Hancock, Executive Director
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to support, promote, and advocate for our members and create a vibrant, sustainable economy in our region
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Tammi Matthias
(707) 636-2844
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County BEST

Economic Development through Business Success and Job Growth
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Sonoma County BEST is a public-private partnership devoted to inspiring business success and job growth in Sonoma County through initiatives and programs that promote economic vitality in the region.

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Brandon Jewell
Santa Rosa

Venture Greenhouse

We're a progressive business accelerator for entrepreneurs and a catalyzing resource for innovators and new ventures.
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We specialize in the business of doing business.

Venture Greenhouse...

  • drives discovery,
  • sharpens your thinking,
  • and guides the process

that enables your business to gain traction and grow.

Founded in 2011 in Marin County to help promising entrepreneurs from the North Bay and surrounding areas to launch and scale businesses with a significant disruptive impact. We work in a variety of market segments including - clean tech, energy, mobile apps, farm-to-table, medical/health, consumer products & services, wine industry, and transportation. We provide a strong network of educators, mentors and providers to help you:

  • clarify your value proposition
  • deeply understand your customers
  • craft thoughtful financial models
  • plan powerful marketing strategies
  • seamlessly integrate sustainability into your planning 

Our team prepares your team to gain the traction you seek. We work with all industries because we specialize in the business of doing business.

Learn more about our program here.

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Alejandro Moreno S.
San Rafael

BALANCE Edutainment

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Aaron Ableman

Clear Blue Commercial

CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL is a full service green real estate company.
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CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL is a full service management and leasing company dedicated to maximizing our clients’ investments, saving our clients’ time, and adding value to our local communities. CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL applies a holistic and sustainable approach to all facets of the life of your property: LeasingSalesProperty and Facility Management, and Project Management.  

If you are passionate about your community and your planet, if you believe that collaboration is the new competition, if you know that together we can create real change, we can’t wait to work with you!

Clear Blue Commercial has collaborated with Sonoma County's vibrant community and organized several turf conversions which ultimately saved over 2.6 million gallons of water annually. Over the past 3 years, this has amounted to over 7.2 million gallons of water! Watch videos here.

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Carolyn Pistone
(707) 794-8400

Switch Vehicles Inc

Street legal Ultra Light Utility Vehicles and EV Education

Based in Sebastopol, California, just north of San Francisco, we’ve built and converted vehicles to electric power since 1991.

Now we’ve invented the SWITCH – an electric vehicle which we like to think of as a vehicle for education.”

Combined with our curriculum it includes everything students need to learn to build an electric vehicle. 

  • Adjustable lectures, projects and tests allow the course to be taught is as few as 8 weeks or as many as 19             
  • Project based lab assignments mean more activities for more students
  • Most of the components are build or configured away from the vehicle, install once they are complete
  • ALL wiring is provided.  Everything is cut to length, professionally terminated and labeled for ease of assembly, the wiring looms are even color coded
  • Training for the instructors is provided.  In one week we demonstrate the basic functionality of the components and the teachers actually build a SWITCH during the class.  The training is approved for Continuing Education credit in California.

Switch Vehicles has made this a program for success.  Based on project based instruction we include STEM as part of our coursework.

We were started by two long time EV builders and enthusiasts.  One founder taught How to Convert your car to Electric at the local community college, the other was involved with Electrothon racing at high schools up and down the state of California as far back as 1995.

Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip provides 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs through crowd funding
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Kiva Zip is a website that enables financially excluded and socially impactful entrepreneurs to access 0% interest small business loans.  The loans are crowd funded by hundreds of lenders from around the world that read the the borrowers story, and lend as little as $5.  Lenders and borrowers can communicate directly on the Kiva Zip platform, and lenders become potential customers, business advisors, and brand ambassadors to the borrower's business. 

The Kiva Zip model also includes Trustees, who partner with Kiva Zip to recommend small business owners to the program.  We have over 500 trustees in the U.S. who work with financially excluded and socially impactful entrepeneurs.  Our Trustees vouch for an entrepeneur's character and business in order for them to qualify for the Kiva Zip program, but do not hold any financial obligation.  Whether it's a grocery store, startup incubator, church, or student group - Kiva Zip empowers people to fuel their communities with capital raised on our platform. 



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Justin Renfro
San Francisco

Community Alliance with Family Farmers, North Coast

Supporting Family Farmers and Sustainable Farming
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Strong partnerships exist between family farmers and their communities. CAFF strives to build on shared values around food and agriculture, and work together in practical, on-the-ground programs. These partnerships create locally based economic vitality, improved human and environmental health, and long-term sustainability of family farms.

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Heather Granahan and Daniele Strawn

Performance Management Insitute

Upgrade your Management Operating System – Build practical transparency about how the company as a whole creates value

Upgrade your Management Operating System (MOS) – Build practical transparency about how the company as a whole creates value by applying the core logic of business math* to develop thriving businesses and satisfying workplaces

Performance Management Institute’s (PMI) Accounting 3.0 ® enables mission-driven companies to implement purpose and metrics-driven culture. PMI delivers an upgraded MOS developed by the people who do the value creating work, installing a direct path to a mature measurement, reporting, and accountability system that can thrive in today's market. 

By zeroing in on key decisions and actions that affect both profit and cash, everyone can prioritize on the most crucial drivers, and focus their teams on leveraging those drivers to deliver specified results. See

The PMI Solution also allows scaling to be done more easily as new management and staff is brought on, because leadership and staff business acumen has gone from informal personal wisdom to easily transferred & capitalized business knowledge.

Our core textbook on how to use accounting information to make money is Managing by the Numbers: A Common Sense Guide to Understanding and Using Your Company’s Financials (INC./Perseus), and on the decision/ action side is Transforming Performance Measurement: Rethinking the Way We Measure and Drive Organizational Success (AMACOM).

* The mathematical relationship of organizational property, contracts, and cash in the bank - to each other and related business decisions and actions

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Jahn Ballard

WORK Petaluma

A productive and inspiring workspace for 21st century entrepreneurs, freelancers and telecommuters.
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If you are part of the growing independent workforce seeking a sustainable work/life balance you have undoubtedly wished for an alternative to the drudgery of long commutes, the isolation of home offices, the distraction of crowded public Wi-Fis, or the inconvenience of venue-less meetings. Petaluma couple Natasha Juliana and Matt Moller experienced all of these problems and decided to do something about it by bringing coworking to their town. 

With the introduction of WORK in 2012, working independently no longer means giving up the good parts of “going to the office.” From hourly conference room rentals to drop-in day use to 24/7 access desks, WORK serves up a sophisticated blend of autonomy and flexibility within a productive, professional environment, all at an accessible price.

Drop in for a tour of our stylish workspace at 10 Fourth Street in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma (next to the library museum) and check out this vibrant community of people who believe that “work” is more than a job.  Amazing things happen when you bring together an eclectic group of talented professionals and cultivate an atmosphere of openness.  The exchange of ideas, sharing of knowledge, and support of the community is both heartening and educational. 

Join us! Sign up for a FREE TRIAL and connect with our mailing list to hear about upcoming events and classes.

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Natasha Juliana

Aqus Community

Aqus Community gathers the power of relationships to build resilient communities.
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Aqus Community believes in the power of relationships; we're a membership-based organization that creates well-being and resilience in the local community. We do that through social, formal and informal gatherings that provide a framework for individuals, businesses and nonprofits to connect. 

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Diane Gentile

The Farmers Guild

A Network of Farmer-to-Farmer Communities
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We are the newest wave of farmers, ranchers, chefs, artisans and sustainable food system advocates. With a passion for feeding our local communities, we come together to share skills, knowledge and a meal after a long day in the field, pasture and milking barn. Founded by farmers for farmers, our community helps to support every scale of healthy food production by collectively striving toward the economic viability of agriculture as well as the social networks necessary to attract, cultivate and sustain a new generation ready to work the land.

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Evan Wiig


Technology to help companies easily involve employees and customers in philanthropy.
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Givkwik is transforming philanthropy for the next generation. We make it easy for anyone to discover good causes. You can simply give your opinion through our voting widget or you can donate as much or as little as you want through our 'giv' button, to virtually any charity at any time. We're a tech company that makes it easy to connect people and businesses with nonprofits. We want to make giving more affordable for everyone, so that anyone can become a philanthropist. For nonprofits, we make it easy to promote your mission and find new donors and corporate sponsors. For businesses, we make it a snap to get your employees and customers involved in your corporate philanthropy.  This is a solution for anyone who wants to give - with friends, with employees, with customers.

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Jason Rosado
San Francisco

DirectionFive Health

Improving the health of kids so they can lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.
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DirectionFive is a Culinary and Nutrition Program for Kids

Our programs are based on in-depth interviews with kids from all walks of life, in thirty-five states. We listened to what the kids said they wanted and needed to learn in order to lead healthier, happier lives. We balanced their input with science and our experience. DirectionFive Culinary and Nutrition Program is a new model of health education inspired by kids, for kids.

US Green Building Council - Redwood Empire Chapter

The USGBC-REC promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work
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The U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire Chapter (USGBC-REC) is part of a national network of approximately 77 Chapters throughout the United States.

This volunteer organization extends primarily along the Northern California Coast, just north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, and is composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. A vast region of grass root innovators, the Redwood Empire Chapter spans seven counties including Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte. This unique region is the proud home to internationally recognized, award winning wines of the California Wine Country.

The Redwood Empire Chapter Mission promotes environmental responsibility, economic vitality, and vibrant healthy lifestyles through education and public awareness; which in turn directly benefits local communities and future generations.  Becoming a Chapter Member supports this much needed and worthy mission, while offering a valuable opportunity to LEARN, CONNECT, AND CONTRIBUTE. 

The all-volunteer efforts are led by Board Directors who serve two-year terms and oversee Chapter policy and operations; while Leadership Team Members collaborate and contribute to the development of individual events and projects on behalf of the Redwood Empire community. All Chapter members are welcome to join the Leadership Team with participation levels set on projects of your choosing as your time allows.

Public Banking Institute

Our vision is a national network of public banks accountable to the public
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The Public Banking Institute (PBI) was formed in January 2011 and is a national educational non-profit organization working to achieve the implementation of public banking at all levels of the American economy and government: local, regional, state, and national. 

We are part of the New Economy movement and are steadily advancing innovative short and long-term solutions to the damage caused by the Wall Street cartel and a dysfunctional banking system; and are regularly called on to provide expertise in subjects as diverse as bank capitalization, applicable banking regulation, governance, loan portfolio makeup, risk management and the newly proposed U.S. Postal Savings Bank.

Our vision is a national network of public banks, administered as public utilities that serve the public interest, run by public servants, providing transparency and accountability to the public. 

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Marc Armstrong

Ag Innovations Network

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Ag Innovations Network brings people together to build a food system that works for all. We are facilitators of crucial conversations, conveners of meetings that matter, and enablers of change.

Our role is unique. We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to create opportunities for individuals, farmers, businesses, and communities to better understand the changes that are needed and discover solutions that make sense. Our work is about bringing more democracy to decision-making about the future of food and farming.

We have three central programs:

The Alliance Project: A growing network of California county-based alliances of food system stakeholders that meet monthly to work together to strengthen farms, improve access to good foods, and improve the infrastructure to support regional food distribution. These groups make policy recommendations and create local projects.

The Roundtable Project: We convene and facilitate two California-based coalitions of statewide agriculture, environmental, and community organizations that are focused on finding shared policy solutions for the food system. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment focuses on issues that are of common concern to agriculture and environmental organizations including Farm Bill reform, climate change, land use, and food safety. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply focuses on the critical challenge of water use and availability for farms, cities, and the environment.

Facilitation/Consulting Services: We offer facilitation and consulting services globally for organizations and government entities that are seeking to engage stakeholders, run more effective conferences, and understand the challenges facing the food system. Our core competency is cutting-edge facilitation and meeting design.

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Ag Innovations Network

California Business Alliance for a Green Economy

support cleaner energy avoid the disruptions associated with climate change

The California Business Alliance for a Green Economy was created to amplify the business voice in support of policies to help move us toward cleaner energy, less dependence on fossil fuel, and to help us avoid the economic and social disruptions associated with climate change.

California’s Clean Energy Leadership

The Benefits of Clean Energy

California’s shift to a clean energy economy is unleashing investments, spurring innovation, and creating jobs - the green job sector is expanding in every region across the state and growing three times faster than total employment. Moreover, diversifying our energy supplies and improving energy efficiency will protect the California economy from the volatile and inevitable rise in the cost of fossil fuel and save businesses hundreds of dollars annually on energy bills.

Standing with Businesses Who Support Clean Energy

Shouldn’t all California businesses support this clean energy vision? Yes, but unfortunately organizations with a vested interest in old, dirty energy and those who doubt our ability to innovate and thrive continue to work to delay and derail California’s landmark efforts to build a clean energy future.

Sage Principles

Green business certification
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Sage Principles provides sustainability consulting services to small and medium size businesses in Sonoma County.

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Julie Montgomery
(707) 328-5905

Transition US

Societal transformation to localized resilient economies and communities
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The Transition Town Movement is a vibrant, grassroots, global movement that builds community connection and resilience in the face of economic challenges and environmental shocks. Visit us at Transition US and start building your neighborhood and community resilience today. 

You can dig in this May and join the Transition Home and Garden Challenge: Plant a garden, employ energy efficiency measures in your home, conserve water or create/join a community building activity.  Register your action and see the many other actions across the country. 

Join Transition US in creating a vision of a United States where every community engages its collective creativity and genius to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels: a thriving future that is more vibrant, connected and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.

Today there are thousands of Transition Town initiatives in 34 countries around the world. In the U.S. there are 135 in 34 states, with 300 others forming! All started by ordinary citizens stepping up to make their communities truly prosper, now. 

To help your community become a Transition Town go to Transition US or contact us:

Cheerful disclaimer!

Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. We truly don't know if this will work. What we are convinced of is this:

  • If we wait for governments, it'll be too little, too late
  • If we act as individuals, it will be too little
  • but - If we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time

More about Transition US:  Founded in 2009, Transition US is the national hub of the Transition network. Its our mission to inspire, encourage, support, network and train individuals and their communities as they adopt, adapt and implement the Transition model and approach to community empowerment and action.

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Carolyne Stayton

Climate Protection Campaign

inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis
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The Climate Protection Campaign works to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. We partner with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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Ann Hancock
(707) 525-1665x112
Santa Rosa

Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

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The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is committed to strengthening the local economy by promoting the community, providing networking opportunities, and representing the interests of business. Our goals include inviting business participation in community and civic events that enhance the quality of life and build a customer base. These activities involve ribbon cuttings, grand openings and anniversary celebrations for our members as well as a continuing stream of calendar information, news, member activities and focused articles published in weekly and monthly online newsletters.   

Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce

the voice of Sonoma Valley business
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The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of local business and a key community partner since 1909, helping to ensure a thriving economy providing business advocacypromotionnetworking,education, and economic development services.

Sonoma County Conservation Action

Environmental Policy, Civic Engagement and Issue Campaigns
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Sonoma County Conservation Action's mission is to better our quality of life in Sonoma County for all generations, through educating and directly engaging the public on local environmental issues and policies using grassroots organizing. 

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Dennis Rosatti
Santa Rosa

St. Helena Chamber of Commerce

We promote the St. Helena community
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Our mission is to strengthen and promote member businesses while enhancing the unique quality of life in our community.

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Lailand Oberschulte; Office Manger
(707) 963 4456
St. Helena

Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

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The Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is led by a group of volunteers representing area businesses and community members.

Bodega Bay is the perfect “home base” for exploring West Sonoma County. The Bodega Bay visitor can build an itinerary from a variety of activities … learn more.

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Bodega Bay

Create The Good Life

Personal and organizational advising for enterprising and creative people. Get the clarity you need to move forward.
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Come to our advice booth during the conference!

We help enterprising and creative people like you.  We offer personal and organizational advising that empowers people to move forward with greater clarity and awareness.

You may be facing an overwhelming decision, feeling stuck, or dealing with difficult interpersonal issues.  We help you get to the heart of the matter quickly and offer practical insights for creative solutions. In addition we can serve as a sounding board, help with strategic planning, and assist with step-by-step problem solving.

We work with individuals and organizations, and customize our approach with each client. We draw from a wide variety of design, psychological, and other tools for expanding awareness and developing skills. We are available for one-time consultations as well as on-going advising and education.

For more information, visit our website at Create The Good Life or give us a call at 707-694-1872.

~ Beth & Eric 

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Beth Meredith & Eric Storm

Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contributions that our unique environment brings to the quality of life in Petaluma and the greater Petaluma Area. The PACC seeks to further enhance the quality of life of all Petalumans while sustaining our unique environment for the benefit of future generations. To that end, the PACC will continue to support and encourage programs to enhance the Arts, Education, Environment and Recreational opportunities within the Petaluma area.

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