Business Cluster named one of six iHub job centers

ROHNERT PARK – The Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster has a new tag to add to incubator, business education provider and green tech business center.

The state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has named it one of six Innovation Hubs in California as part of a new program to stimulate job creation.

"We spent many hours putting this together," said Business Cluster Executive Director Michael Newell. The cluster currently houses 17 companies.

Collaboration was key to winning the designation, which will eventually lead to state and federal funds.

The business cluster was able to point to a healthy list of public and private collaborators, including Sonoma State University, the cities and chambers of commerce of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, the North Bay Angels investment group, the Marin Economic Forum, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and the Small Business Development Center at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

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