Business & Industry Groups

Business professionals in Solano County have many opportunities to connect with peers at the local level, regionally and statewide through these business groups. Solano EDC holds occasional events and industry group meetings that bring together like-minded business leaders.

Contact pat@solanoedc.org to get on our mailing list.

Organization/Phone Programs and Services
Business Support and Networking
Benicia Chamber of Commerce

(707) 745-2120
  • Ambassadors
  • Benicia Industrial Park Association (BIPA) – periodic meetings
  • Benicia Mini Maker Faire – annual event
  • BIZNET – weekly networking 
  • Business Advocacy Committee (BAC), formerly Legislative Affairs Committee – meets monthly 
  • Business After Hours – monthly networking events
  • Southampton Shopping Center – meets monthly 
  • Many Chamber-sponsored events each month
  • Variety of one-day volunteer opportunities
Dixon Chamber of Commerce

(707) 678-2650
  • Ambassadors
  • Dixon May Fair Parade Committee
  • Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Monthly Mixers
Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce

(707) 425-4625
  • Advocacy Council – government, regulatory, ballot measures
  • Ambassador Committee – meets monthly
  • Business Education Committee – meets monthly
  • Leadership Today – meets monthly; corporate sponsorship
  • Monthly Mixers
  • Political Action Committee
  • Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee – advocacy
Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce

(707) 374-2700
  • After Hours Mixers – monthly
  • Business Displays and Referrals
  • By Members for Members – discounts for B2B
  • Hot Sheets – advertise in monthly newsletter inserts
  • Power Lunches
  • Wake Up Rio Vista – monthly meeting with City departments

Vacaville Chamber of Commerce

(707) 448-6424

 

  • After Hour Mixers
  • Ambassador Committee
  • Business Action & Political Action Committees (BAC-PAC)
  • Business Issues & Advocacy Committee
  • Business Resources Committee – business education
  • Business Walks – chamber volunteers, elected and appointed officials, city staff team up to personally visit local businesses
  • Cowtown Classic Golf Tournament – annual fundraiser
  • Fundraising Events Committee
  • Innovation Expo – annual event
  • Leadership Today program – meets monthly
  • Membership Committee
  • Morning Wake Up
  • Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee 
Vallejo Chamber of Commerce

(707) 644-5551
  • Ambassadors & Membership Committee
  • Annual events – Installation Dinner, Winemakers Dinner and Auction, Golf Tournament
  • Business Retention Task Force – monthly meetings
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Good Morning Vallejo
  • Governmental Affairs & Political Advocacy Committee
  • Mare Island Task Force – meets every other month
  • Vallejo Business Alliance – monthly meetings  
  • ValNet – weekly networking for B2B
California Manufacturers & Technology Association

(916) 441-5420
  • Business Advocacy and Capital Updates
  • Jobs Board
  • Monthly Committee Conference Calls – Energy, Environmental Quality, Government Relations, Tax, Climate Change Advisory, Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment
  • Research, Reports, Editorials
California Chamber of Commerce

(916) 444-6670
  • Advocacy and education on domestic and international issues
  • Information and advocacy on dozens of topics
  • Publications for sale, e.g. annual benefits survey, employee handbook software
California Small Business Association

(310) 642-0838
  • Access to Capital and Credit Issue Committee – conference calls
  • Advocacy, legislative involvement, and member education
  • Buy California Small Business First campaign
  • Energy and Environment Issue Committee – conference calls
  • Healthcare Issues Committee – conference calls
  • Small Business Advisory Councils – held at legislative districts 
  • Technology and Telecom Issue Committee – conference calls
Trade Associations
Solano County Farm Bureau

(707) 449-8044
  • Advocacy and updates on agricultural issues
  • Networking and education
  • Young Farmers and Ranchers standing committee 
  • Special events
Solano Grown
  • Marketing partnership of Solano County farmers and ranchers
  • Solano County Farmbudsman program
Solano Napa Builders Exchange

(707) 255-2515
  • Advocacy
  • Safety Advisory Council and Education
  • Special events and workshops
Statewide Associations 
International Trade

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBIZ)

International Trade and Investment

(916) 322-0694
  • California Centers for International Trade
  • California State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP)
  • Export Assistance
  • Trade Missions
Northern California World Trade Center

(855) 667-2259
  • Counseling, seminars, networking opportunities, trade missions
  • Capital Region Export Plan
  • Top programs in Sacramento and/or Bay Area: Ag & Agritourism, Food Safety, Sustainable Energy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology, Women in Leadership, US Foreign Policy and Trade Relations, Civil Society, Human Rights Advocacy, Environment & Climate Change

Bay Area Center for International Trade Development

(650) 738-7098
  • International trade education for businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Export readiness assessment
  • Inbound buyers’ missions and export trade missions
  • Student internship program

Export-Import Bank of the United States Ex-Im Bank

(415) 705-2280
  • Export financing and credit insurance
  • Learning resources (videos, webinars, white papers, newsletters)

Fair Trade USA

(510) 663-5260
  • Certifies that products were produced ethically and meet social environmental and economic standards; in the U.S. Fair Trade certifies certain food products, flowers, oils, wine and apparel
  • Connects farmers, cooperatives, and U.S. businesses
  • Resources, materials, and assistance

Federal Trade Commission

(415) 848-5100 Western Region

Information and resources for:

  • Advertising, endorsements, environmental marketing, health claims, Made in USA claims, telemarketing
  • Credit and finance, debt collection, payments, billing
  • Privacy and security – consumer privacy, credit reporting, data security, identity theft prevention program
International Trade Administration

(415) 705-2300 (San Francisco)
  • Export assistance, education, market intelligence, advocacy
  • Events and trade missions
  • Export compliance seminars

U.S. Small Business Administration
San Francisco District Office

(916) 566-7170 (Sacramento)
(510) 273-7350 (Oakland)

  • Export Assistance
  • Financing
Source: California Chamber of Commerce; California Small Business Association; Benicia Chamber of Commerce; Dixon Chamber of Commerce; Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce; Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce; Vacaville Chamber of Commerce; Vallejo Chamber of Commerce; LinkedIn.com; ryze.com; Solano County Farm Bureau; California Business Roundtable; California Farm Bureau Federation; California League of Food Processors; California Manufacturing and Technology Association; California Solar Energy Industries Association; Angel Capital Association; ARCH Venture Partners; Astia Angels; Cross Link Capital; DCA Capital Partners; Golden Seeds; Forerunner Ventures; North Bay Angels; Sacramento Angles; Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBIZ); Bay Area Center for International Trade Development; California International Business Association; Ex-Im Bank; Fair Trade USA; Federation of International Trade Associations; Federal Trade Commission; International Trade Administration - San Francisco US Export Assistance Center; Northern California World Trade Center; California Secretary of State; U.S. Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office, August 2016