North Coast Small Business Pandemic Update 5/13
ALERT: Later today Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services will be releasing phase 2 self-certification instructions for workplaces: Keep an eye on this page.
PENDING Federal legislation affecting small businesses is under debate. Read the fact sheet about the small business aspects of the Heroes Act ( visit updates page ) and submit your questinos and input to John Driscoll of Rep. Jared Huffman's office: 
PENDING Del Norte County Dept of Public Health is working on the "variance plan" for phase 2 reopening instructions. Keep an eye on this page
North Coast SDBC Webinars
Managing Cash Flow in Uncertain Times (Thriving Together Series)
The first of the new Thriving Together series. Best practices for crisis cash flow management and agile scenario planning. Register by noon to get Zoom webinar link.
Art As a Business: Program Info Session #2
Want to earn a (better) living as an artist or craftmaker? Sign up for an info session to learn more about this special program for artists on the North Coast to start and grow their business. This "Art as a Business" cohort learning program will run for three months in 2020. Visit for program details.
Help for Restaurants
New! Preparing to Offer Safe Dine-in Service
It is not yet time to offer dine-in service, but now is a good time to start planning for how to do it safely. This document provides guidance for dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.
Restaurants: Pivot to Take-Out and Delivery
How to Pivot quickly and effectively for takeout and delivery. Learning from other pivoters and how they successfully converted their menus.
Restaurants: Negotiate Your Rent and Lease
Landlords understand that there will be a 50% or more occupancy rate over the next few years. Now is the best time to get in there and negotiate better lease and rent terms.
Partner Events
Prepare Del Norte Hosts Business Owner Input Sessions by Industry
Share your ideas, questions, and reopening plans with the Del Norte Economic Resiliency Committee and the Department of Public Health.
Fortuna Chamber Chat: Banker Q & A
Discuss PPP loans, community funding, and the impact COVID-19 has had on our community members. Guest speakers include Mandy Marquez & Laura Morris (CCCU), Bob Judevine & Jennifer Budwig (RCB), Chris Broadstock (TCB), Kelly Isaacson (Umpqua), and Jessica Hindley (US Bank).
Other Northern California SBDC Webinars
Social Media Mondays in May (NorCal SBDC)
Tips, tools and best practices for businesses that now rely on social media marketing more than ever to promote their goods and services. May 11th: Facebook. May 18th: Instagram. May 25th: LinkedIn
Selling Online - Success Tools (NorCal SBDC)
Third webinar in a four part series designed to help you recover faster. Discover how easy it is to use online tools. If you're new to doing things online and how to begin connecting with folks online, learn how easy it is to augment your regular process of selling and outreach.
Ask SBDC Resource Center from Northern California SBDC, plus M-W-F 10:30 am webinars
ASK SBDC is an initiative of the Northern California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s), and is part of our continued effort to do everything in our creative power to help your business overcome the challenges of the current economic crisis and prepare your business to reopen.
North Coast SBDC Center Service Continuity
Stay Updated COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Small Business is updated daily or more:

Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 for your business  here and download the California SBDC's COVID-19 Survival Guide for Small Business here .

Sign up for the Small Business Emergency Response mailing list:

Get confidential layoff or closure help ... manage and support your employees during forced closures or layoffs emailing or calling (707) 445-9720

Get confidential management or finance help ... figure out how to maximize income, reduce expenses, apply for disaster funding and more by signing up to speak with a business advisor at
Is the Center headquarters open?
The office is closed BUT your North Coast SBDC team is working from home during our Shelter in Place order. Please call 707-445-9720 or email instead. Visit the  North Coast SBDC Service Continuity Update page   to understand how we are handling your needs and questions.

Also, please be aware that staff are working at top intensity to respond to increased demand during the crisis so please start by accessing the resources above to see if we've already answered your question.

Is my workshop still running?
Probably. Most of our workshops through May are still on and are being offered virtually via Zoom. Register for the workshops you want to attend and we will send you login instructions. You'll need a computer, decent Internet speed, and ideally a separate phone. The workshops that require a high level of interaction and/or computer labs will be postponed.

Can I still meet with my business advisor?
Yes. Our advisors are independent contractors so we leave it up to you two to decide where and how to meet. Many of our advisors are prepared to meet with you by phone and/or videoconference to make sure you continue to get the help you need.

How do I use Zoom to access services virtually?
Zoom is the videoconferencing services we're using to deliver our workshops live. Most of our business advisors are also using to be in communication with you. It's flexible--can be used as a phone service, a videoconference service, to share views of what's on your computer so you can look at financial statements together, etc.

Please make sure that you have downloaded and installed the  Zoom program  on your computer in advance. It’s fairly fast and easy, but does take a few minutes.

And if this is your first time here is a short video tutorial on YouTube from Geeks on Tour: How do I join a Zoom meeting?
North Coast Small Business Development Center
Humboldt: (707) 445-9720 | Del Norte: (707) 464-2168
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