North Coast SBDC and the Crescent City / Del Norte Chamber of Commerce present:
COVID-19 and Workers' Comp (8/20)

What the heck is going on with workers' comp and COVID-19?

Are you an employer trying to keep your business going during the pandemic? Do you understand your workers' comp liability? What about your other rights and obligations as an employer during this time of crisis?

Join HR and employment law specialist Kurt Barthel for a clear, friendly, interactive briefing.

Open to all employers. Bring all your HR+COVID questions!
North Coast Small Business Pandemic Update
Humboldt County Small Business Grant Program Launches 12 noon today, Wed Aug 19th

The County of Humboldt Small Business Restart & Recovery Grant Program:

Apply for one or both:

We can help you with your application. Contact your business advisor directly or our Center Coordinator Madison McLaughlin at or (707) 445-9720
COVID Economic Resilience Group Launches "Wear a Mask" campaign

Use the hash tags #KeepHumboldtHealthy #WearAMask

Keep an eye on this page for:
  • Social media messaging and images
  • Video PSAs from business owners and families
  • Posters
  • Spanish language materials

Watch some of the early PSA videos for ideas to record your own:
Protect your business, employees, and customers. Here's how to become a #KeepHumboldtHealthy Campaign Champion:
  1. Share the campaign web site widely
  2. Weekly post one of the campaign posters to your social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
  3. Weekly post a family, friends, business photo of folks wearing masks and tag #Keep Humboldt Healthy. Be creative!
  4. Look at the speaking points and record a PSA for radio – the speaking points doc says where to email.
  5. Remember you may get tired of the campaign – but advertising needs repetition, so that's how we reach the public!
California Governor Reports Back on COVID-19 Response and Announces Future Plans

Buy PPE for your business or sell PPE you manufacture at

Look for upcoming news about:
  • Main Street Hiring Credit
  • Partnering with the Legislature to revamp the state hiring credit
  • State tax exemption on PPP awards
  • Stronger enforcement tools to protect worker health and safety **Sign up for 8/20 COVID & Workers Comp workshop**
Fraud Alert: SBA COVID-19 web page & email scam
Alert: an unknown malicious cyber actor is "spoofing" the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 relief webpage. They are using "phishing" emails with a malicious link to a fake page used for credential stealing.
Look out for an email like this:
  • Subject line, SBA Application – Review and Proceed
  • Sender: disastercustomerservice@sba[.]gov
  • Urging you to click on link:
  • hxxps://leanproconsulting[.]
  • The domain resolves to IP address: 162.214.104[.]246
And the fake web page it sends you to looks like this:
Did you miss our last three Thriving Together webinars on Business Succession and Exit Planning?

Bankruptcy: The Chapters & Implications for a Small Business Owner (NorCal SBDC)

Employee Ownership: Protect Your Legacy Even in Challenging Times

Business Exit Strategies: Owner Readiness?
This fall from Cooperation Humboldt's Worker Owned Academy

For entrepreneurs who want to start a worker owned, worker led business:

Free introduction to worker cooperatives

Worker Owned Academy

Four 90-minute interactive webinars that introduce you to the process and connect you with the resources you’ll need. 
  • September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8 from 5 to 6:30 pm
  • $60 for the series – Low-income scholarships available
Got a new business idea? Want to run your business in a new way?

Think Like a Marketer (9/8)

Financial Basics for Business Owners (9/15)

Business Planning for the Real World (9/22)
Got a food business or idea?

Whether you're still working on a new business idea or looking for good ideas to stay afloat during the pandemic, we want to know how to best train, coach, and guide you to success this fall and winter

Will you please complete a short needs and hopes survey by Tuesday, August 25th?
Normally every fall your North Coast SBDC runs a very popular "Food Business Mini-MBA". But this is not a normal year. Complete the survey above to help us pivot to serve you better.

And meanwhile check out these upcoming Northern California SBDC webinars for food businesses:

Essential Financial Skills for the Restaurateur

Restaurant Branding and Marketing Ideas in the COVID Era

Responding to the New To Go, Delivery and Provisioner Model of Running a Restaurant

Starting a Food Truck: How the Rubber Meets the Road
Email Marketing Made Simple (8/19)

Shasta-Cascade SBDC: Professional and personal services firms: using strategic partnerships, importance of LinkedIn for business, hosting events for brand awareness, networking at events, and 4 tools to grow business.
Learn How to Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely (8/26)

Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce brings back the Grow with Google team to teach you how to use Google digital tools to manage your business remotely, connect with customers, and work more efficiently. 
Digital Marketing Hour: Instagram Stories (8/26)

Shasta-Cascade SBDC: Walk through how to get started with Stories and stickers, highlight best practices for curating quality content and tips for ensuring that your Stories support your brand and encourage engagement from your followers. 
North Coast Small Business Development Center
Humboldt: (707) 445-9720 | Del Norte: (707) 464-2168
North Coast SBDC Learning Programs also generously funded by: