North Coast Small Business Pandemic Update
Dear Clients and Friends of North Coast SBDC:

We're going to send you regular updates as new information comes to us. Some messages will come daily and others less often during this fluid situation.

Please see below for today's news.
Latest News 3/17/2020
SBA COVID 19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications are open for California. Announcement here . Online application portal here . Note : while Humboldt and Del Norte Counties are not yet on the list of counties approved for application we expect that to change very soon. We will update you as soon as we know more. Meanwhile if you plan to apply please download and read the application packet so you can start pulling your financial data and documents together.

COVID Economic Resilience Committee (CERC)-Humboldt
A Committee got together for the first time Monday morning to work on providing information, resources, and services to support local businesses and employers through the COVID 19 pandemic. This group is self-organizing and currently comprises representatives from SBDC, the Chambers, County and City departments, and more. North Coast SBDC is on point for service and information delivery, so please keep telling us what your questions and needs are . We are reaching out to leaders in Del Norte to find out what the coordinated response is in DNATL.

Coping with COVID Webinars:

Emergency cash flow resources and opportunities. Wednesday, March 18th, 11 am - 12:30 pm. Register here . This webinar will be recorded and shared.

Prepping to apply for Emergency SBA Economic Injury Loans
Thursday, 3/18, 11 am -12:30 pm Register here . This webinar will be recorded and shared.
Resources for Small Businesses
Get Advice in this Sunday's Business Sense column with reflections and advice from the North Coast SBDC Director.

Stay Updated COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Small Business is updated daily or more:

Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and your business here

Sign up at the Small Business Emergency Preparedness mailing list & submit a question:

Get confidential layoff or closure help ... manage and support your employees during forced closures or layoffs with the Layoff Rapid Response team by emailing or calling (707) 445-9720 x211

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
North Coast SBDC Center Service Continuity
Is the Center headquarters open?
Yes. On Tuesday, March 17th the Center's main office at 520 E Street, Eureka will be open and staffed. We will report whether this changes on our voicemail messages, Google Business page , Facebook page , and Web Site .

Staff are wiping down door handles and other high-touch surfaces several times a day and welcoming clients with questions in the larger main office to maintain six feet of social distancing.

If staff are instructed to self-isolate at home we will still provide services via phone, email, and videoconference.

Can I call you or come in if COVID-19 is affecting my business?
Yes for now. In the near future the front door to the building we're in may be locked to the public and unscheduled visits. Also, please be aware that staff are working at top intensity to maintain ongoing operations while ramping up during the crisis so please start by accessing the resources above to see if we've already answered your question.

Please call (707) 445-9720 x210 or email rather than visiting if you have any possible COVID-19 symptoms or are concerned about possible exposure.

Is my workshop still running?
Probably. Most of our workshops through May are still on and will be 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.
North Coast Small Business Development Center
Humboldt: (707) 445-9720 | Del Norte: (707) 464-2168
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