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August 2015
In This Issue
Funding Workshop
Board Member Spotlight
Business Leader Luncheons
Partner News
Partner News
Business Leader Luncheons
SBA 504 Rate Update
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From the Executive Director
Summer is coming to a close and clearly, we're getting back to business here on the North Coast.  This month offers an opportunity to meet some of our Foodworks businesses, learn about finding money for your business, find statistics and other valuable information on the new Prosperity Website and learn about the state of business confidence in the report just released by HSU and the County Economic Development Department. You can also encourage and support new and emerging businesses by attending the Humboldt Business Challenge Stage 3 Award Ceremony happening   September 1 Please take the time to meet your business neighbors and get involved where you can.  Your experience, and the community, will be richer for it.

Educational Opportunity    

If you are in business, or are thinking about a business where you will need additional funding, don't miss this chance to learn about funding options.
Burnet Brown, a seasoned marketing strategist who has worked with small start ups and Fortune 500 Companies will be available to share his experience with Entrepreneurs, Inventrepreneurs, Economic Development Professionals, Early-preneurs and Wise-preneurs.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

363 Indianola Rd, Bayside

Brown will share ideas about: 
  • Developing funding strategic plans
  • Developing an investor pitch presentations
  • Identifying the factors most important in influencing investor investment decisions
  • Developing investor engagement strategies, evaluating investor profiles
  • Developing targeted angel and VC contact information
  • Learning about local grants, loans, and local investment opportunities, 
  • Finding government funding sources, (SBIR grants for small businesses, and others) and securing marketing and licensing partners as well as raising capital

To register 
Email your interest, name, and phone number to Maureen Hart at [email protected].

Thanks to event sponsors
Redwood Coast Rural Action * Arcata Economic Development Corporation * Small Business Development Center * Redwood Region Economic Development Commission * Redwood Coast Energy Authority

AEDC Board  
Meet Board Member
Kathy Montagne
Kathy Montagne has served on the AEDC Board of Directors since 2004. She also serves on the executive and audit committees, and has previously served on the program committee.
"I joined the Board after a community-wide study of the economic impact of child care and early childhood was conducted and shared with the community," Montagne recalled. "The Director of AEDC invited me to join the Board in order for there to be a voice for the numerous non-profit organizations in our community."
Montagne has been the Executive Director of Northcoast Children's Services for 26 years, which provides Head Start, Preschool, Childcare and Early Head Start programs  to over 1,000 children in 25 locations in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. "Managing State and Federal funding and 240 staff in many settings and communities has been relevant to my service with AEDC.

Montagne also had first hand experience with AEDC when they worked together to finance a project. "A EDC funded loans for us in the 1980's for facilities in a Community Development Project with the City of Arcata and I was impressed with their knowledge of the community and professionalism."
Montagne said the opportunities for larger Community Partnership projects and an increase in the diversity of funders and opportunities to fund projects and businesses in a much larger geographic area is part of her attraction to the AEDC Board. "I also served on the [AEDC] Program Committee as Chair," She said. "It was gratifying to see the IDA program grow as AEDC took over the project. Lemonade Day offers an opportunity for school age kids to "learn by doing" about starting a small business and Spotlight on Success brings the community together to celebrate  our small businesses and learn from each other."
Montagne is currently the AEDC Board Secretary, and also serves on the Eureka Housing Advisory Board, the Local Childcare Planning Council, and the Children's Oral Health Steering Committee. 
Food Works News 

Visit Arcata's Food Works   

Royal Cookie Capers invites the community to the ope ning of their new storefront at the Arcata Foodworks Building

Saturday,  September 5th 
11 am to 3 pm

100 Ericson Ct. #145 (off HWY 299)

Enjoy cinnamon rolls and champagne!

Sample gluten free
* Cinnamon rolls
* Banana bread
* Donuts

  • Live Music
  • A Photo Booth

Also meet other FoodWorks tenants with samples and food for sale.

Partner News  


Partner News 


A t a reception held on August 14, the County of Humboldt Prosperity Partners unveiled the Business Confidence Report, a joint project of the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board and Humboldt State University School of Business.

The full report can be viewed   HERE 

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Attendees also got their first look at the new Redwood Coast Prosperity  website , which is now live and features an online economic dashboard, wealth of business resources, industry profiles and other valuable information. 

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The event was held at Humboldt County Office of Education's new Sequoia Conference Center, which is located at 901 Myrtle Avenue in Eureka. 

For more information, email  [email protected]

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Friends also gathered to say goodbye to Jacqueline Debets, who is leaving the Humboldt County Department of Economic Development after 15 years.  She has taken a new position in Placer County. 

Even More Food Works News 
New Coffee Chocolate 
Drakes' Glen Creations (and former AEDC IDA Client) recently held a Product Launch Party at Six Rivers Brewery to introduce their new line of  Coffee Chocolates made with 100% Kona Coffee.

  Drakes Glen new line of coffee chocolates has 
  • All natural ingredients
  • Fair trade chocolate
  • NO GMOs 

Drakes Glen offers delivery and pick up service in Humboldt County and can ship chocolate anywhere.

For more information or to order delicious local chocolate, please visit 

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Drakes Glen Owners Sandy and Michael Nakashim are originally from  Kaneohe, Hawaii and look forward to sharing their love of all things Hawaiian with their chocolate loving customers, including  100% Kona Coffee grown by their long time friends and owner of Konaloha Farm on the Big Island. 

For more information
please visit

SBA Commercial Property 504 rates


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SBA 504 Current
  • Low down payment for borrowers
  • Competitive fixed interest rate
  • Long Term loan
  • From $50,000 to $5 million for commercial real estate, construction and equipment acquisition.
Many commercial loans available on the market require a sizeable percentage down before the loan will be granted, and this can be an obstacle for many business owners looking to improve their facilities. The SBA 504 Loan offers a solution for that -- you can borrow up to 90% of your financing needs at a fixed rate, so only a minimum of 10% down is required.
The remainder is split between the SBA loan (40%) and a bank loan (50%), and the Arcata Economic Development Corporation will work with your bank to submit your loan application. Loan amounts range from $50,000 to $5 million, and some restrictions apply.  

Kelli Sterling

Loan Manager

(707) 822-4616  Ext 14

[email protected]

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We are proud of the variety of businesses we've served over the years at AEDC. We would love to include you in our family of success stories. 


Visit to get more information about AEDC loans, events and programs. 



Ross Welch
Executive Director
(707) 822-4616 ext. 11