Week of October 19 - 23, 2020
October 20: Financial Thinking for Start-ups (North Coast SBDC)

October 21: FINAL Info Session - AWEsome Business Competition (North Coast SBDC)

October 21: Government Contracting 101 (NorCal PTAC)

October 22: Choose the Right Entity for Your Small Business (North Coast SBDC)
Special Alerts
North Coast SBDC is hiring!
Serve our small business community as the next SBDC Fiscal & Operations Manager. Full time, full benefits
Food Manufacturers! Restaurants! Caterers! Farmers!
Choose Humboldt! Shop Local. Launches Nov 1st.
Create a strong, unified voice promoting the importance of shopping locally during the COVID 19 crisis and the 2020 holiday season. The Choose Humboldt Coalition offers locally owned businesses social media reach of over 40,000, email marketing, in-store branded signage, radio and print advertising. Record a short (30-60 sec) video on your smartphone answering any of the following questions:
  • Why is shopping locally important?
  • Tell us about your favorite Humboldt County holiday tradition?
  • Tell us your founding story?
  • Share something new about your business
  • Does your business actively give back to the community? Tell us about it.

Email your recording to Lynette Mullen at lynette.mullen@gmail.com
Pregunte a Maddy McLaughlin o Leila Roberts sobre nuestros servicios en español: espanol@northcoastsbc.org o (707) 445-9720. Programas bilingues financiado por Humboldt Area Foundation.
Pandemic Updates
California Rebuilding Fund Tentative Launch in 1-2 weeks

Stay tuned for details about a new loan fund to support California's small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Work with your advisor to get loan-ready now.
Humboldt Small Business Restart & Recovery Grant Program

The fund is still open and still has funds! Apply before December for reimbursement of your COVID-related expenses.

Meanwhile sign up to have a business consultant help you with your application at northcoastsbdc.org/apply or for a reminder of who your advisor is contact Maddy McLaughlin at admin@northcoastsbdc.org or 707-445-9720
Eureka Cares Restaurant, Bar & Retailer Grants Program
Learn more and apply for $5,000 grants and other benefits from the City of Eureka.
Redwood Region Bulk Purchasing Program for PPE

Need Personal Protective Equipment for your business? Access a better price per unit through this regional bulk purchasing program generously managed by Humboldt Made and the Humboldt Area Foundation. Questions? Email Alanna Powell at alanna@humboldtmade.com.

Northern California SBDC hosts a regular drop-in meeting for small business owners. They share the latest updates from the SBA and other sources and answer questions. Sign up here.
Events & Programs Coming Soon
Arcata Chamber Fall Business Forum
Bringing an Equity Lens to Hiring and Retention (10/21)

Improve your job postings, hiring, and employee retention with help from Equity Arcata's welcoming businesses working group.

Zero Waste in the Time of COVID (10/29)

Reduce costs and waste even as the pandemic drives up take-out and single use packaging.
AWEsome Business Competition
Business Model Competition Info Session (10/21)

Have you dreamed of starting or growing your sustainable agriculture, water, or energy business? This is your chance!

Learn more at awesomecomp.com
Getting Started Series
Help for people who want to start a business: northcoastsbdc.org/learn-basics
Financial Thinking for Start-ups (10/20)
Get exposed to business financial thinking and learn a bit about how to manage your business taxes, start up costs, risks, cash flow, and more!
Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Business (10/22)

Learn from a business lawyer about the various legal structures for new businesses, plus the legal and tax consequences of each entity. A FREE workshop from our partner, Small Business Majority.
Business Basics Series
Core skills for startups and refreshers for all businesses: northcoastsbdc.org/learn-basics
Think Like a Marketer (10/27)
What is brand identity. How can you create yours. How to find and reach your target markets. Create key customer personas. Analyze your competition. When, why, and how to advertise, etc. Leave with a basic marketing plan.
Financial Basics for Business Owners (11/3)
Using a case study, learn how to read your business' financial statements and calculate your breakeven point. Learn how to identify the management information you will need to run your business successfully. Using this knowledge of your financial statements, we show you how to plan your business' future with a quick overview of how to do financial projections.
Business Planning for the Real World (11/10)
Learn how to create a living plan with a Business Model Canvas. Who is your competition and what makes you different? What are your true costs? This approach works for new businesses and growth strategies for existing businesses.
Farmers and Ag Businesses
Do you have or want to start a farm business in Humboldt?

North Coast Growers Association (NCGA) and North Coast SBDC are proudly partnering to bring you fresh programming and coaching in Winter 2020-21.

Visit northcoastsbdc.org/farm for program details. Email flights@northcoastsbdc.org to get onto emailing list.
Upcoming Learning Programs
Digital Marketing & E-Commerce
Grow sales, reach more customers. Do it more efficiently. Info at northcoastsbdc.org/ebiz
Financial Management & Bookkeeping
Understand your financials. Manage your bookeeping. Make good business decisions. Info at northcoastsbdc.org/learn-bookkeeping
HR for Business Owners
Compliance. Recruitment. Supervision. And much more. Info at northcoastsbdc.org/learn-HR
Business Succession Program
Own a business? Own your exit. Smart business owners plan their exit from day one. Workshops, specialized consulting, and peer coaching for seasoned business owners planning to sell in 1-10 years. northcoastsbdc.org/help-selling and northcoastsbdc.org/help-buying
Partner News & Events
Community wide event celebrating Humboldt's Black arts scene hosted by Black Humboldt community members. Enjoy comedy, music videos, musical performances, poetry & more, while our hosts discuss Black culture, Arts and life.
Greater Eureka Chamber
October 1 - January 21: ArtBiz Art Auction
Job listing for the Smart Workforce Center has changed to regional website for jobseekers. You can now find and post job listings at https://northstatejobs.com/smart/
Arcata Chamber
McKinleyville Chamber
Southern Humboldt Chamber
Willow Creek Chamber
Fortuna Chamber
North Coast Small Business Development Center
Humboldt: (707) 445-9720 | Del Norte: (707) 464-2168
North Coast SBDC Learning Programs also generously funded by: