Week of October 5 - 9, 2020
October 5 & 12: How to Launch a Local Cottage Food Business (NorCal SBDC)

October 6: Women Owned Small Business Certification (NorCal PTAC)

October 6: So You Want to Start a Business? (North Coast SBDC Getting Started Series)

October 6: Your Social Media Reach During COVID (Arcata Chamber Fall Business Forum)

October 7: Grow with Google - Use YouTube to Grow Your Business (CA Office of the Small Business Advocate)

October 8: Power Pitch - Making a Great Impression (NorCal PTAC)

October 5 - 12: Farm Businesses! Complete Survey by Oct 12 to enter raffle for PRIZE (North Coast Growers Association & North Coast SBDC)
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
Eureka Cares Restaurant, Bar & Retailer Grants Program
Learn more and apply for $5,000 grants and other benefits from the City of Eureka.
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
Redwood Regional 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.
California Rebuilding Fund

Not yet launched, but stay tuned for details about a new loan fund to support California's small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Recorded: Take Control Of Your Credit During A Pandemic. View recording. Download the slides.
Events & Programs Coming Soon!
A Conversation with Arlan Hamilton (AWEsome Business Competition Series)
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 - 6:15 pm
Register now at awesomearlan.eventbrite.com

Arlan Hamilton will share lessons from her path of homelessness to founding Backstage Capital and investing millions in overlooked founders.

Pay what you can. Proceeds go directly to the AWEsome Business Competition for new ventures working to build a resilient and regenerative far Northern California through Agriculture, Water, and/or Energy.

Learn more about the AWEsome Business Competition at AWEsomecomp.com
Food Making & Retail Businesses
Northern California SBDC's Restaurant Program offers excellent workshops and consulting for new and seasoned food makers and sellers..

Coming up...
How to Launch a Local Cottage Food Business

Register separately for:
Farmers and Ag Businesses
Do you have or want to start a farm business in Humboldt North Coast Growers Association and North Coast SBDC are proudly partnering to bring you fresh programming and coaching in 2020-21.

Reply by October 12 to get signed up for raffle & prize!

Visit northcoastsbdc.org/farm for program details. Email flights@northcoastsbdc.org to get onto emailing list.
Getting Started Series
Help for people who want to start a business: northcoastsbdc.org/learn-basics
So you want to start a business?
Are you thinking of going out on your own, but not sure if you’re ready yet? What do you need to know and do first? How do you test your idea against reality? What should your support team look like? When do you decide to go ahead?
So you're ready to start a business?
Get clear answers about the start-up checklist: business name, location, legal structures, business license, fictitious business name announcement, federal tax ID, business bank account, retail seller’s permit, and much more!
Choosing your Legal Structure
Tuesday 10/20 5:30 pm

Hold the date. Registration & details coming soon from our parter, Small Business Majority.
Financial Thinking for Start-ups
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!
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.
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
Black Humboldt is giving away “Back to school kits” for low income, BIPOC community members!

Here’s how you can help:
  • Donate school/office supplies
  • Donate cash
  • Donate time. (Giving out kits) 
  • Donate 5-10$ gift cards from local restaurants! 
  • Donate a BIPOC focused story book, levels: PreK-College. (really need this!) 
  • Sponsor a student:
  1. $60 Sponsors 1 student (PreK-12th).
  2. $75 Sponsors 1 Student (College under 25).
  3. $350 Sponsors 1 student (College over 25).
  4. $1,500 Sponsors a classroom

Know someone who needs a kit!? Follow this link to sign up for yours today! https://forms.gle/i18fdudNBfxs4vuE6
Arcata Chamber

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/
Southern Humboldt Chamber
Willow Creek Chamber
Crescent City / Del Norte 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: