AEDC would like to give a very warm welcome to one of our newest employees, Hannah Joy! Hannah is so excited to be joining the team at AEDC, “I really align with their philosophy of “funding opportunity”. We got together with Ms. Joy to learn more about her and here’s what she had to say!
What did you do prior to joining AEDC?
I just came from the legal cannabis space, where I represented a mom-and-pop farm as their director of operations which meant I was in charge of their compliance, sales, and marketing. Basically, I helped them transition into the legal marketplace. Through that, I got involved with Project Trellis, Humboldt County's program for micro-grants and loans.
How do you think you will apply your knowledge to your new position?
I have a sole proprietorship and have been operating in the small business space for about 7 years. So, I have experience with the hardships and obstacles of having your own business and being an entrepreneur. And being a small business owner, I know the difficulties that come along with all of that as I’ve gone through the SBDC process myself. Experiencing firsthand just how hard that process can be as a single female and with existing barriers to entry, it is my hope to use my new position as an advocate for the communities who need assistance the most.
Tell us more about your own business…
I am the owner of NorCal Perfect Bar, a distribution company for Perfect Bar that is now nationally recognized and can be found in our local markets and other places like Starbucks and WholeFoods. They have somewhat of a rags-to-riches story, and are now doing fantastic. We were the first distributor for that product and we are now the only small, locally-owned distributor.
When you're not helping people grow their businesses or fund microloans where can we find you?
I LOVE Humboldt and I can’t seem to get away from it no matter how hard I try. And, I just bought a house, so I’ve been working on renovating and adding an ADU as a personal passion project. I also love surfing, hiking, and solo backpacking in the Trinity Alps.