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April 6th & 8th - North Coast Worker Owned Academy (6 sessions)
April 6th - Artisan Food Webinar - 2 Part Series (NorCal SBDC)
April 6th - Employee Retention Credit (NorCal SBDC)
April 7th - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (NorCal SBDC)
April 8th & 9th - Starting Your Business Part 1, Part 2 (NorCal SBDC)
Pandemic Updates
CA Relief Grant Program Round 5 - Apply through 3/31
If you have not yet applied visit

If you were waitlisted for Rounds 1-4 no need to do anything. will be in touch.
NEW. Paycheck Protection Program loan applications EXTENDED through May 31st.
Sole proprietors! Are you self-employed but report income in a Schedule C in your personal tax return? You can now apply for a bigger loan and some terms are more flexible. Talk to a local lender:

See here for First Draw info and here for Second Draw info.

Questions about Forgiveness? Start here.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant launched April 8th.
Learn more at
Restaurant Revitalization Fund launching in April.
Application launch date and details not yet released. Keep an eye on
Got Questions? Ask SBDC.
Do you have questions about all the COVID relief funding options out there? AskSBDC reviews them all and includes time for Q and A. Alternate weeks include guest attorneys from CaseForce

Wednesdays at 10:30 am via Zoom.
Events & Programs Coming Soon
Pregunte a Maddy McLaughlin o Leila Roberts para servicios en español: o (707) 445-9720.
Worker Ownership Academy (Apr)
Are you interested in starting up a new worker-owned cooperative? Learn more at and join us Tuesdays & Thursdays in April 6-7:30 pm

Are you a business owner interested in selling to your employees? Email Director Leila Roberts for info about a feasibility consultation with Project Equity.
Digital Marketing Intensive (Apr)
Summer is coming! Will your best customers find you? Spend money? Keep coming back?

In the spring Digital Marketing Intensive Program you get:
  • A personalized audit and report of your web site and social media engagement (for qualified applicants).
  • Daily 12-1 pm webinars Monday-Friday April 19-23 on every aspect of your audit.
  • 10 hours of individual digital marketing or e-commerce consulting (optional).
Humboldt Small Farm Business Workshop Series (Apr-Oct)
Do you have or want to start a farm business?

North Coast Growers Association (NCGA) and North Coast SBDC are proudly partnering to bring you a May-October Small Farm Business Workshop Series.

Visit for general program details.

Sign up to be notified when the May - October program registration opens up.
You know food. We know food business. (All Year)
The regional Northern California SBDC offers excellent online programming for food businesses. View their winter/spring 2021 line up.
Sign up to be notified when the popular North Coast SBDC Fall 2021 Food Business Program applications open up.
Pivot to Product Workshop
During the Pivot to Product workshop on April 6 from 3:30-5pm, Oakland's Port Product Labs helps you construct a plan to diversify your business by offering new products.

This workshop is for both existing product-based businesses looking to expand into new lines, and service-business exploring opportunities to transition into products.

Whether you’re a restaurateur looking to bottle your sauces, an educator producing DIY kits, or farmer building green houses, this workshop is for you.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by March 30, at
Business Succession in Uncertain Times (May)
Own a business? Own your exit. Smart business owners plan their exit from day one. We're lining up coaching, business value assessment consulting, and workshops for seasoned business owners planning to sell in 1-10 years.

May dates TBD:

  • Navigating Your Business Exit in Troubled Times.

  • Employee Owned 101: A Smart Option for Your Business Legacy
Sign up to be notified when the business exit workshop registrations open up.

Partner News & Events
Greater Eureka Chamber
Job listing for the Smart Workforce Center has changed to regional website for jobseekers. You can now find and post job listings at
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: