North Coast Small Business Pandemic Update
The Paycheck Protection Program to reopen for applications through August 8.

As of the original closing date - Tuesday, June 30 -, the Paycheck Protection Program had approximately $135 billion left.

The U.S. House and Senate have both passed the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act (P4), extending the window for business owners to apply for PPP loans to August 8, 2020. The President is expected to sign it.

In addition to the extension, P4 will decouple PPP from SBA's 7(a) lending program and allow some small business borrowers to apply for a second PPP loan.

Not all lenders will choose to participate. Please contact SBDC if you need help finding a lender accepting P4 applications.
CalCompetes Tax Credit Program Applications open July 27.

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate, stay or grow in California.

The program exists to help create new full-time jobs.

Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits. Success is based on twelve different factors including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region.

Workshops and Events

HR in the era of COVID 19 - Ready to Reopen (7/7)

Join Northern California SBDC's regional HR expert Chana Anderson to learn about the key employment law requirements to reopen your business under local, state and federal law.


Join Hospitality attorney Roberta Economidis and Norcal SBDC Restaurant Program Manager and Restaurant Real Estate Specialist, Louise Dawson for a discussion on Rent and Lease Negotiation Strategies Part II.
The Customer Experience in the New Dine In Reality (7/9)

Welcome back our friend Holly Stiel, global Hospitality and Customer Service expert, for a webinar to show restaurant owners and managers how they can merge COVID-19 government guidelines with hospitality best practices. Instead of being frustrated: get sophisticated!
How to Grow Sales in International Markets by Developing an Effective Digital Strategy (7/15)

A special Thriving Together w ebinar for businesses that want to start or grow their customer base by exporting online. Special grant opportunity will be announced!
FREE Awareness, De-escalation and Assertiveness Training for your customer service team (7/18, 7/23, 8/1)

Starting in July, College of the Redwoods Workforce & Community Education is offering five FREE Awareness, De-escalation, and Assertiveness classes by industry.

Retail: Sat, July 18, 8:30 - 11am
Hospitality: Sat, July 18, 2 - 4:30pm
Grocery: Thurs, July 23, 8:30 - 11am
Child Care: Sat, Aug 1, 8:30 - 11am
City/County Frontline Workers: Thurs, July 23, 2 - 4:30pm

Register at   o r call (707) 476-4500.
Are You Ready for Amazon? (7/16 & 7/30)

Getting your products on Amazon can be easy. Selling them on the global digital marketplace means being prepared and aligned. Learn more from Northern California SBDC's regional Amazon expert Bobby Chang. Part 1: evaluate your readiness. Part 2: get launched.
Social Media Selling (7/23)

PART 2: to be announced
Review the pros and cons of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Shopify and more with Northern California SBDC's regional expert Bobby Chang.
Lender & Financial Management Forum (7/1)

North Coast Lenders and SBDC business advisors delivered great insights. Watch the recording.
Humboldt: Get your order in by COB Tuesday for Eureka's Virtual Friday Night Market! is an online one-stop-shop for local products and services.

Makers, retailers, artists, restaurants: submit your product, package, art in this google form

Customers order your products from Saturday to Tuesday and pick up their package of Friday Night Market goodies and CSA farm boxes from the Visitor Center. If they have found your take-out menu on the site they will have pre-ordered dinner to pick up from you on the way home.

Questions? Contact Alanna Powell:  or 707-499-0379.
AskSBDC Webinars (M, W, F)

Northern California SBDC's regional Finance Center brings small business owners the latest updates and guidelines every week.

Ask an Attorney (Thursdays)

Thursdays at 4 pm (password: baseforce)
Ask pro-bono lawyers free questions via Zoom

Restaurant owners--consider asking about:
  • pros / cons of "hold harmless" agreements
  • the governor's new executive order specifying that employees required to come to a workplace who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be presumed to have gotten it at work and can claim workers' comp
  • and more.

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North Coast Small Business Development Center
Humboldt: (707) 445-9720 | Del Norte: (707) 464-2168
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