September 2022 Eureka Chamber Membership News
Warm Greetings!

Nancy Olson
One month and eight days in. Since joining the Chamber, I’ve had conversations with dozens of business and community leaders. Listening to their insights and perspectives, I’m excited about the trajectory of our Chamber, opportunities for meaningful collaboration, and the future of our region.

I recognize even more fully that I am following a path laid by many generations before me. A particularly poignant moment for our office was one day last month, when the long-time Chamber building on Broadway was taken down to make room for new community development. It was a difficult happening for Chamber staff, volunteers and members who served the greater Eureka area for years from that space. And yet it is symbolic of the ongoing evolution needed to serve our community’s evolving needs.

In a recent article by Leila Roberts, the Director of the North Coast Small Business Development Center, she reflected on opportunities before essentially every sector as our region moves toward the future: construction and engineering, K-16 education and child care, tourism and retail, agriculture and aquaculture, finance and real estate, entrepreneurs and artisans, nonprofits and local government, and more. We will all be impacted by the transformation ahead for our community.

In preparation, I hope you’ll join me and hundreds of other regional leaders for Growing Forward: The Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Virtual Summit being held September 22-23. There you’ll have opportunity to hear from world class speakers, engage in game-changing conversations, and learn what you need to know about what’s happening – and what’s to come – across our region.

We would also love to see you at our next Chamber mixer on Thursday, September 15 starting at 5:30pm. We will be at the Sequoia Park Zoo, where you can visit the animals, enjoy good food and drink, enter to win a prize – and hang out with some fantastic humans!

I look forward to navigating these complex times alongside all of you, and building our vibrant future.
September Mixer at the Zoo
Explore the Zoo and network with our local businesses on Thursday, September 15 at 5:30pm. (3414 W Street) This is your chance to meet the new Executive Director of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation!
Membership Directory Now With
New Features!
Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your business marketing year-round at an affordable cost!
Act now! Deadline to submit your ad is Tuesday, September 29, for a publish date of October 30.
August Mixer at the
Clarke Historical Museum
There was a record turnout for the August Mixer at the Clarke Historical Museum. Thank you to our host and their co-host, the City of Eureka. Cassaro's Catering did a fine job, as always, with our nibbles!
100 Businesses Served
Through Elevate!
In September the Elevate program will graduate its 100th Humboldt business! We aren't ready to stop there, though! There is still time to register your business for this outstanding digital marketing workshop before the grant funding expires. Stay tuned for even more exciting options with Elevate: Next Level!
Host a 2023 Mixer
Chamber after-hours networking events are a perfect way to gain exposure for your company. Would you like more visibility for your business? Showcase what you do and how you do it by bringing area professionals into your business for an enjoyable evening of networking, fun and camaraderie.
Business News From the City of Eureka
City of Eureka Business Facade Improvement Rebates
Did you know that the City of Eureka has rebates for façade and security improvements for businesses? This pilot program is intended to improve the appearance of commercial buildings within the City limits while promoting building security for Eureka businesses through the use of city grant rebates. For more information and the grant application, contact Swan Asbury at
Important Information for all Area Businesses!
Statewide Organic Waste Regulations Starting January 2022
SB 1383: Short-lived Climate Pollutants is a statewide effort to reduce organic waste disposal by 50% and increase edible food donation by 20% required by every city and county in California. ​
Eureka to Welcome Two
Cruise Ships in September
Eureka will welcome two ships this month, starting with the Regent cruise ship MS Oceania Regatta on Wednesday, September 14th at 8 a.m., followed by the Scenic cruise line’s Scenic Eclipse on Saturday, September 24th at 8 a.m.
PG&E Small Business Resource Guide
Upgrade equipment and improve operations at your business with the small business resource guide.
Vaughn Peterson Joins Coast Central
Coast Central Credit Union announced that Vaughn Peterson has been appointed Vice President, Information Systems, reporting to President/CEO James T. Sessa.
Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Virtual Summit
Join Us for the 2nd Annual Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Virtual Summit on September 22-23, 2022! Growing Forward: Shape the Change is a two-day virtual economic summit designed to foster innovative thinking throughout our region, as well as adjacent tribal lands.
Update on COVID Paid Sick Leave
AB 152 (Committee on Budget) COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave passed the Legislature on August 31 and awaits action by the Governor. The bill establishes the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to help qualified small businesses or nonprofits with grants up to $50,000 to reimburse COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.
Redwood Coast Music Festival is Back!
Get your tickets now as prices will increase at the door. Save the dates and let the good times roll!
Volunteers Needed for Santa's Workshop
The Eureka Host Lions Club and the Fortuna Kiwanis have teamed up for a very special Christmas event on December 14 & 15, 2022 at Humboldt Grange #501, on Humboldt Hill Road. Businesses are encouraged to lend their support!
Alzheimer's Association Classes
The Alzheimer's Association is offering several classes for support and learning.
A Successful Summer Fundraiser
Humboldt Sponsors recently held its first summer fundraiser since 2019. “A Night Under the Stars,” a private event open to Humboldt Sponsors members and their guests, took place August 9, 2022, at Septentrio Winery in Arcata.
School’s Back in Session: Recap of Leaves Available to Working Parents
CalChamber Labor and Employment Vice President Bianca Saad and CalChamber employment law expert Matthew Roberts provide a refresher on school-related leaves of absence and labor laws, including school activities leave, school appearance leave, sick leaves, and accommodating flexible schedules.