This Week
Special Alerts
Employee-owned businesses are recession-resilient
Times Standard Business Sense 2/28/2021:
Many owners are struggling to exit, new entrepreneurs are eager to start, and employees are working hard to keep their jobs or find new ones. What sits squarely in the middle of all that activity? Worker ownership. Read

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eBay: Up & Running California
A new eBay / CA Office of the Small Business Advocate program offers free e-commerce training for 300 businesses. Apply at until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 11. Learn More
The Inclusivity Project - The Black Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • $100 million to start up or grow
  • 100 new Black-owned businesses
  • 1,000 Black entrepreneurs get lifetime business mentorship

Pandemic Updates
New California Pandemic Relief Package
On February 23, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package that will speed needed relief to households and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19. Read more here.
More $ for CA Relief Grants!
The state added $2 billion – a four-fold increase – for the grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Are you a wait-listed applicant from Round 1 or Round 2? Good news! Your application will be re-considered starting March 5, 2021. No need to reapply or call.

Bookmark for further announcements.
Federal Pandemic Relief News
Click here for updates on the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances, Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG), and the latest federal relief package in progress.
What's in the federal stimulus package for small businesses?
Watch this recorded briefing from Small Business Majority
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.
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.
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Sign up to be notified when the popular North Coast SBDC Fall 2021 Food Business Program applications open up.
Worker Ownership Academy (Apr)
Are you interested in starting up a new worker-owned cooperative? Learn more at

Are you a business owner interested in selling to your employees? Email Director Leila Roberts for info about a feasibility consultation with Project Equity.
The Business Side of Farming (May-Oct)
Do you have or want to start a farm business in Humboldt?

North Coast Growers Association (NCGA) and North Coast SBDC are proudly partnering to bring you fresh programming and coaching this year. Visit for general program details.

Sign up to be notified when the May - October program registration opens up.
Digital Marketing Intensive (Spring)
Get ready for the return of in-person retail and the summer tourist season by sharpening your web presence, search engine results, and social media best practices. We're working on a spring digital marketing intensive program that includes a personalized audit of your web presence, workshops, and individual coaching. Details coming soon. Visit for general program details.

Sign up to be notified when the April intensive registration opens up
Business Succession Program (Dates TBD)
Own a business? Own your exit. Smart business owners plan their exit from day one. We're lining up coaching, business value driver assessment, and workshops for seasoned business owners planning to sell in 1-10 years. and

Sign up to be notified when the next business exit workshops are scheduled.
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: