North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Flights for Entrepreneurs

A North Coast SBDC Flight is a learning program that runs over several weeks or months. The 2017 Flights for Entrepreneurs include:


Artists & Craftmakers


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Food Makers & Sellers


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Tourist-serving Businesses


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March - October 2018

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E-Commerce Sellers

September - December

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Topic TBD

August - October 

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Ready to Apply?

Complete the Flight Application and Income Eligibility forms below and email them to or bring/mail them to North Coast SBDC Flights Program, 520 E Street, Eureka, CA 95503

Or call (707) 445-9720 / email to have the application emailed to you, and learn more about this the SBDC or this program.



What is a flight?

A North Coast SBDC Flight is a learning program that runs over several weeks or months. Flights are designed around the needs of specific industries, like tourism, artists and craftspeople, food trucks, child care providers, etc.

Is this for me?

If you’re a small business owner—or want to be: yes. Most flight participants are entrepreneurs working to start up a new business. Second-most common are owners of existing small businesses who want to grow an existing product/service line, or expand to reach new customers.

How will I benefit?

You’ll get three experiences in one: workshops, one-on-one advising with an experienced consultant, and team building with others in your industry. At the end of the program you’ll have a solid business plan, more know-how, and supportive relationships with SBDC advisors and classmates that last long past the final session. Past participants include several businesses that are now famous and thriving in Humboldt County.

What does it cost?

One on one business advising is no-cost for everyone. Workshop fees range from $0 to $100, depending on the topic and your scholarship eligibility.

For income-qualified participants, the entire program is provided at no cost, thanks to special funding.

For participants who don’t qualify for the no-cost program, North Coast SBDC makes a limited number of workshop scholarships available. 

Participants who don’t qualify for aid are also welcome. 

If I join in, what do I have to do?

  • Apply to see if you’re eligible to join this flight
  • Fill out the confidential income eligibility form to see if your expenses can be covered
  • Complete your first business advising intake meeting before the workshops begin.
  • Attend all required workshops, and as many optional workshops as possible.
  • Meet with your business advisor about once a month
  • Complete a business plan by the end of the program
  • Make a short pitch to a friendly audience on last day.

Apply Now

It all starts here. Complete the application and submit your request. A member of the SBDC will follow up with you and help you achieve your small business goals -- at no cost to you.
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Funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Governors Office for Business and Economic Development, and other private and public partners;  and nationally accredited by the association of SBDCs.