North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Specialty Programs

Rapid Response

SBDC and the Humboldt County Job Market partner to help business owners avoid layoffs and closure if possible, or manage down-sizing if necessary. Contact us to learn more about bringing together a no-cost, confidential Rapid Response team for your business and employees. (707) 445 9720 x213 or email rapidresponse[at]

  • Prevention. Consult with an expert business advisor to see if layoffs or closure can be avoided. Apply at
  • Support. A Rapid Response team work with you to design a customized lay-off management event for your company and affected employees. It can involve some or all of the following…

How to apply for unemployment benefits, MediCal, CalFresh
How to get help at The Job Market with job search, retraining,
Tips from a financial advisor on how to manage retirement and other savings
Counseling assistance from a trained social worker for employees who need it

Job Market experts follow up as requested by each employee to help them with individualized employment or training plans and back to work as quickly as possible. 

Humboldt Made

The North Coast SBDC played a critical role in growing Humboldt Made, a local non-profit whose mission is to build and grow businesses creating products locally. Businesses work with SBDC Advisors to streamline their business model including supply chain, work flow and customer outreach. Combined with the marketing assistance from Humboldt Made, these businesses can shorten the time it takes to enter the global marketplace. 

​Tech Futures Group

Tech Futures Group (TFG) is a group of experienced advisors who help startups and small, established technology companies.  Their charter is to help technology companies start, grow, thrive and reach the next level.  Since its inception in 2012, TFG has helped companies raise $49 million in capital.  To apply for TFG services visit their website or call (415) 494-7232.

Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Norcal PTAC) has several services for businesses in Humboldt and Del Norte counties interested in the government contracting marketplace - all of which are free - including advising, workshops and webinars, matchmaking events, and bid-matching services. To apply for PTAC's services, visit their website or call their office at (707) 826-3922.

International Trade Initiative

With 95 percent of the potential customers for U.S. goods and services living outside of the country, exporting provides vast opportunities for American businesses. If you are already exporting to one country, let us help identify other markets to reach. If you have never exported before, make a no-cost appointment with your local SBDC to let us walk you through how to get started. Our goal is to provide guidance and outcomes for small and medium sized businesses to enhance their exporting success. The world’s 95 percent of potential customers are waiting for you.  

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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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