North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Founders Grove 2018 Business Succession Conference

Founders Grove 2018 Business Succession Conference

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9:00am to 5:00pm
100 general conference registration fee
90 for Humboldt Made Members

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Whether it’s this year or in ten now is a good time to prepare your business for your departure. Space is limited, so please register early

An exclusive one-day conference for business owners planning far ahead and those planning to exit sooner...


  • Real succession stories from experienced owners like Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove Cheese, Dale Maples of Maples Plumbing & Heating, Laurie Mark of The Mill Yard, Julie Fulkerson of Plaza Design, Darus Trutna of Real Property Management Humboldt, and Stephen Dazey of Dazey's Supply.
  • Experts on the financial and legal of a smart exit: Scott Hunt of Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, LLP, Jason Eads Attorney at Law, Angela Petrusha of Petrusha Law
  • Change management and seasoned business buy-sale experts Duncan Robins, Chris Gaines, and Greg Seiler


  • Start the day with a blank "Exit Plan" template and fill it in with notes and ideas. Take home your reality check and next steps.
  • Then work out the rest with the help of you your no-cost, confidential business advisor during the Business Succession Program. 

Who is this conference best for?

  • Business owners and partners
  • In business at least two years
  • Gross annual revenue of at least $75,000

Who is this conference NOT for?

  • If you are not a full or partial owner in a business, please contact us first before registering. In some cases, it makes sense for incoming owners (family members, general managers planning to buy in, etc.) to come as part of a team with the outgoing owner.
  • With utmost respect for our community's professional service providers, this conference is explicitly not for those seeking to create business relationships with exiting owners. That said, we are happy to include you in a reference list of service providers for owners working on their exit plans. Please contact our office to be added: Peggy Murphy at or (707) 445-9720 x210

Questions? Contact Center Director Leila Roberts at or (707) 445-9720 x212 

This conference is intended for business owners. We will be sending a mandatory, confidential pre-conference survey to make sure the topics addressed meet the needs of the business owners who are participating. Confidentiality and privacy commitments will be emphasized.

Thanks to The Headwaters Fund and Redwood Capital Bank for the generous funding that makes this conference possible.


Leila Roberts, Director
707-445-9720 x212
Sequoia Conference Center
901 Myrtle Ave

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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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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.