North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Food Makers & Sellers

Food as a Business 2019 COMING SOON!

Program details and application materials will be posted on this page by July . Meanwhile, sign up for one of the Info Sessions and pencil in the application deadline to your calendar:

See 2018 Program Details

Download program flyer
August 23 - November 3, 2018      
Calling all specialty food makers (baked goods, canned goods, food manufacturers, etc.), food trucks, caterers, restaurants! We are running our popular program for Humboldt food producers and sellers again this year. Join us to enhance your business skills so you can start and grow. Income based scholarships available. Applications accepted on rolling basis through August 1st. Call (707) 445-9720 x211 or email with your questions.

Come to an Info Session

Evening Info Session
Wednesday, July 18 - 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Prosperity Center Conference Room, 520 E Street, Eureka, CA
Lunchtime Info Session
Tuesday, July 24th - 12-1 pm
Prosperity Center Conference Room, 520 E Street, Eureka, CA

Ready to Apply?

Apply soon! Accepted on rolling basis through August 1st
Download Program Application - Fill out thoughtfully, and return by email, mail or in person
Download Scholarship Application - Watch this video tutorial for instructions on completing the form. This income form must be filled out completely or we cannot process it. All information is kept confidential. Call us any time if you need help.
Sign up online to become a client - Please specify you're a Food as a Business program applicant.
Then we will reach out to schedule an interview.

Program Timeline

July 18 - Info Session (evening)
July 24 - Info Session (lunch) 
August 1 - Applications due (by or before)
Mid-August - Applicant Interviews
Before August 23 - Participants meet with Business Advisor for the first time (if possible)


Food Business Program 2018 Required Sessions 
Session 1 - Welcome & Kick-off - Thurs, Aug 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Session 2 - Marketing & Branding Your Food Product - Tues, Sep 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Session 3 - Regulation & Liabilities for the Food Industry - Tues, Sep 18, 5:30 to 8 pm
Session 4 - Price for Profit: Understanding Food Costing - Early October TBD, 5 to 8 pm
Session 5 - Sales, Distribution, and Food Accounting - Tues, Oct 9, 5 to 8 pm
Session 6 - Food Waste Management - Thurs, Oct 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Session 7 - Meet the Rock Stars of the Industry--Q & A - Thurs, Oct 25, 5:30 to 8 pm
Session 8 - Finale: Food Fair! - Sat, Nov 3, 5 to 9 pm


Business Basics Workshops
(Also required. Take in any order. Register online at
Plan for Success - August 15 or October 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Get Your Books in Order - August 22 or October 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Think Like a Marketer - July 11 or Sept 12 or November 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Get Your Finances in Order - July 25, Sept 19, November 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Other Sessions:

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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