North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Business Basics

Been in business a while? Just getting started? Self-employed? These workshops are your keys to success. Your teachers are local experts. Two hour, high-intensity, small group setting. Bring your questions.
Then see a SBDC business advisor for no-cost, one-on-one, confidential coaching to use what you’ve learned. These four workshops are offered in Eureka, Garberville, Crescent City--and soon Eastern Humboldt.
Or, for those of you just beginning, consider our Getting Started series. These three workshops are offered at no cost and are best for people wondering if and how they can start a business.
Visit the event calendar to register online. Call (707) 445-9720 x210 or email to register by phone or ask questions.

Upcoming Workshops


Getting Started

So you want to start a business?

Are you thinking of going out on your own, but not sure if you’re ready yet? What do you need to know and do first? How do you test your idea against reality? What should your support team look like? When do you decide to go ahead?
Best for: people wondering if they should start a business.

So you’re ready to start a business? 

Get clear answers about the start-up checklist: choosing business name, location, legal structures, business license, fictitious business name filing, federal tax ID, business bank account, retail seller’s permit, insurance, hiring, sales and income tax basics, hiring basics. Resources for your further research.
Best for: people getting ready to start a business.

Financial Basics for the Start-up Phase

Map out your real start-up business costs. How to calculate your personal financial needs. Understand when and how to work with financial professionals. Learn a bit about costing and pricing your product or service. Where to find start-up capital. Learn how to manage your risks.
Best for: people getting ready to start a business or newly in business.

Business Basics Series

The Eureka workshops take place in the conference room at the Prosperity Center, 520 E Street.

Think Like a Marketer

Learn what a marketing plan is, how to identify your target market, competitive analysis, features and benefits analysis, collateral marketing materials and excellent market research resources. We will discuss how your customers and marketing go hand in hand in ways that can either enhance or harm your business.

Financial Basics for Business Owners

We use a case study to demonstrate the meaning of basic financial reports (Income Statement, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet) and how to use them to decipher management information; allowing you to make decisions to better run your business. You'll also learn about the basic types of financing vehicles and how to prepare effectively to seek a loan, investment, and more.

Business Planning for the Real World

Discover techniques for planning and managing your business. Learn the basics about licenses and permits. Whether you're just beginning to think about your start up or want to take your business to the next level, this interactive workshop is for you. It's tailored to help you identify the most important elements of your business or new product launch necessary for creating your business plan and successful action plan.

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 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.