North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Scaling Up Niche Manufacturing

The 2019 Niche & Small Manufacturing Program has ended. This program is not scheduled to take place during 2020.
This program is intended for Humboldt County small and niche makers and manufacturers who want to start or grow their business. Offered in partnership with CalRecycle / County of Humboldt. The group is already formed and no new applications are being accepted at this time, but if you want to be added to the mailing list we will notify you when this program is being run again. Please call (707) 445-9720 x210 or email to inquire.
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Complete the forms below and email them to or bring/mail them to North Coast SBDC Flights Program, 520 E Street, Eureka, CA 95503


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. For income-qualified participants, the entire program is provided at no cost, thanks to funding from Humboldt County's Community Development Block Grant. For participants who don’t qualify for the no-cost program, fees usually range from $50 to $200 per worskhop.
If I join in, what do I have to do?
  1. Apply to see if you’re eligible to join this flight
  2. Fill out the confidential income eligibility form to see if your expenses can be covered
  3. Complete your first business advising intake meeting before the workshops begin.
  4. Attend all required workshops, and as many optional workshops as possible.
  5. Meet with your business advisor for at least 10 hours of one-to-one coaching during and after the program
  6. Complete a business plan by the end of the program

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.