North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Help Exiting Your Business

Own a Business? Own Your Exit.

Smart business owners plan their transition from day one...
Whether it's this year or in ten now is always a good time to prepare your business for your departure. Our region contains a growing number of business owners who are approaching “business exit”, but haven’t yet figured out the strategy that best meets their business strategy, financial needs, and personal values. We can help.


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2019 Business Succession Program

Building on the success of the August 2018 Business Succession Conference, the 2019 Business Succession Program is an interactive, practical guide through your business exit. Best for owners who want intensive, hands-on help to engineer a sound exit in the next 1-10 years. Whether it’s selling to new owners, employees, or transferring to inheritors, this is your springboard to a smart exit. Questions? Contact Center Director Leila Roberts at or (707) 445-9720 x212

Program Benefits

  • Create a strong exit plan that meets both your business goals and family needs.
  • Gain confidence that you’re “doing it right" with personalized support from your seasoned SBDC consultant.
  • Access best practices from experts who’d otherwise cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. 

How to Participate:

  • One-to-one business advising throughout process (sign up to become a client)
  • Workshops
  • Facilitated Peer Coaching Group
  • Speed Consulting with specialists


Sign up for one or all the following workshops to help you through the "tricky" parts of selling or transferring your business.

Introduction for all business owners:

Selling the business:

  • Valuing & Selling Your Business: March 20th & 27th 
  • Structuring and Closing the Deal: April or May TBD
  • Creating a Strong Transition Before, During, and After Selling Your Business: April or May TBD
  • Your Last Business Plan--Building Strength Before Selling: June TBD

Transferring to family members

Converting to employee ownership:

  • Converting Your Business to Employee Ownership--Myths and Realities: Feb 28, 2019 - 5:30 pm. Virtual workshop accessible from your computer or SBDC Conference Room.
  • Should my client sell the business to their employees? Coaching owners through the decision. Virtual workshop accessible from your computer or SBDC Conference Room.
  • Converting Your Business to Employee Ownership--Myths and Realities Virtual workshop accessible from your computer or SBDC Conference Room.
  • B2B Professionals! My client wants to convert to employee ownership. Now what? In person workshop, Fall TBD
  • Lenders! Learn how to do business in employee ownership scenarios In person workshop, Fall TBD
  • Orientation to the Employee Ownership Conversion Process In person workshop, Fall TBD

Facilitated Group Coaching

Respected Humboldt business transition coach Richard Borough is facilitating a peer support process to run in parallel with the Business Succession workshops. This small, private group will gather in between the workshops to help each other stay on track and discuss sensitive topics in a confidential setting. 

Participation is free thanks to generous sponsorship from The Headwaters Fund.


  • Participants must be SBDC clients. Sign up online here or contact SBDC Director to become a client and request your intake interview: Leila Roberts or (707) 445-9720 x212
  • ​Business owners only. 
  • Limit of 10 participants in group.
  • Come to the first gathering from 9 to 10 am on Friday, Feb 8th to learn more and meet your peers. The group will decide together how often and when to meet thereafter.

Speed Consulting

Some workshops will be followed by 30-45 minute "Speed Consulting" slots with specialists in finance, legal, management. This is an excellent opportunity to bring a concrete question or challenge into a private, one-to-one session and come away with concerete advice. Reserve a spot with Center Director Leila Roberts or (707) 445-9720 x212

Friday, February 8th

  • The family / business financial planning aspects of your business exit: 30-45 minutes with Mike Balstadt at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm (Saturday appointments are a possibility)
  • The family / personal values and goal-setting aspects of your business exit: 30-45 minutes with Richard Borough at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm 

Stay tuned for other speed consulting opportunities!


Sponsored by The Headwaters Fund

Primary funding for the Business Succession Conference and Program thanks to The Headwaters Fund of Humboldt County.

Additional Support From: 

And sustaining funding for SBDC from: 



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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.