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Humboldt County is Northern California at it's finest. A place where the love of nature and community combine to foster long lasting sustainability. Once filled with thriving lumber communities, Humboldt County is now a place where environmental management and community development have become the driving forces of growth. Humboldt County isn't just growing, it is progressing and you and your business can become a part of that progress. If you are looking for support and resources on how you can bring your business to Humboldt, or want to start your business here, then you have come to the right place. Use the links below to help guide you to the resources you need to succeed. If you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the GoHumCo Team.
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Spotlight: Business Resources
Check out the new Spring 2022 Small Business Resource Guide form the U.S. Small Business Administration for support operating and achieving success with your small business.
This guide includes how to;
- Obtain funding for your business
- Find training resources that fit your needs no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey
- Tap into seed funding to develop and commercialize your innovation
- Learn how to enter and grow your business in international markets
- Sell your goods and services to the world’s largest buyer: the U.S. Government
I AM A BUSINESS OWNER LOOKING FOR....
- A Location for My Business
- Help With Writing a Business Plan/Help Learning How to Run My Business
- Support for My Cannabis Business
- Help Marketing My Business
- Opportunities for Networking
- COVID Information for My Business
- Business Advocacy Groups and Organizations
- Grants & Incentives
If you're looking to come to develop in Humboldt County, then chances are you already looking at the right place to develop. That said, our Zoom Prospector Tool is a great resource for finding the best place for your business in Humboldt County. Look through extensive listings of available properties throughout the County, and couple this with spatial data on demographics, consumer habits, government incentive zones, labor pools, competitors and various features that will help you find the perfect location for no cost at all.
If you have additional needs for site selection for your development please fill out our Site Selection Inquiry Form and we will reach out to you with any sites that may fit your needs. Check out our Business Recruitment and Attraction Page for other services we provide.
If you're a small business owner and need support, we encourage you to reach out to the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC). It is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising and low-cost workshops and small business training to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment. The North Coast SBDC serves all of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, is currently hosted by Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line. Learn more at the North Coast SBDC Website.
When starting a new business, or updating your current business plan, don't forget to consider ADA accessibility. Access for everyone should be something all of our County's businesses strive for, check out this article for some useful tips to make your business more welcoming.
Humboldt County is to cannabis what France is to wine. Many of the medicinal cannabis strains popular throughout the world were developed here. Science and technology have merged with the spirit of the counterculture movement. Growth techniques that look to preserve the precious land and water resources of the natural environment represent the ideals of the cannabis culture. Residents, farmers, business owners and nonprofit groups are looking within themselves to restore and improve the local environment and wildlife habitat. With legalization, cannabis is undergoing the next phase of cultural integration into the American mainstream. Humboldt is proud and supportive of its rich green heritage and there are plenty of local organizations that want to help cannabis farmers succeed.
The primary goal of the Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau is to accelerate sustainable economic growth through tourism marketing and destination development. To provide business leadership and effective coordination. The Bureau is primarily a community organization with the goal of developing, promoting and maintaining a healthy business and visitor industry in the Southern Humboldt area, an area defined by Cannabis for more than half a century.
There are plenty of ways that can help your brand gain recognition within Humboldt County and beyond, but a great place to start is with these local organizations that have been utilized by successful businesses throughout our communities.
In 2021 The Eureka Chamber of Commerce released ELEVATE, a free digital marketing training program for local businesses. This training will allow businesses the one-on-one opportunity to work with an Elevate Instructor over an extended period of time to thoroughly gain a deeper understanding of how to create, enhance, and effectively market themselves online.
Depending on where you live, there are organizations of local businesses all working together to help themselves and the community succeed. Between different city chambers of commerce to organizations dedicated to specific streets, there may be such an organization available to you.
The Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce is a great place to learn more about the area, while members benefit from networking, promotion, and other forms of business support.
The goal of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce is to connect businesses with businesses, and businesses with customers. As a member of the Chamber you will be connected with other business owners in the area. We are all about serving the local community and we are all about serving you, the local business owner.
There are many grants, loans, and tax incentives available to developers in Humboldt County outside the traditional methods. Check out these resources and find additional ways to help fund your dream. And remember to reach out to a local Economic Development Organization in your area, for other grant and funding opportunities that may apply to you.
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development's new grant is "guided by a principle of equity, [that aims to provide] a crucial financial recovery resource to traditionally underserved small businesses and nonprofits. According to Tara Lynn Gray, Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate, "With three new rounds to aid equitable economic recovery, California is keeping its promise to small businesses, families and individuals to push back on the pandemic-induced financial hardships and create the environment for small businesses to come back better than before".
USDA Rural Develop was created to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through its programs it offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development. Depending on your business and where it will be located USDA Rural Development may be able help you find additional funding, such as Rural Business Development Grants.
The GoHumCo team has also compiled a list of grants and programs available to Humboldt Residents and Business owners. This list is updated regularly and is always a good place to learn more about grant and funding opportunities in Humboldt County.
The Opportunity Zones Program is a federal tax incentive program created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. It allows those who invest in one of the 8,700 low-income areas designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) to defer their capital gains taxes until December 31st, 2026 as well as other possible benefits. To see a map of Opportunity Zones in Humboldt County and a list of their available properties, you can use our Zoom Prospector Mapping Tool.
HUB Zones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) may not grant you additional funding, but they do help reduce competition to your business if you qualify. Follow the link for more information, and please use our Zoom Prospector Mapping Tool, to help you find property in a HUB Zone.
If you own a cannabis business and are looking for micro-grants, equity, or marketing support, check out our Project Trellis page or Contact our GoHumCo Team
If you are a non-profit organization with projects that you would like to get funding for, then check out the Head Waters Fund page and find out if you qualify and how to apply for grants or loans, or Contact our GoHumCo Team
The Controller’s Office has compiled the following resources from various agencies to help you navigate available COVID-related aid. For additional program information, please visit the agency’s website or contact your local government. The Controller’s Office will update these resources as more program information becomes available. Visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website for information about the state’s response to the pandemic.
AEDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). AEDC’s mission is to provide loans and support to entrepreneurial, innovative business and community endeavors. AEDC provides financing for business opportunities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties, and sometimes Shasta County, in Northern California.
Humboldt State University’s California Center for Rural Policy is dedicated to improving the lives of rural people in California. Using methods tailored to the study of rural populations, environments, and their interactions, the CCRP researches a wide range of issues to inform policies and planning.
The Fortuna Business Improvement District (FBID) is a California non-profit organization. We operate under a contract with the City of Fortuna, California, to improve the already excellent business climate of our city. The business improvement district acts as the economic development department in our town. FBID is here to help provide information to your business related to commercial locations, business services, resources, and classes. The Fortuna Business Improvement District is here to help you; smoothly relocate your existing business, help you establish a new business in Fortuna, California, and lastly, to assist enterprises that were needed to help you succeed for many years in the business Friendly City of Fortuna, California.
As an open architecture network, RCRA connects regional leaders helping overcome the isolation of the large geography of the region linking similar projects happening in different parts of the region with the goal of creating synergy, doing collaborative resource development, shortening the learning curve, and identifying challenges that can best be overcome by working collectively across the region.
The Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) is a collaboration of Humboldt County communities dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Humboldt County. We create opportunities and support the growth of local businesses. We lead projects of regional significance, make loans, and offer business consulting through our partner, the North Coast Small Business Development Center.
The California Competes Grant is available to businesses that want to locate or stay and grow in California. A total of $120,000,000 in California Competes Grant funds are available for allocation in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The maximum grant award is $36 million. Grant Guidelines will be posted on the GO-Biz website in November.
The CalCompetes Grant is available to businesses of any size that meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Will create at least 500 new full-time jobs in California
- Will make capital investments of at least $10 million
- The Project will take place in an area of High Unemployment and/or Poverty as defined in the California Competes Tax Credit regulations
The primary goal of the CCGP is to incentivize businesses to choose California and to stimulate the creation of quality, full-time jobs in the state. A significant objective of this grant program is to make resources available to businesses for whom a non-refundable tax credit would not provide a significant financial benefit. The CCGP was specifically created for three types of businesses: (1) businesses that continuously reinvest profits, generating either significant research and development tax credits and/or net operating losses resulting in little to no tax liability; (2) smaller businesses with relatively low-income tax liabilities; and (3) startups with little to no tax liability.
If you have any questions regarding the CalCompetes Grant / Tax Credit programs or application process, please contact our office at (916) 322-4051 or send an email to CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov.