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If your looking to come develop in Humboldt County, then chances are your already looking at the right place to develop. That said, our Zoom Prospector Tool is a great resource for researching the right place for you. Look through extensive listings of available properties throughout the County, and couple this with spatial data on demographics, consumer habits, labor pool, competitors, and various features that will help you find the perfect location for no cost at all.
If your a small business owner and need support, we encourage you to reach out to the 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 trainings 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.
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 Humboldt Cannabis Chamber builds connections and educational resources for the business owners, entrepreneurs and community members who work within the cannabis sector, along with the companies interested in providing services to this emerging industry. Membership is open to all entities conducting business within Humboldt County, California.
Built on a foundation of fifty years of innovation, HCGA members are statewide leaders for environmentally and ethically produced cannabis. Our industry supports thousands of local jobs and millions in tax revenue—driving the majority of economic activity in Humboldt County. We work together to preserve, protect and enhance Humboldt County’s world-renowned cannabis industry through advocacy, public relations and education.
The ICFA is a broad group of Cannabis farmers, scientists, and stakeholders working together to promote the unique quality and ecological benefits of traditionally farmed Cannabis and Cannabis-derived products while preserving the heritage of traditional farming communities.
The County of Humboldt Cannabis Micro-grant, Marketing, and Local Equity Program, commonly referred to as ‘Project Trellis,’ is a trailblazing support initiative for the county’s cannabis industry. The three-tier program was developed on the heels of California’s legalization of recreational cannabis to provide business resources to cannabis businesses who otherwise wouldn’t have access due to federal restrictions.
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.
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. The SHBVB will embrace all changes of the Southern Humboldt Business evolution without separation of business kind. Striving to work in a cohesive manner with like-minded community organizations.
Humboldt Made was initiated by the County of Humboldt in 2010 to spur the growth of a diverse array of makers and producers. The idea was to bring entrepreneurs together, identify their common strengths and weaknesses and through networking and collaboration overcome obstacles and achieve great things together. Creating brand awareness and increased sales beyond Humboldt’s borders was key, the end result being a sustainable, local economy.
The Eureka Visitor Center is located at the Clarke Museum at 240 E Street in Eureka. The Visitor Center features a concierge service and a gift shop full of locally made products.
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.
It’s passionate entrepreneurs like you that make Arcata the best small business community. Arcata business people are known for supporting each other, for working together, and for sharing best practices. The Arcata Chamber serves as the primary hub for connectivity and collaboration.
Arcata Main Street is a unique business membership organization operating in an area covering just a handful of blocks in downtown Arcata. Our intricate business community is our number one priority, and working with community partners to create downtown vitality is our goal. By fostering business vitality, providing opportunities for community events, and organizing projects and initiatives that respond to community needs we work to create a vibrant Arcata.
The Blue Lake Chamber offers mixers hosted by various businesses, business support services and community events. These opportunities are a great way to network with other businesses and learn how others are getting their name out and solving their challenges. The Blue Lake Chamber is also a member of the Arcata Chamber of Commerce. This allows you to have access to the events and programs offered by them.
The Eureka Main Street program began in 1992 as a public-private partnership between the Redevelopment Agency and the Downtown and Old Town merchants. The area served includes the forty-nine blocks between A and I Streets. The Eureka Main Street program is governed by a Board of Directors representing merchants, professionals, the City of Eureka, and various community organizations. A full-time, professional staff manages the day-to-day operations of the programs. Eureka Main Street promotes the unique character of Eureka’s Core Business District. The District is a magnet. Specialty shopping and distinguished restaurants draw locals and visitors from throughout the region.
The members of the Eureka Chamber Board of Directors are leaders from all areas of the local business spectrum. Directors are elected by the membership to serve three-year terms of office. This dynamic group provides policy guidance, evaluates Chamber programs and activities and directly represents the interests of the North Coast business community.
As the core organization of Ferndale’s business community, the Ferndale Chamber strives to promote tourism and nurture the economic development of local businesses as well as to maintain and enhance our unique quality of life through preservation and promotion of our historic community in beautiful Humboldt County and the Eel River Valley. Membership benefits include our chamber website, print, radio & TV advertising, social media campaigns, and billboards, among others.
The Fortuna Chamber of Commerce is the one-stop shop for members and visitors who have questions about who, what, when, and where in Fortuna. They help connect our membership with the resources they need to get business done
The City of Rio Dell, “The Warm Hearted City,” is located on the west bank of the Eel River, just below the ancient Scotia Bluffs and nestled comfortably in the surrounding redwood forests. Rio Dell is a small community with a population of around 3,300 residents.
Being a member of the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce helps you stay connected to your community, gives you access to support and promotion for your business, and strengthens the whole community.
There are many banks and credit unions throughout Humboldt County that can help you find the funds to start your own business, but there also many grants and tax incentives available to developers in Humboldt County. Check out the USDA Rural Development Summary of Major Programs such as Rural Business Development Grants, or develop in opportunity zones or HUB Zones for tax incentives. You can use our Zoom Prospector Mapping Tool to filter for properties that fit these requirements, or lay within these zones. Local and up-to-date grants can also be found via Grant Portal, if you'd like to see if any apply to you and your business.
If your a local business owner there is funding to help offset any incurred due to the pandemic. The latest of such funding can be found via the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant, and stay up-to-date on other grant opportunities via our Grant Portal.
If your looking for work in Humboldt County their are plenty of resources available on the web where you can find job postings from local sources like the Lost Coast Outpost and The Times Standard. If you know the industry you wish to work in, you can also explore businesses by category using our zoom prospector tool Here, and find the employer you want to work for or find out more about a prospective employer. We also partner with the staffing agencies listed below, which are tailored to help our residents find the right job for them.
Smart Business Resource Center assists job seekers in obtaining employment and helps employers to meet the growth, retention, training and staffing needs of their business. We are your workforce center in Redding, CA including Shasta, Trinity and Humboldt counties, providing services to you at low or no cost
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work in all types of jobs. When you work with Express, you build a relationship with a team of employment professionals in your community who have, in turn, built personal relationships with the businesses that are hiring. Whether you’re looking for a short-term job to supplement your income or you’re building a new career, we offer the flexibility to work the way you want.
Whatever your employments needs are, we have the resources, solutions, and the experience to help. Simply put, putting our 35-years of experience on your team will guarantee success! We like to say that putting us on your team is like hiring a complete Human Resources department.
Besides exploring the area yourself, here are two local resources that can help visitors and residents alike find out more about the History of Humboldt and what it has to offer today.
The Humboldt County Visitors Bureau operates visitredwoods.com, a one-stop shop for vacationers to plan their trip to the redwood Coast.
The Eureka Visitor Center is located at the Clarke Museum at 240 E Street in Eureka. The Visitor Center features a concierge service and a gift shop full of locally made products.
PNCC supports the Prosperity Network. The Prosperity Network is (among other things) utilized by the County to engage stakeholders in development of its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) requires that a CEDS “strategy committee” be formed when creating a CEDS. For work related to the CEDS, the Prosperity Network Executive Committee (PNCC) serves as that Strategy Committee.
i. Planning Prosperity Network events and meetings.
ii. Leading and facilitating Prosperity Network discussions, events, and initiatives.
iii. Researching and procuring tools and other resources which benefit the network and its members.
iv. Guiding, welcoming and encouraging new members via community engagement and ambassadorship.
v. Encouraging and supporting existing members via outreach and retention.
vi. Serving as a “voice” for the Prosperity Network to nonmember (out of network) persons and organizations.
i. Talking to and educating stakeholders about the CEDS.
ii. Encouraging and fostering community participation in the CEDS process.
iii. Help to lead and facilitate Prosperity Network discussions, events, and initiatives designed to solicit CEDS feedback from the community.
On January 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, SB628, “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts” (EIFDs) which allows for a separate government entity to be created by a city or county within a defined area to finance infrastructure projects with community-wide benefits. EIFDs are an upgraded version of the Infrastructure Financing District (IFD), which uses Tax Increment Financing to fund a wide-variety of infrastructure projects.
No. An EIFD is a a type of Tax Increment Financing, an economic tool which reinvests a portion of property tax from any increase in property value above a set base year (The Tax Increment) back into The District. This is not an increase in taxes, but rather takes 75% of the Tax Increment intended for the County General Fund and places it in a fund to be used on infrastructure projects which benefit The Samoa Peninsula.
There is a lot of concern about the impact of sea level rise on the Peninsula due to Climate Change. Although Climate Change is a very real threat and sea level rise could potentially be devastating to Humboldt Bay, the Peninsula is at actually at less risk than other larger communities. Using this interactive tool developed by the NOAA you can see the effects of sea level rise, in various local scenarios and time-frames, on Humboldt Bay. Not only is the Peninsula at less risk that the surrounding communities, but the Samoa Peninsula EIFD can actually be used to reduce the impacts. An EIFD can fund infrastructure which specifically mitigates climate change including sea level rise.
The EIFD is not currently funding anything and is still only in the formation phase. However, once formed the EIFD can fund a variety of infrastructure projects which benefit The District and the surrounding Community. Below is a list of fundable infrastructure projects through an EIFD
Per California law projects which utilize public funding are subject to CEQA and require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Samoa Peninsula EIFD does not currently have any proposed projects, but EIR's will be required for each individual projects that eventually are funded by the EIFD. These requirements, along with an EIFD's ability to fund environmental mitigation, can help ensure that the health and beauty of the Peninsula is retained.
Below you can find a link to a list of differences between and traditional Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs) and EIFDs.
EIFDs Vs. IFDs and RDAs
The EIFD will expire 45 years after the first issuance of bonds or the set maximum amount to be allocated to the district is met (Currently set at $200 million), whichever comes first.
The Samoa Peninsula EIFD encompasses all the land and parcels South of the 255 Bridge. The Final IFP will also include a legal description of the boundary and a survey map, which are still under constructions, but for now the map below is a good reference.
Yes. As long as there is clear connection between the project and a benefit to the District.
The Public Financing Authority, or PFA, is the governing body if the EIFD. The PFA oversees revisions to the Infrastructure Financing Plan, eventual debt issuances, approval of financed projects, and other governing activities. The Samoa Peninsula EIFD PFA is composed of 3 members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and two members of the public. To learn more about the PFA board members, upcoming meetings, and current initiatives, please visit our Samoa Peninsula EIFD Meetings and Governance Page.
The Infrastructure Financing Plan, or IFP, is the governing document of the EIFD. The document includes; a description of the District, description of proposed facilities and development, finding of communitywide significance, financing section, the goals of the district, anticipate fund revenue, and a Fiscal Impact and Incremental Revenue Analysis. The Infrastructure Financing Plan and other documentation can be found at the bottom of our Samoa Peninsula EIFD Homepage.
The County decided on an EIFD as the solution to infrastructure deficiencies on the Peninsula, thanks to input from the Samoa Peninsula Infrastructure Workgroup. This Workgroup was comprised of members of the community who has vested interest in seeing the redevelopment of the Peninsula, and included representatives from;
The City of Eureka
The City of Arcata
The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District
The Samoa Peninsula Fire District
The Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District
Humboldt State University
Prior to the formation of the Samoa Peninsula EIFD the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) conducted interviews and surveys on the Peninsula as to better understand the needs and wants of the public. Through this effort, CCRP learned that public was concerned about infrastructure deficiencies, and specified the need for a program which focused on the following;
As of now, the Samoa Peninsula EIFD is still in the formation stage, and so the best way to engage in the process and learn more is to attend meetings of the Public Financing Authority (PFA). EIFD Law requires 3 public hearings to be held before final adoption of the Infrastructure Financing Plan. These hearings are a chance for Staff and Members of the PFA to hear input from the public and make changes to the Infrastructure Financing Plan if necessary. You can find out more about these meetings and how to attend them by visiting the Samoa Peninsula EIFD Meetings and Governance Page.
If you have other questions please fill free to contact us:
Phone: 707-445-7745Fax: 707-445-7219Email: GoHumCo@co.humboldt.ca.us