Financing Business Opportunity  

April 2017
In This Issue
Economic Development Week
Housing Program Input Needed
Financing Your Business the Smart Way
Register for Lemonade Day
The Inn at 2nd & C Grand Opening
Housing and the Economy
Owning Your Online Presence
Social Media Webinar
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From the Executive Director
This newsletter is longer than usual, but it is because there is so much happening in the month of May.  I have been instructed to keep this short, and there is way too much going on to even give a short blurb about each event, grand opening, webinar, workshop and mixer that will occur.  I don't even have time to whine about the "scenic route" I had to take in order to drive to San Francisco this past weekend.  But please scroll through the newsletter because there are a lot of important events and opportunities coming up, plus there is a second picture of me that is super exciting.


Economic Development Week  

The City of Eureka is hosting International Economic Development Week activities all week starting on May 6. (Yes, the week officially starts on May 8, but there's just too much for one week!) You can learn more about AEDC activities below or follow the links to learn more about the week's additional activities. 

Saturday, May 6

Well Being of the Working Woman Conference, hosted by Celebration Boulevard

The Inn at 2nd & C Grand Opening, hosted by The Inn at 2nd & C Eagle House

Opera Alley Tour , hosted by the City of Eureka  

Monday, May 8 

Tour of Dick Taylor Chocolate Factory,  hosted by Humboldt Made  

Tuesday, May 9

Economic Development Mixer at Oberon Grill, hosted by the Economic Development Week Team

Wednesday, May 10

Social Media Options and Opportunities Webinar with Live Discussion, hosted by the Women's Resource Center, North Coast SBDC and AEDC

Thursday, May 11

Think Like a Marketer hosted by North Coast SBDC. 

Find Us Online: Claiming your Online Presencehosted by AEDC, North Coast SBDC and Next Gen Eureka.

Tour of Redwood Acres Business Incubator, hosted by Humboldt Made  

Friday, May 12 

Business Leader Luncheon:Housing and the Economy  hosted by the Prosperity Network, AEDC, the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board and Redwood Region Economic Development Commission. 

Cash Mob, hosted by Redwood Region Economic Development Corporation

Job Market Open House, hosted by The Job Market. 

Housing Program Input Needed
  • You're invited to join a Senior and Student Home Sharing Discussion

    AREA 1 AGENCY ON AGING ( A1AA) will be sponsoring discussion groups in April and May to help determine the viability and next steps for a local Homeshare program.
    Senior homeowners, students and seniors looking for housing are invited to discuss what homeowners and seekers would look for and what concerns need to be addressed to make Homeshare an attractive housing option.

    Homeshare can provide an elder homeowner help with household tasks, companionship, friendship, security and an additional source of income. For the student it offers low cost and secure accommodation, companionship, and the opportunity to learn from the life experiences of an elder.
    Homeshare helps senior renters find affordable housing and the companionship and friendship offered when they offer help in return.

    The groups will be held in McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka, and Arcata on the HSU campus. Allan Katz, a community organizer with more than 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, will facilitate each group. AEDC, with the Headwaters Fund and US Bank have all contributed to the feasibility portion of this program. 
    If you would like to participate in the discussion groups,
     email or call 442-3763.
Financing Your Business the Smart Way



Do you wish you knew more about financing your small business? The Arcata Chamber of Commerce wants to help you make smarter decisions about loans, lines of credit, investment, crowdfunding, and more. Attend this workshop and ask the experts for advice. To be held on May 11 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at the Plaza View Room in Arcata. Find more information here


Panelists include: Mandy Marquez, US Bank; Ross Welch, AEDC; and Leila Roberts, North Coast SBDC.




Register for Lemonade Day
  • Support Humboldt County's Young Entrepreneurs

Registered youth 

  • Receive a free backpack and workbook
  • Learn tips on how to have a successful stand
  • Have the opportunity to earn money for spending, saving and sharing
  • Win prizes for participating 
Register now at

 AEDC Client Grand Opening
The Inn at 2nd & C

139 2nd Street, Eureka

The Historic Eagle House is excited to announce the Grand Opening of The Inn at 2nd and C! Visit this newly upgraded historic treasure and tour our beautiful boutique Inn. 
Come for tasty appetizers prepared by Chef Brett Shuler, craft cocktails, live music by the Opera Alley Cats, Eagle House tours and More!

Saturday, May 6 , 5 PM - 9 PM

Housing and the Economy

Join us for a discussion on Friday, May 12 at The Inn at 2nd & C about how a housing shortage affects our economy and our workforce, what is being done to address the challenges, and what we can do to assure that our whole community has access to decent, affordable housing.

Panelists include:
  • Kurt Kramer, Kramer Investment Corporation, Owner
  • Darus Trutna, Professional Property Management, Owner
  • Brian Heaton, City of Eureka Community Development, Associate Planner
  • Jennifer Dart, City of Arcata, Community Development Specialist
  • Carolyn Lane, St. Joseph Hospital, Regional Physician Recruiter and Manager
  • Gregg Foster, Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, Executive Director
Registration for lunch (provided by Cassaro's Catering) is due May 10th. 

Seating is limited, so register early. Tickets: $25 

Check in/lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. 
Discussion begins promptly Noon and ends at 2 p.m.   

Brought to you by 

Arcata Economic Development Corporation
Humboldt County Workforce Development Board 
Redwood Region Economic Development Commission
The Prosperity Network


Owning Your Online Presence
  • Find Us Online:
    Claim your own online presence. 
    Ensure your online information is accurate  
    Attention Business Owners and Managers
    Customers go online to check open hours, locations, phone numbers and more. Claim your online presence to ensure this information is accurate on... 
  • Google * Yelp * YP * Facebook * Twitter * Trip Advisor 
  • This "workshop" will be set up in the style of a fair, with 1 on 1 help from professional advisors from the North Coast SBDC on hand to discuss online strategy and Next Gen Eureka volunteers on hand to help walk you through the process of claiming your page.  
    Thursday, May 11 at 5 PM - 6:30 PM
    Redwood Acres Fairground
    3750 Harris St, Eureka 
    Register  here
Social Media Webinar
Looking for creative and effective ways to promote your business on social media? Confused about which platforms will reach your audience? Do you want to expand and grow your customer base online? 

In this webinar, to be held on May 10 from noon to 1 p.m., entrepreneur, instructor and author Robin Fator will discuss the basics of social media marketing for small business owners. With an easy to understand approach, Robin will guide you through designing or upgrading your social media plan. 


Humboldt County participants have the additional benefit of watching the webinar in a group with follow up discussion by Northcoast SBDC. The webinar will be shown live in AEDC's conference room at 707 K Street, Eureka. Register for free here.

New and established entrepreneurs wanting to grow and expand market reach will learn how to be creative and effective with social media. 

Participants will learn: 
  • About the most popular social media platforms and how are they are different 
  • Which social media platforms are best for your business 
  • Ways to communicate your company brand through social media 
  • The art of creating interesting content and engagement 
  • Realistic time commitments for effective social media marketing 
  • How to evaluate paid advertising through Facebook. 

SBA 504 for Commercial Real Estate and More
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SBA 504 Current
  • Low down payment for borrowers
  • Competitive fixed interest rate for 20 years
  • From $50,000 to $5 million for commercial real estate, construction and equipment acquisition.
Contact Loan Manager, Kelli Sterling for more information at (707) 798-6132 ext. 214; or 

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We are proud of the variety of businesses we've served over the years at AEDC. We would love to include you in our family of success stories. 


Visit to get more information about AEDC loans, events and programs. 



Ross Welch
Executive Director
(707) 798-6132 ext. 211