Our Sponsors

  • The Headwaters Fund


    Our purpose:

    • To support the growth of industry clusters
    • To increase the number of sustainable jobs that pay at or above the median income
    • To enhance the quality of life for residents of Humboldt County through projects that promote healthy communities and protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Humboldt Area Foundation

    (707) 442-2993

    Our mission is to serve as an independent staging ground for residents, individually and in concert, to build social, economic and environmental prosperity on California's North Coast.

  • McLean Foundation


    Our Mission:

    The McLean Foundation empowers communities in the Eel River Valley and Humboldt County by providing funding, leadership and support.

  • PG & E

    (800) 743-5000

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. There are approximately 20,000 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.

  • North Coast SBDC


    The mission of the North Coast Small Business Resource Center and the SBDC program is to engender entrepreneurship and cultivate small business success in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties by providing high-quality technical support, training and in-depth financial analysis for start-up and existing companies.

  • Coast Central Credit Union


    Being a member of a credit union is different from being a customer at a bank. Credit unions are in business to benefit their members, making them more of a financial cooperative than a traditional business. Not only does this result in better rates and lower fees for you, but you'll also notice and appreciate the difference in our service. Coast Central is consistently focused on meeting the needs of our members, as well as those of the communities we serve.

    At Coast Central Credit Union, we believe strongly in supporting our local communities. We provide various sponsorships, scholarships, and donations to help keep our community strong. In 2013, we invested over $228,500in hundreds of community organizations, large and small!

  • George Petersen Insurance Agency

    info@gpins.com | (800) 236-9046

    In 1935, George Petersen was the founding partner of an insurance agency that still bears his name — and still upholds his ideals of superior customer service and lasting relationships.

    Since its founding in Eureka, California, over 75 years ago, the agency has grown to include more than ten offices across Northern California and Oregon, making us one of the largest independently owned agencies in the region.

  • Humboldt Redwood Company


    Why Redwood? That’s easy! Redwood possesses unique characteristics that make it one of the strongest, most durable, and beautiful building materials around. Want to learn more? See why Redwood is best for home improvement projects.

  • US Bank


    U.S. Bank can take every part of your business to new heights. From business lending to payment services. From equipment financing to commercial real estate. And, even the personal banking needs of every employee. U.S. Bank can do it with a level of service no other bank can match.

    Whether your business is global or your world is local....
    you don't just get one of us, you get all of us serving you.  U.S. Bank.

  • College of the Redwoods

    (800) 641-0400 | (707) 476-4100


    The Redwoods Community College District was formed January 14, 1964, by an election of the people of Humboldt County. A bond issue of $3,600,000 was passed for the initial construction phase of the college


    The primary objective of the College is the success of each student. We consider education to be a process of intellectual and physical exploration that rests upon the mutual responsibility of the College and the student.

    Facilities and Grounds

    Our goal is to provide a safe, clean and up-to-date facility that will allow our students a distraction free and rewarding educational experience.

    College of the Redwoods Foundation 

    To support the educational programs of the Redwoods Community College district by soliciting and receiving gifts, dispensing funds to assist students, and promoting the general welfare of the College.

  • Humboldt State University


    Humboldt State University is a place for students with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making a difference in the world.

    At Humboldt, you'll explore new ideas while learning more about yourself. Your professors will know you by name, and your education will go beyond the classroom with original research and real-world projects. You'll be part of a campus known for its longstanding commitment to social and environmental responsibility. And when you graduate, you'll have more than just a degree – you'll have the skills to go far in life and make your community better.

    Personal Attention

    College is a time to expand your horizons and find out who you really are, and we are here to support you every step of the way. From the moment you set foot on campus, you’ll find that your professors, staff and fellow students are ready to help.

    Hands-on Learning

    At Humboldt State, learning isn’t limited to sitting in a classroom and taking notes. From academic internships to service learning projects, our students apply what they learn in the real world.

    Committed to Sustainability

    Humboldt State is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability. We care about protecting the natural environment and building a more just society. It’s a commitment you’ll find throughout our curriculum and across our campus community, and that's embodied by our students and alumni.

  • Dun & Martinek

    (707) 442-3791

    Dun & Martinek is a full service law firm with an emphasis on business formations and transactions and general civil and construction defect litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience in many civil litigation areas, including landlord-tenant, business, employment, real property, collections, private adoptions and construction defects, as well as extensive experience in the area of business and transactional law, including corporate and private finance, business formations and all types of business transactions. Our attorneys can provide services in a broad range of these areas, including both initiation and defense of litigation; drafting of both simple and comprehensive purchase and sale and other types of agreements; reviewing and advising clients with respect to purchase and sale and other types of business, transactional and financing agreements drafted by other parties; and guidance in completing the procedural steps from inception through closing of many types of transactions. Representative clients in both the civil litigation and business arenas include a large California-based lumber company, a California-based composite wood panel manufacturer and a local area floral producer, as well as many local and non-local individuals and businesses, both small and large.

  • EvenVision


    A website is more than just your organization’s internet address - it can be a powerful tool that works for you. There's alomst no limit to what today's technologies allow a business to do with the web. At EvenVision, we take on web development projects large & small, but our developers truly shine when given the opportunity to craft custom-made tools that meet an organization’s unique needs, make their operations more effective, help them overcome challenges & accomplish their strategic goals.

  • Redwood Capital Bank


    Since the time we opened our doors in March of 2004, we have never wavered from our commitment to be the best full-service bank on the North Coast.  While we remain mindful of the uncertainties created by the current economic and financial landscape and its impact globally, nationally and locally, we believe Redwood Capital Bank is in a unique position to sustain the growth of our company, thereby supporting the communities we serve.

  • Danco Group


    Danco Builders is a general contractor offering commercial, public works, and multi-family construction. Specializing in build-to-suit and design-build options for our customers, Danco Builders also provides construction for Danco Communities and a staff of seasoned professionals to Danco Builders Northwest, our bonded construction company. 

  • HealthSPORT

    www.healthsport.com | (707) 822-3488

    At HealthSPORT, we know that support is an important part of anyone’s workout routine. Whether you’re working out with a group of supportive people, or you’re working one-on-one with an enthusiastic trainer, getting that extra support strengthens your commitment to fitness. We hire passionate people to work at HealthSPORT, because teaching fitness or leading a class isn’t just about the right technique, it’s also about having the right spirit — and the ability to make fitness contagious and fun.

    Who is a HealthSPORT member? Anyone and everyone. We’re all ages and all shapes and sizes, and we’re sure you’ll find your fit here.

  • Timber Ridge


    Timber Ridge is designed to encourage and support residents to lead independent lives, while providing necessary assistance with activities of daily living.

    Residents are not "patients" but members of a residential community who enjoy the comforts of a caring environment.

  • HR Direct

    hrdirectturner@gmail.com | (707) 499-0362

    Provider of Human Resource consultation to our North Coast Employers on a wide variety of issues that include:

    * Review and update of employer handbooks, personnel policies and procedures for effectiveness, uniformity, fairness and compliance.

    * Certified trainer for state mandated supervisory training on Preventing Harassment and Other EEO Issues in the Workplace (AB 1825 Compliance).

    * Assistance with compliance issues for state and federal regulations, e.g. Wage and Hour, family leave laws.

    * One-on-one coaching for managers on the gamut of HR issues.


  • Jason M Garlick, Attorney at Law


    My practice is focused on wills, trusts and estates, contracts and business law.  I take pride in providing the highest quality of legal services to my clients in a relaxed comfortable environment.  My office is conveniently located on Central Avenue in McKinleyville.   The initial consultation is always free and for many legal tasks, such as Wills and the formation of LLCs and other entities, flat fee billing is usually available. 

  • Arcata Chamber of Commerce


    The Arcata Chamber of Commerce proudly operates the California Welcome Center in Arcata. The California Welcome Centers (CWC)(link is external) are California's Official State Visitor Centers offering valuable information and services for today's traveler.

    We will provide you with plenty of local, regional and statewide information in the form of complimentary brochures, maps, free internet access, and local tips! The knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the California Welcome Center will personally assist you with your travel plans on the Redwood Coast. Additionally, staff can assist you with information on Humboldt County's numerous campgrounds, state & national parks, recreational opportunities, attractions, shopping and more. You'll also find a unique gift shop with locally made crafts and goods to take home a souvenir.

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  • Premier Financial Group

    www.premierfinancial.com | (707) 443-2741

    Premier Financial Group is pleased to support Humboldt Business Challenge with its initiative to discover and develop the next generation of local business owners.  Premier believes that helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into thriving Humboldt County businesses is essential to creating a strong local economy. 

    For more than 25 years, Premier has worked directly with local businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, and families to help them fund personal and business retirement plans, manage endowment funds, develop formal estate plans, and create financial peace of mind.  We are SEC Registered Investment Advisors managing $440 million in assets for over 400 investors and over 2,500 retirement plan participants. 

    Premier Financial Group’s team of Certified Financial Planners™ and financial advisors works with investors who are saving for retirement with many different types of retirement accounts, including 401(k) plans and IRAs. We use a broad based investment approach often referred to as passive management, utilizing institutional only investments. We are fee-only meaning we receive no commissions, transaction fees, or account fees. If you have questions about your investments or financial planning please give our office a call for a complimentary consultation.

  • Coastal Business Systems

    http://coastalbusinesssystems.com | (707) 445-3095

    Since 1981 Coastal Business Services has been helping our clients incorporate new technology in to their small businesses to save time, energy and money.  Along with excellent products, CBS services the technology we sale and take great pride in getting to know our customers to provide the best solutions to their unique business goals.  By getting to know our customer first, CBS can offer the best in IT, equipment and electronic record storage.  Active in the community, CBS supports a number of non-profit organizations to make our community a better place to live.  

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  • Eureka Payments


    Eureka Payments is your source for quality, affordable, experience driven payment processing services.

    Our executives have more than 40 years experience assisting merchants of all types and sizes with all aspects of their payment processing needs.


  • Hunter, Hunter & Hunt


    For years, Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, LLP has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Hunter, Hunter & Hunt LLP's expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

  • Lorna McLeod, Creative Callings Coaching


    Creative Callings can help you at whatever level you need. From a free Grant Readiness Workbook, to telecourses in topics from Grant Readiness to The Energy of Money, to a comprehensive coaching and consulting program for individuals or groups, in person or by telephone and teleconference, we have exactly what you need to become more effective in managing your organization.

  • Michelle Lopez Accounting

    Managing your books so you can manage your business

    Experience - Expertise - Excellence

    Close to 20 years accounting for a variety of industries:

    • Construction
    • Professional Services
    • Property Management
    • Restaurant
    • Retail & Wholesale
    • Software
    • Non-Profit
  • Eureka Natural Foods


    Eureka Natural Foods is a family-run business serving Northern California since 1944. We strive to offer natural and organic products free of GMO‘s, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and radiation. We believe that taking responsibility for your health through healthful eating and body care is a way of life.

Are you ready to build a better Humboldt?

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