HCBDC offers custom online training to support the Humboldt alternative agriculture industry. This program is funded by the Humboldt County Headwaters Fund. It's our goal to sustain you, so make sure you let us know what business resources are most important to you.


  • May 2021
    You're talking across the supply chain. Learn how to customize your message to reach different audiences from distributor to retailer to consumer.
  • May 2021
    How to keep track of transactions in a simple way in Humboldt's alternative agriculture


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Vetting a deal in alternative agriculture

Climate Adaptations

Alternative Ag Accounting Part 1

Business Finance Part 2

Inclusivity reports & funding

Business Plan Power Workshop

PR & Media Training

Resume Writing for Alternative Ag

Red flags in distro agreements

Professionalism in the industry

How to form a non-profit

Alternative Ag Accounting Part 2

Business with Tribes Part 2

Business with Tribes Part 1

Diversity training for the industry

Past Events
  • How to vet deals in alternative agriculture
    Mar 23, 6:00 PM
    If you're looking to do business with another party, do your research first. Here are tips on vetting a business in the alternative agriculture industry. Presented by Heather Burke.
  • Business Planning for Cannabis Companies and Organizations
    Mar 09, 6:00 PM PST
    A business plan helps make critical decisions for your cannabis business. One-on-one mentoring after the workshop is available with Courtney Augustus from Professional Lettuce, and Nicole Riggs from Manifesto Synergies.
  • What is a brand?
    Jan 20, 9:00 AM
    Your brand is how your business is perceived by those who engage with it. Learn how to develop and promote your authentic brand. Presented by The Yak Group.
  • How to Form a Non-Profit
    Dec 02, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Zoom workshop
    Learn the steps to form a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation from establishing a board to a plan of operations and articles of incorporation.
  • Climate Adaptabilies for Humboldt alternative agriculture
    Nov 18, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Zoom workshop
    Climate modeling, vulnerabilities assessment and specific strategies to adapt sustainably. Presented by Michael Furniss, climate scientist.
  • Alternative Ag Business Accounting #2
    Nov 11, 2020, 9:00 AM
    How to protect your business from accounting and tax compliance pitfalls that are common to the industry
  • PR and Media training for alternative agriculture
    Oct 28, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Learn how to engage with the media to present a positive image of your alternative ag business and grow your reputation.
  • Alternative Ag Business Accounting #1
    Sep 23, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Workshop on the best way to deal with COGS, 280E and accrual vs cash for your alternative agriculture business.
  • Doing Business with Tribes
    Sep 15, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Online training
    How to do business with tribes: what to avoid, what to look for and how to navigate the tribal landscape. ZOOM:
  • Marketing Opportunities with Tribes
    Sep 08, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Online training
    Opportunities working with tribes: taxation, product types, joint ventures and brand transfer/licensing. ZOOM:
  • Business Finance for Alternative Ag Part 2
    Sep 01, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Online training
    Learn How to develop a 5-year pro-forma business financial plan ZOOM
  • Red flags in distributor agreements
    Aug 26, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Online training
    Become familiar with common contract terms and increase your ability to identify red flags in agreements. Zoom
  • Business Finance for Alternative Ag Part 1
    Aug 25, 2020, 9:00 AM
    Online training
    Learn the essentials of standard accounting methods & principles
  • Diversity Accountability Training Part 2 - by Cannaclusive
    Aug 11, 2020, 6:00 PM
    Online Training
    Part 2: How to integrate your business like your farm
  • Diversity Accountability Training Part 1 - by Cannaclusive
    Aug 04, 2020, 6:00 PM
    Part 1: How to Integrate Your Business Like Your Farm
  • How to present yourself for business in alternative agriculture
    Jul 29, 2020, 9:40 AM – 10:00 AM
    Online training
    Online training on how to present yourself for business in alternative agriculture. Taught by Courtney Augustus of Big Sur Extracts
  • Alternative Ag Genetics & Bioethics Conference: Breeder's Rights
    Apr 24, 2020, 1:00 PM
    Zoom webinar
    Cannabis Breeder's Rights & Bioethics
  • Alternative Ag Genetics & Bioethics Conference: Genetic Storage
    Apr 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Genetic Storage for Common Access
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