May 2013

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New Study Reveals Coworking Boom Worldwide

Demand for shared workspace rises by 89% as the independent workforce hits 1 billion

A growing desire to succeed alone, means an estimated 1 billion** people, 37.2%** of the world’s workforce are mobile working, either self-employed, working as freelancers, or part of a small business start-up. As a result, the demand for shared workspace has risen sharply.

The Global Coworking Census, reveals a more than a 300% increase since 2010 when there were just 600 coworking spaces – and this number looks set to grow as more people discover the benefits of working alongside others.

For more on coworking, and why the “boom”, this is an excellent article by Amanda Schneider in the Huffington Post:

Making Co-Working Spaces Work for Your Business

Co-working spaces often become communities. Some of the best co-working spaces I’ve ever seen inspire an altruistic hive mentality amongst their members. People from all walks of life have different knowledge and life experiences that can help others be successful in those areas, too.

Co-working spaces can be a genuine boon to the often lonely pursuit of one’s entrepreneurial dreams. These offices provide everything a fledgling company needs: technology to help feed its roots and the sunshine of spirited supporters and colleagues.

If you’re working alone at home – you’re missing opportunities that could grow your mind, and your business. Call or sign up here to schedule a tour and receive a complimentary coworking day at Sierra Commons.

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The A.P.P.L.E. Center is hosting their May mixer at Sierra Commons, and the community is invited. Have you seen the wisteria blooming on our patio, or taken a ride on one of our tire swings? Now’s your chance! Join the A.P.P..L.E. folks and Sierra Commons members for a relaxing evening on our beautiful Nevada City campus.
Come talk about sustainable living, sustainable playing and sustainable working. Promote your project or small business, learn what others are doing, find opportunities and make new connections. Community is warmly welcomed!

Join us for our first members presentation night!

Hosted by Rob Sheldon, No Problem

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Steve’s scan converter card after debugging.

Steve Knapp has been working on a remote “call home” electronics project that works over the plain ol’ telephone service. There’s some more information about it at http://www.steveknapp.org/Pages/CallHome.html

Steve has a solid amount of electronics experience, including prototyping his own boards and surface-mounting ICs. He also came up with a creative solution for squeezing an 8-bit bidirectional IO bus out of a board with only 10 data pins. (Steve, is that right? I’m guessing you did some bitmasking magic?)

A good event to attend for those getting started in component electronics, and a chance to hear about a really neat home-brewed home automation setup. Social time from 6:30 to 7, then Steve’s the boss from there on out.

RSVP and meetup contact info here.

Cottage Industry Permit Process Class

May 14, 6-8pm

Family Portrait

Presented by Susan Meagher, cialis Nana's Artisan Bakery & Jerri Glover, Nevada County Makes

Your friends, family and co-workers have told you that you make the best home-made candy they have ever tasted. You're certain the general public would agree and you want to start making, packaging and selling your yummy candy at the local markets. Where do you start?

You can rent space in a commercial kitchen, but that can be expensive. Can you do it in the comfort and convenience of your own home? Thanks to legislation passed in September 2012, yes you can. However, the application process is complicated and requires a time and financial investment.

No one knows this better than Susan Meagher of Nana's Artisan Bakery. Meagher has been working from rented commercial kitchens for the last several years to offer a wide variety of baked goods for sale to the public at events such as the Grower's Market, Farmers Markets and Cornish Christmas. Commercial kitchen rental definitely cuts into the profit for someone like Meagher

When Governor Brown signed AB1616 into law in September 2012, Meagher decided to pursue a permit to allow her to produce her baked goods in her own home kitchen. She successfully navigated the process and learned many valuable lessons along the way.  While sharing her experiences with friend and owner of Nevada County Does, Jerri Glover, the pair decided that others in Nevada County interested in pursuing a cottage industry permit could benefit from the lessons Meagher learned while submitting her own application.

This class will cover such topics as the different types of permits, environmental health issues, planning department requirements and where you can sell.

Representatives from the Nevada County Environmental Health office will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional materials. Meagher will also have information from the Planning Department as well as information, free water testing kits and discounts from Cranmer Engineering for water testing.

Cost: $50 ($45 special rate for Sierra Commons Members). Register soon, class size is limited.

Those interested in attending should contact Jerri Glover at 530-205-3104 or nevadacountymakes@gmail.com. Registration must be paid for in advance and can be arranged via check or Paypal.