November 2014

This is a time of year when it can be particularly difficult to work from home, or in restaurants and cafes. The holidays can be really stressful and, if not, busy and distracting.

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The Sierra Commons Campus

At a time when people are running around and constantly planning and cooking and traveling and visiting, I find that I am incredibly thankful that I work at Sierra Commons , that I have an office to go to with interesting and thoughtful people to hang out with.

Even though I had a particularly nice Thanksgiving yesterday, I still looked forward to being able to go into an office and work away from home this morning. As my family ran around, getting ready to go shopping or catch trains, I packed a piece of left over pumpkin pie and headed to Sierra Commons to quietly get a few things done before I join up with my loved ones at Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley this evening.

Sierra Commons along with the City of Nevada City is teaming up with SARTA, the Sacramento Regional Technical Alliance, to bring the Epic Beer and Geeks event to Nevada County on Thursday November 20th 6pm-8pm to be held at ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City.  Thursday’s event in Nevada City is being held in conjunction with four other locations in Northern California including Sacramento, Folsom, Davis and Roseville and will connect local entrepreneurs, hackers, techies, computer nerds and small business owners throughout the Northern California region.  The event is a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the public is invited to participate.

ol' Republic Brewery is located on Argall Way in Nevada City

ol’ Republic Brewery is located on Argall Way in Nevada City

“Nevada City is thrilled to serve as a host city for the Epic Beers and Geeks networking event in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week,” say Mark Prestwich, City Manager for Nevada City. “We are home to incredible technology talent in this region and hope budding entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and others will participate in this tremendous and cost-free opportunity.”  The City of Nevada City issued a proclamation at the City Council meeting on November 12th celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week and acknowledging Sierra Commons for the organization’s dedication to connecting and engaging technology entrepreneurs in our community.

The Epic Beer and Geeks event is a casual mixer designed to help techies around the region connect, learn, and engage.  The event is designed to foster comradery and to help connect the Nevada County tech community to the greater tech community in the Sacramento region and in Northern California.

“This event is going to be fun but it additionally gives our local talent the opportunity to connect and network with other professionals on a regional level,” says Hilary Hodge of Sierra Commons.   “We have a lot of tech savvy people who live and work in our county.  Teaming up with SARTA for Thursday’s Beer and Geeks event gives Nevada County an opportunity to showcase our talent.”  A representative from SARTA will be at the event.  The event will include video conferencing with the other events and locations.  For more information contact Sierra Commons at (530) 265-8443 or info@sierracommons.org.

On Thursday November 13th, Sierra Commons will be offering a two-part class on LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking service, with 300 million members. LinkedIn is a website that is free to join and has two people join its network each second worldwide. Sierra Commons will be hosting the two-part class in a single evening starting at 5:30pm with the first ninety minutes focused on beginning skills and the second ninety minutes taking a more in-depth and goals-focused approach to profile-building.

From Mommy Bloggers to Fortune 100 CEOs, LinkedIn is the site to use for managing and growing your personal professional network. According to Forbes Magazine, “Linkedin is, far and away, the most advantageous social networking tool available to job-seekers and business professionals today.” LinkedIn is one of the oldest social networks, having started in 2003. Sierra Commons is excited to offer the class and wants to help our local professionals join LinkedIn and standout among the crowd.

“To do well, its important to have a strategy,” say Sari Hale-Alper who will be teaching the class. “LinkedIn is an incredible resource that anyone can use with the right training and strategy. Most people don’t know how to use LinkedIn in a way that serves their goals. I want to help people figure out what the right way is and what’s right for them.”

The class is a strategy-based class designed to help LinkedIn users achieve specific goals. Do you want to get noticed in your field? Do you want to collaborate? Do you want to get noticed by a recruiter? Many people who use LinkedIn aren’t using the site for its optimum features. The class at Sierra Commons will help people achieve more and move forward with the right focus. If a person uses LinkedIn systematically and effectively, it is a tool that is worth the time.

“There are many people in Nevada County who feel comfortable using local, isolated internet groups to frame conversations about local businesses. But there is a relevant internet world outside of Nevada County that contributes to the local business conversation through websites like Yelp, Foursquare, and LinkedIn,” says Hilary Hodge of Sierra Commons. “If people in Nevada county want to hone their internet business skills and start using available websites to frame conversations on a local, national and international level for local business we can start with LinkedIn.”

For more information or to sign up for the class, email info@sierracommons.org or call (530) 265-8443