February 2017

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s business education center and coworking space in Nevada City is offering their signature course, their Business Ignitor and registration is now open.  Classes start on March 16th 2017 and will be held for eight weeks on Thursday nights from 6pm-9pm.  Sierra Commons’ Business Ignitor is an 8-week course designed to help entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners start and run a successful business.

The Business Ignitor is taught by a diverse faculty of experts in their field.  Classes include coursework on basic business practices such as accounting and writing a solid business plan.  It additionally offers sections on cutting edge business approaches such as social media micro-targeting and non-traditional funding sources like crowd funding. One on one mentoring is available so that students can ask questions personalized to their particular field. The class covers a wide variety of topics and is suitable for both people who are looking to start a business or solo venture and for those who are currently running a small business.

“This will be the thirteenth time we’ve offered this course to the community.” notes Hilary Hodge, Executive Director.  “We have seen over one hundred people graduate from the Business Ignitor and have helped to start a number of prominent businesses in our community. We know our incubator works and we are proud to continue to offer this valuable service.”

Sierra Commons has been a resource for small businesses in Nevada County for over seven years.  The organization understands the unique and diverse economy of the Sierra Foothills.  Past Ignitor graduates have gone on to start and manage effective businesses in a variety of industries.  Sierra Commons has helped to start successful restaurants, cottage food companies, online marketing businesses, clothing companies, design services, and more.

The per-student fee is $450 and class registration is open now.  Scholarships may be available to qualifying individuals.  If you would like to sign up for the Business Ignitor or learn more visit the Sierra Commons website at www.sierracommons.org or call 530-265-8443.

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s business education center and coworking space located at 792 A Searls Ave in Nevada City, California is offering their office space for free to evacuees who may need to work in a professional office setting.  As Nevada County continues to support the evacuation effort and care for those displaced by the Oroville Spillway incident, Sierra Commons is opening their doors to evacuees during their regular business hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm. Sierra Commons’ coworking space offers desk space in a shared office setting, high-speed internet, printing/faxing capabilities and all-you-can-drink coffee.

“In addition to providing resources for local businesses and entrepreneurs, Sierra Commons mission is to offer our community access to an affordable, comfortable, and professional office setting,” notes Hilary Hodge, Executive Director.  “It was a natural decision for our organization to offer help to those in need.”

Sierra Commons has been a resource for telecommuters, freelancers, and small businesses in Nevada County for over seven years.  The coworking space currently provides desk space for more than twenty members who share the office and workplace.  Using their available conference room and classroom, Sierra Commons can provide a professional work setting for an additional 30 people.

For more information about Sierra Commons visit the website at www.sierracommons.org or call 530-265-8443.