I love that the people of Nevada County would rather ask a neighbor or browse a local forum for a restaurant recommendation before consulting a website or an app for dining advice. It shows that we have small-town pride, and that we are willing to support our small businesses on a peer-to-peer level. I have enjoyed many nights out based on friends’ recommendations.
With that said, the people of Nevada County really need to start using the mobile app, “Yelp,” on a regular basis to rate local businesses, with accolades, and to make our voices heard about our incredible Nevada County small businesses.
For those who aren’t familiar, Yelp is a mobile app that allows people to review businesses. Yelp uses GPS tracking to ensure that people who wish to make a review have actually been close enough to a business to review it. Many business owners and community members complain about Yelp because they feel like Yelp doesn’t accurately depict the merit of many of the places listed. It’s a fine line to walk. But Yelp is a crowd-sourced website so the crowd makes the call.
I’m imploring our community members to take a more attentive approach to the online health and the online reputations of our local businesses. Apps like Yelp can make a huge difference in our community. When we forego using apps like Yelp, (and other popular apps that are used all over the United States by millions of people), we allow tourists to tell the story about Nevada County and our small businesses.
I’m asking everyone who reads this article to: Check into Yelp for all of our local businesses and post an accurate review.
Many of us are comfortable getting restaurant reviews from our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. That exchange doesn’t have to stop. Our willingness to listen to local recommendations is an asset to local business. But we can’t let outsiders continue to write the conversation about our local stores and restaurants. Using apps like Yelp heeds accurate and friendly community input. We have a local responsibility to stick up for the small businesses we love. All of our local community members should be participating in the online conversation.
Write a Yelp review today.
What is a Coworking Space?
As one of the world’s few rural coworking offices, we get this question a lot. It is rare to find a coworking space in a town with a population of just over 3,000 people. Most coworking spaces are found in large cities. Coworking in San Francisco and coworking in New York City is quite popular. Coworking in Nevada County is something some folks might not expect.
A coworking space or, coworking facility, is a brick-and-mortar office space where people come together to work, exchange ideas, and share in a regular professional social environment. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. A coworking space offers a common roof for people who want to work with others but who are working as individuals or small groups.
Coworking is a legitimate business model used all over the world to provide structure and resources to independent working professionals. The model is attractive to work-at-home professionals, remote workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. At Sierra Commons we have many members who do off-site or field work such as farming, well-inspection, web design, and real estate appraising, but who need an office in order to complete administrative tasks such as accounting, recordkeeping, marketing, and web management. We have twelve Resident Members at Sierra Commons and over twenty Nomadic members.
Our members’ employment varies widely. Currently at Sierra Commons we have software engineers, IT directors, a travel agent, a real estate agent, copy editors, freelance writers, farmers, a lobbyist and more. Some of our members are self-employed and some of them work remotely for companies located in other cities throughout the world.
With membership, all of our members enjoy a desk rental and use of our facility which includes high-speed internet, printing-faxing-scanning capabilities, and utilities. We have private conference rooms for consultants and coworkers to meet with clients. We provide all of the overhead of a professional business environment for our members, including coffee, paper, lighting, and supplies like pens, staples and toilet paper. Membership is open to the public and available to those seeking office space. For our services, we charge a monthly fee.
Membership costs at Sierra Commons are divided into two categories: Resident Member and Nomadic Member and we also have drop-in rates. Resident members are people who are typically working 40+ hours each week and who have a designated desk space at Sierra Commons where they can keep their computers and other office equipment as needed at their own workstation. Resident members have their own key code and can access the building 24/7. Nomadic members are those who come and go, usually bringing in their own laptop when they come in. Nomadic members have access to the building during open business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm. All members can schedule time in our conference rooms as needed and they may use Sierra Commons as their office/business address.
Coworking offers people a community while working in a professional situation that may be individual, remote, and/or sometimes isolating. As Nevada County’s coworking space, Sierra Commons is dedicated to the health of our economy while maintaining a sense of community. If you are interested in coworking, please feel free to contact us.
On Friday, March 27th, Sierra Commons will host a free mixer and party to introduce their latest Business Ignitor graduates to the community. The Sierra Commons Business Ignitor program is Nevada County’s premier business incubation program. The program is a six-week course that helps start-ups and businesses learn about running and managing a business successfully. The event is open to the public and will be held at Sierra Commons, 792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. It starts at 5:30pm and runs until 7:30pm. The graduation mixer and party is a way to introduce new businesses to the greater business community of Nevada County.
“The Ignitor Graduation is always a fun event and it’s a great way for people to connect,” says Hilary Hodge, Executive Director of Sierra Commons. “Many of our start-ups are looking for established businesses with resources to help get their new businesses off the ground. This event is a way for our students to introduce themselves and find those resources.”
This is the 8th Ignitor class to graduate from the Sierra Commons program. The program has a history of producing successful businesses. Past graduates include Nick Santos of Environmental Consumer and Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery and Brewery. This current graduating class is very diverse and includes an enthusiastic group of entrepreneurs, writers, artists, managers, and business people.
“The Ignitor Course has helped me get a firm hold on the vision for my business and it has given me the tools that will make that vision a reality,” says Shelly Covert of Nevada City Rancheria. “The staff and mentors at Sierra Commons have an amazing wealth of knowledge and are very approachable. The experience has been priceless. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone who needs assistance entering the marketplace.” Shelly and her fellow graduates are looking forward to celebrating what they have learned and what they have accomplished. Feel free to join them on Friday at Sierra Commons.
The next Business Ignitor will be starting in June. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-265-8443.
SARTA, the Sacramento Regional Technological Alliance, along with Nevada County’s Business Ignitor, Sierra Commons, hosted a Clean Technology Mixer at the Nevada City Winery on Friday, March 20th, 2015. The event brought people from all over Northern California, including experts from the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. The event speakers included Brandon Davis of local solar electric company, California Solar Electric; Michael Carroll, the CEO of HeliosAtlas, a regional authority on Hydropower Technology; and Dr. Richard Philpott, CEO of Burst Laboratories, a local visionary who is on the cutting edge of chemical-free water and waste treatment. The event focused on green technologies that solve local and global environmental problems and energy problems.
“It was exciting to see so many tech companies at the event, many of whom expressed how grateful they were to connect with other companies and resources,” said Amber Harris, CleanStart Program Director for SARTA. “SARTA is pleased to support economic growth in the Sierra Foothills region through hosting events such as this Clean Tech Mixer.”
The event combined major players from the Clean Tech industry with local experts in the field and was open to the public. SARTA teamed up with local organization Sierra Commons in order to reach a broader audience and to get folks from other regions of California up to Nevada County to see what is happening in the foothills.
“I think this event really showed people that you don’t have to be in the Bay Area or Sacramento in order to have a successful, thriving business in the Clean Tech Industry,” said Brandon Davis of California Solar Electric. “It was great to see people from other areas at the event. It was good to make connections with others that are in Clean Tech. Those connections will help us move the industry forward.”
SARTA and Sierra Commons plan to maintain their partnership and hopes to bring more events to our local region throughout the year. For more information about Sierra Commons and/or upcoming events call Sierra Commons at 530-265-8443 or email email@example.com.
For more information about SARTA visit www.sarta.org.
Below is a list of upcoming events that Sierra Commons is either hosting or participating in. For more information or to register, call 530-265-8443.
Nevada City Chamber Mixer
Thursday, March 19th 5:30-7:30pm
Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Highway 49, Nevada City, CA 95959
Clean Tech Mixer
Friday, March 20th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
$20 Appetizers provided
Crowd Funding Class
Tuesday, March 24th, 6pm-8pm
792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Ignitor Graduation Party and Mixer
Friday, March 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Ladies Only Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, April 7th, 12pm-1:15pm
792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, April 14th 12pm-1:15pm
792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Sierra Commons, along with their sponsors, will be putting on the community’s most exciting Oscar® pre-party. The party starts at 3pm on February 22nd and will include red carpet interviews hosted by KNCO, limousine rides from the parking lot to the front door, a paparazzi entourage, along with appetizers and a silent auction benefiting Sierra Commons. The party and fundraiser will run from 3pm-5:30pm and a live broadcast of the Academy Awards® will follow at the same location.
Tickets for the Pre-Party and Limo rides can be purchased by going into Sierra Commons at 792 Searls Ave in Nevada City or on the web at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oscar-night-pre-party-tickets-15632112068
For for information call Sierra Commons at: 530-265-8443 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to offering our signature Ignitor Classes, Sierra Commons is working with The City of Nevada City to help implement a Community Development Block Grant. Classes are available for qualifying sole proprietors and small business owners who are hoping to be eligible for grant money and/or business loans through the City of Nevada City. You must complete the classes in order to qualify for the grants or loans. The money can be used for furniture, fixtures, inventory, equipment and more! The classes are designed to make participants ready for the application process to obtain the grants and loans. Some restrictions apply. For more information call SierraCommons at (530) 265-8443.
A Message from the Executive Director
I like resolutions but I think that they should be made more than once per year. I believe in consistency and renewal. Life isn’t easy. Even the best laid plans can be thrown off course. That’s why I value the Sierra Commons community.
Sierra Commons offers a consistency in a world full of ups and downs. Sierra Commons is group of people who care about each other and who support each other. Some of us are freelancers. Some of us are remote workers employed by companies who let us stay in the community we love. Some of us are just starting out, trying new ideas, establishing effective businesses that we are passionate about. Where ever you are at in your creative and/or professional life, there is a place for you at Sierra Commons.
Maybe you’d like to take a few classes. Maybe you’d like to teach a few classes. Maybe you just need a nice place to work away from home. Maybe you’ve hit a wall in your professional life and you’d like some advice. Maybe your power went out and you need reliable high-speed internet and a hot cup of coffee for the day. Sierra Commons has got you covered.
Whatever you’ve resolved to do this year, check out Sierra Commons. We can probably help. If you are seeking balance, Sierra Commons can provide a great work-life balance by giving you a place to focus. If you want to learn a new skill, check out our class schedule. Even if you are trying to have a healthier, fitter lifestyle, the Sierra Commons office is conveniently located right down the street from the South Yuba Athletic Club, Fit Culture, and Wild Mountain Yoga in Nevada City.
Whatever you do in 2015, get the support you deserve. Make Sierra Commons a part of your life. We’re here for our community.
All contest entries made to Sierra Commons via social media in response to the January 2015 library display, are included in the drawings. The drawings are open to U.S. citizens residing in the 50 states of the U.S. or District of Columbia. Entrants must be 18 or older or have a designated guardian to claim the prize. All current Sustaining Members of Sierra Commons are automatically included. This contest is sponsored by Sierra Commons. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Taxes are the responsibility of the winner(s). Winner(s) must complete a W9 form prior to claiming prize(s).
How to Enter
No purchase or contribution is necessary. You may enter this contest by liking Sierra Commons on Facebook, by posting a picture of Sierra commons with the #sierracommons, by emailing email@example.com or be mail to Sierra Commons, 792A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. Mail-in entries must include your full name, complete mailing address, phone number with area code, and an email address. No other method of entry will be accepted. Mail-in entries must be received no later than two days prior to the prize drawing. Contest begins January 2nd and ends on January 31st, 2015. All drawings will be held on February 4th. Exact times and dates of drawings within that time period are subject to change. Limit two entries per person. Incomplete entries are void.
Selection of Winner(s)
Winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by the deadline dates above. Prize drawing will be conducted by Sierra Commons. Winner(s) will be announced on our Facebook page. Winner(s) need not be present to win. Winner(s) may be notified electronically, by telephone and/or be email within 24 hours of drawing. Every reasonable attempt will be made to award the prize. If after every reasonable effort has been exerted (three (3) attempts over 30 days) to award the prize but the potential winner(s) cannot be reached after 30 days from first notification attempt, or the potential winner(s) has refused to accept the prize, or if entrant is found to be ineligible, or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and become the property of Sierra Commons.
Odds of Winning
Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use winner(s)’ names, hometowns, and likenesses for publicity purposes without additional compensation. Winner(s) will be notified electronically, by telephone and/or e-mail.
Limit of Entry
Limit two entries per person for the entire entry period. Multiple entries, if discovered, will be disqualified. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these official rules including all eligibility requirements. Sierra Commons is not responsible for failures in technology such as but not limited to: technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, or misdirected entries. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. Proof of emailing and/or mailing does not constitute proof of delivery.
One drawing will be held. All prizes are non-transferable. Prize value varies based on prize. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. All taxes on the prizes, including but not limited to federal, state and local income and sales taxes, and any expense not covered herein (including but not limited to expenses related to the use of the prize) are the responsibility of the winners.