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I recently showed a potential new member around the Sierra Commons office. She liked our facility and enjoyed the people. She was excited to have some free conference room time each month, a benefit to all of our members. But, like with many people who aren’t familiar with Sierra Commons or co-working, she wondered, “Why don’t all these people just work from home?”
Lower floor at Sierra Commons

Lower floor at Sierra Commons

It’s an interesting question but it is easily answered. A co-working space is more than just a desk or an office space in a building somewhere. When you are part of a co-working facility, you are a part of a community. For many entrepreneurs and independent contractors, having co-workers improves productivity and helps the bottom line. Additionally, having a group of people to turn to and bounce ideas off of can be a priceless tool when working as an independent contractor, a freelancer or as someone who works for a company remotely.
Working alone can be hard for a lot of people. For one thing, it can be very expensive to try to work from home. There are a lot of start up costs involved and utilities can become more than a person bargained for. It is also difficult to remain focused when working on one’s own, especially when working at one’s home. Work and ideas can stagnate, causing a person to work below their potential. It is easy to blur the lines between work and home activities and many people find themselves taking care of home chores during the day and then working late into the evening on work activities, making it harder to maintain a work-life balance.
Collaboration at Sierra Commons

Collaboration at Sierra Commons

Working alone can be very lonely. It’s nice to be a part of office potlucks and water cooler chitchat. Having co-workers helps to break up the day into a sensible workflow. Having a place to work helps to free up your free time. With co-working, you can work independently but you don’t have to work alone.

Sierra Commons is offering our signature six-week course to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams of launching and growing their business. Known as the “Business Ignitor Course” the course consists of six 3 hour evening sessions starting Thursday September 18th at 6:00 pm at the Sierra Commons office located at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. More than a business-plan workshop, the course brings together a group of motivated entrepreneurs and guides them through all of the steps needed to create a thriving enterprise.

Sierra Commons Classroom

Sierra Commons Classroom

This will be the sixth time that Sierra Commons has offered their Business Ignitor Course but the first time that it will be held in the evening. Building on the success of previous Business Ignitor Courses, the curriculum has been refined and tailored to serve our unique business community. As an additional perk, Sierra Commons is providing three months of free membership at their co-working facility to top performing graduates.  Sierra Commons will continue mentoring and housing these graduates to further increase their business success rate.

The Ignitor course was important to me for filling in the business-related gaps in my knowledge,” says Nick Santos, Ignitor graduate and current Sierra Commons member. “As the Executive Director of Environmental Consumer, a nonprofit that enables real, measurable reductions in environmental impact, I could manage the technical and organizational side. With the Business Ignitor course, I learned a better way to track clients and to think about business information.”

Mixer at Sierra Commons

Mixer at Sierra Commons

Whether someone is hoping to start a new business, or is looking for a way to revitalize an on-going project, the Business Ignitor is a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs. It is also a wonderful way for struggling business owners to receive the mentoring and collaboration needed to make a business thrive. The course’s approach is action-based and covers topics including business planning, market analysis, marketing strategies, finance, budgeting, web, business law and more.  Course faculty are seasoned professionals who teach weekly classes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each topic.  Students also meet with mentors for special one-on-one sessions and for group discussions. Small businesses benefit from collaborative entrepreneurship and Sierra Commons offers exactly that.

Sierra Commons serves the community in a variety of ways. For membership, class enrollment, to rent the conference room or to get more information, please call the Sierra Commons at (530) 265-8443 or email info@sierracommons.org.

 

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Presented by Coryon Redd/Internet Marketing Guru and Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

Coryon and Erin are back for another action packed class on business blogging, if you missed the first class in January, here’s your opportunity to get an in depth tutorial on business blogging from two of the local pros. The 2 hour class will cover business branding, marketing 101, basic WordPress overview and lots of examples on how to create and market a successful blog for your business.

Business Blogging 101: Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

Business Blogging 201: Tuesday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

Take one class or both. $25 per class.

Erin Thiem

G Aronow Photography

Coryon.com

photo by Erin Thiem

 

A blog is a comprehensive medium that provides detailed information about your business, services and products and Business Blogging is fast becoming a vital part of any online strategy. When utilized effectively, a blog can be a valuable asset for your company. Erin & Coryon will give you some tips and ideas for launching your own blogging site so you can increase your community presence and customer base.

If you haven’t visited Erin’s fabulous blog, check it out! Or check out Coryon.com for Coryon’s tips and advice on internet marketing.

 

 

new electrical
A few weeks ago, Grant Morales met with Vanessa Richardson to evaluate the electrical needs for the Sierra Commons meeting space. Grant gave the organization a discount, provided a great plan, and got right to work.

He has now brought the electrical aspect of the conference room up to code. He replaced the fluorescent lights with can lights and added a dimmer switch.

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Gone are the multiple wires, power strips, and extension cords.

He even moved the thermostat!

It’s great to have a safe room to meet in. Thanks Grounded Electric and Grant Morales.

We can’t wait to see the next improvement!

2014 TechEdge

Advancing our innovation economy
Celebrating our technology sector
Succeeding in Sacramento

Friday, March 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Image from TechEdge 2013

Each year TechEdge is the place where the Sacramento tech community convenes to share and celebrate the successes of the past 12 months, and to gain insight and inspiration from the TechEdge speakers and from each other.

More than 500 tech companies, more than 650 total attendees, 3 great local CEO speakers, 1 high-energy keynote speaker in Andy Miller – there’s no better place to be in Sacramento in 2014 to capture the energy and drive of this critical part of our economy.

Don’t just take our word for it…check out video from last year’s TechEdge!

Keynote Speaker

Andy Miller, Leap Motion
Andy Miller
CEO,
Leap Motion™

Succeeding in Sacramento Speakers

Cate Dyer, StemExpress Michael Miille, Bayer CropScience Robert Winkler, 5th Planet Games
Cate Dyer
Founder & CEO
StemExpress
Michael Miille
Head of Strategic &
Business Mgmt,
Biologics
Bayer CropScience
Robert Winkler
Co-Founder & CEO
5th Planet Games

Register now – early-bird registration is available only through February 21, and moreover this event will sell out!  Gain the clear benefit of registering early, and eliminate the potential cost of waiting too long!

What: Grow your Business Through Blogging and other Social Media outlets
Who: Coryon Redd and Erin Thiem
When: Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30-8pm
Cost: $25
Presented by Coryon Redd/Internet Marketing Guru and Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

blogimageA blog is a comprehensive medium that provides detailed information about your business, services and products and Business Blogging is fast becoming a vital part of any online strategy. When utilized effectively, a blog can be a valuable asset for your company. Erin & Coryon will give you some tips and ideas for launching your own blogging site so you can increase your community presence and customer base.

If you haven’t visited Erin’s fabulous blog, check it out!  Or check our Coryon.com for Coryon’s tips and advice on internet marketing.

 

 

Ignitor 6.0 is a six-week course beginning October 16, 2013, that helps budding entrepreneurs realize their dream of launching or growing their business.

The action-based course covers topics including business planning, market analysis, marketing strategies, finance, budgeting, business law, and more.

The Ignitor Course has helped local individuals grow a range of independent Nevada County businesses. If you have a business idea and are seriously ready to make it a reality, there’s no better path to take. The Ignitor Course takes you right to the heart and soul of making it happen – and pushes you to do it.

Enrollment is currently still open, but class size is limited, so anyone interested should check the course schedule and enroll here, or call 530 265-8443 for more information. The course begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, and finishes the week prior to Thanksgiving. Tuition is $425 (plus a textbook) and classes are held at Sierra Commons, 792A Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Howdy Sierra Commoners,

Glad you are coming to our party this Thursday, Sept.19.  From 5:30 -8:30pm.

First off, I want to give a big shout out to our sponsors

 

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 Miner Moe's Pizza

Now let’s get down to business.  Here is what you need to know:

  • No need to RSVP, just show up.  Directions
  • Come on time.  Salon sessions start promptly at 5:30.
    • Technology discussion in main building downstairs.  Ask for Abe.
    • Social Entrepreneurship in main building upstairs.  Ask for Vanessa
    • Current world trend in main building.  Ask for Hilary.
    • Lean LaunchPad -How to Build a Startup in the studio. Ask for Robert
  • Schedule of events goes like this:

5:30: Come
5:31: Get a drink and think
5:32: Eat Miner Moe’s Pizza
5:32 – 6:32: Pick a salon topic- technology, social entrepreneurship, start ups
6:33: Get a drink and think. Eat some more pizza
6:32 – 7:12: Presentations- Robert Trent, Benji Brown Studio B Flat, Jim Harte from Ol’ Republic Brewery
7:12-8:30: Free Play

Other important things to know and do:

Even More information:

The Union Article from Today’s Paper

Come. Drink. Think.