There are a lot of people out there these days marketing themselves as business coaches and charging a lot of money for their support services. You do not have to attend the first workshop that comes along and you do not have to hire the first coach you meet. You don’t have to use your friend’s recommendation either. There is no shortage of coaches and coaching events.
Making the decision to hire someone is important. It is an investment of your time and money. Take the time to find the right fit. Here are some tips:
Come to Sierra Commons – bring a computer – and work on whatever project you’re excited about in a social and cialis online productive atmosphere.
Sponsored by No Problem, this no-charge monthly meetup is open to the community. Attendance is by donation.
Don’t fret, it’s not too late to initiate a retirement plan.
Financial Advisor Sean Andersen will be at Sierra Commons to share tips on retirement planning for small business owners.
Learn basic strategies that you can use to help prepare for your golden years at this free workshop.
Please RSVP – and you’re welcome to bring your lunch!
Sean Andersen is a Financial Services Professional at New York Life, and VP of Public Relations for Marysville Toastmaster. He is active in community building and relations, and is also a member of the Nevada County Successful Thinkers Network.
From Rob Sheldon, Nevada County Hackers: Continued introductory electronics. I soldered up the MakerShield and the LCD generic cialis for our microcontroller pack, and I’ve got a working servo + LCD setup.
Steve would like to get us going on some projects, including a pulse generator for Arduino. We have three Arduino kits now for general-purpose use, and I can help people get started.
We’ll be gradually working towards more and more complex projects, so if you’d like to get started with electronics or Arduino (or other similar kits), now’s the time!
Community welcome, by donation. More info and to RSVP.
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 email@example.com. Registration must be paid for in advance and can be arranged via check or Paypal.
QuickBooks is the #1 rated small business financial software that organizes finances, tracks sales and expenses, and makes tax time easier.
In this introductory class, Greg Barker, CPA, will be demonstrating how QuickBooks is used to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile a checking account, create and print invoices, receipts, and statements, track payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates, and generate reports.
Topics will also include:
If you’re using spreadsheets or manual methods, you’re likely spending more time on your books than you need to. Come to this free Sierra Commons class to see QuickBooks in action, and discover if it’s the right accounting program for your small business.
This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Bring your lunch and learn something to move your business forward.
Please RSVP, seating is limited.
Sierra Commons is a non-profit organization. Donations to help sustain the Lunch and Learn workshops are warmly appreciated.
If you’re already using QuickBooks and want to take your QB skills to the next level, learn about new features, get tips, have questions or need hands on help, Greg will be teaching a series of QB workshops and holding live workshops at Sierra Commons.
In most cases, entrepreneurship consists of starting a new company, obtaining financing and developing a new product. In this three-part series, you will learn the basic new product development process, which emphasizes integrating marketing and technical dimensions into a viable offering. Structured methods for defining and analyzing information during the fuzzy early stages will be covered in detail.
The course will cover:
If you aspire to create a product, already have one in development, or want to supplement your product line – this series of classes will give you the tools to become successful in the new product development aspect of entrepreneurship.
$125 for the full series
($99 Sierra Commons members)
Dr. Rudin has 16 years’ experience as a professor at Santa Clara University in their Engineering Management Department. He developed and currently teaches their graduate curriculum in new product development and management of technology. Many of his students are entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley area.
He is co-founder and president of Ximatek, Inc. and founder and director of the Tech Venture Network of Ridgecrest – with over ten ventures in the process ranging from robotics to cosmetics. As part of his Network activities, Dr. Rudin founded Global Need Water Technology Inc., which is currently in final negotiations with a large investor to produce a high-efficiency solar desalination system. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Excel for Event Coordinators
Feb. 7th, 9-11am
Presented by Mike Freedman, Right-Click.Biz
Learn to use Excel as a simple and low cost database tool in this hands-on, interactive class.
Beginning & Intermediate skill levels
Students will become familiar and confident using Excel to build basic formatting for spreadsheets.
Menus and Navigation * File Management and Editing Tools * Data, Formulas and Formatting 8 Building Data-Specific Spreadsheets * Sorting Specific Details & Info * Extracting Data * Report Design * Formatting for Printing
Bring your computer and questions, and be prepared to excel at databased spreadsheets.
Members $27, Non-Members $30.
Click to register here.
You may also mail or bring a check to Sierra Commons for no additional registration fee.
If you're not Pinteresting, you’re losing business
Saturday, January 26th, 1-3pm
Pinterest connects people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests with millions of new pins added every week. Join marketing guru Coryon Redd as he takes you through the steps to set up a Pinterest account so you can tap into this share of the marketplace and grow your business.
Who should take this class?
You have a storefront or online site that sells products or crafts (Etsy, Nevada County Makes, etc.)
You offer design or consumer services;
You have a tourism-related business;
You're part of the food industry;
You have a blog and want more followers;
You have a Facebook page for your business and want to maximize interest or sales.
You do ANY social marketing for your business.
In this fun and informative two-hour class Coryon will teach you how to:
If you want to drive people to your site and sell more products and/or services, you can’t afford to miss this class.
Cost: $30 Non-Member, $27 SC Member
Save! You can also register through mail or in person, with no additional registration fee if paying by check, money order or cash. 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959