May 2011


* Loan amounts from $1,000 to $5,000
* Credit score of 700 or better
* No derogatories in past 7 years
* Maximum loan term 12 months
* One week turn time (with completed application package)
* No missed payments, bankruptcy, liens or judgements within last 3 years

This program was designed to provide quick cash to well-qualified borrowers who need it on a short term basis.

Give SEDCorp a call to get all the details!


The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is a regional nonprofit providing small business lending and small business training. Make this a better business year!

Another way of looking at Sierra Commons is our Wordle cloud. These words represent what we do and what we write about.  What is your businesses word cloud?

Alice Halford – of course.

Today, Alice attended the workshop How to Market Effectively at Sierra Commons. The workshop was put on by Ruth Schwartz of High Performance Advocates. to kick things off, Alice Halford sang a song which was she was inspired to write and sing because of her involvement in our community.

Watch live streaming video from sierracommons at

Thanks Alice for your beautiful words and music.

Award winning photographer Douglas Hooper has a fun way of making portraits in the dark with flashlights and other battery-powered lights. Learn how to make these creative portraits using long exposures.

Bring a camera which can make a 30 second exposure, and a tripod. There will be a live costumed model to make beautiful photos with. Beginners to professionals welcome.

When: June 14th  6:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: Sierra Commons

Douglas is a local professional photographer. He’s on the official Burning Man Photo Documentation Team.

Photostream from the workshop

Robert Trent, Sierra Commons Executive Director, will be presenting how job creation helps our local communities thrive.

We will also be tabling at the event, so you will have a chance to speak with Sierra Commons members about how Sierra Commons can help your business.

Presentations will be at
Saturday May 21, 10am
Sunday May 22, 4pm

About Green Life Eco Fest

GreenLife Eco Festival – presented by SIGBA and Local Green Sierra – will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, May 21-22nd 2011 and is now looking for sponsors, speakers, vendors and volunteers – Volunteers receive a Free T-shirt and 3 free passes. If you are interested or would like more info contact – for vendors and speakers and for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, visit the Green Life Facebook page

Do you want to learn more about sustainability and the environment?
Would you like an opportunity to gain valuable work experience this summer?

Welcome to the One Stop Business & Career Center’s Intro to Green Construction. This opportunity combines classroom time with a paid internship for eligible 18-24 year olds. The program is made possible by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration via the California Workforce Investment Board.

Between June and August, participants will have the opportunity to work, learn and earn. Internship hours will range per position from 20-40 hours per week. Wages are set at $8 per hour. Interested candidates must attend an informational meeting (see below). more

Tech Talk Returns May 12th

On May 12, In Part Five of Sierra Commons’ Six-part “Tech Talk” lecture and networking series, Ray Darby will explore the nitty gritty of how solar energy can save home owners energy AND money. Tech Talks are forums for Nevada County residents to share new ideas, ongoing projects, and interesting work in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.

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Ray’s talk will focus on the solar and energy efficiency options that homeowners need to be aware of in order to reduce their energy costs cost-effectively. He’ll cover the costs and benefits, explain why sustainable energy is so important today, and use his own household as an example of what other households can do to earn a very high return on their investment.

Ray Darby, a licensed mechanical engineer specializing in solar and energy efficiency since 1977, has worked extensively with the California Energy Commission, California Utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy. His company, Sustainable Energy Group, is a general contracting firm that is licensed to provide electrical and plumbing contracting services. Their mission is to help building owners identify and implement their most cost-effective energy options and to educate the community on sustainable energy. more