June 2011

So how is Nevada County’s unemployment rate fairing against the US and the rest of the state of California?  Some of our cities are doing better than others.  Penn Valley and Nevada City are lagging behind the rest of our county.  Does anyone have any ideas why?  Please send us your thoughts by using the comments below. more

Your website is ALL about Google.

Did you know that one of the best ways to increase your internet search results is by posting blogs?

Did you know that video is 70% more likely to be viewed on the internet than written words?

What are YOU doing?

There is still time to sign up for Wednesday’s workshop

Wednesday June 22  9:00-11:00 AM
“Me and My Blog – Workshop Style”

  • Come have some fun.
  • Bring your laptop.
  • Build your business. more

Paul Platner, a student of the Ignitor Course at Sierra Commons, has started a temporary employment agency called Work Is Worship. This has become a matchmaking industry, matching employers and job-seekers. Half the work is getting to know all of the employment needs of all of the business in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area. The other half of the work is getting to know all of the job-seekers. Part of this process is the Job-Seekers Networking Group, which meets every Friday 9-11am at the One-Stop Center. Below is the most recent letter keeping everyone informed.



The Art and Science of Creating a Mutant Vehicle

Thursday, July 14th. 6 – 8pm with rides to benefit Sierra Commons after 8pm.


Chris with the Now-A-Saurus

Sierra Commons will host a special bonus Tech Talk on Thursday, July 14, featuring the art and science of creating a mutant vehicle or “art car”. 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.

What does it take to create a mutant vehicle for burning man? What materials make sense for construction? What kinds of power and electrical sources will I need? How can I make sure any extraneous construction elements are strong enough? What is a good theme? How do I transport it on the highway? This presentation will answer all of these questions and more, from the perspective of how one mutant vehicle called Now-A-Saurus came to be. A blend of dinosaur, vehicle, and sacred geometry, molded into an artistic and engineering marvel, Now-A-Saurus is one builder’s journey to the moment of now.  more

Remember how in love you used to be? With the right coaching those same Passionate Kisses are just a few conversations away. You CAN Rebirth Your Romance and Enjoy More Sincere Hugs, More Trust and Understanding . . . More Peace and Passion in your Relationship. Learn what it takes to Sustain Love for a Lifetime. Join other couples in this intimate small group workshop and plan your Nevada County Escape!

Read more about the workshop and watch a video here


Presented by Paul Dessau, Empire Toastmasters

This course will help you develop communication skills used in everyday life; work, social, and community activities.

Where: Sierra Commons
When: 10:00-12:30 PM
Dates: Four Thursdays in August—August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25
Cost: $33.00, includes all materials


Do you want a simple yet effective business plan that will actually help you succeed in business? With this innovative workshop you will learn what it takes to SUCCEED!!!

Date: Monday – June 13, 2011
Location: SEDCorp Training Room, 560 Wall Street, Suite F, Auburn, CA 95603
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: $45.00

Discover the 6 key components you must have in your business plan and the 12-minute process to make your plan perfect:

  • Review sample plans that work and really understand why they work.
  • Find out how to avoid the 3 deadly sins of writing an ineffective plan.
  • Learn the 3 critical questions to ask so you can craft worthwhile strategies.
  • Avoid wasting time working on the wrong components of your plan.
  • Understand the difference between a mission and vision statement. more

On June 9, the 6-part “Tech Talk” lecture and networking series at Sierra Commons will showcase a presentation from Tony Osladil on mechatronics in the context of technical education. 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.

Encompassing robotics, industrial automation and electro-mechanical systems, “mechatronics” is the term used to describe any system that involves electronics, mechanics and computer control. From ATMs to medical lab equipment, automated package handling, ski lifts, industrial robots, and more, mechatronics describes the automated systems that are more a part of our lives every day. Tony will talk about mechatronics as part of the changing nature of technical education, highlighting the nationally-recognized Mechatronics program at Sierra College, which was developed specifically to meet the needs of the modern technical workforce. The program is one of fewer than ten of its kind in the country. more