October 2011

Google Earth can take you around the work in 60 seconds. Over 1 billion people have downloaded this free tool for many uses. A free class to learn how to use this remarkable tool is being offered to you by SWALE Inc.

This class will explore basic tasks for using Google Earth in planning, watershed analysis and other areas of expertise. Topics will include finding places, moving around them, taking pictures of a site, saving a location and visualizing a site plan. You will learn about the following: more

Its time to make your final decision.  Are you in or out?

The deadline for registering for the Business Ignitor Course is tomorrow, 10/19.

The instructors are all committed and ready to help you launch your business.

The curriculum and mentoring is being tailored specifically for students who have already registered.

The graduation package is stellar.

And there is a seat waiting for you if you are ready to launch your business.

Please fill out the application and prepare yourself to transform your business idea into a thriving Nevada County business.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert at 530-265-8443.

See you at Sierra Commons.

Where? Sierra Commons in Nevada City, CA.

When? October 21, 28 & November 4th and 11th, 2011 from 10am-11:45am

Cost? Sliding Scale $120-$180+ (larger donations gladly accepted)

Prerequisites: You must register and complete payment via PayPal.
Class size is limited. more

Last chance to register for the
Introduction Class this Friday:
Registered attendees will receive a special promotional discount code for a new Green web hosting plan from Dreamhost that includes one FREE lifetime domain name registration.

Friday, October 14th
Register today to ensure your place.

The Nevada County business community in coordination with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council (NCERC) announced today a “Call for Companies” interested in presenting at the “2011 Innovative Showcase” scheduled for November 17 at Sierra College Nevada County Campus. The Showcase will attract start-up and emerging companies with high growth potential and connect them with experienced investors and business development leaders.

“It is important to continue to encourage entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in Nevada County to generate critical mass which benefits existing local companies and the community as a whole,” says Telestream CEO Dan Castles who will serve as the Showcase’s featured speaker. more

Hello Job-Seekers (and those who have found jobs) and Friends,

The Job Fair on Thursday September 22nd, had a great turn out of Job-Seekers, but not many job opportunities. I want to continue to offer my support, with the effort of working together to find work.

We have 2 free Job-Seekers meetings each week. One in Grass Valley every Friday and one in Nevada City every Monday. (more info below) more

WordPress Class Series

Where? Sierra Commons in Nevada City, CA.
October 21, 28 & November 4th and 11th, 2011 from 10am-11:45am
Cost? Sliding Scale $120-$180+ (larger donations gladly accepted)
Prerequisites: You must register and complete payment via PayPal.

Topics Covered:
  • How to setup your Home Page and Blog Page for best SEO
  • Your Call to Action
  • Using SEO-optimized keywords to draw visitors to your site
  • Levels of user access
  • How to embed audio and video
  • How to embed your YouTube channel
  • Creating Categories
  • Adding Plugins
  • Creating Menus
  • Adding Google Analytics
  • Backing up
  • Updating WordPress, Themes and Plugins
  • Syncing your blog with Social Media
  • Adding a Google Plus button to your site   more

Sierra Commons has added some new benefits for our members. Besides providing stellar office space, downtown parking, super fast Internet, and a slew of other amenities, we have recently added several new amenities to our facility.

Sometimes it’s the small things that count.  For example, having a secured space for your valuables.  Sierra Commons now has gym-type lockers available to members and a new locking file cabinet. This adds a layer of security and convenience  in addition to our alarmed building and the watchful eyes of our community members and the guard poodle . more

Introduction to WordPress Class with Cat of Cat’s Web Weave

When? Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 10:00am

Location: Sierra Commons
to provide business owners with the tools they need to optimize their presence on the internet using the free, self-hosted version of WordPress
Materials needed:
notebook and pen or laptop with wireless internet access to take notes and/or participate

  • basic computer literacy (you can boot up, open an internet browser, know computer basics like typing, uploading, etc.)
  • excitement about increasing your revenue and gaining more loyal customers for your excellent product or service
  • online registration at CatsWebWeave.com

Topics to be covered:

  • What is WordPress and why should I use it for building my website?
  • What is an RSS feed and how are RSS feeds used for internet marketing?
  • How do I get a domain name?
  • How do I get web hosting?
  • How do I install WordPress using carbon-neutral Dreamhost web hosting?
  • What are the essential core plugins I need to secure, protect, and backup my site?
  • How do I configure my WordPress settings for best SEO?   more

Learn about the Sierra Commons Business Ignitor course and meet members of Sierra Commons, instructors and potential classmates at the Free informational meeting.

Tuesday October 4th 5:30-6:30 pm

Location:  Sierra Commons 107 Sacramento Street, Suite 300 Nevada City, CA 95959