December 2011

Spark the Entrepreneur in You


Are you ready to strike out on your own, but haven’t quite figured out what you want to do?  Have you considered the Business Ignitor class but aren’t quite sure what your business is? Are you ready to have your inner entrepreneur sparked?  Right-Click, in partnership with Sierra Commons, is offering a course in just that: a viable business that aligns with who you are.  In ten sessions over four weeks, you will identify your talents, develop your understanding of entrepreneurship, embark in creative brainstorming, do market research, and develop and present three preliminary business concepts.  This course will make you “shovel ready” for the Sierra Commons Business Ignitor.

Course Description

Where does entrepreneurial inspiration come from?  We typically picture entrepreneurs as part genius and part workaholic; the superhuman among us.  Successful entrepreneurs, contrary to conventional belief, are not wild risk takers.  They are methodical thinkers who use an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses to communicate and lead us towards a common vision of valuable products or services.

This course will show us that creativity is in all of us, and that we can develop and present viable business ideas that meet our personal criteria using a combination of creativity strategies, problem solving tools, and structured practice.  In this 4-week, 10-session class, we will quickly develop a close working group as we identify our core strengths and professional goals.  We will then use brainstorming activities and a bit of field work to develop three short business proposals: practice runs for the final pitch session. The final pitch session will be made to the class and to the Sierra Commons business team. more

Wicked Good Copy & Communications – Growing Nationally, Working Locally

Nevada City, CA – One year ago Wicked Good Copy & Communications launched from Nevada City’s business incubator, Sierra Commons. The firm focuses on copywriting, delivering proven results for a wide variety of clients, national and local, and they have rapidly added several prominent accounts. Now, building on the momentum of their success, they are ready to add even more and further grow the business.

Wicked Good’s national roster includes Discovery Communications, Gaiam, Mountain Hardwear, KEEN footwear and mortgage software giant, Ellie Mae. Local clients include, BriarPatch, Boga Paddleboards (Sierra Commons Graduate), Flour Garden Bakery, J.J. Jackson’s, Think Local First and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

This mix of local and national keeps creativity and variety flowing, helping Wicked Good to enjoy what they do that much more. more

Registration is open!

Where? Sierra Commons in Nevada City, CA.
Fridays: February 3, 10, 17 and 24th from 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost? $180
Prerequisites: You must first register and then complete payment via PayPal. Class size is limited, so register now to reserve your place.

About the class: This WordPress class series will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to launch your WordPress website (publicly or privately) and set it up for optimized success in marketing your product or service on the web. Each registered attendee will receive a rich, link-filled PDF the day after each class which outlines what we covered.

Registered attendees will also receive email support during the class and for 2 weeks after the class is complete. There will be plenty of time built into each 2.5-hour class to answer individual questions as we go along. more

WHEN – December 16th, 2011              6:30-9:00 pm
WHERE – Sierra  Mountain  Coffee  Roasters    671 Maltman Dr # 3  Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO – Everyone – anyone can make a difference
WHY – To Help Raise Financing for Local, Small, Start-ups, Business Expansions, Inventors, – Other

 What is it?

There are two components to this event :

First – the “entrepreneurs” set up a table with their business plan and whatever else may be necessary to create an interest and show their inventions, ideas, new businesses, products, services, etc.

The second component – the public is invited to take part and become a “financial supporter”.  The idea is everyone is a potential investor, lender, partner, sponsor, donor, etc.   more

Ignitor 2.0 Businesses Currently Launching @ Sierra Commons

CeeBeez Elixirs
Owner: Britt Bartlett
Private club

Heart of Nepal Ayurveda
Owner: Bonita Carol
Ayurvedic retreat center

Outer Barcoo
Owner: Diana Cobbe
Personal empowerment

Blank Slate
Owner: Ramsey Demeter
Apparel Collective

Right-Click Consulting
Owner: Mike Freedman

Operations a la Carte

Evolution Studios
Owner: Kim Goode
Nevada City Pilates studio

Mediation Works
Owner: Deborah Gilcrest
Dispute resolution

Garden Exchange
Owner: Lizzie Hart
Farm and garden consignment marketplace

Horse training
Owner: Jodi LaChance

Nourish Nutritional Therapy
Owner: Victoria LaFont
Certified nutritional therapist

Polly’s Paladar
Owner: Megan McCollam
A Supper Club

Of the Earth
Owner: Shari Phillips
Nutritional Consulting, Organic Catering/Event Planning

Owner: Ronda Trujillo
Tools for HR

Owner: Matt Vanderpol
Website quality assurance web app

Sierra Commons is Nevada County’s business ignitor. With a focus on creating jobs, incubating new businesses, and launching entrpreneurs, Sierra Commons provides education, mentoring, networking and a professional shared office in downtown Nevada City’s Stonehouse building.In just two years, the Sierra Commons business community helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.  The Business Ignitor Course, our flagship educational program, is directly responsible for transforming 28 aspiring entrepreneurs into inspired business owners.  This six-week course brings together top professionals in our area to mentor, instruct and motivate students.  This fall’s course is under way, and its impressive roster of new businesses will directly and positively impact our local economy.  The next Business Ignitor Course is scheduled to start February 22nd, 2012, and we are currently accepting applications.E*Spark, our newest educational offering, will ignite students’ inner entrepreneur. It is geared towards individuals who are ready to strike out on their own, but haven’t quite figured out what business to start. In partnership with Right-Click, E*Spark helps students identify a viable business that aligns with their passions.

The four-week E*Spark course starts January 10th, 2012.With its hive-like, buzzing energy, our community office space provides low-cost, quick-start opportunities for new business to hit the ground running.  For as little as $150 per month, members have access to 20Mbps Internet, professional conference room, a downtown address, and a bevy of other benefits.  Memberships are available for individuals looking for a supportive, dynamic work environment that accelerates business activity and inspires productivity.