February 2012

Machen MacDonaldIf you want 2012 to be your BREAKOUT Year Financially for 
your business, you need a solid Business Acceleration Plan and I want 
to help you.

I have partnered with The Sierra Economic Development Corp (SEDCorp)
to put on a 2 hour workshop that can be the game changer for your 
business this year that you have been looking for.

     Wednesday February 15th, 2012
     6pm – 8pm
     Nevada County One Stop
     715 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley

Register Now & Attend this special Business Owners Only Live Event 

Call 530-823-4703 or email info@sedcorp.biz to reserve your seat

We will discuss:

[] How to avoid the 3  deadly sins of writing an ineffective plan

[] The 3 keys that must be in place to have consistently increasing 
cash flow in the shortest time possible (most businesses are missing 
at least two of these, many are missing all three - you need to know 
them all to survive and thrive financially!)

[] Learn the 3 critical questions to ask so you can craft winning 
business building strategies

[] Discover how to create exactly the right messaging that will 
drive in hundreds of new leads and prospects every month who are
QUALIFIED and ready to buy (so you don't have to waste time on 
unqualified leads, tire-kicking prospects and high maintenance 
customers anymore)

[] Learn once and for all how to write a vision statement that 
literally creates a vacuum that pulls you toward even more success

[]  Find out how to get total clarity around who your ideal clients 
really are and how to attract more of them

[] Plus lots more!

Call 530-823-4703 or email info@sedcorp.biz to reserve your seat

All participants will receive:
A Business Acceleration Plan workbook and  an autographed copy 
of  my  best selling book Managing the TIME of Your Life. 
I am also offering a complimentary private 20 minute Business 
Acceleration Plan review of your plan after the event.

Past participants have said:

“I am finally empowered to create my own business plan.”

“Direct, insightful and lots of common sense”

“Very thought provoking session.”

“Attending this workshop has already saved me six months stumbling 
and trying to figure out how to take my business to the next level”

“I am so ready to hit the ground running. I am reinspired about my 

“I can see how implementing this plan will double my income”
“Best business class I have ever attended.” 

At $45 this workshop is easily worth 10 times the investment.

I look forward to seeing you Wednesday night.

Call 530-823-4703 or email info@sedcorp.biz to reserve your seat
for this Wednesday’s workshop.

All the best,

(530) 273-8000
ProBrilliance! Leadership Institute
12114 Polaris Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95949

 Workshop Series for Business Leaders

Sponsored by High Performance Advocates, Sierra Commons and The Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

If you are busy like me, you must have those days when you think, “I don’t have enough time? And I have a pet peeve:. I’m tired of tools, systems and processes that tell me that all I have to do is push through it and be more organized. There is a better way to regain your sanity: Stop Time Management. Start Energy Management. Come find out how.



“I’m Overwhelmed” Workshop from Ruth Schwartz on Vimeo.


Tuesday – Feb: 21         9-11AM

“Get Focus!”

If you are busy like me, you must have those days when you think,  “I don’t have enough time? And I have a pet peeve:. I’m tired of tools, systems and processes that tell me that all I have to do is push through it and be more organized. There is a better way to regain your sanity: Stop Time Management. Start Energy Management. Come find out how.

Tuesday – March 20th     9-11AM

“Selling Your Expertise: How to Position Yourself for Increased Sales”

Make money with your knowledge. You are already an expert. Why not make money at it?  Explore your expertise, tell your story, be indispensable to your customer and make money.

Tuesday – April 17th     9-11AM

“I Need a Marketing Plan!”

What should you do and what shouldn’t you do? How do you know if it is working? How much should you spend? Prepare the right plan for you and get ready for results.

Feb / March / April Workshops on 3rd Tuesdays: 9- 11 AM

Sierra Commons 107 Sacramento St. #300  Nevada City

$35 each or 3 for $90


After signing up for the workshop, you will get the EBook

“10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Stop Overwhelm” by Ruth Schwartz for free! (Just sign up to the High Performance Advocates list.)

Presented by Ruth Schwartz

Ruth is a certified leadership coach, facilitator  of leadership mastermind groups, published author and owner of High Performance Advocates.

Printers Drying Up Your Budget?

Due to the pressing and stress filled concept of a cost cutting printer solution most business owners (especially small businesses) run into, their is a required need to breakdown the available options on the market and ascertain a frugal and yet reliable printer. With the aid of knowing and respectable sources we have narrowed down the options to a couple reasonable printers, which small business owners would find to be a grand spec of utility and a low cost measure in their books.

These three options are available all under $400 and each possess different strengths in cost and output.

  •  The least expensive overall would be the Samsung CLP-325W, however it does present drawbacks other printers do not have. At $145 it’s definitely one of the cheapest color laser printers available. Toner is about $45 per color for genuine Samsung cartridges, with cartridges lasting for between 1000 and 1300 pages, this volume is not awesome yet it is not a raw deal either. In recent reviews there have been some complaints about overall structure and efficiency and the print quality isn’t the best.
  •  With a slight hike in initial cost their is the HP LaserJet CP1525NW. At $200 it’s still an inexpensive color laser printer, and the reviews for it on most sites are mostly positive and consistent. It’s cost-per-page is slightly higher than the Samsung, at about $60 per 1000 to 1300 pages for black or the colors, which, again, is not  the kind of inexpensive volume you would find in robust corporate offices, yet may be just right for small volume. However, if you’re going for print quality, this printer seems to have the best reviews for color and sharpness. Several personal accounts from people have expressed some frustration with HP printers in the long run, but there is always ways to ensure yourself a durable printer with the level of care administered.
  •  Then there is, at the outset, a slightly more expensive Brother HL-4150CDN. It’s $365, which puts it way ahead of the other printers in terms of up-front cost. You really can’t beat the cost-per-page on this printer though: about $85 for a 3500 page cartridge, which is much higher capacity than either of the other two printers. Reviews on this printer are mostly positive, and the most common complaint seems to be that the print color is not as vibrant as HP. Unless you require precision over everything in your printer this small complaint should not be much of an issue for any small business use. The durability and cost for volume with this printer makes it a very desirable option.

Lastly, the Samsung does not have an ethernet connection; it does mention wifi setup via the WPS protocol, which is supposed to be of no trouble as a wifi setup. However, your router must also support WPS. If this is not a pressing need of your business there should be no concern. Otherwise there are other options.

Information in this blog post originally provided by Rob Sheldon of No Problem, a Nevada County based computer service and technology needs company.

Sierra Commons is pleased to announce the all new Lunch & Learn Series happening EVERY TUESDAY from 12 to 1:15pm @ Sierra Commons.

To help Nevada County’s businesses thrive and survive during this challenging economy, Sierra Commons is hosting a Lunch & Learn  series that includes a presentation or roundtable discussion by some of our area’s leading business professionals.

There will be plenty of time for questions, networking and socialization. The series includes topics relevant to small business owners, entrepreneurs and working professionals and are available to all Nevada County residents.

Bring a brown bag filled with your favorite midday meal and learn something to move your business forward.

A $10 donation is requested.

For a complete scheduled please visit the Lunch & Learns page.

Active Job Seekers of America‘s Nevada County chapter meets at Sierra Commons every Monday morning from 9-11am here at Sierra Commons and every Friday from 9-11am at the One-Stop Business & Career Center in Grass Valley.

Facilitated by Paul Platner of Work Is Worship, the group is helping people people find employment and get back to work.  Check it out!


Watch live streaming video from sierracommons at livestream.com