March 2012

April 3rd

SPECIAL LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION: Marketing Strategies for Nevada County Tourism Industry: Roundtable Discussion

Note special time and location:  12:00- 2:00pm at The Stonehouse, downstairs from Sierra Commons

carlaPresented by: Carla Bonetti of  Nevada County Escapes

Tourism can bring additional revenue and jobs to our community. Learn what is being done to market Nevada County from local experts.  Panelists include:

Lunch & Learn Series Every Tuesday
12:00 to 1:15pm @ Sierra Commons

The Sierra Commons Lunch & Learn series is a presentation or roundtable discussion with some of our area’s leading professionals.

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

A $10 donation is requested.

Winter 2012 – Business Tune Up
Workshop Series for Business Leaders
Sponsored by High Performance Advocates, Sierra Commons and The Commons, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday – March 20th 9-11AM

Join the New Economy – Make Money With Your Know How

People may be hanging on to their money these days, but one thing they will buy is the expertise of someone who knows more than they do about something important to them.  Whether you have done something for a long time, studied a subject in depth or are great at teaching some-thing interesting, you can join the new economy:  People who are making money leveraging their expertise.

In this workshop you will:
• Explore your expertise
• Tell your story
• Become indispensable to your customer
• Learn about the tools that can make you money

3rd Tuesdays: 9- 11 AM
April 19 – I Need a Marketing Plan!

Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento St. #300, Nevada City
$35 each

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or contact

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

Putting Your Best Site Forward: Tools & Techniques to Improve the Quality of your Website

Matt Vanderpol, Founder qatab

Your website is the public face of your company online. We’ll look at common problems and how you can make your website look and perform better, both to site visitors and search engines. Bring your laptop to setup some of the tools and get hand’s on experience with them.

Lunch & Learn Series

EVERY TUESDAY 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.

The School’s mission is to create jobs while improving the state of care for both caregivers and those in need of care in Nevada county.

The School of Care will serve as an umbrella organization and a resource and educational center, offering a broad range of services under one roof.

Please come for a presentation and discussion.

We are eager to have your participation and collaboration in creating the vision for The School of Care.

Tuesday, March 20th
Briar Patch Community Room
290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

This is for the greater community, so please invite others.

Kindly RSVP to

With appreciation,
Una Kobrin, LMFT
WHEEL, director

Work Healing our Environment, our Economy, and our Lives

Sierra Commons is the venue for a monthly meeting of Healing Arts practitioners, hosted by Suzie Daggett of Insight lectures.

As healers and therapists we’ll discuss how our individual work can compliment one another, explore the similarities and differences between our various practices, and plan how we can grow our businesses by developing marketing idea’s and strategies.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please call Suzie at 913-9592.

Mar 29 2012 – 10:00am
Mar 29 2012 – 2:00pm
Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East Street, Auburn, California

The Consortium has scheduled its first full membership meeting for Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Auburn from 10am-2pm.  There is no admission fee; however there will be a $2.00 charge for light lunch.  The public is also invited to attend.

The meeting will focus on planning a series of community meetings with Internet Service Providers, businesses and residents to inform consumers and to solicit their feedback.

The main goals of the Gold Country Consortium are to:

  • Develop and maintain relevant research data such as regional infrastructure plans, priority project inventories, and vital project area mapping;
  • Build and maintain community involvement and obtain commitment for long-term broadband subscription;
  • Support and assist in developing infrastructure projects with internet service providers;
  • Assist and/or work to obtain source funding for internet service providers that will subsidize project construction; and,
  • Facilitate broadband service adoption within the region’s communities.

SEDCorp received a $150,000 grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties.

Please RSVP – 530-823-4703.

For more information on the consortium, please visit

Tim Murray describes his art and business Spirit Dance. His three dimensional energy healers are hand-crafted here in Nevada County. Tim can be reached at or phone him at 530-265-515 .

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