April 2012


10 New Businesses Launched!

A Celebration of Entrepreneurship

May 3rd, 2pm-6pm

~ Demos, Games & Food ~


Meet our most recent Ignitor graduates and Nevada County’s newest small business owners:

Accordion Legal, Erin Noel, Attorney at Law?e
Provider of community legal services focused on giving people access to knowledge and power usually reserved for lawyers and politicians.

Creative Learning Adventures, Greg Zaller
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Changing the world with self sufficient educational empowerment communities.

Edamame Catering & Gourmet Food Productions, Ariana Goldschneider
Gourmet vegan catering.

Elan Light, Tim Murray
Unique, one-of-a-kind works of art that utilize different forms, shapes and materials.

Heart and Soul Farms, Monica Senter
Customized CSA’s for local food and herb providers. Our products are all organic: vegetables, medicinal herbs and mushrooms.

Humanity Games, John O’Neill
Teaching without preaching and Learning without listening.

O+F Vocational Training Service, ?Oscar Innocenti
A Swiss agency, which organizes academic, cultural and social camps in Switzerland and Italy.

PowerStructures, Rob Katzenstein
We design and build Custom Photovoltaic Structures to provide power, water and shade.

Purple Lotus Coaching, Patricia Johnston
A grief and loss coaching service focused on helping clients release the pain of grief and guilt, find peace, passion, and purpose, and create a new normal after loss.

ShiroBliss LLC, Rick Sanger
Creator of a beautiful and fully automated shirodhara machine that is easy to use and blissful to experience.


Rosalie Brown, Smart Think Marketing Group, Michael Freedman, Right-Click Business Services, Brian Gillings, BG Business Consulting, Machen McDonald, ProBrilliance Leadership Institute, Rosemary Metrailer, Attorney at Law, Judy Nichols, Certified Public Accountant, Coryon Redd, coryon.com, Ruth Schwartz, High Performance Advocates, Doug Summers, Robertson, Woodford & Summers, LLC


Community welcome, free of charge to attend

107 Sacramento Street, Suite 300 Nevada City, CA 95959


Be a part of the movement.  Signup for the next Business Ignitor Course starting July 11th, 2012.

By Mike Mooers, Wicked Good Copy and Communications

(The following is based on a true story.)

7:30 AM: Today I am going to really crank, really put my head down and get to work. I’ve lost some traction – been wearing the same clothes for, what, three days?

Must be three days – that was the last time I took a shower.

I think.

Coffee first.

8:30 AM: Now, today I focus. Took a shower, shaved and put on some clean clothes. Nice clothes – shirt with a collar, khakis – professional, yet casual.

9:00 AM: Grab another cup of coffee and it’s go time.

But while it’s brewing maybe I’ll do these dishes.

11:00 AM: Whoa – it’s eleven already?

11:05 AM: Okay. Refresh the email and…nothing yet.

Maybe I should reach out to some folks. Nurture the clients, get some real work rolling.

But folks are in that lunch mode – distracted. I’ll wait a bit.

And I should pull some Scotch broom while the ground’s kind of soft from that rain.

Mike Mooers3:00 PM: Getting kind of late, East Coasters are home for the day, I’ll do my emails tomorrow.

This was me. Totally.

Then I discovered Sierra Commons.

Sierra Commons gave me the tools to launch my business. And they give me the tools to help it grow and thrive. I’m writing so much that I’m wearing holes in my keyboard. Really.

But here’s the big deal – I am out of the house, dressed, showered and at my desk and working.

No dishes, no laundry, no Scotch broom – just a professional, productive work environment.

Professional. Productive.

Sure there are great tools – high-speed internet, fax and copy machine, a private desk, absence of dishes and Scotch broom – but it’s the intangibles that elevate this place:

Peer mentoring.
Collaborative energy.
Professional atmosphere.
Entrepreneurial spirit.

If you have a business – or an idea for one – this is the place to be, the place to ignite it. It won’t happen at home.

Not like it will here: sierracommons.org

– Mike Mooers, Copywriter, Sierra Commons Devotee

Meet Their Needs. Make More Money.

Sierra Commons Presents: Customer Service Workshop with Carol Scofield

When: April 30th, from 9am-12pm
The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley
Cost: $35 Members*, $45 General Admission

The number one goal of any business should be to create fans – customers for life.  Satisfied customers help your enterprise grow by continuing to do business with you and recommending you to their friends and associates, expanding your operations beyond your expectations.

Workshop objectives:
•    Make sure your service is serving
•    Identify the key organizational dynamics underlying good and bad service
•    Acquire new ways of creating a real commitment to good service
•    Improve realities and perceptions
•    Learn the secrets to handling complaints
•    Staying motivated, upbeat and cool even when the going gets rough
•    Identify the “Moment of Truth” for your organization
•    Training your employees in customer service relations
•    Understand the financial impact of service on the bottom line


Carol Scofield of Carol S. Scofield & Associates is an accomplished keynote speaker, trainer, and facilitator.

A former talk show host and healthcare professional, Carol brings true to life experiences to her presentations. She has touched people’s lives and tickled their fancy throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, England and Scotland.  More info.


Make Your Reservation Now

*Member discounts available to Sierra Commons, Center for the Arts, ERC,  Grass Valley Downtown Association,  Nevada City, Nevada County/Grass Valley, Truckee, Penn Valley, South County, and Rough & Ready chamber members.

Healers Collaborative at Sierra Commons.  Moderated by Suzie Daggett

May 9 – 12 – 1:30 

Sierra Commons Conference Room

A soft learning experience and introduction to Social Media – how does it work – does it work?   Is it for you?  Where do you go for help?  Let’s share, collaborate and investigate ways for our businesses to attract new clients and keep current clients.  Shared ideas from Carabeth Rowley, social media expert.

Bring your lunch and learn – call Suzie with questions, 530-913-9592

Sierra Commons 107 Sacramento St. #300, NC (upstairs in The Stonehouse)

$10 donation suggested.





Stumped about your business/life direction?

Gain     Clarity    Knowledge     PerspectiveFirst half hour consultation free until May 31, 2012  ($30 value)

Suzie Daggett produces Insight Lectures, events for national speakers.  An entrepreneur since 1978, Suzie is a retired Real Estate Broker, and former owner of the Insight Directory. She offers deep listening and grounded open communication to address your business or life direction….

Let’s talk, you will be surprised by what you learn!  Call now, 530-913-9592 for your appointment

Attention:  Business Owners and Managers

Labor Lab 2012 Seminar

The Lawyer Referral Service of Nevada County, the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Business & Career Center are sponsoring the

Nevada County – 2012 LABOR LAW SEMINAR

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon


In this seminar, we will discuss the following topics:

  • 2012 labor law updates
  • Recent court decisions
  • Hotline questions
  • Wage and hour developments
  • Leave of absence rules
  • Overtime regulations
  • Lunch hours, meal breaks and rest periods

Who should attend:

  • Business owners
  • Financial Officers
  • Human Resource Managers/Staff
  • Industrial Relations Managers
  • Managers/Supervisors

Attached is the brochure for registration, the agenda and information about speakers.  Please feel free to phone me at 530-273-1479 with questions.  This seminar will give employers the opportunity to learn the latest information regarding labor law issues that face employers.

For brochure click:    Nevada County 2012 Labor Law Seminar

WordpressWork on your website at your own pace with other WordPress users in a cooperative atmosphere. This is not a WordPress training, but a facilitated workgroup.

Where? Sierra Commons
Days? Friday mornings April 13, 20 and 27 and/or May 4
Time? drop in any time from 10am-12:00pm
Cost? $8 donation per session (space is limited to 8 people) to reserve a spot.

For more info, please visit http://www.becomeawebweaver.com/wordpress-workgroups/

Wednesday, April 11th – 12-1:15pm
Join healers and therapists in a round table discussion to share success and frustration stories with getting the word out about your healing arts practice. Do you need help?!  Let’s collaborate, share and learn together!

Moderated by Suzie Daggett. Bring your lunch and learn, $10 donation
Questions? Please call Suzie at 530-913-9592.
At Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento St #300, NC

Patricia Johnston, recent Business Ignitor graduate, has launched her business in Nevada County.  Patricia uses breakthrough coaching techniques and a unique E-factor energy assessment tool to release her client’s pain and guilt and create weekly steps that hasten her client’s move toward happiness, personal growth, and a new normal.

For more information on Purple Lotus Coaching and to sign up for a free 1/2 consultation, please visit purplelotuscoaching.com