October 2012

One Month Free

If you are a service provider or own a business in Nevada County and would like to become a member of Nevada County Does and be a part of this growing community, email: nevadacountymakes@gmail.com and use the phrase "NCD Free Month" in the subject line.  Visit Nevada County Does to learn more about Nevada County Does.

See what Nevada County Does!

Looking for an accountant, or an acrobat, a yoga instructor or a zymurgist? Maybe you're looking for a dependable, gifted landscaper or a skilled and creative nail technician?

Why not look next door?

Nevada County has some amazing residents. Nevada County Does is a community for those of us who have skills and training to provide as a service to others. Here you will find profiles for some of the best in their field anywhere.

We're pleased to announce the winners of our Yearly At-Large Membership drawing, held at the Passion into Action Conference last weekend. Welcome new members Jean Nilsson, and Dr. Christine Newsom. Nice to have you both on board!

You don't have to work here every day to benefit from what we've got to offer. Check out our new yearly Community and At-Large Memberships. Which one works best for you?

Announcing the Nevada City Hackathon

Sierra Commons, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is organizing the Nevada City Hackathon, where computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic and interface designers, work together on software projects. Teams and individuals collaborate intensively over two days to create functional custom applications that provide immediate value to users.

"The Nevada City Hackathon embraces engineers in our area that excel at their trade and are committed to delivering technology solutions to their customers,” said Robert Trent, Executive Director of Sierra Commons. “Nevada County and our region is teaming with technology-savvy professionals. This event will help strengthen our tech community and showcase local talent.”

The hackathon kicks off Saturday morning, December 1st, with a presentation on cutting edge mobile technologies. Then, participants settle in and focus on completing their applications – working late into the evening.  After another full day’s work on Sunday, the event will culminate in a product demo and awards ceremony where products will be judged in the Attendees’ Choice, Most Marketable, and Hyperlocal categories.

Benji Brown, owner of Studio B Flat Games and Sierra Commons member, is helping organize the event. "After going to the iPadDevCamp 2010 hackathon and winning Best Open Source, I continued to participate in various hackathons.” states Benji, “These events allowed me, over the course of just a couple days, to practice my rapid prototyping skills, meet and work with great talent, and all the while working on building something from the ground up that was totally exciting.  It’s pretty fun having a cool idea become reality in just 48 hours."

Dates:        Saturday December 1st, 8am-Late  and Sunday, December 2nd, 8am-6pm

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

Cost:                Suggested donation $15-$30

Register Here   

Join Group

Innovative thinkers and doers from Nevada County or the nearby Sierra
Nevada Foothills are encouraged to submit their idea worth spreading
for this year's TEDxGrassValley to be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012
at the Center for the Arts, 4-9pm. TEDxGrassValley, an independently
produced event, operated under license from TED, will webcast the
programming and talks from TEDxWomen along with presenting local
speakers. This is the fourth TEDxGrassValley to be held and third
event to be held around TEDxWomen.


For the first time, the TEDxGrassValley committee is opening up
speaker selections to the general public.  Those interested can apply
online at www.tedxgrassvalley.com.  It is open to both men and women.
Deadline November 2nd.


TEDxGrassValley speakers can help shape the future of women and girls
in Nevada County and the Sierra Nevada Foothills to change our view of
ourselves, our community, and our role in the world.  “The Space
Between” is this years theme, which focuses on how women and girls are
changing the world we live in. Speakers are asked to provide bold,
unique new insights into emerging research and innovations that may
fundamentally shape the course of things to come – both in their
disciplines and for all of society.


We’re interested in adults and students from all walks of life and
professional specialties – arts, design, technology, health, wellness,
business, education, community building, and a million other areas.
Each speaker will have 17 minutes to inform and inspire the
TEDxGrassValley participants.  Speakers will have the opportunity to
work with a professional coach on their idea and presentation.


Past TEDxGrassValley speakers have included Chameli Ardagh – Author
and Founder of Awakening Women, Reinette Senum – former Nevada City
Mayor and the first woman to cross Alaska solo, Rainy Blue Cloud –
North San Juan Fire Department Captain, Olivia Lawerence-Weilmann –
High School Senior, Molly Fisk – Poet, Writer, and See Jane Do
co-founders Jesse Locks and Elisa Parker.


TEDxWomen — hosted by Pat Mitchell and the Paley Center for Media –
takes place on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2012
in Washington, D.C. TEDxWomen – themed The Space Between — will live
stream to the global TEDx community. Organizers of TEDxWomen events
will watch the livestream of TEDxWomen, and have the opportunity to
host local speakers.  This is the second edition of TEDxWomen – the
first brought to the stage speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Dr. Oz and
Jane Fonda and was viewed by 120 TEDx communities around the globe.
The event was inspired by TEDWomen, which took place in 2010.


More information at www.tedxgrassvalley.com or call (916) 548-7716

Actionplanr Launch Party!

A few years ago we had a VISION to impact and empower individuals who dared to turn their dreams, goals, and ideas into reality.

Our VISION was bold and simple….build a POWERFUL software productivity planning tool and make it really EASY for people to use.

That VISION has become a REALITY!

Please come join us to CELEBRATE the launch of Actionplanr.com!

When: Tuesday October 16th 2012

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: Sierra Commons (Stone House Bldg) 107 Sacramento St. Suite 300 Nevada City, CA 95959

RSVP: brendah@hware.com (only if you are coming)

Look forward to seeing you there!

Brenda Horton

P.S. Become an Actionplanr Beta Tester right here!


YourBiz Blueprint

A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

You have knowledge and expertise. There is a world-wide audience that wants it. The challenge is connecting your brain to those people, right?

Sierra Commons is proud to present a fun, intimate, and experiential 8-week class called YourBiz Blueprint.

This class is led by 4-time world juggling champion Barry Friedman.

Over the past 4 years Barry has taken his knowledge and expertise about booking his show for high-paying clients around the world and created two very profitable online membership sites.

Barry says, "If I can do it for clowns, jugglers, ventriloquists, and magicians, you can do it in your field of expertise – guaranteed!"

barry video

During the class, which begins on October 22nd and runs for 8 Monday nights, you'll go 'under the hood' of his programs and see how he:

  • builds a list of eager prospects
  • creates a relationship that is based on service
  • delivers value before they've ever spent a dime
  • creates his course (it's 52-weeks long,100% automated, and highly-respected)
  • created a higher priced group coaching program that has sold-out 3 times in a row and is now an automated product he sells
  • And so many steps in between

There is more guidance and hand-holding in this course that anything we have ever offered and it's a one-time opportunity. He's testing this program here at Sierra Commons before taking it online at 4-times the prices of this live offering.

This class will not be a bunch of theory! It will be 100% based on application as he''ll use his real-life sites as the teaching material.

What you should have:

  • Expertise in some field of interest that isn't so obscure you're alone in your love for it

  • A passion to serve a world-wide audience that is hungry for knowledge

  • A fearless attitude towards creating and delivering your knowledge (you'll learn how – just don't be meek!)

  • Some understanding of technology (web browsers, own a computer with a microphone, maybe know someone with a video camera, etc)

  • An open mind about one day being considered a leader in your field. It happened to Barry and he warns that it could happen to you!

In addition to the Monday night class there will be a Friday "Open House" where Barry will hold Q&A, case studies, work with your project as a demo for the class, and show you how to focus your message.
You can see Barry in action, talking about this program at www.YourBizBlueprint.com. Put in your name and email and you'll get all 3 videos. This will give you some insight as to what you can expect from this very special, live class.
Class size is limited to 15-students and he will personally interview each applicant before they are accepted.

Want more info?  Check out this detailed Life Legacy Project interview.

Tuition: $497

Application deadline: October 10th

Please complete all questions below

Registration Closed


The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) will hold a forum open to the public to solicit input for SEDCorp's new five-year plan, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).   The goal of the forum is to describe the CEDS process and to incorporate public input on future priorities, activities, goals, strategies, projects and action plan.  This is an open forum that will focus on the guiding principals for the region's future activities such as fire fuel reduction, biomass utilization, year-round tourism, adequate infrastructure, wastewater, communications and more. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:



Sierra County

1:00pm    October 17, 2012       

 Economic Development Commission

Loyalton Social Hall, 105 Beckwith Street, Loyalton, CA 96118



Placer County

5:00pm    October 17, 2012       

Economic Development Committee


1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603


Nevada County

7:30am    November 1, 2012     

Economic Resource Council (ERC) Meeting

Esterly Hall, Nevada County Association of Realtors
336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945



A copy of the draft CEDS is on SEDCorp's website, www.sedcorp.biz under Publications. If you are not able to attend the meeting, you can provide input at ceds@sedcorp.biz or by calling the SEDCorp office at 530-823-4703.  



Actionplanr Launch Party!

It's happening! Are you coming?

After many iterations and countless hours spent on design and development, and redesign and redevelopment, actionplanr.com is launching.

Actionplanr.com is all about helping you make things happen and get more done with your plans, goals, projects, and to-do lists.

While This Is A "Soft Launch" The Party Is Not!

So come join us and let's get this party started!

DATE: Tuesday October 16th

TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

PLACE: Sierra Commons in Nevada City, CA (107 Sacramento St. Suite 300)

RSVP: email brendah@hware.com by Sunday October 14th.

Hope to see you there!

Brenda Horton

P.S. Need help with that business idea of yours? Come learn How To Turn Your Passion Into A Business at the See Jane Do Conference on Saturday October 13th in beautiful Nevada County. There are a few tickets still available!