March 2013

SEDCorp: The California Financial Opportunities Roundtable (CalFOR) released their new guidebook, Access to Capital, today providing a one-stop-shop resource for anyone seeking capital, ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to policy-makers and financial institutions.

"This guidebook is a valuable tool for California's rural businesses, entrepreneurs and communities containing comprehensive information they need to thrive, grow and create jobs," said USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston.  "We are a proud contributor to CalFOR's efforts to support a strong California economy."

Throughout its pages Access to Capital provides straightforward descriptions of a wide variety of tools and programs available to access capital, along with specific examples of how they have been utilized and links to websites for in-depth information.   In addition, recommendations to improve accessibility or usefulness of programs are also included.

CalFOR is comprised of a group of nearly 90 experts and activists representing large banks, small financial institutions, wealth advisors, fund managers, the business community, and economic development organizations as well as local, state and federal government agencies.  Through their efforts, members discovered that a wide variety of options to access capital already exist, but that few people are aware of the many opportunities and assistance available.  This guidebook was developed as a result.

Click to open CalFOR Handbook.

Tire SwingMember Abe Miessler captured this photo of his lovely wife, Jessica, enjoying a ride on one of our new tire swings. We have two. Stop by and try 'em both out!

Thank you to Mud & Pearls Sam Hinrich, and knot-tying expert Jenny Bath, for the installation.

Knock out Background Projects and Meet other Devs

This is the second in our Hack Night series. Come to Sierra Commons – bring a computer – and work on whatever project you're excited about in a social, but productive atmosphere. There will be no awards or prizes, just a place to work on a project, meet and catch up with other developers, find project partners, and have an evening out. If you need a computer for the hack night, post here beforehand – someone may be able to bring one.

  • Date: April 4th
  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Place: Sierra Commons, 792A Searls Ave., Nevada City

Community is welcome, attendance is by donation. Sponsored by No Problem. Please RSVP here.

Sierra Commons is proud to be co-sponsoring this event.

CleanStart PowerUP, presented by SARTA

You’ll be able to connect with your colleagues, pitch your product or company in your very own promotional video (included in the attendance fee), receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas and possibly win the 4 minute video raffle prize — good luck!   

  • Learn what your colleagues are doing and tell the crowd what you’re up to. If you have a new product or program, come share it with the community!
  • Pitch your product or company with your very own promotional video, included in the attendance fee.
  • Meet investors, entrepreneurs, service providers, researchers and more.
  • Learn about the Clean Tech Open and how to participate in 2013.
  • Receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas.

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Esterly Hall | 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cost: General Admission: $30; SARTA Members: $15, Students: $10


CleanStart is an initiative of SARTA designed to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and connections that are critical to creating a successful new business.

  • CONNECTING Sacramento region’s clean tech community through The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, Clean Tech Executive Breakfast forums and regional CleanStart Advisory Committee meetings
  • PROMOTING the Sacramento region’s clean tech economy in the annual CleanStart Progress Report, Sacramento Region Clean Tech Cluster interactive map, at The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, on social media & news outlets and at statewide and national events
  • EDUCATION Clean Tech business leaders through our Leadership Series: Clean Tech Track offering industry specific content for executives and entrepreneurs
Sponsored by the Sierra Business Council and Squaw Valley Institute
Kiva, Philanthropy and Microfinancing
Connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location(s): Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn

Based in San Francisco, Julie Hanna is a repeat entrepreneur, board director, startup & venture advisor and angel investor.

In August 2009, Julie was appointed Chair of the Board at Kiva, crowdfunding pioneer and the world’s largest micro-lending marketplace. Kiva has delivered $350M loans to over 800,000 low-income entrepreneurs in 62 countries, was named named a Top 50 Website by TIME and has been called the “hottest non-profit on the planet” by FORTUNE.

Register HERE.

Knock out Background Projects and Meet other Devs at Sierra Commons

hackniteCome to Sierra Commons – bring a computer – and work on whatever project you’re excited about in a social and productive atmosphere.

Sponsored by No Problem, this no-charge monthly meetup is open to the community. Attendance is by donation.

For more information, and to RSVP, please click here.

Job-Seekers – Job-Finders – Job-Creators
The Unemployed and Underemployed
There is Power in Numbers
There are over 5000 of us locally
Don't Job Search ALONE !!!
What Do We Do?
Gather and Share Information
Find and Create Jobs
Help Build a Community
A Networking Meeting
Friday – March 22 – 4-7pm
121 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley
Paul R Platner