December 2014

We are worth it.  Please give to Sierra Commons.


Donating at the end of the calendar year is an American tradition.  Sierra Commons, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is helping folks in Nevada county start their own businesses and is helping to keep those businesses going.   We offer mentoring, and when the recession hit Nevada County hard, we were helping folks stay in business so that they could stay in the county and continue the tradition of giving.

We are asking for your generous donation so that we can continue to support the creative class and the small business community in Nevada County.  Our experienced business advisors volunteer their time to help businesses get started through its signature Ignitor Course, now in its 5th year. In addition, Sierra Commons helps businesses with mentoring and business advice. Our coworking facility in Nevada City has created a small business community for individuals to benefit from cross learning and sharing of advice in a supportive environmen.
Sierra Commons is an independently run non-profit organization. We do not receive any government or county funding.  We are the only business education center in Western Nevada County dedicated to serving Nevada County exclusively.  We rely upon minimal fees for services and we need your support and donations.

Please consider donating to Sierra Commons as part of your annual giving. Our community is strengthened when we can provide an opportunity for individuals to stay here in Nevada County and start and grow their business instead of leaving the area to find work. Many of the businesses started at Sierra Commons have taken advantage of the Internet to reach out to all parts of the USA and the world for sales, bringing those earnings back here to Nevada County and helping the local economy.

All of Sierra Commons- the board, the sudents, the members, the faculty and the staff.

Sierra Commons is excited to announce that we have named Nevada County resident, Hilary Hodge, as their Executive Director. Hilary Hodge is the first Executive Director for Sierra Commons since founder anddirector Robert Trent resigned last year. Hodge has been volunteering with Sierra Commons for the past two years and joined the Board of Directors in March of 2014. Before moving to Nevada County four years ago, Hodge had lived in Sacramento and had sat on the Board of Directors for Sacramento Pride and the California National Organization for Women. Hilary Hodge has nearly 20 years’ experience working for and running non-profit organizations.


“Hilary Hodge has shown her commitment to the Sierra Commons’ mission and to bringing together a diverse population so that each can learn from one another,” says Board President Samantha Hinrichs. “Along with Hilary Hodge, the Sierra Commons staff, faculty, and volunteers will continue to be able to assist the continued growth of our small business community in Nevada County.”

“Hilary Hodge has been a pleasure to work with and a real driver behind the continued success of Sierra Commons”, reveals Coryon Redd, Sierra Commons Board Member. “Her attention to detail and leadership have been a real asset.”

Sierra Commons continues to offer business mentoring, classes, a work-share community and the “Ignitor” course, their signature business incubator and class series. They have a coworking facility where freelancers, contractors and remote workers can rent desk space daily and monthly. Their vibrant coworking campus fosters collaboration, peer-to-peer mentoring, support and camaraderie in a professional environment. Sierra Commons also offers conference room rentals as well as day use services.

“Sierra Commons offers an infrastructure and community that no other facility or work environment in Nevada County can offer,” says Hilary Hodge. “We are a vibrant and fun place to work where the work gets done. I’m looking forward to serving Sierra Commons in a leadership role. As a volunteer and as a board member, I have had the privilege to see Sierra Commons thrive and grow in the past two years. Our coworking facility and our classes offer an incredible resource to our community.” Hilary Hodge adds, “I’m excited to take Sierra Commons to the next level.”

In the next year, the Nevada County public, creative class and business community can look to Sierra Commons for single subject classes, the “Ignitor” course, social events and ongoing support of Nevada County’s small business community.