March 2017

Spring Time at Sierra Commons – A message from our Executive Director

Spring time at Sierra Commons is one of my favorite times of the year.  We always have new folks coming into the building, old members rejoining after the winter, and the buzz of renewed energy and new ideas around the water cooler.  (Yes, we actually have a water cooler.)

Looking out the windows, one can see that the tire swings and the picnic tables are dappled with sunlight. Many of the members step out of the office and take to the campus to enjoy working outdoors.  We have several outdoor working opportunities and our high speed internet and wi-fi is powerful enough to reach our patios and outdoor tables.

Sierra Commons is getting ready to start our thirteen Business Ignitor course and the spirit of collaboration is in the air. More than once I have seen an incredible idea talked about in the spring become a business venture or partnership by summer. This is the time when great ideas take off.

Soon, we will be having lunches and potlucks on the patio. If you have ever thought about enrolling in the Business Ignitor or joining a coworking space, now is the time to get in on the action.  Join this collaborative and fun community.

First day of class: March 16th, 2017

Proposal due: March 10th, 2017


Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter and an outline of your business plan or proposal and why you think you should be awarded a scholarship.

Please include (in PDF format) a list of references, current organizational affiliations, and/or any community service projects you have worked on.

Please use the title “scholarship” for your email.

Submit documents to:

This scholarship is open.  Applicants must be in the process of starting a small business, or currently working on a pitch idea, a solo project, or start up.

Please indicate in your cover letter why you are interested in taking Sierra Commons’ Business Ignitor and if you would be interested in pursuing the coursework, even if not awarded a scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded based on availability. Scholarship amounts may vary based on need.

Class is held on Thursdays 6pm-9pm for 8 weeks. All scholarship recipients are required to attend every class session. If a scholarship recipient misses a class session, they will be required to make the session up or pay back the scholarship.