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Howdy Sierra Commoners,

Glad you are coming to our party this Thursday, Sept.19.  From 5:30 -8:30pm.

First off, I want to give a big shout out to our sponsors


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 Miner Moe's Pizza

Now let’s get down to business.  Here is what you need to know:

  • No need to RSVP, just show up.  Directions
  • Come on time.  Salon sessions start promptly at 5:30.
    • Technology discussion in main building downstairs.  Ask for Abe.
    • Social Entrepreneurship in main building upstairs.  Ask for Vanessa
    • Current world trend in main building.  Ask for Hilary.
    • Lean LaunchPad -How to Build a Startup in the studio. Ask for Robert
  • Schedule of events goes like this:

5:30: Come
5:31: Get a drink and think
5:32: Eat Miner Moe’s Pizza
5:32 – 6:32: Pick a salon topic- technology, social entrepreneurship, start ups
6:33: Get a drink and think. Eat some more pizza
6:32 – 7:12: Presentations- Robert Trent, Benji Brown Studio B Flat, Jim Harte from Ol’ Republic Brewery
7:12-8:30: Free Play

Other important things to know and do:

Even More information:

The Union Article from Today’s Paper

Come. Drink. Think.


Sierra Commons Re-Ignitor

Come. Drink. Think.

September 19th, 5:30-8:30pm

@ Sierra Commons

Who: Nevada County entrepreneurs seeking ways to reinvigorate their businesses, gather new ideas, find out about the newest tools and trends, and help fellow business owners.

What: Come join successful entrepreneurs, business ignitor graduates, Sierra Commons co-workers, and business ignitor instructors for a fun and inspirational event.

More than a networking event, the Re-Ignitor will provide forums to discuss bleeding edge technologies, social entrepreneurship, trends for rural business owners, and the upcoming Business Ignitor 6.0 class starting October 2nd, 2013.

Why: Celebrate your successes. Learn how to be more successful. This event hopes to accommodate both of these objectives.

Sierra Commons has graduated over 60 Ignitor students- many have launched successful local businesses. Our past and present co-working members are constantly seeking the best way to grow their businesses and maintain a quality lifestyle. There are also hundreds of Sierra Commons community members who have come through our doors to seek advice, get connected, take classes, and get inspired.

This event is a call out to all Sierra Commoners and the Sierra Commons curious.

Come. Drink. Think.




Don’t fret, it’s not too late to initiate a retirement plan.

Financial Advisor Sean Andersen will be at Sierra Commons to share tips on retirement planning for small business owners.

Learn basic strategies that you can use to help prepare for your golden years at this free workshop.

Please RSVP – and you’re welcome to bring your lunch!


Sean Andersen is a Financial Services Professional at New York Life, and VP of Public Relations for Marysville Toastmaster. He is active in community building and relations, and is also a member of the Nevada County Successful Thinkers Network.

Join us for our first members presentation night!

Hosted by Rob Sheldon, No Problem


Steve’s scan converter card after debugging.

Steve Knapp has been working on a remote “call home” electronics project that works over the plain ol’ telephone service. There’s some more information about it at

Steve has a solid amount of electronics experience, including prototyping his own boards and surface-mounting ICs. He also came up with a creative solution for squeezing an 8-bit bidirectional IO bus out of a board with only 10 data pins. (Steve, is that right? I’m guessing you did some bitmasking magic?)

A good event to attend for those getting started in component electronics, and a chance to hear about a really neat home-brewed home automation setup. Social time from 6:30 to 7, then Steve’s the boss from there on out.

RSVP and meetup contact info here.

Presented by Greg Barker, CPA

QuickBooks is the #1 rated small business financial software that organizes finances, tracks sales and expenses, and makes tax time easier.

In this introductory class, Greg Barker, CPA, will be demonstrating how QuickBooks is used to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile a checking account, create and print invoices, receipts, and statements, track payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates, and generate reports.

Topics will also include:

  • Comparing other software and accounting options to QuickBooks
  • Why QuickBooks is the industry standard
  • Various QuickBook versions, and  how to determine which one is right for your business
  • Time, effort and initial expense involved to incorporate QuickBooks into your accounting system
  • What QuickBooks can save you in the long run – monetarily, and in peace of mind at tax time

If you’re using spreadsheets or manual methods, you’re likely spending more time on your books than you need to. Come to this free Sierra Commons class to see QuickBooks in action, and discover if it’s the right accounting program for your small business.

This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Bring your lunch and learn something to move your business forward.

Please RSVP, seating is limited.

Sierra Commons is a non-profit organization. Donations to help sustain the Lunch and Learn workshops are warmly appreciated.

If you’re already using QuickBooks and want to take your QB skills to the next level, learn about new features, get tips, have questions or need hands on help, Greg will be teaching a series of QB workshops and holding live workshops at Sierra Commons.

The community is invited to celebrate entrepreneurship with us as we launch our newest Business Ignitor Course graduates


Eventbrite - Introduction to New Product Development

June 3, June 17 & July 1: 2-5pm
Professor Russell Rudin, Ph.D.

In most cases, entrepreneurship consists of starting a new company, obtaining financing and developing a new product. In this three-part series, you will learn the basic new product development process, which emphasizes integrating marketing and technical dimensions into a viable offering. Structured methods for defining and analyzing information during the fuzzy early stages will be covered in detail.

The course will cover:

  • The overall new product development process
  • Tools and techniques to use in each phase
  • Clearly defining the opportunity
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • New trends in the product development process
  • Brief introduction to integrating the new product development process into project management planning

If you aspire to create a product, already have one in development, or want to supplement your product line – this series of classes will give you the tools to become successful in the new product development aspect of entrepreneurship.

$125 for the full series
($99 Sierra Commons members)

Eventbrite - Introduction to New Product Development

Dr. Rudin has 16 years’ experience as a professor at Santa Clara University in their Engineering Management Department. He developed and currently teaches their graduate curriculum in new product development and management of technology. Many of his students are entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley area.

He is co-founder and president of Ximatek, Inc. and founder and director of the Tech Venture Network of Ridgecrest – with over ten ventures in the process ranging from robotics to cosmetics. As part of his Network activities, Dr. Rudin founded Global Need Water Technology Inc., which is currently in final negotiations with a large investor to produce a high-efficiency solar desalination system. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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

Gung Hay Fat Choy.

We are pleased to support this year's Chinese New Year Festival February 17, 2013. 

For more information click here.

CNY 2013


Sierra Commons member Benji Brown of Studio B Flat Games has just launched his Kickstarter campaign to help him complete his mobile game Bronto Blast. 

In the game, Bronto, avid astronomer-astronaut apatosaurus, must save all the dino eggs of the world before the incoming ASTEROID hits his planet!

Please help Benji and his team get the game to market.

With a small donation, you get a free version of the game for your iPhone.