Category: workshop

There are a lot of people out there these days marketing themselves as business coaches and charging a lot of money for their support services.  You do not have to attend the first workshop that comes along and you do not have to hire the first coach you meet.  You don’t have to use your friend’s recommendation either.  There is no shortage of coaches and coaching events.

Business Coach

Making the decision to hire someone is important.  It is an investment of your time and money.  Take the time to find the right fit.  Here are some tips:

  1. Find someone you trust. Ideally, find someone in your network who has a good reputation. There are a few certifications for business coaching but it is a fairly unregulated business.  Almost anyone can hang out a shingle and call themselves a “business coach” or “life coach.” Do your research. Do not hire anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
  2. Identify exactly what you want to gain from having a business coach before hiring one. If you do not have a specific focus or goal in mind, you will likely spend far more time and money than you need to trying to reach an end game.
  3. Read at least one classic business self-help book before spending a lot of money on a coach you may not need. There is a lot of great advice out there.  What you are looking for may already be written down somewhere.
  4. Find someone to be accountable to (besides yourself) before hiring a coach. A lot of folks find that the biggest benefit to having a business coach is having someone to be accountable to. Most of us procrastinate and most of us set goals and timelines and then set them aside.  Team up with a friend, coworker, or colleague and create a structured system for setting goals and checking in.
  5. Be ready to commit fully. Do not hire a coach only to miss appointments and ignore your coach’s advice.  Like most things in life, you will get out of it, what you put into it.  Be ready to dive in, take direction, and stick with it.

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 cialis online 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.


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.

From Rob Sheldon, Nevada County Hackers: Continued introductory electronics. I soldered up the MakerShield and the LCD generic cialis for our microcontroller pack, and I’ve got a working servo + LCD setup.

Steve would like to get us going on some projects, including a pulse generator for Arduino. We have three Arduino kits now for general-purpose use, and I can help people get started.

We’ll be gradually working towards more and more complex projects, so if you’d like to get started with electronics or Arduino (or other similar kits), now’s the time!

Community welcome, by donation. More info and to RSVP.

Cottage Industry Permit Process Class

May 14, 6-8pm

Family Portrait

Presented by Susan Meagher, cialis Nana's Artisan Bakery & Jerri Glover, Nevada County Makes

Your friends, family and co-workers have told you that you make the best home-made candy they have ever tasted. You're certain the general public would agree and you want to start making, packaging and selling your yummy candy at the local markets. Where do you start?

You can rent space in a commercial kitchen, but that can be expensive. Can you do it in the comfort and convenience of your own home? Thanks to legislation passed in September 2012, yes you can. However, the application process is complicated and requires a time and financial investment.

No one knows this better than Susan Meagher of Nana's Artisan Bakery. Meagher has been working from rented commercial kitchens for the last several years to offer a wide variety of baked goods for sale to the public at events such as the Grower's Market, Farmers Markets and Cornish Christmas. Commercial kitchen rental definitely cuts into the profit for someone like Meagher

When Governor Brown signed AB1616 into law in September 2012, Meagher decided to pursue a permit to allow her to produce her baked goods in her own home kitchen. She successfully navigated the process and learned many valuable lessons along the way.  While sharing her experiences with friend and owner of Nevada County Does, Jerri Glover, the pair decided that others in Nevada County interested in pursuing a cottage industry permit could benefit from the lessons Meagher learned while submitting her own application.

This class will cover such topics as the different types of permits, environmental health issues, planning department requirements and where you can sell.

Representatives from the Nevada County Environmental Health office will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional materials. Meagher will also have information from the Planning Department as well as information, free water testing kits and discounts from Cranmer Engineering for water testing.

Cost: $50 ($45 special rate for Sierra Commons Members). Register soon, class size is limited.

Those interested in attending should contact Jerri Glover at 530-205-3104 or Registration must be paid for in advance and can be arranged via check or Paypal.

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.


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.

Excel for Event Coordinators

Feb. 7th, 9-11am

Presented by Mike Freedman, Right-Click.Biz

Learn to use Excel as a simple and low cost database tool in this hands-on, interactive class.

Great for:

  • Event Coordinators
  • Mailing Lists
  • Sales Leads
  • Customer Service Tracking

Beginning & Intermediate skill levels

Students will become familiar and confident using Excel to build basic formatting for spreadsheets.

Menus and Navigation * File Management and Editing Tools * Data, Formulas and Formatting 8 Building Data-Specific Spreadsheets * Sorting Specific Details & Info * Extracting Data * Report Design * Formatting for Printing

Bring your computer and questions, and be prepared to excel at databased spreadsheets.

Members $27, Non-Members $30.

Click to register here.

You may also mail or bring a check to Sierra Commons for no additional registration fee.

How to Use Pinterest for Business & Marketing

If you're not Pinteresting, you’re losing business

Presented by Coryon Redd, Nevada County Online and

Saturday, January 26th, 1-3pm

Pinterest connects people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests with millions of new pins added every week. Join marketing guru Coryon Redd as he takes you through the steps to set up a Pinterest account so you can tap into this share of the marketplace and grow your business.

Who should take this class?

You have a storefront or online site that sells products or crafts (Etsy, Nevada County Makes, etc.)

You offer design or consumer services;

You have a tourism-related business;

You're part of the food industry;

You have a blog and want more followers;

You have a Facebook page for your business and want to maximize interest or sales.

You do ANY social marketing for your business.

In this fun and informative two-hour class Coryon will teach you how to:

  • Pinterest basics
  • How it works and how to get started
  • Create a business profile
  • Browse feed to see what’s trending & tap into trends
  • Collaborate with other pinners
  • Promote your pins and send traffic to your website
  • Show off your interests, your expertise and your content
  • Use widgets, apps and button
  • Find users, boards and content to participate and collaborate
  • Connect Pinterest to Facebook and other social media

If you want to drive people to your site and sell more products and/or services, you can’t afford to miss this class.

Cost: $30 Non-Member, $27 SC Member

Save! You can also register through mail or in person, with no additional registration fee if paying by check, money order or cash. 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959