Sierra Commons – Local Business Ignitor is Roaring Ahead

Outside Sierra Commons Headquarters

Sierra Commons, fresh off its official Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Free Day on January 21st, is roaring ahead with new members, an office expansion, and three upcoming events for the Sierra Commons Speaker Series.

The ribbon cutting ceremony last month was a great success, with members of the city council and local press helping us celebrate the occasion.  It didn’t take us long to get things moving.  Now up and officially running (new sign and all), Sierra Commons is growing quickly, with Pat and Stacy Butler, of the Nevada City Advocate, joining the team setting up camp in our semi-private office.

Along with the new members, Sierra Commons has added a couple hundred square feet of new office space, expanding into the adjoining suite atop the Stonehouse.  It adds more work and wall space, but best of all, a kitchen.

Sierra Commons also has three upcoming Speaker Series events, including Barry Friedman, who will appear next week on the 11th at 6pm.  His presentation will address how to adapt to changing business markets and will draw from his own experiences.

Next month, Sierra Commons will feature two panel discussions for the next two installments of the Series.  The first, on March 4th, will be a Fund Development Panel that addresses the current landscape of public/private fund development.  It will feature Shawn Garvey of The Grant Farm and other fund development professionals.

"Shopping Cart Queen" Christina Hills presenting during Sierra Commons Speaker Series

The second panel, on March 11th, will be a Non-Profits Panel discussion on how non-profit organizations focused on the environment enhance our local economy. Panelists will include Jason Rainey (SYRCL) Izzy Martin (The Sierra Fund), and Peter Van Zant (Sierra Watch).
For more information, check out our newly redesigned website or find us on Facebook.  Thirsty for more?  Drop by our Stonehouse office or email us at

Words and Photos by Matthew Bell.  Matthew is the social marketing intern at Sierra Commons.


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