Presenters Information from Small Business and Entrepreneur Seminar

As requested here is more information on the presenters of the Small Business & Entrepreneur Seminar

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council: The ERC is dedicated and positioned to assist in business attraction, creation and retention. Our economic professionals collaborate with community leaders in business, government, chambers of commerce and business associations. The ERC is your partner for success in Nevada County.  Taking advantage of comprehensive demographic data, our concierge assistance and re-locator services, the ERC has the tools and talent to help you build a solid business in Nevada County; where quality of life and a solid business environment work hand-in-hand. The ERC is committed to preserving the present and future vitality of Nevada County’s culturally rich and progressive economy. We are at your service.  For more information contact Gil Mathew at (530) 274-8455 or at  Please visit

Nevada County New Business Network: The NCNBN is a program of the ERC that aims to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Nevada County.  We are building a comprehensive on-line resource directory of recent and former local graduates, which includes contact, biographical and technical information, with the aim of reaching out to Nevada County graduates who have or are interested in returning to Nevada County to start or build their business and professional careers.  For more information go to our blog or become our friend on Facebook.  You can also contact Jesse Locks at (530) 274-8455 or

Hware: Feeling overwhelmed with your start-up? Not sure what to focus on as a non-profit? As an entrepreneur, do you have a great product/service, but no one is paying attention? Too many customer service complaints in your small business? Welcome to Hware – HumanityWare. We deliver our training tools and systems over the internet. Always simple to use, convenient, and high-quality, but don’t take our word for it. Try our FREE demo of our latest online training course, “Getting Started with Social Media for Small Business” and see for yourself.  Please contact Brenda Horton at Click here to download Brenda’s presentation on Social Networking.

One-Stop Business & Career Center is the connection point for job seekers and employers. Based upon teamwork and dedication, we are committed to providing job seekers and the business community with quality services delivered with integrity and professionalism. We offer a wide range of high-quality services—most at no cost. Through collaboration with partnering agencies, we work to improve the quality, productivity and competitiveness of our workforce and as a result, strengthen the local economy. For more information go to

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is a private non-profit organization devoted to supporting the economic development of the rural communities north and east of Sacramento. Formed through a joint powers agreement by the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Sierra in 1969, SEDCorp provides service in three primary program areas. First, SEDCorp supports local jurisdictions in their economic development efforts, providing expertise often lacking in small local governments. SEDCorp works with those jurisdictions to secure grant funds from a variety of sources for high priority projects. Second, SEDCorp supports the region’s businesses with a variety of training events ranging from single-subject sessions on such topics as bookkeeping and local business resources (click here for list of upcoming classes) to intensive three-day business “boot camps” to teach the fundamentals of sound business planning from inception to retirement. Third, SEDCorp is a small business lender. SEDCorp provides a number of loan products sourced from the U.S. Small Business Administration ( and the Department of Agriculture ( to a service area that extends across all the counties touching the border with Nevada from Sacramento to Oregon. For more information go to

CSU Chico Center for Economic Development: The mission of the Center for Economic Development (CED) at California State University, Chico is to educate and build the knowledge and capacity of California economic development professionals and enhance the well-being of the region’s citizens by facilitating sustained, long-term, and coordinated economic development strategies. The Center for Economic Development (CED) is your connection for human community collaboration, research, and analysis. What do we mean when we say “community”? A community is a dynamic organization of human interaction. It can be defined either along geographical lines (i.e. the community in and around Quincy, CA), or demographic lines (i.e. the Hispanic community in Kings Beach, CA). We can usually produce information on any such community you need. For more information contact Michael Suplita at 530-898-4598 or go to

The Northeastern California Sierra Business Development Center (SBDC) – Greater Sacramento region at Los Rios assists existing businesses in becoming competitive in a complex marketplace and helps emerging entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership. The SBDC program is one of the State’s most important economic development programs. With a twenty year history in California, a wealth of expertise, and well established resource partnerships, the SBDC is a trusted network that stimulates the region’s economy. Our SBA federal funding mandates focus on business expansion, start-ups, job creation/ retention and capital infusion. For more information go to

The Private Industry Council of Butte County, Inc (PIC) is a private-non-profit corporation. It is governed by a 19 member PIC Board comprised of private and public sector representatives appointed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The Private Industry Council administers Federal and State Work Force Investment Act (WIA) funds for employment and job training and related programs and services. For more information go to

GROWSierra Foothills is a joint effort of the ERC and Golden Capital Network (GNC) to provide a voice for innovative, growth-oriented businesses; bring public recognition to the best private companies in the region; and provide valuable private referrals for you to entities that can add value to your company from a wide range of industry experts. GROWSierra Foothills is part of a statewide effort called GROWCalifornia.

City of Nevada City – Nevada City businesses looking to expand may be eligible to dip into a $300,000 pot of low-interest loan money. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States. New or existing businesses can apply for the grant to complete a range of improvement projects, including adding new employees and upgrading facilities. Contact Evert Frisk, CDBG Volunteer Project Coordinator for more information, 530-265-2496,

City of Grass Valley offers a Community Development Block Grant General Allocation application for up to $800,000 for two activities: (1) Public Improvements in Support of Housing New Construction and (2) Housing Rehabilitation. For more information contact Joe Heckel, Community Development Director, 530-274-4349 or

Spiral Internet is a graphic design and website development company located in Nevada City, California – the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A fast T1 connection to the Internet, digital direct-to-plate printing, and FedEx have allowed our creative team to work with clients throughout the USA and overseas. Spiral works best with small to medium-size businesses or departments within corporations providing nimble design and web technology services. For more information go to John Paul’s presentation can be downloaded at

Full Spectrum Marketing Services includes print, design, data, direct mail and consulting. For more information go to

Coryon Redd, President of is a successful entrepreneur who will teach you the techniques he has used to get his business to the top of Google.

Sierra Commons primary goal is to support emerging businesses. We do this by providing turn-key infrastructure for member businesses, and by building community and business acumen through peer mentoring and networking. We are here to help strengthen the local economy through job creation, retention, and increased local revenues. The mission of Sierra Commons is to enable sustainable economic development in Nevada County by supporting emerging businesses compatible with the interests of the community. Sierra Commons keeps barriers low and nurtures worthwhile ventures by providing infrastructural, informational, and community resources needed to commercialize and market new products and services. For more information go to

Barbi Jackson is the co-owner and business manager of Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness Personal Training Studio in Nevada City, CA. As a Nevada County resident since 1972, she has worked for numerous small businesses, contributing to their success. Barbi believes her involvement in both Grass Valley and Nevada City’s Chamber of Commerce over the last several years has provided countless opportunities for growth. Her passion for sales, marketing, networking and teaching inspire her to share with others looking to be successful in small business.

Nevada County Social Networks – Find your tribe, introduction of local professional organizations on hand to discuss membership, benefits and how you can get involved in the local business community.

Business and Professional Women – The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County (BPW-NC) is to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives. We are dedicated to improving the professional, personal, economic, and educational outlook for women. For more info contact Freddy Zylstra, President,
Soroptimist of Grass Valley and Nevada City – Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to promote commerce, business and tourism through marketing campaigns, promotions and events. While emphasizing our quality of life and historic environment, our goal is to benefit merchants and citizens both professionally and economically.
Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce For over 100 years, the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber has actively promoted the economic development of businesses and our community.
South County Chamber of Commerce: The South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce mission is to provide a voice for the business community and enhance the economic vitality of South Nevada County.
The Exchange A group of peers collaborating on the social network and economic development of our Western Nevada County for tomorrow.
The 49er Rotary Club was officially chartered on November 6, 1990, with 42 charter members. The goal was to provide a morning club for the area, which met for one hour. Since it’s charter, the club has grown to over 90 members and is quite active in the community, as well as internationally.
APPLE Center for Sustainable Living -The APPLE Center is run by APPLE-NC, the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy of Nevada County. A physical and virtual hub to facilitate Western Nevada County’s transition to a sustainable community. The Center serves the general public as a community gathering place for “greening” their lives. It’s a place where visitors and locals can connect to businesses and organizations that provide knowledge and tools for living sustainably.
Local Green Sierra A Green Business Directory for the Northern Sierra.
Think Local First – “Think Local First” is a term developed by the members of BALLE networks to refer to our commitment to our communities. Rather than simply promoting “buying” local, we are suggesting our larger role as stewards. By thinking local, we can make choices that have dramatic impact on our local communities, economies, and environments. We recognize that we will rarely be able to buy everything we need or use from local independent businesses. But we are advocating that people first think local – look first for local and locally owned sources of the things they need and want – to maximize the impact of their daily actions and purchasing decisions.
Sierra Green Building Association (SIGBA) To educate and promote environmental building and business practices for a sustainable lifestyle in the Sierra Nevada communities.
Toastmasters – Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of approximately 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or two. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian.


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