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Sierra Commons celebrates anniversary

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Sierra Commons, a nonprofit organization centered on educational programs and tools to turn ideas into new businesses, will celebrate five years in the community with a party from 6-8 p.m. today at their co-working facility at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. The party is free and open to the public and is meant to honor community, co-working and small businesses in Nevada County. In the past five years, Sierra Commons has helped boost the Nevada County economy through job creation and business stabilization. The organization offers business classes and mentoring for people at all business levels.

"We have demonstrated results," said Sierra Commons' founder and former Executive Director Robert Trent. "We have helped create several successful businesses in Nevada County."

Sierra Commons has offered five "Business Ignitor" class sets in the past and has seen a number of small businesses formed out of those classes. Ignitor graduates include successful locals Samantha Hinrichs of Mud and Pearls and Shana Maziarz, co-owner of Three Forks Bakery in Nevada City. Sierra Commons will offer another set of Ignitor classes beginning in September.

"What we are doing for Nevada County's business community is valuable and unequaled," said Hilary Hodge, one of Sierra Commons' board members. "Nevada County is a unique community. We have several cottage industries, art communities, entrepreneurs and independent contractors. Sierra Commons is place for ideas to take off and for people to turn their hobbies into a career while working with a collaborative and supportive organization."

Hodge has been a board member for almost a year and can often be found at the co-working facility helping to manage the office.

"We have a lot to celebrate," said board member and resident business mentor, Brian Gillings. "When you have been in business for two years, you can call it a success. Here we are five years later."

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Sierra Commons hopes to continue their service to the community and will continue to offer educational programs and co-working space. The five-year anniversary party at Sierra Commons is a celebration highlighting the successes of small business and entrepreneurship in Nevada County as well as the joys of co-working and collaboration. The party is meant to give the public a chance to experience what Sierra Commons is all about. The party will include live music by singer/song-writer Joshua Macrae as well as food and drinks.

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