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8th Ignitor class to graduate Friday

Sierra Commons will host a free mixer and party in honor of its eighth Business Ignitor graduates from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at 792A Searls Ave., in Nevada City.
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Sierra Commons will host a free mixer and party on Friday to introduce their latest Business Ignitor graduates to the community.

The Sierra Commons Business Ignitor program is Nevada County’s premier business incubation program.

The program, a six-week course, helps startups and businesses learn about running and managing a business successfully.



The Friday event is open to the public and will be held at Sierra Commons, 792A Searls Ave. in Nevada City. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.

According to event organizers, the graduation mixer and party is a way to introduce new businesses to the greater business community of Nevada County.




“The Ignitor graduation is always a fun event and it’s a great way for people to connect,” said Hilary Hodge, executive director of Sierra Commons. “Many of our startups are looking for established businesses with resources to help get their new businesses off the ground. This event is a way for our students to introduce themselves and find those resources.”

This is the eighth Ignitor class to graduate from the Sierra Commons program.

The program has a history of producing successful businesses. Past graduates include Nick Santos of Environmental Consumer and Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery and Brewery.

The current graduating class is a diverse group and includes entrepreneurs, writers, artists, managers and business people.

“The Ignitor course has helped me get a firm hold on the vision for my business and it has given me the tools that will make that vision a reality,” said Shelly Covert of Nevada City Rancheria. “The staff and mentors at Sierra Commons have an amazing wealth of knowledge and are very approachable. The experience has been priceless. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone who needs assistance entering the marketplace.”

Covert and her fellow graduates look forward to celebrating what they have learned and what they have accomplished.

Organizers are inviting members of the community to join the celebration on Friday at Sierra Commons.

They said the next Business Ignitor will be starting in June. For additional information, email info@sierracommons.org or call 530-265-8443.


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