Sierra Commons to celebrate 100th Ignitor graduate |

Sierra Commons to celebrate 100th Ignitor graduate

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s co-working space and business education center, invites the public to celebrate small business in Nevada County. Sierra Commons just finished teaching its ninth Business Ignitor, an intensive incubator for small businesses and start-ups in Nevada County.

To celebrate, Sierra Commons is hosting a free business mixer and celebration at 5:30 p.m. today. Join in the fun at the Sierra Commons campus located at 792 A Searls Avenue in Nevada City. Food and drink will be available.

Sierra Commons has been teaching their “Business Ignitor” for five years and has taught over 100 students. The graduation of this Business Ignitor class will mark over 100 students who have completed the course. Past graduates include local business owners Erin Noel of Community Legal, Rowen White of Sierra Seeds, and Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery and Brewery.

The current graduating class is diverse and includes an enthusiastic group of entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, and managers. Sierra Commons has been contributing to the economic health of Nevada County and supporting small business locally for six years.

“Sierra Commons provides invaluable services to new and existing businesses,” says student and coworker Evelyn Soltero of All About Wells. “Formal classes on business operations are user friendly and truly inspiring. My favorite thing about Sierra Commons is the camaraderie and the collegial support I receive from other members.” Sierra Commons offers a supportive environment for independent contractors, small business owners, freelancers, and anyone who is seeking to have a community-supported work environment or a community-supported business.

Erin Noel, founder of Community Legal, is an attorney who graduated from the Business Ignitor program in 2013. She says of her venture, “Community Legal is a proud “Business Ignitor” project, dedicated to supporting the legal needs of disadvantaged people in Nevada County. Like the Business Ignitor course, we believe in people’s capacity to contribute to our economy and community. We help to provide clients with education and know-how.”

After three years of development, Community Legal plans to open in August, and is currently engaged in a crowd funding campaign to give the venture a strong foundation.

Sierra Commons is excited to host a celebration of small business in Nevada County. “This event is designed to bring together small business, big business, new business, and established business in Nevada County,” says Hilary Hodge, Executive Director of Sierra Commons. “Nevada County is known for its innovation and for its support of local business. Our goal is to see businesses in Nevada County continue to thrive and we know that coming together as a community is essential to that mission.”

Sierra Commons will be celebrating its sixth year of community support this August and holds an open door to all skill levels. They house a vast range of business professionals in their co-working facility.

Sierra Commons is currently enrolling for their next Business Ignitor course which will be offered in September of this year. Sierra Commons offers co-working space, conference room rental, high-speed internet, business classes, business mentoring, and daily or drop-in rates.

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