Sierra Small Business Development Center


The Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program that provides free consulting and training designed to help existing and new businesses.

For new businesses, we can help identify funding options and walk you through the steps that will turn your idea into a successful venture. For existing businesses we can assist in strategizing expansion plans and accessing capital to position you for sustainable growth.

The SBDC's free one-on-one consulting topics include: strategic planning, cash flow management, feasibility, social media, site selection, marketing, operations, human resources, and other specialty programs for small businesses and startups in the service area. See the below infographic for the program's metrics as of October, 2015.

The SBDC main host site is located in the SBC Truckee office at 10183 Truckee Airport Road with satellite locations throughout the northeastern Sierra.

For more information:
Contact Business Innovation Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call (530) 582-5022

Sierra SBDC and Etsy Launch Craft Entrepreneurship in Truckee

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In partnership with Etsy, Sierra Business Council(SBC) and the Sierra Small Business Development Center(Sierra SBDC) are bringing back the Craft Entrepreneurship program, an innovative program that will provide micro-business training to adults with existing creative skills, to help supplement their income and sell their product to new markets. This round will be held at the innovative new MakerSpace, Truckee Roundhouse. 

Kicking off May 3rd, in Truckee, California, accepted applicants will participate in a month long training program that will guide them through becoming craft entrepreneurs. The program utilizes Etsy’s platform for selling creative goods as the real-world learning lab and leverages the Sierra SBDC’s business expertise. Classes will be taught by successful local, self-taught jewelry designer Krista Tranquilla of Tranquilla Studios. Students will learn the basics of starting and running an online business, including pricing, basic accounting, product photography, and marketing. Participants are eligible to continue receiving assistance through Sierra SBDC’s free one-on-one business consulting services.

The Craft Entrepreneurship program gives participants viable paths to supplement income which can make a real difference in their well-being.  Etsy sellers represent an encouraging shift towards new patterns of employment.

The program runs from May 3rd through May 15th, meeting 5 times total.

For those interested in participating, please see eligibility requirements below and submit applications by May 1st, 2017

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, and an idea for a related line of products
  • Reside in Truckee/Tahoe
  • Committ to attending all classes
  • Have never made any sales* on Etsy
    *it is OK if you have an Etsy account/store but have never made a sale
  • Have a credit card and checking account
  • Have regular access to a computer with an internet connection

Please submit applications by May 1st

For more information about the Craft Entrepreneurship program: 

Krista Tranquilla grew up in many places but has called Truckee home since 2001. Her exposure as a young child to an active fiber artists community and to hand made markets planted the seeds to the maker she has become today. She is a self-taught jewelry designer and her work is very much inspired by the outdoors. A happy day for Krista is a day tinkering in her studio. See more of Krista's work at and learn more about Krista at



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