2017
Steve Frisch
President

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

October 12, 2017

SBC's Legislative Session Wrap Up

As many of you know SBC has been ramping up advocacy activities on behalf of our business and community network in the California legislature over the past several years. I wanted to take a moment to update you on the results of our efforts now that the California legislative session has ended. 

Our advocacy is based on a strong set of values driven by our network: strengthening small business as the backbone of our economy, stewarding natural resources wisely and preparing them for future conditions, prioritizing the health and livelihood of our residents and improving their opportunities - values our research has shown are widely shared by the SBC network. 

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Jessica Carr
Program Manager

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

October 06, 2017

Thinking about Starting a Business? Start Here. 

From our Business Bootcamp courses to online resources to one on one consulting, the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help your business or idea start, grow, and thrive. 

May of SBDC's clients start by selling something they are creating at home. Muffins, jewelry, websites, you name it -- home based businesses are popular in the Sierra. In the beginning, recordkeeping is easy. But what happens when you grow, your Instagram takes off, and Oprah features your product? What's the first step to go from a home-based hobby to a full-blown successful venture? Well, that's where we come in. 

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Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

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Chelsea is a new member of the Small Business Development Center.  Not new to the needs of small businesses, Chelsea worked with the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, helping to promote local businesses as well as working on beautification projects and infrastructure improvements in Historic Downtown Truckee. She helped produce many successful fundraisers for the TDMA, including managing Truckee Thursdays.  Chelsea loves to show off Truckee's historic charm, so she is proud of her work producing a large, successful event right in the heart of her hometown.

Personal Highlights:


Chelsea was born and raised in Truckee and has always been passionate about Truckee's unique history.  She is a twenty + year volunteer with the Truckee Donner Historical Society, ran the Old Jail Museum for many years, and puts together the annual Old Timers' Picnic. Chelsea and her husband, John, have two teenagers who keep the family busy as members of the Truckee High Trap Shooters Club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.

September 29, 2017

Rural Broadband: The New Silk Road

I'll admit it, broadband is probably not a fascinating topic for most people. I’m willing to bet the only time people think about broadband is when they have a poor internet connection, and then they likely curse it.

For me though, it's been a front-of-mind topic for years. I started working with the Small Business Development Center earlier this year, but my background has been with small businesses long before joining the team.

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Brittany Benesi
Communications Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

September 20, 2017

It's Not Over: An Update on the DOI's National Monuments Recommendations

It’s not over yet. On Sunday, a leaked copy of the Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on national monuments was obtained by The Washington Post, and revealed his plan to vastly reduce at least four monuments. The recommendations came after Zinke received more than 2.8 million public comments, with over 99% of Americans urging for maintained protection. Zinke’s recommendations could boost drilling, mining and timber harvesting in some of our nation’s most ecologically and historically important lands.

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Diana Madson
Government Affairs Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

September 14, 2017

SB 100: Climate Action's California Dream

It’s been almost like a dream: I’ve been running around the halls of the Capitol all this week urging legislators to vote yes for SB 100. If passed, this bill would not only accelerate California’s current 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement from 2030 to 2026, but also raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 60% by 2030, and require the state to fulfill all of its energy needs with zero carbon resources by 2045. This would be a huge deal for California and in fact a dream come true for climate action - it would show the world that the eighth largest economy is walking the walk when it comes to climate change, encouraging others to do the same.

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