2019
Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurial Opportunities Abound at This Week's Business Expo

Two years ago, I took the beautiful drive to South Lake Tahoe, CA to attend the Tahoe Chamber’s Business Expo at Harveys Lake Tahoe. I had heard about the party at the South Shore business event of the year and had to see it for myself. The Business Expo of 2017 did NOT disappoint, and I am looking forward to revisiting this amazing event on March 29th, 2019.

This year, the Sierra SBDC is thrilled to partner on a learning opportunity right before the Expo -- a Small Business Lender Panel covering How to Access Capital for YOUR Business! 

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Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

Chelsea works with the Business Innovation team as part of the Sierra Small Business Development Center. Chelsea has been around local, small businesses her whole life as many members of her family are small business owners. She spent decades working for small businesses in Historic Downtown Truckee and produced Truckee Thursdays for the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. Working with the many artisans on a micro-business level was some of her most enjoyable work. Currently, Chelsea’s work includes managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium and BlueTechValley. In addition to working at SBC, Chelsea volunteers with the Truckee Chamber; plans the annual Old Timers’ Picnic; co-chairs Truckee Day; and can be found advocating for her hometown on many different levels. 

Personal Highlights:

Chelsea was born and raised in Truckee and has always been passionate about Truckee’s unique history. She ran the Old Jail Museum for many years and loves giving tours of Historic Downtown Truckee every year to local third graders. Chelsea remains active with the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, helping produce the Truckee Follies, Cocktail Bingo, and Art & Soul Truckee ArtWalk. Chelsea and her husband, John, have a son in college studying auto mechanics and a daughter in her last year of school at Truckee High. 

March 12, 2019

A Lesson in History: AgTech Innovation Meets a Local's Poultry Past

I recently attended the AgTech Micro Conference, hosted by Nevada County Tech Connection, in Nevada City. The micro conference brought together a variety of participants, including farmers, software developers, and people interested in the latest Agtech trends that address practical ways to improve efficiency and profitability for our regional farmers.

Guest speakers had my full attention as I learned about the first ever agriculture bio-control experiment in space; Aerial spectral imaging for agriculture; and perhaps the most exciting for me, BoxPower, a company bringing clean, affordable energy to off-grid sites in durable, portable shipping containers.

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Peter Brown
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow: Gold Country Broadband Consortium

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

Chelsea works with the Business Innovation team as part of the Sierra Small Business Development Center. Chelsea has been around local, small businesses her whole life as many members of her family are small business owners. She spent decades working for small businesses in Historic Downtown Truckee and produced Truckee Thursdays for the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. Working with the many artisans on a micro-business level was some of her most enjoyable work. Currently, Chelsea’s work includes managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium and BlueTechValley. In addition to working at SBC, Chelsea volunteers with the Truckee Chamber; plans the annual Old Timers’ Picnic; co-chairs Truckee Day; and can be found advocating for her hometown on many different levels. 

Personal Highlights:

Chelsea was born and raised in Truckee and has always been passionate about Truckee’s unique history. She ran the Old Jail Museum for many years and loves giving tours of Historic Downtown Truckee every year to local third graders. Chelsea remains active with the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, helping produce the Truckee Follies, Cocktail Bingo, and Art & Soul Truckee ArtWalk. Chelsea and her husband, John, have a son in college studying auto mechanics and a daughter in her last year of school at Truckee High. 

March 07, 2019

To Italy and Back Again: A Tale of Two Grand Operas Set in the Sierra

As a fan, partaker, and participant in opera, it never occurred to me that moving to the Sierra Nevada would land me in the very landscapes, towns, and stories that inspired some of opera’s most influential works of art.

Join me downstage as I dive into past and present of the arts that brought visions of America’s wild west to the world. 

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

March 01, 2019

SBC's 2019 Legislative Outlook for the Sierra

The new 2019-2020 legislative session is officially underway. This means SBC’s Government Affairs team, under Chris Mertens’ astute leadership, is busy reviewing bill introductions, gathering information from partners and legislative staff, and identifying priority legislation for engagement by SBC and our coalition groups and colleagues.

This year, we are focusing on the following policy areas through our work with the SBC-led Sierra Consortium, Tahoe Truckee Mountain Housing Council, SBC’s Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership, California Tahoe Conservancy, Pioneer Community Energy, and other regional partners:

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Kristin York
Vice President of Business Innovation

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

February 19, 2019

Speaking for the Trees, Small Businesses, and Modern Community Planning

“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees”. I read Dr Suess’s The Lorax to my kids so many times that I can pretty much recite it word for word. It seems practically prophetic that my profession led me to work where I speak for not just the trees, but the people, the community and economic prosperity by advocating for small businesses.

Just this past week, I had the opportunity to speak for two clients about their projects. Both projects were visionary and bold. Both projects essentially presented a challenge to last century’s zoning codes, rules written in the 1990s that don’t reflect the reality of how we live today.

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