2015
Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
June 03, 2015

From Planning to Action: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

As Program Director, Nicholas Martin recently discussed, our climate planning team has completed energy reduction strategies for five local governments in our region.

We are pleased to report that as of last Tuesday, all five of the jurisdictions have approved or accepted the proposed energy reduction strategies.

As a refresher, the local governments included in that list of five are Nevada City, Jackson, Plymouth, Loomis, and Amador County.

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Olivia Hara
Olivia Hara
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member
May 28, 2015

It's Never Easy to Say Goodbye

This morning, as I was getting ready to come to work, it occurred to me that I haven’t once had a day where I dreaded coming in.

Since my job with Sierra Business Council started eight months ago, I have come into the office with a smile on my face and then left at the end of the day in the same mood every day.  

However, things are changing...

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Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
May 14, 2015

Power of the Plan: Energy Action Plans


For many of us, it makes sense to always have a plan: a work plan for completing your weekly and monthly task assignments, a financial plan to put us on track for a comfortable retirement, or even a training plan for how you are going to complete your first marathon.

Planning can help ensure that you will achieve your goals, and provides an effective way of getting there. Here at SBC we believe that effective planning can lead to even more effective action.

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Emily Kornhauser
Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant
May 04, 2015

Success Continues to Grow at Sierra Small Business Development Center


The Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is building momentum every month.

Since taking over operations of the SBDC on October 1, 2014 through the first quarter of 2015, SBC has delivered over 250 hours of one-on-one business counseling to 100 clients and held 18 workshops for the Northeastern Sierra region.

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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.

April 21, 2015

Art as an Economic Engine


When I decided to move to the Sierra 22 years ago, I initially thought it was about being closer to rivers for rafting and trails for hiking. Maybe also the appeal of fewer people and less traffic. I am an “introvert,” after all.

But once I got here, I realized that what I really loved about living in western Nevada County was the local radio station, KVMR; the live stage, Foothill Theatre Company (sadly no longer in business); and the incredible music scene.

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