2018
Ramon Martinez
Ramon Martinez
Sierra Small Business Development Center Intern
July 26, 2018

Returning to My Roots: The Value of a Hometown Internship

When I moved away for university, my mind was filled only with thoughts of new experiences and working on my future career. I left Truckee for the mysterious giant redwood trees of Humboldt county in order to pursue a Computer Science degree at Humboldt State University.

As time went on and I was grinding closer and closer to my degree, the homesickness began to creep into my mind, images of downtown Truckee and Tahoe’s blue waters filled my daydreams. Then, following another tough semester, an opportunity arose for the summer.

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Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

 SBC Chelsea Walterscheid ProfilePic 2017 07

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.

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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.

July 18, 2018

Fostering a Community of Leaders

This year, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a program that has become an area institution: the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. Participants in the five-month program include members of the Tahoe-Truckee community from all walks and a variety of industries. Sierra Business Council has been sending staff for quite some time and this year was no exception.

The value to an organization sending employees to a leadership class is immeasurable. Aside from the benefits advertised on the program’s website, there was the bonus benefit of getting to know and work with a cohort of area leaders that may not have crossed my path otherwise.

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Chelsea Walterscheid
BJ Schmitt
Analyst and Planning Technician

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

 SBC Chelsea Walterscheid ProfilePic 2017 07

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.

July 13, 2018

Ideas to Inspire Sustainable Summer Travel

The word “travel” makes us dream, be it a weekend getaway or an escape half a world away. You can make sustainable travel a part of that dream, even in this transportation and consumption-heavy industry.

Sustainable travel is generally understood to mean traveling while making a positive impact in three areas; the environment, the local economy and the society or culture where you are visiting (sound familiar?).

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Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

 SBC Chelsea Walterscheid ProfilePic 2017 07

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.

June 22, 2018

Diversity in the Sierra: Addressing the Green Ceiling

Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts in the Sierra Nevada have no shortage of passion, knowledge of the region, and connection to the landscape. I am inspired and lucky to work and play with these people on a daily basis.

There is, however, one attribute this group is unavoidably lacking: diversity.

Dialogue about diversity in the outdoors and environmental field is a hot topic both statewide and nationally.

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Conner Rettig
Collaborative Solar Program Fellow

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

 SBC Chelsea Walterscheid ProfilePic 2017 07

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.

June 19, 2018

Mining Gold From the Sun: Local Energy for Local Economies

Beyond initiating California’s statehood, along with its distinct entrepreneurial culture and independent character, the 1849 Gold Rush was one of the most influential events in American history. Much like in 1849 though, the high-tech sector in 2018 is continuing to accumulate the majority of wealth into only a handful of areas.

Only very recently promoted in terms of local economic development, solar energy is not only the most viable opportunity for energy independence, but can also help structurally rebuild community wealth in rural California.

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