2020
Brittany Benesi
Brittany Benesi
Government and Community Affairs Director
March 27, 2020

Navigating the CARES Act: FAQs for Small Businesses, Families, and Individuals

The CARES Act, or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, is a $2 trillion economic stimulus package geared towards helping businesses, individual employees, and families through the initial shock of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sierra Business Council is committed to helping our region’s residents and small businesses navigate the resources made available in this federal package. Below you will find answers to the questions we’re hearing most.

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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
March 25, 2020

A quick take on what success—and community—looks like while working remotely

Here at Sierra Business Council, we have a group chat with all staff members aptly named “The Breakroom.”

In between meetings, webinars, and notification-free spurts of productivity, I receive a sporadic deluge of messages from this thread containing youtube videos, nostalgic reminiscences of the SBC vending machine, and odes to the office's slowly shriveling plants... 

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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
March 20, 2020

Impact, Stories, Resources: COVID-19 in the Sierra

COVID-19 may well be the biggest challenge of our time, putting politics, personal priorities, and party lines on the backburner as the world scrambles to keep up on news, contain the virus, and address the largest pandemic in modern times.

Meanwhile in the Sierra, our businesses, including everyone from mega ski resorts to mom and pop shops to tourism-dependent retailers and restaurants, have come to a screeching halt. Not only are our vulnerable communities concerned about contracting the virus and the capacity of our mountain hospitals to support critical care of the Sierra’s residents (and visitors), but the foundation of our economy is at stake.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
February 25, 2020

Martis Fund Down Payment Assistance Program Helps Local Families Achieve Homeownership Dreams

In October of 2018, Sierra Business Council was awarded the role of program administrator for the Martis Fund’s Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP). This program provides down payment assistance for median income Tahoe/Truckee locals hoping to purchase a home in the region. 

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Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
Climate Analyst
January 24, 2020

Forest Health, Wildfire Mitigation, and Rural Jobs: A Look at SBC's New Biomass Report

Biomass in the Sierra Nevada: A Case for Healthy Forests and Rural Economies is the result of years of SBC work, from technical research to on-the-ground projects and interviews, to helping revitalize a local Sierra facility now used as a beacon of possibility throughout statewide reports, planning, and conversations. After a year of digging into the knowledge base of SBC along with our partners in the science, social, and academic fields, I’m proud to share this meaningful product with you. You can click here to view the report in its entirety, or if you prefer the Cliff Notes version, I’ve laid out the purpose and findings of this hard work below. Let’s dig in.

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