2016
Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Associate Director, Sierra SBDC
May 04, 2016

How to Make Every Week "National Small Business Week"

Many of us are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the Thanksgiving weekend day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that make up our figurative and literal Main Street America. Perhaps less well known but equally as important (and fun!) is an entire week of small business appreciation, and we happen to be in the middle of it!

It’s a good time to reflect on how small and local businesses affect our lives and our communities.

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Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
April 29, 2016

Home: The Power of Giving Where Your Heart Is

Have you ever heard the saying, "your home is where your heart is?" Of course you have, we all have, and most of us have nodded along and said, "It's so true".

We've recognized that our home isn't always where our house is, it may feel more like the place we grew up, anywhere we go with close friends, or the mountains we've spent our lives recreating in. 

Like our physical homes, often these special places are in need of a little help.

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Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
April 22, 2016

The Crow and the Pitcher: a New Twist on an Old Fable

A crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain.

At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life. Moral: Necessity is the mother of invention. 

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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
April 15, 2016

An Economy of Change: Reno Then and Now

By now, it’s common knowledge that Reno is expecting a whole lot of change in the next few years. The truth is though that I’ve already seen a huge amount of change in the Biggest Little City since first visiting in the 1970s.

After doing a little historical digging, it turns out that change has always been a major factor in the Great Basin where Reno now sits. From communities and population to economic drivers, the area’s resilience is built on change.

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Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
April 07, 2016

Everyone has an opinion...until you hold a public hearing?

A year ago I wrote about the importance of planning with regards to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting the most bang for your buck. Last month we read about the importance of implementing those plans. Today I'd like to write about the importance of community input. 

I want to focus on the difficulties experienced when trying to get community members to participate in the public processes of our local governments. We don't live in silos where the decisions made by our leaders have no effect on our community, so why is it so tough to get people to engage in helping make these decisions> 

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