2016
Kristin York
Kristin York
Vice President of Business Innovation
January 13, 2016

Eight Ways to Raise Capital for Your Great Idea

So you've been thinking about buying or starting your own business. Maybe you even took your business plan to the bank to get a loan…and were denied.

Don't. Stop. There. When life throws you curve balls, we're here to help you knock them out of the park.

Over the past year at the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) we worked with over 250 businesses and delivered over 1,000 hours of free counseling to people just like you. Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who need help accessing capital. Don’t let a bank rejection get you down, there is more than one way to raise capital and launch a business.

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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
January 08, 2016

The Problem with the Phrase “Well Below” and Needlessly Complicated Jargon in Wake of COP21

Like all scientific fields, climatology is often explained with an abundance of technical terms and precise language. Because this science is so multifaceted, the jargon used by climate experts is complex out of necessity. I can’t help but wonder, however, if the dense nature of climate language hinders the public acceptance of this field more than helps it.

In the wake of the December climate agreement in Paris, I find myself similarly frustrated at the overly complicated descriptions of the event.

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2015
Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
December 17, 2015

Climate Change Awareness: A Look at the Numbers

I have to admit that in 2007, I knew very little about climate change. I had certainly heard of it, but at the time didn’t consider how serious of an issue it is. In the last eight years I have learned a lot more about it, and for the past five years I have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping local businesses reduce their energy use through SBC's Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program.

It seems as though my awareness, and thus my level of concern, in 2007 lined up pretty well with the majority of people on earth. 

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Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
December 11, 2015

Those Millenials and their "Walkability": A Look into My Generation's Impact

There seems to be quite a bit of interest in my generation these days: What do Millennials like? What type of work environments do Millennials perform best in? Where do Millennials prefer to live? How are Millennials different than the Baby Boomers?

As I frequently travel the Interstate 80 corridor from San Francisco to Reno, what fascinates me most about my generation is how we are influencing city and town planners.The developers and local governments appear to be thinking differently, more sustainably, about new development or redevelopment in order to attract our generation to their respective communities.

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Leanne Kuchar
Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager
December 04, 2015

Sierra vs. Sierras: Not Just Another Tomato, Tomahto


I say tomato you say tomahto. Potato, Potahto. But what about Sierra, Sierras?

The word, "Sierra" is a Spanish word meaning “range of mountains”. Therefore with my understanding, Sierra is already plural and does not to be pluralized with a ‘s’.

If one says ‘the Sierras’ it would literally be saying ‘the mountainses’, which I think we can all agree is not a word.

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