Some survey results that Robert included were “music to my ears,” a reminder that amid all the “gloom and doom,” we are creating some new, exciting businesses — and jobs along with them. Next week, I’ll publish a list of some businesses that were “incubated” by Sierra Commons. Meanwhile, here’s the activities update:
•A new Sierra Commons offering, E*Spark class, starts on January 10. Information about the course is here:
Spark the Entrepreneur in You
Are you ready to strike out on your own, but haven’t quite figured out what you want to do? Have you considered the Business Ignitor class but aren’t quite sure what your business is? Are you ready to have your inner entrepreneur sparked? Right-Click, in partnership with Sierra Commons, is offering a course in just that: a viable business that aligns with who you are. In ten sessions over four weeks, you will identify your talents, develop your understanding of entrepreneurship, embark in creative brainstorming, do market research, and develop and present three preliminary business concepts. This course will make you “shovel ready” for the Sierra Commons Business Ignitor.
Where does entrepreneurial inspiration come from? We typically picture entrepreneurs as part genius and part workaholic; the superhuman among us. Successful entrepreneurs, contrary to conventional belief, are not wild
risk takers. They are methodical thinkers who use an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses to communicate and lead us towards a common vision of valuable products or services.
This course will show us that creativity is in all of us, and that we can develop and present viable business ideas that meet our personal criteria using a combination of creativity strategies, problem solving tools, and structured
In this 4-week, 10-session class, we will quickly develop a close working group as we identify our core strengths and professional goals. We will then use brainstorming activities and a bit of field work to develop three short business proposals: practice runs for the final pitch session. The final pitch session will be made to the class and to the Sierra Commons business team.
You will develop a viable business concept that meets your personal goals. You will get a head start in developing your business concept and making the most of Sierra Common’s Business Ignitor course.
At the least, even if no business concept comes directly out of your participation in this class, it might indirectly. You will move further along your own road of discovery, have the support of like-minded people during the process.
Short Readings, homework, and classroom discussion
Classroom exercises in creativity and developing possibilities
Field and office research; preparation for short business presentations
Presentations and Peer Critiques
•Sierra Commons is starting its third Ignitor class on Feb. 22. Interested people should email info@SierraCommons.org
•Here are the draft survey results for 34 business launched @ Sierra Commons
*Not all businesses reporting financials
- Full-time employees: 27
- Part-time employees: 15
- Contractors hired: 49
- Plan to hire in the next 3 months: 19
- Total current monthly salaries and wages: $65,600
- Gross revenue for the most recent month: $80,720
- Gross revenue for the most recent full year: $710,500
Sierra Commons by the Numbers
- Founded: August 2009
- Current members: 26
- Past and present members: 67
- Startups launched/Launching: 34
- Members with Bachelor or Master’s degrees: 80%
- Located in Nevada City or Grass Valley: 81%
- Gross revenues increased since joining Sierra Commons: 46%