Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
A foundational program of Sierra Business Council’s work in Economic Empowerment, the Sierra SBDC provides free consulting and training to help new and existing businesses in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra, Plumas, Modoc, and Lassen counties.
Sierra Business Council is proud to host the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC). To learn more about the Sierra SBDC and other SBDCs in Northern California and beyond, visit the program’s site:
We help identify funding options for new businesses, walking them through the steps that turn ideas into successful ventures. We also assist existing businesses in strategizing expansion plans and accessing capital that position them for sustainable growth.
The Sierra SBDC offers free one-on-one consulting topics, including strategic planning, cash flow management, feasibility, social media, site selection, marketing, operations, human resources, and other specialty programs for small businesses and startups in the service area.
If you are a small business or local entrepreneur in need of assistance, please reach out to us today by calling or emailing Jessica Carr, the Sierra SBDC Associate Director, at 530.582.5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In partnership with the Martis Fund, Sierra Business Council administers the Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program, which provides down payment assistance to help income-qualified working families in Placer County east of Donner Summit or in the Town of Truckee purchase homes.
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