SBC is excited to share that the Resilience Fund-Sierra continues to gain traction in the Tahoe region, having now funded 19 businesses and counting. Founded to save Sierra businesses forced to close down during the pandemic earlier this spring, the Resilience Fund has provided its first wave of clients with loans, coaching, and other valuable services.
These services have been organized and administered by SBC’s Business Innovation team and made possible by generous investors in our community. From individual donors and investors to our partners at the Town of Truckee, the Truckee Tomorrow group and now South Lake Tahoe, local contributors have pooled their resources to fund this grassroots loan platform and put capital directly back into our local economy where it is needed most.
Developed directly in response to the declared economic disaster and forced closures caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the Resilience Fund-Sierra crowdsources funds from Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, and now South Lake Tahoe. It is designed to provide immediate financial assistance as well as industry resources and guidance to Sierra Nevada businesses.
While it’s tied regionally to the Tahoe area at the moment, Sierra Business Council hopes that the fund will continue to gain momentum and eventually scale to serve the entire Sierra region. On the other side of the current economic crisis, the fund will serve as a permanent loan infrastructure for our small business community to help them grow, expand, and thrive.
Resilience Fund loans (which currently max out at $25,000) are to be used exclusively on overhead, payroll, and other business expenses and/or to generate new revenue or jump-start operations, assist in recovery, and purchase PPE as required. The loan is designed for small businesses with fewer than 25 employees and priority will be given to businesses with employees who have brick-and-mortar retail, restaurant, and storefront operations.
For more details on businesses the fund is intended to support and if you qualify, please visit ResilienceFund.org.
The Sierra will bounce back from this crisis stronger than ever. Follow this link to make a direct contribution to the Resilience Fund and click here to support SBC’s behind the scenes administration of this work.
Sierra CAMP, a program of Sierra Business Council, is currently undertaking a regional vulnerability assessment to examine how Sierra Nevada communities will be affected by projected climate changes. We have already seen the massive impact that climate change can have in its multiple forms on our communities in the mountains. Climate change leaves our homes and businesses vulnerable to wildfire and floods, it impacts the clarity of our lakes and rivers, and challenges our recreation patterns as we navigate the changes in snow and temperature year round. The goal of the vulnerability assessment is to better understand and measure the impacts of climate change on our social and economic systems that are inextricably linked to our natural environment.
Over the course of the last year, the impact of COVID-19 has snowballed into a deep recession and shifted the course of life as we know it. Over the course of the last year, the impact of COVID-19 has snowballed into a deep recession and shifted the course of life as we know it.
I’m wearing my RBG T-shirt and staring at my RBG action figure, gifts from my daughter, a true social justice warrior. Like me, she was raised to revere and honor women like Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It is a family tradition that follows at least four generations that I know of and we hold closely a favorite RBG quote, “What is the difference between a bookkeeper in the Garment District and a Supreme Court justice? … One generation.”
SBC’s work frequently raises the alarm for crises facing the Sierra Nevada. The ongoing movement for racial justice has reminded us that we cannot tackle the challenges of our region relating to climate justice, small businesses, or environmental health, without also addressing the inequalities that people of color face both within our communities and beyond.