EMpowering Entrepreneurs and a Regenerative Local Economy

We work with small businesses, local governments, and community non-profits to build the foundation for a vibrant local economy because dynamic communities are one of the most important resources the region has to offer.


Our Economic Empowerment team works with small businesses, entrepreneurs, local governments, and regional partners who are equally committed to building the foundation for a thriving local economy—an integral part of strong, dynamic communities.


We provide free consulting, training, and advice to existing and new businesses to build a resilient future tied to our abundant natural resources and create an equitable, thriving local economy. We also partner with local jurisdictions and community non-profit organizations on regional initiatives to help solve key economic issues.


Thriving local economies are the backbone of Sierra communities. We elevate economic issues across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to foster regenerative, restorative business practices and a more vibrant, resilient region.  


Since March, the Sierra Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council has been all hands on deck to provide the support necessary in order to survive the closures, mandates, statewide regulations, capital needs, and other challenges facing our neighbors. Through collaboration, partnerships, and advisors across Northern California, we have been able to create strong programming to encourage business survival.

Our business advisors have helped nearly a thousand clients with one-on-one advising related to COVID-19. From understanding the EIDL and PPP lending programs available from the federal government to pivoting your business to online selling and working on HR plans to bring back employees, SBDC expertise covers a wide range of topics. For more on the Resilience Fund – Sierra highlighted in the video below, click here


Sierra Business Council is proud to host the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which helps 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.

Upcoming Webinars and Resources

"Working with [the Sierra SBDC] was a real life saver for my company during an exceptionally challenging and stressful time. [The advisor] helped me acquire a loan that was sufficient to keep my business afloat, yet not so large as to be a burdensome debt to my business."
Sierra SBDC Client

Recent Related Blogs and Updates


Living Our Values – Green Business Certification

Core to Sierra Business Council’s mission is our commitment to being a triple bottom line organization so it’s only natural that we would lead an effort to help small businesses adopt these principles. A triple bottom line business considers more than just economic results or profit. They also value their impact on society and the environment. We often refer to these businesses as “sustainable” or “green” and research shows that they typically deliver superior customer service, score higher in job satisfaction, and perform better financially.

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Economic Empowerment

The Evolution of Athlete to Researcher: An Introduction to Erika Harvey

I grew up climbing on granite slabs at Donner Summit, and the rock formations fascinated me. Everywhere I went in the mountains, I found myself mesmerized by the colors, textures, and stratigraphy lines that painted the landscapes. Having grown up in Northern California in an outdoors family, the concept of conservation was ingrained very early. “Respect the playground; if you want the beautiful places you love to remain intact, then do your part.” At that point in my life, I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to be outside and in the field solving problems (or something to that extent). Naturally, I began my academic career pursuing a degree in geology. 

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Economic Empowerment

Think Global, Shop (and Invest) Local

As we gear up for the holidays, we’ve been hearing a familiar refrain: Shop Local. The value of supporting local businesses is well established: money spent locally supports a friend or neighbor’s job, charities and youth activities, and thriving downtown districts. The same is true for supporting local non-profits; your investment will be returned directly to the community. But this year, shopping local — let’s call it spending local — means even more.

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Join Us In Creating A More Resilient Sierra.

To learn more about our small business development services, becoming a client, applying for funding or loans, contact: