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The Sierra Business Council Blog is where you'll hear from our team first hand about program updates, issues impacting the Sierra Nevada, and opportunities for action.

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Help Strengthen the Sierra

Help Strengthen the Sierra CONTRIBUTE HERE Since the start of the pandemic, Sierra Business Council’s impact has included:  Providing over 1,400 small businesses with one-on-one counseling. Infusing $18.5 million in economic

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Economic Empowerment

Outfitters are the essential stewards of our local communities, economies, and environment

Owning a small business in the Sierra Nevada is tough. Owning a small business in the middle of a pandemic? Even harder.

As co-owner of a small ski/bike shop in South Lake Tahoe, Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, (and SBC project manager of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail), I understand how vital outfitters are to educating the public and supporting our region’s triple bottom line.

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Advocacy

The Digital Divide – Bringing Broadband to Rural Sierra

Issues of inequity frequently hit our most vulnerable populations the hardest. We have witnessed this daily through the effects of climate change, racism, and mortality rates from COVID. Similarly, lack of access to broadband can disproportionately affect economically disadvantaged communities.

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Economic Empowerment

The Resilience Fund gains momentum in Tahoe

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.

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Climate Justice

SBC Statement on Current Events and Racial Justice

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. 

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Government Affairs

Our Clearest Economic Opportunity in this Crisis: Addressing Climate Change

Amidst the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change increasingly threatens the health, welfare, and safety of all Californians. Through unprecedented crises, however, can come opportunity. In California, we have the chance to build a more resilient economic future by addressing the growing impacts of climate change through advancing a climate and economic resilience bond to the November ballot.

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Economic Empowerment

Ready, Set, Pivot!

READY, Set, Pivot! In response to the immediate and essential need for small businesses to establish an online retail presence, the Sierra SBDC is excited to support the launch of

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Pandemic

When the Dust Settles

It was a seemingly straightforward question from a close friend of mine, “Why are these wildfires getting worse and what are we doing about it”? At some point during my stammering, convoluted, and completely uninsightful response I realized that my job leads me to dig so deeply into the nuanced details of issues like wildfire and climate change that I’m awful at explaining what the heck is going on to anyone outside of my professional bubble.

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To learn more about our mission, services, staff, or program work, please contact: 

info@sierrabusiness.org
530.582.4800