Success Stories

See how Sierra SBDC helps local businesses.

Before opening a new restaurant serving 'ridiculously good food, craft beer, and creative cocktails' in downtown Truckee, the owners worked with SBDC consultants to develop a marketing strategy, including brand positioning, PR & social media strategy and materials, and website content development. Old Town Tap opened their doors to rave reviews from the community in May 2016!

About Sierra SBDC    

Our goal is to help you build your business, find capital, create jobs and contribute to a prosperous economy in the Sierra region. Our no cost consulting services are focused on helping you create a feasible business model, assess business opportunities, determine financial needs, identify potential sources of financing, and design an effective strategy to market and grow. We are all about equipping you with the knowledge, tools and skills to succeed on your own.

The Sierra SBDC serves a 7 county region comprised of Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Lassen, Modoc, Placer and El Dorado counties. We serve small and medium businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including new ventures, growing companies and mature businesses. We provide direct, no cost one-on-one consulting that enables businesses to improve and expand their companies, solve problems, strengthen management, develop new ideas for products or services, or investigate business opportunities. The Sierra SBDC is headquartered in Truckee at Sierra Business Council and operates through satellite hubs in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, South Lake Tahoe, Placerville, Quincy, Susanville and Alturas.

The Sierra SBDC is partially funded through a grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Additional funding comes from other public and private regional partners with a vested interest in economic development. If you are interested in supporting the Sierra SBDC please call (530) 582-5022.

We understand that the Sierra’s prosperity is largely built on the backs of small business owners. Our mission is to create a strong regional economy by connecting providing technical assistance and access to capital for small businesses.

Sierra SBDC 2017 Year End Impact Report

The Sierra Small Business Development Center is excited to announce our year-end economic impact report from 2017.

Sierra SBDC served 341 clients with 1,616 hours of consulting in our biggest year yet. These clients leveraged more than $7.3 million in capital funding in 2017, created & retained 88 jobs, and launched 26 new businesses. 

Our team delivered 30 workshops throughout the region, from Start Up Basics to Farm Biz Workshops to the popular pilot Tahoe Pitch Camp and Showcase. 

See the infographic report below for more information on our economic impact in 2017.