SEDCorp is pleased to announce six upcoming FREE workshops for small business owners.
1) Business Owners Survival Strategies Workshop (BOSS) will provide hands-on instruction from proven successful business service
professionals capable of helping you with your business plan, financials, marketing, customer relationship management, access to
capital and workforce development resources - mostly free (including lunch!). This one-day event (9am-4pm) will be held in five different locations (Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, El Dorado Hills and Shingle Springs)
2) Citrus Heights Business Boot Camp is dedicated to businesses in Citrus Heights, however, non-Citrus Heights persons can sign up on the wait list and will be called if all seats aren't filled. Entrepreneurs, start-ups
and small business owners will benefit from this three-day course that will
cover market analysis, marketing strategies, finances, business law, pitfalls
of small business and much more.
Call SEDCorp to reserve your seat! 530-823-4703.
Come listen and learn about joint efforts by the CA Public Utilities Commission, SEDCorp and the various counties (Placer, Nevada, Sierra, El Dorado and eastern Alpine) to help bring broadband service to densely populated rural communities. Be prepared to discuss options, interest and your willingness to participate in helping to better serve your community! Check out the Event Calendar for meeting details. More meetings to be scheduled! Stay tuned.
El Dorado County:
Apr 15 - Coloma
Apr 17 (revised date) - Latrobe
Apr 22 - Rescue
Apr 29 - Chrome Ridge / Pleasant Valley
April 24 (revised date) - Applegate
SEDCorp welcomes Randy Wagner, the new CEO of SEDCorp effective September 1, 2013. Randy hails from Auburn, California where he has been a long term resident and active community leader serving on both the City of Auburn's Economic Development Commission and Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center Board of Directors. Randy is also a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Auburn Program. Prior to joining SEDCorp, Randy spent 32 years with Hewlett-Packard where much of the time he served as a Service Executive responsible for leading, developing and managing global, regional and national service businesses. These service businesses were often recognized as "industry best-in-class" programs. Randy was hired directly into HP's leadership community out of college where he earned a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Long Beach, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. You can reach Randy at email@example.com. Former CEO, Brent Smith, retired in August.
Supporting the Youth Financial Literacy Program
Auburn nonprofits Economic Partners in Change (EPIC) and the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) are pleased to announce the generous donation of $25,000 that was made by Wells Fargo last week.
EPIC will use a share of the grant funds to fund a Youth Financial Literacy course at Placer High School in Auburn in 2014. The funds will pay for two part-time college students to teach Placer students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program practical lesson from the adult financial world. The grant will also make it possible for SEDCorp to hold another of its intensive Business Boot Camps at the Wells Fargo training center in Citrus Heights in the spring. Wells Fargo would like to challenge the community to match its support for these and other worthy services being delivered by EPIC and SEDCorp.
The California Financial Opportunities Roundtable (CalFOR) released their new guidebook, Access to Capital, today providing a one-stop-shop resource for anyone seeking capital, ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to policy-makers and financial institutions.
"This guidebook is a valuable tool for California's rural businesses, entrepreneurs and communities containing comprehensive information they need to thrive, grow and create jobs," said USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston. "We are a proud contributor to CalFOR's efforts to support a strong California economy."
Throughout its pages Access to Capital provides straightforward descriptions of a wide variety of tools and programs available to access capital, along with specific examples of how they have been utilized and links to websites for in-depth information. In addition, recommendations to improve accessibility or usefulness of programs are also included.
The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is proud to announce receipt of a new grant award intended to help northern California counties move closer to the goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to rural areas.
SEDCorp was awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to launch public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. The new partnership, the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is one of 14 regional consortia in the State funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program. The Consortium was formed to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.
Updates to the Consortium can be found under the Projects tab of this website. Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: http://goldcountryconsortium.wordpress.com.
NEW! Loans are available from $1,000 - $5,000 with NO COLLATERAL required. Well qualified borrowers can get fast approval for a one year loan. Call Kelley or Colleen to get pre-qualified for this FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY!! (530)-823-4703.
The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp), a 41-year-old regional non-profit, continues to bring leadership and expertise to Placer County in innovative ways. SEDCorp has created a companion public benefit non-profit called Economic Partners in Change – “EPIC” – in recognition of the looming problem of having a large number of “baby-boom generation” business leaders leaving the work force over the next ten years and the question of where an adequate number of tomorrow’s business leaders will be found.
Local Cafe Named Regional Small Business of
the Year for 2014.
The Small Business of the Year Award for 2014 has gone to The Getaway Café in South Lake Tahoe.
Each year, in honor of Small Business Week, the Sierra Economic
Development Corporation (SEDCorp)
selects a small business for the award. South Lake Tahoe
resident and business owner, Diane Guth was selected for the award
on April 3,2014. Businesses were evaluated on
such criteria as economic impact, increase in sales, product line expansion,
penetration into new markets, job
growth, upgrading management capabilities, participation in trainings and workshops,
community involvement and dedication to the community that the business serves.
The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) celebrated its 40th anniversary last week as a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the economic development of the rural communities north and east of