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Sierra Business Council June 2017

This month our eNewsletter is almost solely comprised of SBC-related events our network can take advantage of next week - there's a little something for everyone! 

Below you'll find opportunities to learn alternative ways your small business can access capital, to guide energy efficiency efforts in your community, to discover the basics and future of climate policy in the Sierra, and to help prioritize Sierra issues in the 2017 update to Safeguarding California. 

Plus, you'll find our official response to the recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Check it all out below!
Sonora Energy Action Plan Survey and Workshop
June 12th

You may have heard the exciting news that the City of Sonora is developing an Energy Action Plan (EAP), a roadmap designed to help the community and local government implement energy efficiency measures and save the community money. 

If you are a resident of or business owner / operator in Sonora, we want to hear from you! Please provide your feedback via this online survey (5-10 mins) that will help guide development of the EAP.

You are also invited to provide additional feedback in person and find out more about the development process at the EAP Study Session workshop being held at the City's Planning Commission meeting on  Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Second floor of City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Sonora, CA.

Click here to learn more!
Sierra CAMP Webinar 
California Climate Policy: Past, Present, and Future
June 12th

Attend this Sierra CAMP webinar on June 12th from 11:00am - 12:30 pm and discover the basics of California climate policy, the latest agency efforts and the bills on the 2017 legislative table, as well as the important implications policies have for communities in the Sierra Nevada. You won't want to miss this important update on California climate policy!  

Featured Speaker: 
Michael McCormick, AICP
Senior Planner, Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Stay up to date on California climate policy by registering today !  

For more information, email SBC Government Affairs Director, Diana Madson at
Safeguarding California
Sierra Nevada Workshop - June 14th

The  Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update - California's Climate Adaptation Strategy  builds on nearly a decade of adaptation strategies, including the 2009 California Adaptation Strategy and the 2014 Safeguarding California update, and we're happy to say the Sierra officially has a seat at the table. 

The Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update is intended to communicate a clear accounting of current and needed actions state government should take to build climate resiliency. The State of California has invited the public to provide input to the 2017 Update through these public workshops or directly to the Natural Resources Agency at

As a representative of the Sierra Nevada, your experience and expertise would make your perspective invaluable to the workshop, so we hope we'll see you there! 

Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Placer County Community Development Resource Center - Hearing Room
3091 County Center Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

For those unable to travel to Auburn,  click here to register for the webinar that will allow you to listen in remotely. 
Knowledge Bites: Alternative Access to Capital Workshop
June 15th

SBC's  Sierra Small Business Development Center and the Truckee Chamber of Commerce are presenting Knowledge Bites: Alternative Access to Capital in Truckee on June 15th. 

This workshop will walk you through the many ways that entrepreneurs can raise money to  start or expand a business....the good, the bad and the ugly. From conventional loans and lenders to the new web-based crowd funding platforms, the workshop will explore successful examples from a variety of businesses and some horror stories to keep it real. 

Leading the workshop will be the amazing Kristin York, Vice President of Business Innovation at SBC . To sign up, email Jessica Carr at
From the SBC Blog: 
Practically Parisian: 7 Actions You Can Take to Fight Climate Change

Sierra Business Council supports strong, immediate and aggressive action at the local, regional, state, national, and international level to reduce the threat that climate change poses to the Sierra Nevada.

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is an ill informed act that damages American competitiveness in global markets, will eventually lead to loss of jobs in emerging industries in the United States and in the Sierra, and ignores the clear fact that changes in our climate pose significant risk to human health, safety and economic security.

Sierra Business Council is focused on finding ways to help lift people and businesses up, create opportunity, restore our landscapes and celebrate the communities that reflect the richness of our lives in the Sierra Nevada. We can't succeed without the recognition that what makes it all possible is our place-the mountains and rivers, forests and meadows, the communities of character, the people vibrant, active and productive-and our changing climate threatens that.

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