Community Improvement, Capacity Building

SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL

  • Truckee, CA
  • www.sierrabusiness.org

Mission Statement

Sierra Business Council fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada region through on the ground local projects that promote, develop and amplify the area's social, environmental and economic capital.

Main Programs

  1. Sierra Nevada Energy Watch
  2. Sierra Nevada Geotourism
  3. Government and Community Partnership Program
  4. Peak Innovation Center
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Sierra Business Council serves the entire Sierra Nevada region in pursuit of its mission to promote community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity throughout the region.

ruling year

1997

President

Self-reported

Mr. Steven R. Frisch

VP Operations

Self-reported

Greg Jones

Keywords

Self-reported

Sustainable, Green Economy, Leadership, Business, Environment, Community, Equity, Progress, Heritage, Art, Ecotourism, Cultural Tourism, Local, Relocalization, Energy

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EIN

68-0397204

 Number

7586929912

Physical Address

10183 Truckee Airport Rd. Suite 202

Truckee, 96161

Also Known As

SBC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rural (S32)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) is a local government partnership of Sierra Business Council and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Overseen by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), SNEW is a local government partnership program that is implemented by Sierra Business Council and our two partners, RHA and Staples Energy.  SNEW delivers cost effective energy efficiency measures and program services to businesses, special districts, non-profit organizations and governments in 14 counties in the Sierra Nevada region.  Since January 2010, SNEW has saved 15 million kWh of energy and served 800 customers.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$4,603,000.00

Program 2

Sierra Nevada Geotourism

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project seeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a world-class destination, while contributing to its economic health and promoting long-term stewardship of the region. The Sierra Business Council and Sierra Nevada Conservancy have partnered to work with the National Geographic Society to capture the history and heritage of the Sierra Nevada region through an interactive website, print map, and mobile apbackpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best—residents of the Sierra Nevada.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$395,000.00

Program 3

Government and Community Partnership Program

Through Pacific Gas and Electric's Government and Community Partnership Program, SBC has assisted 20 local government jurisdictions throughout the Sierra Nevada in meeting statewide goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. During the past two years, SBC has developed 19 municipal operations GHG inventories and 19 community wide GHG inventories, and is currently developing two strategic energy resources reports. These reports will help the jurisdictions avoid future planning costs by complying with state regulations on GHG emissions, as well as realize direct energy and cost savings from reduced energy use.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$611,000.00

Program 4

Peak Innovation Center

The Peak Innovation Center ("the Center") is where people, ideas, and resources come together. This new co-working and business incubator space located at Sierra Business Council's Truckee Headquarters is perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers looking for an inspiring work environment with a like-minded community.

The Peak Innovation center provides low-cost professional office space with access to SBC's high speed internet, technology, office equipment, conference room, kitchen, and network. Rent a desk or office by the hour, day, or month.

Category

Community Economic Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to
    increase community vitality, environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Sierra Business Council implements projects that act as models for change and opportunities to educate the public in the following areas: encouraging vibrant, livable communities; improving watersheds, water quality and water supply; helping the region adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change; encouraging business development that leverages new and restorative uses of natural resources; and improving access to capital.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Sierra Business Council employs a professional staff of approximately 20 full time employees and 5 part time employees or interns with expertise in business development, natural resource management, project management, energy management, community planning and communications.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Sierra Business Council maintains and monitors a set of regional community indicators measuring natural, social and financial capital, incorporates performance metrics into each project it manages, and measures selected projects with a triple bottom line performance tool designed by third party evaluators.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $150 million dollars worth of investment in the region in our first 20-years through a combination of direct implementation of projects or through project partnerships. We have been instrumental in the advancement of public policy that contributes to the improvement of the region, worked directly with thousands of regional stakeholders and community groups, and trained hundreds of community leaders. There is much we have not accomplished, but our mission is an on-going opportunity to improve our communities, people and environment.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Sierra Business Council serves the entire Sierra Nevada region in pursuit of its mission to promote community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity throughout the region.

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Financials

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SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Leadership

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President

Mr. Steven R. Frisch

VP Operations

Greg Jones

BIO

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. He is a dedicated project manager with over 20 years experience managing people in a highly competitive environment. He is a skilled facilitator with an eye for strategic opportunities. Ample experience with small business has provided an appreciation for detail and execution. Steve manages SBC's program staff and programmatic development. He also manages sustainable business and building projects to encourage the adoption of socially responsible business and development practices.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee, California and was president of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. Steve has served on the Nevada County Welfare Reform Commission, the Town of Truckee redevelopment agency formation committee and as an advisor to the California Resources Agency's California Legacy Project.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Allan Pietrasanta

No affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?