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Whether you are looking to open a business, or grow your current business, the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) meets small businesses where they are to give them the confidence and access to the tools they need to realize their dreams.

They offer an advising program designed to help businesses launch and grow in specific markets across northern California. NorCal SBDC assists in many industries, including food and retail and micro-enterprises — and each was purpose-built to help business owners realize their dreams.

Additionally, they offer a wide range of workshops to help you understand the best business practices to help you succeed.

The  workshops are provided at no cost throughout their service territory year-round.

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The Sierra SBDC serves a 7 county region comprised of Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Lassen, Modoc, Placer and El Dorado counties. They serve small and medium businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including new ventures, growing companies and mature businesses. They 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.

They are about equipping you with the knowledge, tools and skills to succeed on your own.

Call today: 530.582.5022
Visit: 10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Truckee, CA

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The City of Portola

The City of Portola requires that any person or entity engaged in business inside the City limits have a valid City issued business license. Businesses from outside the City but earning income from doing business inside the City are also required to have a valid business license.

Anyone running a business from their home or in a residential district is required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit.

Please click here for more information, fees schedule and application forms from The City of Portola.

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The County of Plumas

While a business license is not required in Plumas County, every person who regularly transacts business in this state for profit under a fictitious business name must file.

Businesses within the city limits of the City of Portola must contact the city clerk to obtain a city issued business license. Nonprofit corporations or associations or charitable organizations may not need to file. Corporations do not file unless doing business under a name other than the corporate name. If filing as a corporation, page one of the Articles of Incorporation must be provided with the filing.

Please click here for more information, business name forms with information and code sections

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Indian Valley Innovation Hub

The Indian Valley Innovation Hub supports the development of business owners and their products. They help produce products for export from Plumas County, CA.

IVIH connects early stage entrepreneurs with experienced mentors for guidance, connections and fresh inspiration. They are looking for ‘entrepreneurs’ of all sorts at any stage of your development. Their plan is to make the new Greenville economically viable, including all Dixie Fire burn scarred areas where communities were impacted by fire.

In a nutshell, their goal is to organize mentors, experts, tools, equipment, marketing, distribution, financing, and branding to encourage the people in Indian Valley to innovate.

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California Office of the Small Business Advocate

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development supports economic growth and innovation and ensures that ALL California small businesses and innovative startups have the information and direct support they need to better navigate resources, programs and regulations. CalOSBA serves as the voice of small businesses, representing their views and interests across the state and advocating for equitable access to capital, markets, and networks so that all California small businesses successfully start, manage, grow and become more resilient.

Contact our local rep, Clair Whitemer, Northern CA Regional Advisor. Call (916) 306-8796, or email Clari at

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Alliance for workforce development

Supporting local businesses with resources and tools is their priority. Their Business Services team makes it easy for you to gain access to these tools that support a strong workforce. Their goal is to connect businesses with qualified, motivated candidates through a comprehensive range of solutions, offered at no cost to employers.

AFWD is committed to providing up to date labor market data for their clients and community-based partners. Click here to find a snapshot of the economic and workforce trends in their 6 county service area.

Is your business facing the possibility of laying off employees or even closing? The AJCC centers can get your business back on track. Specialized Business Service Representatives can work with you and your employees to minimize loss. 

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Board of supervisors

The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the County of Plumas and many county special districts. The five-member Board is elected by voters in their respective districts and are limited to a four-year term.

The Board meets regularly the first three Tuesdays of each month in the Supervisor’s Board Room of the County Courthouse in Quincy. The public is invited to attend and participate either in person or via live-streaming. Any member of the public wishing to bring a matter to the attention of the Board may contact the Clerk of the Board so the item can be placed on the agenda.

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting is accessible for public comment via live streaming by clicking here or by phone at: 1-669-900-9128; Meeting ID: 948 7586 7850. Passcode: 261352.

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start small think big

Free legal services, marketing support and finance consulting for small business owners. Running a small business? There’s no bigger challenge. That’s why they offer free business assistance to thousands of small business owners every year.

They partner with small business owners, providing personalized business support and building connections with local communities — and always judging our success by theirs.

Work together with Start Small Think Big to achieve your dreams, support your community, and help your business grow.

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U.S. Chamber of commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing companies of all sizes across every sector of the economy.

Since its founding, the U.S. Chamber has advocated for policies that help businesses create jobs and grow our economy. Building on a strong legacy of trust and track record of success, we help today’s businesses start, grow, and thrive in a complex and constantly changing macro environment. They inform members with timely policy analysis and legal advice, connect them with leaders in business and government through world-class events and intimate gatherings, and equip them with tools and resources to help them succeed. Above all, they serve as their ally and champion on Capitol Hill, in the courts, in the state houses, and in markets around the world. No matter who or where their members are, we are their seat at the table and voice in the debate. 

The Lost Sierra Chamber is actively supported by these Signature Investors

Northern Sierra AQMD
Lost Sierra Chamber Member - Sierra Destination Realty
Gumbas II Go