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How one local artist is using the internet to survive the pandemic

Artists who rely on booths at live events to sell their creations are finding themselves without a storefront in the age of social distancing. A digital storefront is one way to keep their businesses going. Before the pandemic, Paul Daniel Jordan was a familiar presence at many local events. As the owner of Reflecta Creations,…

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Interview: Michael Halbern, Mechatronics Professor at Sierra College, Turns Students Into Tax Payers

The Tech Connection recently spoke with Sierra College Mechatronics Professor Michael Halbern about his upcoming TechTonic talk, and his mission to fuel the local economy. NCTC: What do you do at Sierra College? MH: I’m a teacher at Sierra College, but really, I turn students into tax payers! Community colleges play an important role in…

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Learn, Create and Collaborate with Digital Media – Ramona Howard Talks to NCTC About What’s New at Nevada County Media

Nevada County Media (NCM) operates a nonprofit state-of-the-art production facility that the community can access via a membership. NCM’s mission is to foster community dialogue, increase civic engagement, and enrich the cultural life of our community through digital media. The studio is a place to learn, collaborate and create. They operate three Public Access cable…

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Cal OSHA COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Manufacturing

On March 19, 2020, the State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order requiring most Californians to stay at home to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The impact of COVID-19 on the health of Californians is not yet fully known. Reported illness ranges from…

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California Solar Bounces Back into Business — with Battery Installations

When Lars Ortegren from California Solar Electric Company spoke at our February TechTonic about increasing resilience in response to interruptions in grid power, he had no idea how timely the theme of resilience was. Since the quarantine started, Ortegren and his co-workers have had to shut down 90% of California Solar’s day-to-day operations of installing…

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Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has released the following document to help small business owner’s navigate the programs available thanks to the recently passed CARES Act. There are many options a business owner can pursue to sustain their business in these uncertain times. The pdf can be downloaded directly here or perused…

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Small Business Covid-19 Survival Guide

The Small Business Development Center has released a document laying out ways for your small business to economically survive through the current corona virus crisis. Please share this pdf with anyone who is trying to figure out how to keep their business afloat in these uncertain times. There is more information on the SBDC website….