Erika Kosina

Erika Kosina is a freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in the tech and manufacturing industries. Deeply invested in helping her local community thrive, Erika has volunteered and worked as a writer, program manager, and event producer for several local nonprofits and educational institutions (Nevada County Tech Connection, Nevada Joint Union High School District, Sierra Commons, Sierra Harvest). When she is not writing, Erika can be found hiking, skiing, camping, and doing lots of other fun outdoor activities in Nevada County.


Evelyn Fassett

Evelyn is the founder of her company, Technology for Tender Hearts, which builds websites and provides network and computer support for businesses and individuals. In addition, she is a consultant for the Sierra Small Business Development Center, providing technology mentoring for small businesses.

Her background includes leadership positions as a senior software designer, programmer and trainer, and assisted in the design, development, testing, and customer support/training of an Interactive Video Distance Learning System.

Evelyn has been one of the Business Igniter instructors, and a supporter of Sierra Commons for several years.


Robert X Trent - Executive Director

Robert has been consulting with Nevada County businesses for twenty years. His for-profit marketing communication company Velocity7 assisted local “mom and pop” businesses, corporations, government organizations, and NGO’s with planning, outreach, marketing, and public relations. As the founder and Executive Director of Sierra Commons, Robert has consulted with and taught hundreds of entrepreneurs - helping them plan, launch, grow, and sell their businesses. Robert was also Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, Development Director for an agricultural non-profit, and has launched several small businesses. With a broad understanding of what it takes for businesses to survive and thrive, Robert brings his expertise to SBDC clients who are inspired to take their businesses to the next level.