Business Speaks is a program of Truckee Tomorrow, a collaborative economic development initiative led by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee and public/private partners dedicated to creating a diverse, rising tide economy while maintaining and growing a vibrant, diverse middle class.
In January 2018, the Truckee Chamber launched Business Speaks, convening the business community at quarterly gatherings to identify the greatest challenges facing the local business community and develop creative solutions. Through the input of over 625 business members over the course of 32 Business Speaks meetings, three projects were identified to tackle the issue of recruitment and retention, and address the overarching goal:
- Develop an Employer Co-op - designed to help employers find workers to fill jobs
- Growing Our Own - expanding on existing programs and identify creative opportunities for internships/apprenticeships
- Develop Truckee as an Entrepreneur Ecosystem - a long-term, forward-thinking approach to diversifying Truckee’s economy
Business Speaks 2019
There will be three Business Speaks series of meetings in 2019 in March, May, and September. Each series of Business Speaks meetings will update participants on the status of the projects, as well as validating concepts and gaining their valuable feedback.
MARCH 2019 MEETINGS - Plan to attend a Business Speaks meeting on:
March 28 8:00 AM - 9: 30 AM
Truckee Donner PUD
March 28 4:00 PM - 5: 30 PM
Truckee Donner PUD
JUST 90 MINUTES -- Meetings last just 90 minutes and will be professionally facilitated with a format designed to allow businesses to speak candidly, while fostering conversation that can lead to creative solutions.
ALL BUSINESSES WELCOME -- storefronts, brick & mortar, home-based, non-profits, special districts -- all invited! Meetings are FREE
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FIND YOUR MEETING -- Businesses should attend the meeting which most closely aligns to where their business is located. However, if you can’t attend that meeting you are encouraged to attend any of the meetings.
NEWS & UPDATES -- Notes from all Business Speaks meetings can be found under the News & Updates tab
REGISTRATION -- information for the March 2019 Business Speaks meetings will be available mid-January 2019.
Got Questions? Contact Us Here
About Business Speaks:
All business owners, including home-based businesses, are invited to attend a meeting in the Base Camp business area where their business is physically located, however, attendance at any meeting that is convenient is also welcome. All meetings are inclusive, you don’t need to be a Chamber member to attend. Meetings will last just 90 minutes and will be professionally facilitated with a format designed to allow businesses to speak candidly, while fostering conversation that can lead to creative solutions. Meetings will be held quarterly throughout 2018. Learn more about why you should attend with the Business Speaks! FAQ.
|First Name||Last Name||Company Name|
|Jessica||Abrams||Town of Truckee|
|Patty||Baird||Cedar House Sport Hotel|
|Alicia||Barr||FiftyFifty Brewing Co.|
|Andy||Barr||FiftyFifty Brewing Co.|
|Kim||Bateman||Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee|
|Brad||Benamati||Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company|
|Tonya||Beyer||W&T Graphix Screen Printing & Embroidery|
|Wes||Beyer||W&T Graphix Screen Printing & Embroidery|
|Janelle||Bies||The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe|
|Hardy||Bullock||Truckee Tahoe Airport District|
|Stacy||Caldwell||Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF)|
|Wrenn||Cavallo||Tahoe Sports Hub|
|Rob||Cavallo||Tahoe Sports Hub|
|Kari||Chalstrom||Sierra Sotheby's International Realty- Kari Chalstrom|
|Jeff||Cobain||Lahontan Community Association|
|Andrew||Cross||Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company|
|Colleen||Dalton||Truckee Chamber of Commerce|
|Carolyn||Dee||Town of Truckee|
|Robb||Etnyre||Tahoe Donner Association|
|Dinny||Evans||Radical Way Being|
|Kim||Fackler||Northstar California Resort|
|Patrick||Flora||Town of Truckee|
|Steve||Frisch||Sierra Business Council|
|Chris||Gilbert||Sugar Pine Consulting|
|Morgan||Goodwin||Town of Truckee|
|Nadia||Guerriero||Northstar California Resort|
|Lisa||Hall||Truckee Donner Public Utility District|
|Matt||Hanson||Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors|
|Cassie||Hebel||Truckee Downtown Merchants Association|
|Eric||Hines||Eric and Megan Hines|
|Megan||Hines||Eric and Megan Hines|
|Hilary||Hobbs||Town of Truckee|
|Jan||Holan||Truckee River Ventures|
|Pamela||Hurt-Hobday||Pamela Hurt Associates|
|Andie||Keith||Word After Word Books|
|Scott||Keith||Word After Word Books|
|Virginia||Kelley||Sugar Pine Consulting|
|Michael||Kinnaman||Tahoe Expedition Academy|
|Jordan||Knighton||JK Architecture + Engineering|
|Eric||Larusson||Villager Nursery, Inc.|
|Tally||Leontovich||Sierra Insurance Associates, Inc. DBA Truckee Tahoe Insurance Services|
|Robert||Leri||Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD)|
|Jeff||Loux||Town of Truckee|
|Pat||Malberg||Donner Summit Association|
|John||Manocchio, CRPC®||John C Manocchio, CRPC®- Waddell & Reed, Inc.|
|Anna||McGee||Coldwell Banker - Anna McGee|
|Richard||Molsby||Molsby & Bordner, LLP|
|Kevin||Murphy||Sierra Insurance Associates, Inc. DBA Truckee Tahoe Insurance Services|
|Ted||Owens||Tahoe Forest Health System|
|Mary, Alanna, Sondrea||Pat and Kahlil||Riverside Studios|
|Steven||Poncelet||Truckee Donner Public Utility District|
|Jim||Porter||Porter Simon, Professional Corporation|
|Ellen||Raynor||Keep on Movin'|
|Sue||Ruane||Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors|
|Lynn||Saunders||Truckee Chamber of Commerce|
|Kane||Schaller||KJM - Dickson Realty|
|Aimee||Schaller||Tri Counties Bank|
|Christina||Schwartz||Tahoe Donner Association|
|Bruce||Seigel||The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe|
|Jim||Simon||Porter Simon, Professional Corporation|
|Kevin||Smith||Truckee Tahoe Airport District|
|John||Stewart||Lahontan Community Association|
|Beth||Tanhoff||Donner Summit Association|
|Mark||Tanner||Mark Tanner Construction, Inc|
|David||Tirman||Town of Truckee|
|Blake||Tresan||Truckee Sanitary District|
|Kelli||Twomey||Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD)|
|Matt||Warren||Elements Mountain Co.|
|Harry||Weis||Tahoe Forest Health System|
|Ravn||Whitington||Porter Simon, Professional Corporation|
|Dan||Wilkins||Town of Truckee|
|Todd||Wold||Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD)|
|Doug||Wright||Mountain Hardware & Sports|
Truckee Tomorrow - Phase II
The Truckee Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to stepping up to the greatest challenges in our community, acting as:
Catalyst for business growth
Convener of leaders & influencers to get things done
Champion for a thriving community
The Truckee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognized the need to identify real business issues as defined by our business community. As a result, Truckee Tomorrow-Phase II (an economic development initiative) was conceived, facilitated by, and is managed by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with private investors and the Town of Truckee. This public/private partnership’s overarching goal is to create a diverse economy, while maintaining and growing a diverse, vibrant middle class.
In January 2018, the Truckee Chamber launched Business Speaks, convening the business community at quarterly gatherings to identify the greatest challenges facing the local business community and develop creative solutions. Through input of over 625 business members over the course of 32 Business Speaks meetings, three projects were identified to tackle the issue of recruitment and retention, and address the overarching goal:
Develop an Employer Co-op - designed to help employers find workers to fill jobs
Growing Our Own- expanding on existing programs and identify creative opportunities for internships/apprenticeships
Develop Truckee as an Entrepreneur Ecosystem- a long-term, forward thinking approach to diversifying Truckee’s economy.
The Trilogy of Economic Development Initiatives
In addition to the Business Speaks program, and projects in development as a result of those meetings, Truckee Tomorrow - Phase II includes:
Quality of Life surveys- annual surveys that measure and track community sentiment about living in Truckee
Socio-Economic Indicators- a central portal for key metrics that matter most to Truckee Citizens, in one easy place online, establishing baseline information to be measured annually to identify upward and downward trends that impact quality of life for Truckee citizens.
Truckee Tomorrow - Phase I:
Originating in 2010 on the heels of the recession, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce facilitated four community meetings to begin the dialogue of working together as a region to identify economic opportunities, challenges, and projects.
In 2013, a group of civic and community leaders were brought together to discuss economic development strategies to pursue. The group consensus was to pursue the creation of a Truckee brand and implementation of a place-based marketing effort that would create a centralized website providing live, work and play information. In 2015, upon securing funds from public and private investors, the Truckee Tomorrow economic development initiative began. In 2015, the Truckee brand, Base Camp for a Big Life, was developed with extensive community outreach and input. The new Truckee.com website focusing on economic, community and visitation launched shortly after in 2016.
Interested in joining the individuals and organizations that are creating and embracing change that will benefit our community for generations to come? Contact Lynn Saunders, President and CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-8808. JOIN US NOW TO BECOME AN INVESTOR
Quality of Life Survey
Quality of Life Survey - Decreasing loyalty trends cause flight to competing towns and cities, in addition to painting a negative reputation with prospective residents and business owners. We will measure and track community sentiment about living in Truckee providing invaluable information to assist in understanding trends in our community’s feelings about the quality of life in Truckee. Are you interested in joining the team to help put Truckee Tomorrow ideas and plans into action? Join us now to become an investor.
Socio-Economic Indicators - Thanks to Truckee Tomorrow Phase II investors, in Summer of 2018 Truckee Chamber published a central repository for key socio-economic indicators. VIEW THE DASHBOARD.
These indicators are the first ever tracked baseline for Truckee, and are an outcome of feedback from the Quality of Life surveys, Business Speaks and Investor input.
Working collaboratively with districts, agencies, nonprofits, the private sector, and research groups, we identified, measured, and recorded key socioeconomic indicators - the source, methodology, frequency and other impacting conditions.
The DASHBOARD is valuable to business owners, the public sector as whole, and business investors who are considering Truckee to start a business and raise their family.
News & Updates