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FRC entrepreneurship program gears up for new semester

James Wilson
Staff Writer
1/5/2015


The entrepreneurship certification program at Feather River College will have a new face this upcoming semester — that of Rick Leonhardt. Amy Schulz, director of Career Technical Education at the college, will share her teaching duties with Leonhardt for the semester.

“Rick is a perfect fit with his background in finance, his own financial management business with mostly remote clients and, of course, his deep connections to the community,” said Schulz.

Schulz and Leonhardt will team up to teach three courses this spring: financial management for entrepreneurs, preparing effective business plans and a pilot program called virtual entrepreneurship in partnership with the nonprofit SamaUSA.

The overarching goal of all three classes is to prepare business owners for what Schulz refers to as the “new world of work.

“We’re going to be seeing more and more contract work,” Schulz predicted. “This is a gig economy. These classes train people how to compete in this new world of work. It’s a changing economy that people need to adapt to.”

Leonhardt is the perfect person to navigate students through the new world of business, said Schulz. Leonhardt himself telecommutes, living in Quincy while partnering in a business based out of San Francisco that creates educational content for financial websites.

“I’ve wanted to teach some classes for quite a while,” said Leonhardt. “If we can provide opportunities for people to make money and stay here, then what a great thing. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

The financial management course will explore the costs associated with starting a business, profit projections and how to reduce costs. Typically in the past, Schulz said, most of the students were either about to start a business or already owned one.

“It’s not a traditional class,” Schulz explained. “Really, the work is on the students to do the research. When they come back to class we can evaluate that.”

The course on preparing an effective business plan will have students plan and map out how to execute a new venture. Students will also learn techniques in developing sales pitches and create a video pitch for online crowd funding.

“Business planning is sometimes kind of intimidating,” said Leonhardt. “The great thing is this class breaks it up into small steps. It’s less intimidating. It’s a great way to put structure there.”

The final course of the semester is the virtual entrepreneurship class. The course is an on-campus class that utilizes the high-tech resources available at the college.

Despite what its name implies, the course won’t train students to enter the tech field. Rather, the course is designed for entrepreneurs in other fields that wish to further their business in today’s marketplace environment. Since technology continues to advance, the course’s curriculum constantly changes.

“As technology keeps getting more and more advanced, the way business is conducted does too,” said Leonhardt.

“It’s not like you can buy a textbook for this. It’s constantly evolving,” added Schulz.

The class is open to all levels of freelancers with all levels of experience using new technology.

Those interested in taking any of the courses can register online at frc.edu.




SIDEBAR

Entrepreneurship certification program courses available at Feather River College in 2015




BUS 123: Financial Management for Entrepreneurs

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 – March 10




BUS 124: Preparing Effective Business Plans

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:20 p.m.

March 17 – May 19




BUS 180: Virtual Entrepreneurship with SamaUSA

Thursdays, 4 – 6:50 p.m.

Jan. 15 – May 21

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Hard luck hits music instructor

James Wilson
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Quincy music instructor Johny McDonald inspects the damage to her fence after the Dec. 12 snowstorm. Photo by James Wilson

Staff Writer
1/4/2015


If one genre exemplifies music instructor Johny McDonald’s situation right now, it’s the blues.

McDonald was recently hit with a string of bad luck. A fallen tree and some plumbing issues at her studio stuck McDonald with a daunting bill of close to $11,000.

Without the funds to pay for much-needed repairs, McDonald faced the idea of moving on. Last week McDonald’s friend Aimee Heaney set up a fundraising account on the crowdsourcing website gofundme.com, and McDonald’s prospects are looking up.
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Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network coordinator

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Plumas Bank donates 200 pounds of peanut butter to help Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network clients in need. Photo courtesy Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network
Ann Powers
Staff Writer
1/3/2015


Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network officials say their recent annual holiday basket food drive was a huge success, thanks to local businesses and organizations getting a head start on jump-starting their spirit of giving.

Plumas Bank employees donated about 200 pounds of peanut butter last summer, which will help nourish area clients in need as part of the holiday food drive. The Calpine Elks and Lady Elks contributed $950 made possible from year-round bingo sales and fundraisers.
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Jail prepares a special holiday gift; Inmates bake 290 dozen cookies for Plumas County seniors

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Jail Commander Chad Hermann and Corrections Officer April Gott show off some of the 290 dozen Christmas cookies prepared by inmates last week.  Photo by Dan McDonald
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/3/2015

One of the joys of Christmas is the spirit of giving.

For people who spend the holiday as an inmate in the Plumas County jail, traditional gift-giving options are extremely limited.

But they do the best they can.

This year the jail inmates and staff again collaborated to prepare a Christmas treat for people who sometimes go without — the county’s senior citizen. Add a comment

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Effort to underground Greenville utilities continues

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
1/2/2015

“You’re lying to me,” Supervisor Kevin Goss told representatives of Frontier Communications, as he strove to prove that the company had been notified in a timely manner of plans to underground utilities through Greenville.

“We did search all of our records and didn’t uncover any documentation,” said Charlie Born, the manager of government and external affairs for Frontier. Add a comment

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