Sierra Forest Entrepreneurs Program

Do you own or manage a business in the forestry sector? Do you need guidance for business-related needs, from securing contracts to pitching your new business idea to expanding your business or market? Would you benefit from networking with other forest-related businesses in the area?

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is happy to announce a program designed for you! We believe that building and supporting local forest businesses is critical, which is why the Sierra Forest Entrepreneurs Program is designed to support the range of businesses needed in the forest restoration economy, including everything from forest thinning to wood products manufacturing. The Program is supported by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and includes in-person and online workshops, both one-on-one and group training, and peer learning. Participants will be eligible for up to $3,000 of funding to pay for certain specialized assistance as needed to ensure success. The Program will begin with an in-person event on August 27th and will wrap up in early December.
Expected commitments from participants:

  • Participate in one all-day in-person workshop in Taylorsville on August 27th
  • Participate in all virtual workshops (approximately monthly, lasting no more than 4 hours)
  • Participate in one all-day in-person workshop TBD in early December

Both existing and prospective forest-related businesses are welcome to apply.To apply, please complete the online form at no later than July 21st. Please email Zoe Watson ( or Lauren Redmore ( with any questions.

Check Out The ForestFest Event happening on August 28th after the first program workshop.