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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee business announcements

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Items are published in the print edition news space permitting.

‘Lean Startup Methodology: Promises and Pitfalls’

The Silicon Mountain Group announced February’s topic: Lean Startup Methodology: Promises and Pitfalls.

Lean startup is a new business approach that challenges the conventional approach to building companies and launching products. This point/counterpoint presentation will examine the Lean Startup Methodology, including where it originated, today’s practices and what the future may hold.

The guest speaker started programming for profit at age 14 and has built and sold two startups, including one to AT&T. He advises companies on technology stacks, product strategies/design and Agile development.

The meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill, 11509 Northwoods Blvd. in Tahoe Donner. A $5 fee includes pizza, salad, and soft drinks. There will be time for networking with technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region. This month’s event is co-sponsored by New Leaders and Clear Capital.

Find Silicon Mountain on LinkedIn, Facebook and, or sign up for email meeting announcements at

Free tax prep at Tahoe Family Solutions

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

Tax preparation appointments are available on all Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. through the April 15 filing deadline. Saturday appointments are also available on Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004 for an appointment to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions.

VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at

Shop Local contest winners

The 7th Annual North Lake Tahoe Shop Local Contest, held at retailers Thanksgiving through early January, was a success according to participating businesses and program coordinators, with 1,500 Shop Local contest cards turned in. Nearly $150,000 was spent at 90 North Shore retailers.

“The contest drawing took place on Jan. 15 and 40 prizes provided participants with an incentive…,” said Amber Burke of the Village at Northstar.

Mark Longnecker won the $300 Tahoe Dave’s Gift Certificate; Taylor Redfern won the Homewood Season Pass; Shannon Flaskerud won the Tahoe Value Pass; Sally Matsuishi won the Gold Tahoe Pass; and the Diamond Peak Pass was won by Tamera Schnarr. For a list of all prizes and winners visit or call 530-581-6900.

The Shop Local Contest is a collaborative effort of the North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA), Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA), the Incline Community Business Association (ICBA), the Squaw Valley Neighborhood Company, the Village at Northstar and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Post-fire environments, Washoe traditions

The Feb. 11 Good Morning Truckee will feature Dr. Will Richardson of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science with an overview of post-fire ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada. He will discuss managing those environments for safety, fuels, and ecosystem health and recovery.

Also presenting will be a Washoe Tribe representative, speaking about the tribe’s Truckee area use — significant places, travel routes, and the importance of the Truckee River. Attendees will be shown traditional baskets, arrows and arrowheads, and tools.

Good Morning Truckee is open to the public, held second Tuesdays at Truckee Tahoe Airport, 7:00-8:30 a.m. Price at the door for general public is $12; Truckee Donner Chamber members $10 and includes a continental breakfast and raffle.

Sponsorships opportunities are available. For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail

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