Online tool aims to help aspiring Truckee business owners |

Online tool aims to help aspiring Truckee business owners

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Those trying to open a small business in Truckee have a new resource to help set up shop.

OpenCounter, a web-based tool, helps identify requirements, fees and processing time for one to open a business based on its location and planned use. It aims to help entrepreneurs get their businesses started more quickly and easily by providing an online interface to the permitting process at Town Hall.

“One of the goals we’ve been trying to do within our town is help make (it) more friendly for business, and I think this is a great step,” said town council member Mark Brown at last week’s council meeting.

OpenCounter is free and can be used for either planning or permit submittals. Results from OpenCounter depend on the nature and completeness of the information provided to the system.

According to a news release from the town of Truckee, OpenCounter will collect metrics on new business development activities, including which areas of Truckee have the most commercial activity and what kinds of businesses are starting (and what job generation numbers they can boast).

To access OpenCounter, visit