Sonoma Clean Power gives $50,000 to SRJC entrepreneurship program


Nathan Kinsey, Commercial Accounts Manager at Sonoma Clean Power stands with Jerry Miller., dean of Career Education. The check is now in the Business office in Maggini Hall at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Andres Pimentel, Staff Writer

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) gave Santa Rosa Junior College $50,000 on Feb. 1 to start the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program for students who have taken the BMG 100 Entrepreneurial Business Plan class and incorporate sustainable practices into their small business plans.

The money is for current and future students who exhibit eco friendly practices in their business idea.

This is the Entrepreneurship Certificate capstone class that involves making a real business plan for a real world company. The class, ESHIP 106: Venture Launch, “[Applies] the entrepreneurial decision-making process and the lean launch / customer discovery process.” According to page description. The class offers a real world application and a look into business models, ventures and opportunities.

“With SCP’s gift, we will award student entrepreneurs with sustainable practices [eco friendly companies] financial help to move their entrepreneurial business plans forward” said Bill Comings, SRJC Business Faculty and Entrepreneurship Program coordinator.

This program is still developing and evolving, yet offers a platform for students to make a difference.

“We recognize the tremendous value in SRJC students,” said Nathan Kinsey, Commercial Accounts manager at SCP. “With this partnership, we aim to promote a workforce committed to incorporating sustainable practices while delivering services to make a positive impact at the local level.”

The program has been hosting Celebrate Entrepreneurship Events, most recently April 5, with a Social Media Branding panel with the Engine is Red and Sonoma Clean Power representatives.