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Business Resource

Business Resource
Providing Fiscal and Administrative Services to Volunteer Groups, Special Districts and Other Community Organizations

Many groups of people with the best of intentions are often left frustrated once they take steps towards building the capacity to start and maintain their business operations. One of the major causes of frustration includes the solicitation of assistance from government agencies or even private foundations. These agencies and foundations have a responsibility to insure that the groups with which they work are sound and stable before they can enter in to any sort of agreement. The proven method for creating and maintaining a group or organization’s stability, as well as qualifying for assistance from agencies and foundations, is to employ standard operating procedures found in any stable non-profit organization.

NCRC has found that its expertise in the field of organizational administration is as valuable to these groups as any of its scientific services. This has been the driving force in the formation of NCRC’s Business Resource division. Oversight of Business Resource is accomplished through NCRC’s team of professionals with local office management completed under the guidance of Rhonda Muse, Business Manager.

The services that Business Resource can provide may include the institution of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Leadership Development, Non-Profit Status Acquisition and Implementation, Ongoing Administrative Services, Policies and Procedures Development and Volunteer Recruitment and Retention.

NCRC currently provides such fiscal and administrative oversight for ten Fire Safe Councils, the Scott River Watershed Coalition of Fire Safe Councils, the Siskiyou Biomass Utilization Group, the National Institute for the Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire and the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District and has provided guidance and consultation for the organization of several more volunteer groups.

If your group would like to formalize its structure or begin the process of soliciting grant funding, please call Business Resource at 530-468-2802.

Rhonda Muse, Business Manager

Rhonda has over 30 years experience in business management, organizational improvement, program development, project coordination, customer service and facilitation/training. During the past 10 years Rhonda has worked with local Resource Conservation Districts, watershed councils, the Save Our Shasta and Scott Valleys, Inc., Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, the Siskiyou County Fire Safe Council, the Siskiyou Biomass Utilization Group and most recently worked in the development of the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District.
Rhonda serves as one of NCRC’s technical writers, prepares grant applications and is dedicated to providing efficient, complete and accurate products as well as being a strong promoter of accountability and teamwork.
Rhonda serves as one of the companies technical writers, prepares grant applications and is dedicated to providing efficient, complete and accurate products as well as being a strong promoter of accountability and teamwork.

Professional Qualifications and Skills:
Establish policy and procedure for efficient business workflows
Improve performance and utilize resources to full potential
Facilitate meetings and working sessions
Project and program management
Develop and monitor performance standards
Compliance with regulatory requirements
Brainstorming and problem solving
Technical writing and editing
End user training and development of training manuals

Accomplishments in natural resource planning:
Scott River Watershed Strategic Action Plan
Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County, Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District Business Plan
Restoration Project Management Database – business requirements and design
Restoration Project Management Database – user guide

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P.O. Box 342 Fort Jones, California 96032

Sugar Creek Water Yield Study

Scott River Cooperative Restoration Area

Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District

French Creek Fire Safe Council



Greater Lake Shastina Fire Safe Council

Quartz Valley Area Fire Safe Council

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Safe Council

Scott Bar Fire Safe Council

Scott Valley Fire Safe Council

Scott River Watershed Coalition of Fire Safe Councils

Seiad Fire Safe Council

Yreka Area Fire Safe Council


Useful Fire Safe Tips and Links

Fire Safe Council Videos

Additional Organizational Sponsorships

Scott Valley Film Coalition

Upper Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Siskiyou Biomass Utilization Group

Scott River Cooperative Restoration Area

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