Local Resources

Sierra Business Council helps with small businesses applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more - at no cost.

Placer County COVID-19 resources

Federal Government Resources

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — The Treasury Department and IRS announced a three-month delay for any tax payments owed up to $1 million. You’ll still need to file your returns by April 15, 2020 but will have until July 15 to pay. This will apply to individual tax returns but should also cover many pass-through entities and small businesses.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans — Designated areas are eligible for working capital loans up to $2 million. Interest rates are 3.75% for small business and 2.75% for non-profits, with long-term repayments up to a maximum of 30 years. You can apply online or call the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unemployment Insurance

Enhanced unemployment benefits now available for eligible employees adding $600/week in addition to $450/week (maximum available pre-tax in CA) for 4 months in addition to 26 weeks of available benefits for a total of 42 weeks in CA.

$1,2000 Stimulus checks ($500 per child) going out first to anyone who filed taxes electronically by direct deposit first (within 3 weeks) and then issued through the mail.

Available Small Business Grants & Loans from Private Companies

COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Verizon Small Business Program

Kiva small business loans up to $15,000

Hello Alice - COVID-19 Business Resource Center with grants up to $10,000

Hospitality Industry Support

James Beard Foundation

Coco Fund 

Restaurant Workers Community Fund

"After you enjoy a meal or drink at home, send money directly to a service industry professional who has been financially affected by coronavirus"

Example of local direct payment solution - Charlotte Agenda - Give a Virtual Tip

Free software for small business owners

Build your online store on Shopify - 90 day free trial. Integrate your online store by selling gift cards, products and merch with your POS for brick and mortar. Payment processing through all major credit cards, PayPal business and Amazon payments through mobile apps. Transaction rates as low 2.4% + .30 per transaction

Build a new website on Squarespace - SaaS-based content management system offering a website builder, blogging platform, and hosting service.

Zoom Basic Plan — Host up to 100 participants in a meeting and hold unlimited one-on-one meetings with the video-conference provider’s complimentary plan. This does provide a 40-minute limit on group meetings, though you’re not limited to the number of meetings

SEO MOZ - check your businesses online ranking on Google and online reputation. Take the time to fix outdated issues on your website and stay in touch with your customers. Start to think about the online user experience for your customers.

Panda Doc - Free e signatures online

Beware of bad actors and companies taking advantage of small business owner during this time. Yelp began auto generating fundraisers on GoFundMe without contacting businesses and it backfired.

Yelp to stop auto-creating fundraisers after outrage from business owners

Yelp appears to be “offering free services” but when you have your customers make an order through Yelp the company now controls your customer messaging and customer list. For "free" Yelp is collecting your customers information and purchasing behavior. Meanwhile they still won’t let you manage the reviews about your business based on their policy and rather than controlling your own customer lists and messaging Yelp “take care of it for you”.


Hello Granlibakken Family –

Today, we wanted to give you an update about how Granlibakken and the local Tahoe community has been severely affected financially by the COVID-19 virus.

On February 29th, Granlibakken Management Company had forecasted a strong year and was financially positioned to meet all fiscal obligations. Unfortunately, starting on February 27, we started receiving cancellations from booked groups and from individual travelers.  Revenues for most of March, April and into June are now zero, down from a forecasted almost $2,000,000.

We have reduced our workforce by about 95% and are managing down all our expenses. We have met all our financial obligations to date; nonetheless, we expect to run out of cash on the 5th of April.  Based on the current situation, our analysis suggests that GMC business will not return to any reasonably predictable level of income for 400 days.

Granlibakken is a family-owned & operated independent resort and association management business that has always been a strong supporter of the local community and local economy.  The unprecedented scope and impact of the health crisis exceeds Granlibakken’s, a small business, financial crises management resources. We may be the biggest small business in our area; the real possibility of all us small businesses failing in the next weeks are frightening.

Read more about the effects of COVID-19 in Tahoe on MoonShineInk.com
Do Not Visit Tahoe/Truckee

This interview was given a week ago and now we must be focused on the small business community

Co-owner (of Granlibakken) Ron Parson is focused on the coronavirus’s effects on the local economy. “What we really should be talking about,” he said, “is how can we minimize the risk globally and nationally and still allow people to function.”

Parson is not a COVID-19 denier, by the way. He wanted to make it clear that he 100% believes the coronavirus is “a major global and national strategic issue.” His argument is that Tahoe needs to adapt logically; the region needs to be thinking beyond the cliff, beyond the minute-by-minute updates. He compared the current potential outfall to the 2008 recession, during which the economy was falling apart.

“[Last] weekend we lost somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 jobs at Lake Tahoe,” Parson said. “If you take our demographic base, that’s pretty much everybody in the industry; restaurants, ski areas, lodging, retail, everybody’s lost their job. Nationally, a lot of people can shift to a home job. But that’s not the case up here. Up here, almost everybody is tied to the tourism business.”


Granlibakken is supporting the employees recently laid off by providing food and supplies and will also be providing assistance to anyone in the local community who needs help filing an unemployment claim by calling our front desk to schedule a time to use the business center in our hotel.

Today, we are asking our loyal guests, friends and family for your help by funding our future hotel operations so we can continue providing services to our J1s & H-2Bs who are unable to travel home, our employees who live on campus, our homeowners and any members of the local community who seek shelter.

Visit our new online store Granlibakken.com/merchandise where anyone can purchase a digital gift certificate and a variety of Granlibakken merchandise that will fund our current hotel operations. We also encourage our loyal guests to book a trip through our website today with future travel dates and we will adjust the dates without any restrictions once we know when we are able to welcome guests back to enjoy Granlibakken and Tahoe again.

Use code MAR20 for the lowest available rates on Granlibakken.com

We are all in this crisis together and will come through this stronger than ever. We hope this real life update is shared to as many people as possible and we thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Here is a complete list of essential businesses still operating locally created by Tahoe Truckee People. These vital small businesses in Tahoe need your support from home now more than ever.

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Wednesday, March 4th – Granlibakken begins to implement precautionary measures for guests and employees and provides daily updates to the change in hotel operations for COVID19.

Friday March 6th – Granlibakken begins to send messaging to guests about preventative measures we have taken for COVID19.

Saturday night, March 14th – Squaw and Northstar announce they are closing due to COVID19

Sunday,  March 15th – North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announces that “all resorts are closed” on social media. Caption was later edited to “most resorts have closed”.

Tuesday, March 17th – NLRTA phone call with Tahoe stakeholders

Thursday, March 19th – Shelter-in-place ordered by Placer County and Gov. Newsome announces California orders only essential travel

Friday, March 20th – Granlibakken announces closure of winter operations

Monday, March 23rd – Do Not Visit to Tahoe/Truckee published in Moonshine Ink

Read the latest news from Granlibakken Tahoe:

Granlibakken Reopening Statement (June 10, 2020) -Read More 

Phase 2 Plan for reopening Dining COVID-19 Crisis in Tahoe (May 28, 2020) -Read More 

How to Support Granlibakken During The COVID-19 Crisis in Tahoe (Mar 26, 2020) - Read More

Small Business Resources Available in Tahoe (Mar 29,2020) - Read More

REIMAGINING Granlibakken (April 3, 2020) - Read More


Last Updated: (April 11, 2020) at 12:30 pm

Sunrise at Granlibakken

To All Guests:

Granlibakken is taking every effort to ensure the safety of our guests and employees during this time.

On March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Placer County has issued an updated directive on April 11th for residents to remain at home until May 1st except to engage in “essential activities” effective 12:01am April 10th in response to the local spread of COVID-19.

Therefore the following services will be closed at Granlibakken: 

All pool facilities

Ski & Sled Hill

Cedar House Pub



Granlibakken will continue to accommodate our current guests and homeowners while continuing to serve a need in the local community. We greatly appreciate your understanding and look forward to serving you in the future.


We continue to stay open to serve the following groups:

  • To provide COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures (for example, isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons or the homeless);
  • To provide housing for essential critical infrastructure workers; and
  • For use by the property owner(s) and their immediate family members.



Granlibakken Tahoe

Questions? Contact our front desk at R[email protected] 

Our front desk is available between 8:00am - 4:00pm for any questions you may have about an upcoming reservation.

Granlibakken is proud to host the 1st Tahoe Truckee Green Lodging Event. Granlibakken's owner Ron Parson will be giving a tour of the properties green business practices at Granlibakken during the event. Granlibakken was the first business in Tahoe to become certified green by Sierra Business Council in November of 2019. read more

Rescheduled for September 15th, 2002

LAKE TAHOE, CA & NV – greenUP!, Incline Village General Improvement District, Sierra Business Council, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Western Nevada College partner to offer a FREE Green Lodging Workshop for small to medium hotels, lodges and the hospitality industry.

While the organizers are targeting small to medium hotels and lodges around the Lake Tahoe region and vicinity, any hospitality establishment or industry professional may attend the event to learn best practices for operating at the highest environmental operational efficiency. Best practices covered in the workshop include energy efficiency, food and waste management, customer engagement, and sustainable transportation.

“Sustainability experts from across the Lake Tahoe Region will be presenting at the Tahoe Truckee Green Lodging Workshop on May 20,” said Donna Walden, President of the greenUP! Board. “The vision is to help businesses preserve Lake Tahoe for future generations.”

As part of the workshop, hotels and lodges are encouraged to join the California or the Nevada Green Business Networks” said Kristin York from the Sierra Small Business Development Center. “This is not a requirement to attend, but will help facilitate easier adoption of actions necessary to become a green establishment.”

“For over 50 years, agencies and organizations in the Lake Tahoe Region have taken actions to enhance our beautiful lake and surrounding regions,” said Devin Middlebrook, sustainability program manager for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “Hotels and the hospitality industry play a large role in making Tahoe more sustainable.”

“Tourists and hotel guests and their destination decisions play a huge part in the sustainability of our region,” said Madonna Dunbar, Resource Conservationist, Incline Village GID and Executive Director of the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association. “Tahoe guests can become environmental stewards and contribute towards making Tahoe a clean destination for this millennium and the next.”

“Western Nevada College hosts the green business program for the state of Nevada,” said Dr. Georgia White, Professional and Applied Technology Division Director. “The hospitality industry is a significant sector in our state. The opportunity to learn from industry leaders and implement best practices will improve the environmental scorecard for our state.”

Space for the workshop is limited. To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/TahoeGreenLodging


greenUP! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides environmental education for businesses helping Nevada cut down on waste, reduce valuable resource consumption and fight climate change in an environmentally safe and cost-effective manner. See http://greenupnow.biz

The Incline Village General Improvement District, commonly referred to as IVGID, is a quasi- public agency established under Nevada Revised Statute, Chapter 318 and chartered to provide water, sewer, trash and recreation services for the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada. It is governed by an elected Board of Trustees which, acting on behalf of the electorate, sets policy and determines strategies for the accomplishing its charter. Both Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada are located within Washoe County, the entity that had the authority to create IVGID, and they are both unincorporated areas within Washoe County. For more information, visit https://www.yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid

The Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada. We act as steward leaders of the region, taking responsibility for the care and responsible management of our place, guided by the triple bottom line that considers the economy, environment, and community simultaneously. See https://sierrabusiness.org

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. See: https://www.trpa.org

Since 1971, Western Nevada College has helped students embark on the road to success by preparing them for a variety of careers through associate and bachelor degrees, industry certifications and workforce training. WNC offers exemplary academics, affordability and student satisfaction. Many Western grads become leaders in their communities and excel in their professions. Through its multiple campuses, resource and learning centers, cohorts and expanding online offerings, Western is able to meet many students’ needs, whether they are residing in remote parts of Nevada or trying to fit in their education while raising a family. For more information, visit: https://www.wnc.edu


On this Presidents’ Day Weekend we believe our guests & neighbors can agree that the two new roundabouts, new Truckee River Bridge and free TART bus service have helped reduce traffic congestion in Tahoe City. Less vehicles are idling in traffic, leading to shorter travel times and a reduction of carbon emissions around the lake. 🌲🌲🌲

Learn more: TahoeTransportation.org


photo by @johnknipp


granlibakken tahoe est 1922 green business certified


The Parson Family has been dedicated to being socially responsible for Granlibakken’s environmental impact in the Tahoe Basin since the family purchased the resort in 1978. Today, green business practices are an integral part of the daily operations of the 74 acre resort located in Tahoe City on the West shore of Lake Tahoe.


Over the years Granlibakken is proud to have hosted hundreds of environmental conferences for groups that continue to stay at the resort and conference center year after year because of the progressive green policies and practices that have been enacted.


On September 5th, 2019 Granlibakken was recognized by Sierra Business Council as the first business in Tahoe to be certified Green. Granlibakken is now a member of the greater California Green Business Network alongside thousands of participating green businesses in California. The Green business certification required completing an extensive checklist evaluating Granlibakken’s energy, solid waste, transportation, wastewater, water, transportation and community policies. Multiple departments worked together to complete the process forming a ‘Green Team’ that now meets monthly.


“Granlibakken completed the certification process much faster than we had expected any of our businesses would. We encourage any business in Tahoe to contact us at Sierra Business Council to get the certification process started”  – Benjamin Maritato, Planning Technician at Sierra Business Council


Recently, it was announced by Gov. Newsom that The State of California would ban small single use plastic bottles in all hotels by December 2023. In the summer of 2019 Granlibakken completed the process of switching all soap and lotion plastic bottles into refillable glass bottles and all our bathrooms now feature large refillable bottles for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.


Granlibakken has also committed to reducing single use plastic products in all aspects of daily operations. Our resort and conference center serves over 500,000 cups of coffee a year to our hotel and conference guests. The green-libakken guest experience begins by offering reusable coffee cups at all coffee stations in dining areas. This “small” change has lead to the dramatic reduction of the number of single use coffee cups that need to be purchased for guests throughout the year and saving the company thousands of dollars a year in supplies.


Granlibakken has also added a new water bottle refill station in the hotel lobby through a grant provided by The Tahoe Fund encouraging the use of local Tahoe tap water to guests upon arriving instead of buying a case of single use water bottles from Savemart or Safeway in Tahoe City.


“I believe Tahoe City and Truckee have the potential to become the greenest zip codes in the country. People choose to vacation in Tahoe because of the endless amount of outdoor recreations available, clean air and clean water. I believe that we should do all we can to preserve Tahoe for future generations to enjoy. We try to educate our guests on how they can be more environmentally responsible through the example we set at Granlibakken the moment they arrive.” – Ron Parson, Owner Granlibakken Management Company


Granlibakken is looking forward to hosting a Green Business conference in the Spring of 2020 in partnership with Sierra Business Council to share and educate the local hotel industry about the green business practices which is ingrained in each department from our kitchen’s green purchasing plan, to our maintenance team’s forest & water management program to the cleaning products used in each room.


Granlibakken would like to encourage all Tahoe businesses to begin the green certification process by visiting https://greenbusinessca.org/sierrabusinesscouncil


Granlibakken’s Green Business Report


These environmental benefits are calculated from certain quantitative measures that Granlibakken completed when filling out the checklist. The column titled Per Year savings show the environmental outcomes each year that the measures are implemented and the column titled Since Recognition shows the total environmental outcomes since your recognition on Sept 5, 2019.


green business report



There aren’t enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures. While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snowpack. The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper. The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region.

Will Richardson, executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, told the paper that while migrations of the tortoiseshell butterflies through the region have occurred frequently, even predating humans, this year’s crop is “exceptional.”

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of Tahoe”


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"Granlibakken Tahoe is a historic, family-owned and operated resort located just outside Tahoe City. Situated on a private, 74 acre wooded valley, just one mile from Tahoe City and the shores of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken is easily accessible year-round and breathtaking in all four seasons. First used in 1922 as a winter sports grounds for the Tahoe Tavern, Granlibakken has truly been in the business of making Lake Tahoe memories for generations.

Lodging here ranges from rustic themed rooms to townhouses for larger groups. Onsite, guests can enjoy a ski and sled hill, yoga, cycling, and the TreeTop Adventure Park, one of the most unique ropes courses you will ever experience!"

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