January 3rd, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

2014 First Quarter Business Development Workshops:

Offered on the 3rd Wednesday of each month 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: NCCA Conference Center 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley
$10 for Greater Grass Valley Chamber Members and Nevada County Contractor Association Members
$20 for non-members

January 15th , 2014
Creating Business/Marketing Plan that Gets Results
Best selling business author and coach Machen MacDonald of the ProBrilliance Leadership Institute
Establish a clear vision for your company
Identify the key performance indicators to stay focused on to grow your business
Develop an action plan to better market your business
Establish a strategic road map to keep you on track throughout the year

February 19th, 2014
Websites that convert Prospects into Clients 
Doug Faraco, owner Jennco Web Works and shows business how to affordably develop functional websites.

Evaluate and quantify your current website

Learn how to avoid making the mistakes your competitors make with their website

Understand how easy it can be to get a website that makes you money


Download the event flyer here. 


What is a chamber of commerce?


According to Wikipedia, the definition is "A chamber of commerce (also referred to in some circles as a board of trade) is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization." That sounds finite and focused.

When we were brought on board to run the chamber, I believed that our main focus would be much as described in the above statement. That was until I sat behind the desk in the chamber. What became very clear is that administering business advocacy and promotion is only partially applicable to the daily office routine of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the chamber, we operate an extremely active Visitors Center. Open seven days a week, we enjoy 25 to 30 visitors per day from as far away as Australia, and as close as Richardson Street. On the average the chamber receives 45 phone calls per day. Many of those calls are requests for visitor information or "relocation" packets, and we typically send out 8 to 10 packets each week. Additionally, we often get requests from residents to make up packets that include brochures about the points of interest in our community along with the calendar of events to present to guests coming in for a wedding or family reunion.



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Ambassador Spotlight:


Jerri Glover: Nevada County Makes/Nevada County Does




By Beverly Morrow

Jerri Glover of Nevada County Makes and Nevada County Does personifies the consummate business networker.  She has become a respected resource for others in our community through her authentic desire and clear vision to help others to be successful in their businesses. 


Read more here.



The 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival is just over one week away and we're gearing up for a wonderful 12th annual event.  I wanted to write to you and provide some additional details to help you prepare for and make the most of this extraordinary event. 


Helpful Information

HEADQUARTERS for the event is at a NEW LOCATION this year, 224 Church Street in downtown Nevada City (across the street from the Courthouse).This will be your first stop.  It is where you can pick up your tickets, visit the media lounge and peruse the official Festival store as well as enjoy a ton of Wild & Scenic art.



Auditions for The Sierra Stages Spring 2014 Production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play "Proof"


Sierra Stages is pleased to announce auditions for its spring 2014 production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" by David Auburn. The show is directed by Robert Rossman, and plays for a limited run May 1 through May 18, 2014 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
Auditions take place Saturday February 1st from 2pm - 4pm.


David Auburn's "Proof" is an elegant and engaging story of passion, genius, and family bonds. Catherine has inherited her late father's mathematical brilliance, but does she also share his madness? When one of his graduate students discovers a groundbreaking proof among the professor's notebooks, Catherine must face the legacy her father has left behind.


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A Welcome Gift for California Job Creators:
California's Security Deposit Shakedown is Over

By George Runner

It's no secret that starting a new business in California is tough. With our high tax rates and hostile regulations, we are consistently ranked one of the worst states in which to do business and create jobs.

For years the California State Board of Equalization has been making this problem worse by demanding security deposits from all new California corporations and LLCs. The required security typically equals half a year's worth of taxes and ranges from $2,000 to $50,000 per company. This shake-down effectively penalizes new business owners before they can get their business up and running, make their first sale or owe any tax. 

InConcert Sierra Presents This Tuesday:

Pianist Emanuel Ax

Upcoming Events:

For more upcoming events click here. 


Nevada County's Sierra Stages Announces Exciting 6th Season Stephen Sodheim's Landmark Musical Comedy "Company" Opens February 27th. Affordable 3-Show Season Pass available now!
Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical comedy "Company", J.M. Barrie's original version of the classic "Peter Pan" and the long-running Off Broadway musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" make up the three shows in Sierra Stages 6th Season beginning in February 2014. In addition, the nonprofit local theatre group will present David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" for a limited run.
"Company" plays February 27-March 22, 2014 
Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sunday (March 2 & 9) at 2 PM 
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 
www.SierraStages.org 530-346-3210                             Download the Press Release here. 
Win $250 in Artwork Design Contest


The Nevada County Fairgrounds is sponsoring a contest to find the best artwork to illustrate the 2014 Nevada County Fair theme. This year, we have two themes to choose from - "Simply Fun" OR "Lambs, Ham, Quilts and Jams." The winning art will determine which of these two themes we choose for the 2014 Nevada County Fair. If you're a talented artist, and you'd like $250, this is the contest to enter!

The contest, which is open to Nevada County residents only, takes place now through Friday, January 17. If you submit the winning artwork, you will win $250 and a 2014 Nevada County Fair package that includes admission tickets, parking and carnival coupons. Additionally, the winning artwork will be used on various Fair promotional pieces, print ads, buttons, banners, posters, and flyers. 


Entries can be delivered to the Fairgrounds Office at 11228 McCourtney Road or mailed to the Fair Office at PO Box 2687, Grass Valley, CA  95945. A complete set of rules can be found on the Fair's website at NevadaCountyFair.com, or by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217. 

Winter Bash at the 5 Mile House

Download the PDF here.
InConcert Sierra Present: 
The Harvard Glee Club

Saturday, January 11, 2014 as part of the HGC's West Coast Tour. The program will include delights from the Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras; a spiritual, and new commissions specifically written for HGC. This will be the first time HGC has taken an extended tour during their January "J-Term."

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road (Off Hwy. 174)
Grass Valley, CA 95945

$25 general
$20 Season Ticket holders, key level+ donors, and anyone involved in a choir

You can purchase tickets at BriarPatch Co-op Market; call 530-273-3990 or click here.
InConcert Sierra Presents:

Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux


InConcert Sierra presents celebrated guitarist Jason Vieaux. In March 1998, InConcert Sierra presented guitarist Vieaux after he had been named the youngest first-prize winner in the history of the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. He returned in March 2000 for a sold-out performance. Now almost fourteen years and many awards and successes later, Vieaux is returning.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

2pm concert

1:15pm pre-concert forum

$28 general

Youth  5-17 free with adult


Buy Tickets at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market

Online here or call 530-273-3990


Read the entire press release here.

Chamber News in the State 

(Daily Headlines Will Return Next Week) 



Top Story

New Year, New Poster: Enter CalChamber's Off the Wall Picture Contest 
(December 24, 2013) The upcoming increase in California's minimum wage means even an employer with just one employee must post an updated minimum wage notice. But before you hang your 2014 California and Federal Employment Notices Poster, check out CalChamber's Off the Wall Photo Contest.



Public Affairs / Politics

Congress Moving Toward Debate on Unemployment Benefits
A three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits is gaining momentum.

McClatchy DC




U.S. Durable Goods Orders Surge, Boosting Manufacturing Outlook
Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods surged in November and a gauge of planned business spending on capital goods recorded its largest increase in nearly a year, pointing to sustained strength in the economy. Reuters



Environmental / Agriculture

Folsom Mandates 20 Percent Cut in Water Use for Residents
Folsom Lake levels are so low that Folsom city officials have mandated that residents reduce their water use by 20 percent. The Sacramento Bee  




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