January 10th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

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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. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2014                                 




SACRAMENTO - Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown's 2014-2015 state budget proposal.


"I support Governor Brown's attempts to reduce our wall of debt and establish some semblance of a rainy day fund. However, the budget also proposes increased spending by more than $8 billion with new funding for projects like high-speed rail.


At a time when we should be seriously buckling down and tightening our belts, the Governor has taken the rosier budget outlook as license to charge ahead with a spending spree. Creating new programs based on funding that is not guaranteed in the future is a recipe for disaster.


It is critical that we rein in spending and remain in the 'black' so that California never falls back into the fiscal pit we've dug ourselves into in the past. I agree that 'wisdom and prudence should be the order of the day.' Now, it's time to live by it."


Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


CONTACT: Betsey Hodges at (916) 651-4001 (office); (916) 207-2600 (cell); or betsey.hodges@sen.ca.gov



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Winter Bash at the 5 Mile House

It's Here!

Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.  Along with our usual line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films, we will have a particular focus this year (to be announced soon) as well as some recognition of the "change makers" who are creating a more livable future.


Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.  Festival-goers can expect to see Award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2014                                 




SACRAMENTO - In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today introduced legislation that would exempt anyone who has lost a home to a wildfire or other natural disaster from paying the tax.


"I don't want insult added to injury," said Senator Gaines. "The state should be helping families who have lost everything in these catastrophes, not billing them for homes that no longer exist."


Senate Bill 832 would cancel the "fire tax" for anyone who owns a property within a State Responsibility Area (SRA) that has been destroyed, or significantly damaged, as a result of a natural disaster.


The fire tax is an annual levy imposed on the owners of more than 800,000 properties in the state that are within the boundaries of SRA. According to census and Cal Fire data, Senator Gaines' largely rural district includes roughly 20-percent or approximately 160,000 of the properties whose owners are subject to the fee.


SB 832 was inspired by the Clover Fire that burned more than 8,000 acres southwest of Redding last fall. According to Cal Fire, 68 residences and 128 outbuildings were destroyed; 5 residences and 10 outbuildings were damaged as well. The effects of this fire will be felt by the residents for years to come and Gaines does not want them billed.


"I have fought this illegal tax at every turn. I have been saying that it will do nothing to keep people and property safe and the recent Clover Fire was further proof," said Senator Gaines.   "This bill will make it clear going forward that if you lose your home to a wildfire, you won't owe the tax. It's that simple."


Senator Gaines has been a leading critic of the tax and introduced numerous pieces of legislation last year that attempted to provide relief for rural Californians. Unfortunately, none were successful, but this is a clear-cut case, according to the Senator, "This is not politics, it's common sense. The tax is levied on habitable structures. These homeowners wish that's what they still had." 


Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


CONTACT: Betsey Hodges at (916) 651-4001 (office); (916) 207-2600 (cell); or betsey.hodges@sen.ca.gov 


Atria Grass Valley


150 Sutton Way

Grass Valley, California 95945


Thursday, January 16th 5:30pm


Please Join us for an Open House ~


Enjoy some delicious appetizers, have a glass of wine and enjoy some live music!

Don't forget your business card to be enters in our raffle. 

Mix and mingle with other local professionals, and meet our wonderful staff!


Please RSVP 530-272-1055 Atria-GrassValley.com


Download the PDF here.

 Off Broad Street Presents:

Janis & Friends In Concert


Featuring Sue LeGate

With Dave Halford & Gary Epps

Two Nights Only!

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM

January 10th & 11th

Reservations: 530-265-8686

Admission $25

Pre-show entertainment by

Chris Crockett 7:15 PM

Upcoming Events:

For more upcoming events click 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. 

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

This 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 



Top Story

Assembly Committee Rejects Flex Work Schedule Bill

(January 9, 2014) A California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill that sought to eliminate the burdensome alternative workweek election process and allow the employee the opportunity to request workweek schedule addressing the needs of both the employer and employee failed to pass the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday.




Public Affairs / Politics

Jerry Brown's Budget Plan Proposes Cautious Spending, Paying Down Debt

Bracing against calls for more spending after years of recession-era cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown today will propose modest increases for social services next fiscal year, with billions of dollars in surplus revenue going to reduce state debt. The Sacramento Bee





Jobless Claims Fell Last Week, Labor Market Firming

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell slightly more than expected, pointing to an economy that was continuing to gain steam.





Environmental / Agriculture

Feeble Snowfall Leaves Some Resorts High and Dry

The three marooned snowmobiles on an island of snow at Donner Ski Ranch serve as a clear indicator of how little snow has fallen in the Sierra this winter. The Sacramento Bee




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