January 31st, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

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A Note to Current Chamber Members


This article is intended for Chamber members. If you are not a chamber member, please consider joining, the benefits are many. If you are member, read on. 


As many of you may know, the Chamber has a new website. Check it out.


The site may seem to some as still unfinished and well it should be. Any good website is consider a work in progress, expanding, growing and evolving. A website that is finished, is finished, stagnant, stale and inert.


The development of the new site was (and is) driven by Chamber Co-Executive Director Robin Davies. Her vision of a robust, dynamic community information and service portal is nearly complete. Falling short only because the developer (me) lacked the skills to deliver the site exactly as she envisioned it. But, be assured, we're working on it.


The objective of the new Chamber website is threefold. Firstly to deliver interesting, relevant and fresh content to the community, secondly to attract out of the area visitors to visit and eventually relocate and invest in Western Nevada County and thirdly to provide a modern tool to you-the local business owner.


With our new site, you can now manage your membership online, register and securely pay for events and follow what is happening in our community with our robust, yet simple calendar.


Existing Chamber members in good standing have the ability to manage their membership and business profile via the website. Your business profile is the only information about your company that is displayed to the public on the site.


You must be logged in to perform any management functions. Your account, based on your information at the Chamber has already been established.


A temporary password has also been applied to your account. You may retrieve your password via the Retrieve Password page. Once you retrieve your password and successfully login, you are encouraged to change your password. Please safeguard your information with a strong password (a password with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and characters is considered a strong password).


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or opinions about the new site.


Thank you,

Doug Faraco
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce



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

February 19th, 2014

March 19th, 2014
Generating Quality Traffic to Your Website and Leveraging Social Media
Coryon Redd, Owner of batteries4less.com and coryon.com. Coryon has built highly profitable internet businesses and will share how you can do it to.

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. 


Join us for Diva Night!
Grab your girlfriends and join us for a fabulous ladies night. Bring your favorite snack and beverage to sip while we paint pottery. No experience necessary! If you wish produce your own vision you are welcome to do so. We will also have free chair massages!!!

Pre-registration and payment required. Call (530) 272-1937 or stop by to sign up. Cancellations are offered as store credit with notice.

Age: Adult ladies ready to have fun!
Cost: $35 +tax
When: Friday, January 31st 6:00pm-9:00pm
Employers Must Post Job-Related Injuries Summary by February 1 
The California Chamber of Commerce is reminding employers that they must post a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses from 2013 at their place of business by February 1.


The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires the Cal/OSHA Log 300 summary (Form 300A) to be displayed from February 1 to April 30 for employee review.

Companies that had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year do not need to keep Cal/OSHA injury and illness records. Employers with 11 or more employees, except those covered in the California low-hazard establishments in the retail, service, finance and real estate sectors, must display the totals from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Cal/OSHA Form 300A) wherever employee notices are usually posted. If there is more than one business establishment, a separate summary must be posted in each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.

Employers are required to post only the summary (Form 300A) - not the Form 300 (Log) - by February 1 and keep it posted until April 30. The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the previous year and were logged on the Form 300. Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in the previous year must post the summary with zeros on the "total" line. A company executive must certify all establishment summaries.

The form is to be displayed in a common area where notices to employees usually are posted. Employers must make a copy of the summary available to employees who move from worksite to worksite, such as construction workers, and employees who do not report to any fixed establishment on a regular basis.


HRCalifornia makes a free Log 300 wizard available to customers to use to determine whether a business is subject to record keeping requirements. Also, check out HRCalifornia's forms page for free Cal/OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301.


CalChamber members can also get more information on filing and posting requirements from the HR Library. Not a member? Learn about the benefits of membership

Sierra College Professor to speak on Dinosaurs at Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society Meeting February 4th

Sierra College Professor of Earth Science Frank DeCourten will speak about New Dinosaurs from Old Rocks: A Prehistoric Safari to the American Southwest at the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society Meeting on February 4th at 7pm.

His presentation, based on a new edition of his book, Dinosaurs of Utah (2013, University of Utah Press), will explore the new discoveries and interpretations that are profoundly changing our views of the dinosaurs that populated southwestern North America for more than 160 million years. The non-technical and profusely illustrated talk will provide descriptions and renderings of recently identified dinosaurs, some of which are completely new to science. Included will be reconstructions of the ancient terrain and environments that provided habitat for the dinosaurs during the Mesozoic-the great Age of Reptiles.

Read more here.                               Contact: Lori Woodhall 530-432-1750 or loriw@oro.net

Nevada County Gold Magazine Raises Funds for the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce 


Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $5905.69 to the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2013-14 Nevada County Gold Magazine. Celebrating 28 years of publication, "The Gold" has raised more than $220,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.


Nevada County Gold is designated the "Official Guide to Nevada County." The Gold provides valuable information about Nevada County including a yearly calendar of events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate and lodging opportunities that abound in our lovely County. 


With a yearly distribution of 85,000, Nevada County Gold is available at more than 600 locations including Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, Parks and much more. The Gold can also be found throughout Nevada County at hundreds of locations.


For information about advertising in the 2014-2015 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at info@NevadaCountyGold.com or call 530-272-3239 for more information.

Upcoming Events:

For more upcoming events click here. 


"Love Lessons from the Old West: 
Wisdom from Wild Women"
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Museum will host award winning author Chris Enss for the national launch of her latest book "Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women"
"Love Lessons Learned by Women of the Old West" provides insight into the possible motives for why frontier men and women fell in love. Some chapters in this new title will bring a smile to your heart, and other chapters will break it into pieces. 
As one California prospector noted in his diary in 1855, "I'd endure just about anything to settle down with a good woman. She don't have to love me, least not at first. I only want a chance to show her I could be the finest blanket companion in the country." 
Chris will share her stories about the Wild Women at 12:45 and 1:45 She will autograph copies of her book until 3:00PM
Music by guitarist Ishaan Judd Reyna Refreshments 
Saturday - February 8, 2014 Noon until 3PM Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 5 Kidder Court (at Bost Ave and New Mowhawk 530-470-0902
Upcoming Sacramento Area Events:
Jan 27 - Feb 9, 2014

Local Events Next Week:
  • Tuesday 02/04/2014 from 07:30 AM to 08:30 AM at Raley's Community Center
  • Tuesday 02/04/2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at SBDC
  • Thursday 02/06/2014 from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM at Stockton Blvd BIC
InConcert Sierra Presents: 

San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows


Catch a rising star as the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows perform for InConcert Sierra on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2pm.  These young artists represent singers that the classical music world can expect to see on celebrated opera house stages throughout the world in the very near future.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

2pm concert

1:15pm pre-concert forum

$28 general

Youth 5-17 free with adult


Tickets available at:
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market
Online or call 530-273-3990  

Bringing Salmon Back to Deer Creek
A Seminar at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus
February 11, 2014

Grass Valley-Sierra College at the Nevada County Campus begins a new Sierra Science Lecture Series with a detailed look at the spawning grounds in Deer Creek, titled: Evaluating the Effects of Spawning Bed Enhancement on Salmon Habitat, Water Quality, and Benthic Communities in Deer Creek, Nevada County, CA

This presentation and discussion will be held on Tuesday evening, February 11, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Rachel Durben, Sierra Streams Institute Training Program Coordinator will lead the discussion.

Find out how Sierra Streams Institute is working with the community to improve Deer Creek's Salmon spawning habitat through gravel augmentation-the process of replacing missing gravels that are blocked by upstream reservoirs. After three years of gravel augmentation, a five-fold increase in salmon redds (nests) has been observed in Deer Creek at the confluence with the Yuba River. Learn more about this exciting project and its potential application throughout the Sierra!

About the speaker: Rachel Durben is the Training Program Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute. She holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Biology from Northern Arizona University, and has extensive research and education experience.


1940's Radio Show!



Everyone is invited to Hilltop Commons for a spectacular Open House Event!

Saturday Feb. 8th 2:30pm

131 Eureka Street Grass Valley, CA 95945


Sit back, enjoy the music and laugh at the snippets of the "1940's Radio Show", a new musical comedy by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp, performed by the singers /actors from Off Broadstreet!


Invite your family and friends to come and experience Nevada City's most unique live theatre "Off Broadstreet" inside Hilltop Commons Senior Community in beautiful Grass Valley, on Saturday February 8th at 2:30pm! Come join the fun folks and staff at Hilltop Commons for yummy refreshments and great snippets from the musical comedy "1940's Radio Show"!


4th Quarter 2013


"Hot off the press" we are pleased to share with you our latest quarterly report on commercial real estate activity in Nevada County.  By providing market information, trends and knowledgeable insight, we aim to assist property owners, tenants, buyers and sellers in making beneficial financial decisions with regard to commercial/investment real estate. Additional market information is available and can be tailored to specific requirements, so please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or requests.



 Compared to the previous 4 years, 2013 was a very good year for commercial real estate in Western Nevada County, especially in regard to certain property sectors. Median industrial and retail sale prices increased by 16% and 27% respectively, as vacancy decreased by over 50% for industrial properties and 19% for retail properties. The office sector lagged due to large space divestitures by a few local video tech companies.



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Sierra Stages Presents COMPANY 
February 27th - March 22nd Thursdays at 7 PM; 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays (March 2 & 9) at 2 PM 
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Set in a swinging New York City of the early 1970's, COMPANY is a two hour ride with five married couples, three single women--and Bobby, the only eligible bachelor in the group--as the show examines and celebrates married life and its alternatives through a series of comic vignettes and powerhouse musical numbers. 


530-346-3210 for more info. 
The Old 5 Mile House Presents

Another in its series of LateNight@the5 events with Highlights from Chicago the musical in The DL Lounge Speakeasy March 8, at 10pm. 

This elegant throwback captures the look and feel of the Chicago prohibition era.

The Truth or Dare Dance Troupe will perform the best musical dance numbers from Chicago, right in the midst of the DL Lounge. Come dance, wine and dine away the night. Cocktail dress for ladies, suit or dress jacket for men required. Have fun and dress in period clothes to win a prize!
Advance tickets $15, available at Yobobo and Harmony Books in Nevada City and Book Sellers in Grass Valley. Password required for attendance. Get your password when purchasing tickets. This exclusive event has very limited seating, so we highly recommend you get your tickets in advance. 21 and over.

Chamber News in the State 



Top Story

Early Action on 'Job Killer' Bill Banning Disposable Fast-Food Containers Misses Deadline

(January 30, 2014) A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed "job killer" bill that would have placed an unworkable ban on disposable food services containers or single-use carryout bags has missed the deadline to be considered on the Senate Floor and is likely dead for the year.



Public Affairs / Politics

Assembly Democrats Urge California Teacher Retirement Fix

With California facing a massive teacher pension shortfall, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, unveiled an effort Wednesday he hopes would fully fund the system.

The Sacramento Bee




Households, Trade Boost U.S. Fourth-Quarter Growth

Robust household spending and rising exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. Reuters



Environmental / Agriculture

2013 Solid for Wine Industry, but Drought Looms

As much-needed rain fell outside the Hyatt Regency on Wednesday morning, a standing-room-only crowd was treated to more good news at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium's "state of the industry" presentation. The Sacramento Bee




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