Make it Local, Make it Unique

Looking for an inexpensive gift, that is truly local, and not mass-produced? Want to share the beauty of our community with friends and relatives this holiday season? LeeAnn Brook of Brook Design Group in Nevada City has just released her latest greeting cards for the upcoming holidays that include Thanksgiving, Christmas and peace related themes. Fall colors ablaze on local streets, a snow covered Banner Mountain, a Victorian gardener’s shed blanketed in snow, charming gold rush houses lit up with sparkling lights, or a peaceful forest at Hirschman’s Pond are some of the cards that feature Brook’s photography of local scenes.

Coupled with heartfelt quotes that complement the images, her popular Yuba River greeting cards started the line in 2003. The business has now grown to selling in over 10 retail outlets and are also offered online at Running a close second to the Yuba River cards, are cards that feature Brook’s colorful contemporary landscape paintings. And of course, the most popular time of the year for the cards is the upcoming holiday season.

Holiday cards are available as singles or boxed sets and may be purchased at the following retail stores: In Nevada City: Nevada City Marketplace, The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, J.J. Jackson’s, SPD Market; in Grass Valley: Briar Patch, SPD Market, Flour Garden Bakery (Sutton Way), Peaceful Valley Farm, Yuba Blue; and in Auburn: Flour Garden Bakery.

For more information, contact Brook at 265-6817 or email her at


November Nevada City Scene

The latest Nevada City Scene came out in The Union newspaper on November 7th.  See what’s going on in Nevada City!

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Membership in the Nevada City Chamber Cooperative Advertising Program funds this publication.  To become a Co-op member, please contact Donna Carter at 265-2249.

To advertise in the Nevada City Scene, please contact Jacki Webber of The Union at 477-4201 or

New and Renewing Members


Designs in Dichroic
Wire by Design
Devine Bottles
Joanne Traverso
Zephyr Moon Studios
Christmas Crowns

Art in Bloom
Las Katarinas
Nevada City Retreats
SPD Markets, Inc.


Little Tibet Documentary Nov 13

Feature Documentary Film Little Tibet followed by Q & A with Tibetan Filmmaker Nawang Anja-Tsang

Sunday, November 13, 2011    7pm
Free! Donations accepted and offered to the filmmaker to defray travel expenses

Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

Contact:  Melanie Sullivan,, 530-263-9960, and Sierra Friends of Tibet welcomes Tibetan filmmaker Nawang Anja-Tsang (Sonam) to Nevada City for a one night screening of the feature documentary film LITTLE TIBET followed by Q &A with the filmmaker.

Filmmaker Nawang Anja-Tsang (Sonam) is about to go on a journey to one of the highest places on earth. As a Tibetan who can no longer return to his own country, Sonam is in search of Tibet outside of Tibet. Could Ladakh be that place?

Ladakh, in the northern most part of India, is often known as Little Tibet. It borders Tibet and shares much of its culture, language and landscape. Here, in this remote, high altitude land, Sonam finds the beauty of his culture both preserved and living. During his journey across the breathtaking landscape of the Himalayas, through rain, snow and desert, Sonam discovers ancient Tibetan monasteries and talks with nomads in Chang Thang, the pasture lands that once stretched over the Indo-Tibetan border. He sees His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama give teachings to an audience of thousands, joins in the celebrations of a Tibetan wedding and encounters marmots.

In this land still rich in Tibetan culture, Sonam finds the gems of his lost homeland, but he cannot cross the tantalisingly close border and return to Tibet.

It is hoped that through showing Sonam’s experiences travelling in Ladakh, or‘Little Tibet’, a wider audience can be reached and made aware of what is being lost on so many levels – cultural, political, religious and ecological – in the real Tibet today.

“We are honored to have Sonam visit our community to screen his important film documentary about the fragile and mystic Tibetan culture. This is a remarkable film which is intensely moving. The film is neither political nor religious, Sonam, who describes himself as a ‘simple Tibetan man’, is traveling to our community from the UK on his own expense, visiting just three locations to premiere this film in the US. This is a testament to this community’s global reputation of endearing support and interest in Tibet and her people amongst Tibetans. He offers the film freely. Donations are encouraged will go to Sonam to defray travel expenses. Sonam will also have DVD copies of the film for sale at the event.

Please join us for this special evening with the filmmaker.” says Melanie Sullivan of who has coordinated the film’s US premiere in Nevada City, San Francisco, Richmond and Mount Shasta.


New & Renewing Members

Austin’s Catering
Baby Face
Donald Prairie Land Services
Palisades Property Management

Hand Crafted
John & Barbara Juneau, Promotional Advertising Consultants
Melanie Soleil Photography
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Quail Ridge Senior Living
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital


Broadband Consortium Update

Dear Gold Country Broadband Consortium members and supporters/seekers of high-speed Internet access, I wanted to give you a brief update of the status of our project to organize the demand for broadband service and expand broadband infrastructure in the counties of Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and eastern Alpine.

As you know, we submitted our proposal on time for consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and funding from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF). Ours was one of some fifteen proposals submitted from all over the State with most of them covering multiple counties. We’ve been told that the CASF staff is now busily sorting through each of the proposals, and an announcement about funding awards is anticipated by late-November/early-December. With a formal CPUC resolution some time later in December, we could anticipate being ready to go in January 2012. When we do so, we anticipate calling the first major meeting of the entire Consortium membership in order to confirm our direction and have the first breakout sessions by the various stakeholder groups to address the respective state-of-the-art (s.o.t.a.), the state of the locally available services, and how current local capabilities might be advanced towards the s.o.t.a. We will also want to begin the process of prioritizing and scheduling the locations for the initial community outreach meetings. So, there are exciting times ahead. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Thanks for your continued interest and support!

Brent Smith, CEO
Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp)
560 Wall Street, Suite F, Auburn, CA 95603


Table Top Mixer Nov 10th

To Our Members :  What will $110 buy you?

If any of you have spent money on advertising or promotional materials recently, then you know it’s tough to stretch those dollars! Print ads are super cool (if the circulation is good) because they may have a long “shelf” life. Radio ads are wonderful because of the ability to tell a story with enthusiasm. Yellow page ads are effective if you don’t need to tell a story and if your service is a ‘look it up’ kind of service. All these mediums have a place, but believe me, $110 won’t buy you much. Further more, you will only get to speak to someone if they answer your ad!

If you are looking to meet local residents face-to-face and hope to get their contact information to begin to develop a relationship with them so when they ARE looking for your service or product, they will call YOU first, then our Chamber Business Showcase is the place for you! For $110, you will be given a table to display your products and brochures as well as the opportunity to gather leads for an entire evening. Furthermore, you can invite your existing customers to the event for a chance to win prizes and meet other business contacts.

These events are hosted jointly by local venues and by the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and are fully organized by volunteers (other business owners helping you promote your business!). Our last event of this kind will be on Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 – 7:30 at Quail Ridge Senior Living. We still have a few tables left – but time is running out!

Call Theresa Scicluna at 530-368-1797 or email


Deer Creek Inn Offers Chamber Member Benefit

The Deer Creek Inn, a Bed & Breakfast in Nevada City, has created a program for “Businesses Helping Business”.  Nevada County is still a hub of positive business and a vibrant visitor area and we want to help sustain that quality.

We have already established a special rate of $95.00 per night for a single business traveler. Guests at this rate reduction still maintain all of the amenities offered at the standard rates including a multi course breakfast. On occasion, visitors require a stay over a weekend, and if we have availability, we will accommodate. Extra guests and holiday and special event weekends are priced slightly higher.

Now for the best part…. we will be extending this special business pricing to the employees of our local businesses who are members of our local Chambers of Commerce. So – start planning that special anniversary, birthday, or just plain getaway by the creek.

When making a reservation under this program, the employee or the business visitor must identify the associated company as a member of the Nevada City OR Grass Valley/Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.

Chamber member companies and their employees can personally visit the Deer Creek Inn at 116 Nevada Street, Nevada City, or see us on-line at For questions regarding the program or eligibility, please email the or call 530 264-7038.

We hope to see you all soon.

Chuck and Elaine Matroni
Ruth Poulter


Wood Shop for Women Nov 19th

Mud and Pearls has extended the Wood Shop for Women: Demystification of Tools at the Grass Valley ReStore. This class is for the beginner woman who wants to be able to handle basic carpentry but is a bit scared of powertools. The next class is Saturday, November 19th from 1-5 pm. Due to the wide support for this wood shop, we are making this a monthly class, every third Saturday of the month! Get your DIY pass for this class at BriarPatch Co-op or by calling (530) 362-8082.

We are sorry to announce that our December 2nd Chainsaw Class for Women is full. Please check out our website to find our next upcoming classes for chainsaw, natural building and other fun DIY projects.

Thanks to everyone in the Nevada City area who has been so supportive of this burgeoning business!


Made in Nevada County Day

The ERC and The Union have teamed up to create our second annual publication to highlight the businesses, manufacturers and local made producers of our county. Nevada County has some of the most interesting manufacturers with unique products and services. Some of the products produced are being distributed and shipped not only nationally, but globally. Our community really enjoys reading about our local manufacturers’ and what we export out of our own backyards. This publication will be used as a significant tool for the ERC for recruiting and for those looking to move their businesses to our area.

Our deadline to reserve a spot is November 1st and we will need approved content by November 8th. Made in Nevada County will publish in The Union on November 14th so that it comes out on “Made in Nevada County Day”. We look forward to seeing your photo’s and reading more about your business in our popular and exciting publication that is also a local made product.

Please contact Melissa Rhoden to reserve your spot:  (530) 477-4268/

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Elks Lodge Costume Party Oct 28

The Elks Costume Party will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Bar opens at 4:30 PM and Dinner starts at 6:30 PM.

Music by Ed Lawson.  Raffle to be held at the event.

Dinner is Bones/Ghosty Potatoes and other scarey things!

Please make checks payable to Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 and mail to Kim West, 12784 Butterfly Drive, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Questions?  Please call 273-0232


Business Ignitor Course Starts Oct 26

Sierra Commons is presenting a six-week course to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams and launch a business. Much more than a business plan workshop, the Sierra Common’s Business Ignitor Course brings together a group of motivated entrepreneurs, guides them through the steps and provide the tangible tools needed to launch a business by the end of the course. The comprehensive course is action-based and covers topics including writing a business plan, market analysis, marketing strategies, finance and budgeting, accounting, business law and more. Seasoned professionals teach the weekly classes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each topic. Students also meet weekly with instructors for special one-to-one mentoring. The Ignitor Course targets entrepreneurs who have focused business ideas and are committed to moving forward. The instructors understand that it takes a high-level of commitment to start a business, so the sessions are geared accordingly. Sierra Commons leverages our extensive network of business development professionals to transform graduates from aspiring entrepreneurs to inspired business owners.

Graduation Package Worth More Than Tuition
• $300 office space credit at Sierra Commons
• Free Nolo Press Small Business Essentials book
• Free one year Nevada City Chamber of Commerce membership

Course Starts October 26th Space is limited. Seats are filling up fast. Do not miss this important opportunity. Registration Deadline is October 19th.  Signup for the Ignitor Course online at

Our Sponsors:  Nolo, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Pro-Brilliance Leadership Institute, The Alternative Board, Smart-Think-Marketing,, and Robertson, Woodford, Summers LLP


BOD Ballots on the Way


Watch your mailboxes for your annual NC Chamber Board of Directors ballot. While it may not be the most entertaining reading material you’ve ever seen, it is important!

Please do not pass over this critical right – we want you ALL to participate in this voting process.

Take an active role in helping to create another hard-working effective BOD for 2012 by reviewing the candidates and sending in your completed ballots.

Thank you,
Barbi Jackson – President, NC Chamber BOD
Co-owner, Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness


New and Renewing Members


Blend Teas
Dandelion Design Studio
Fine By Design Custom Jewelry
Meynell Fashions
Northern Lights
Sonam’s Collection

Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering
Calolea Olive Oil
Christine Foster & Associates
Highgate Senior Living
LeGacy Productions
Marie Mirante
Nevada Lodge #13
Sierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.
The Magickal Florist


Four Paws Animal Clinic Open House Oct 21

First Anniversary Open House

Friday, Oct. 21 from 2-7?

Four Paws Animal Clinic
521A Searls Ave, Nevada City

We will be having tours, a reception for our pet portrait artists, free drawings for lots of goodies, including a free pet portrait by one of the artists, refreshments, and some surprise entertainment.

Everyone is welcome!

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Renewing Members


Camp Augusta, Inc.
Judi’s of Nevada City
Larry & Glady Birdsong
New Moon Café
Northern Queen Inn/Trolley Junction
My Favorite Things
Shelly’s Smart Shopper
Soroptimist International of Nevada City
The Little Hofbrau


A Call for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies

The Nevada County business community in coordination with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council (NCERC) announced today a “Call for Companies” interested in presenting at the “2011 Innovative Showcase” scheduled for November 17 at Sierra College Nevada County Campus. The Showcase will attract start-up and emerging companies with high growth potential and connect them with experienced investors and business development leaders.

“It is important to continue to encourage entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in Nevada County to generate critical mass which benefits existing local companies and the community as a whole,” says Telestream CEO Dan Castles who will serve as the Showcase’s featured speaker.

Start-up, early stage, and expansion-stage companies that would like to be featured at the

Showcase should email an executive summary to Ron Moser, NCERC CEO/President, at by Monday, October 10. After meeting, screening criteria for quality up to ten companies selected will present. Selected companies will be notified on Friday, October 28.

Sponsoring agencies include Wavepoint Ventures, Sierra College, Nevada County Business Association, Sierra Commons, and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

If you have been an angel to a start-up, company or would like additional information about this event, contact James Meshwert, Executive Director Nevada County Business Association (NCBA) at or 530.913.0568.

It is expected that business leaders, elected public officials and Sierra College business students, will attend the Showcase. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres scheduled to be available from the Sierra College Foundation. The scheduled Showcase is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. To register, email Cyndi at NCERC at


Ron Moser, CEO/President