Nevada City Wins!

Congratulations to Nevada City for winning the “Heroes of October” softball game against Grass Valley for the third year in a row!



Chamber Ribbon Cuttings!

The Chamber had TWO ribbon cuttings last week!

Nevada City Marketplace
is located at 115 South Pine Street in Nevada City, 265-2124. Caroline Szekely, owner, offers a variety of healthful beverages, fine wines, gourmet cheeses, soups, sandwiches, sweet treats, vegan items and fruit, honey, local pottery and artisan soaps.

Tanglewood Forest
is back and now located at 115 South Pine Street, (800) 854-2521, same building as NC Marketplace! Tanglewood Forest offers the enchanting creations of doll artist, Marci Wolfe. This imaginative group of fairies and gnomes, Tree Elves and Brumbles, gentle witches and kind wizards, along with traditional olde-world Christmas figures are the inhabitants of a magical land: The Tanglewood Forest.

Roofline Christmas Lights

Victorian Christmas begins Thanksgiving weekend and we all want the Nevada City downtown to be the brightest spot on Santa’s route. That means it’s time to tune up, replace, or install roofline Christmas lights.

Most businesses in the downtown area have adequate strings of lights, and will only need a “tune-up” – that is, check the lines for damage and replace burned out light bulbs. This task will be done towards the 1st of November and only to those businesses that register in advance. The deadline is October 22, so don’t hesitate, please let us know right away what you would like done.

As usual, if you have the ability to replace light bulbs on your own, just let the office know so that light bulbs may be reserved for you.

Remember: Turn on lights starting Monday, November 19th (in time for the Thanksgiving weekend) and turn them on every night through Sunday, January 6th.

To save energy, the Chamber recommends using a timer and having your lights come on at 5 p.m. and off at midnight. Please turn lights off after January 6th.


Apply to be in Tabletop Mixer Nov 1st

Apply to be part of the next Joint Chamber Business Showcase/Tabletop Mixer!

Thursday, November 1st
Holiday Inn Express
121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

As a Chamber member you have the opportunity to market and promote your business to potential clients and customers especially during the summer months. Mixers give you the chance to meet potential clients and/or customers and to talk about your business and what you have to offer. Make sure to bring your business cards to hand out to new business prospects.

Table Top Showcase mixers offer a high-return-on-a-small-investment opportunity to present your business.

Application and fees accepted on a first come / first serve basis. We are limiting each business category to one participant.

Download Information Letter & Mixer Application

Contact Theresa Scicluna 530-368-1797 •

NC Methodist Church Halloween Party Oct 31

Nevada City Methodist Church hosts community Halloween party

A safe, low-key, family-friendly environment for Halloween fun is planned at the Nevada City Methodist Church community party at the top of Broad Street.

There will be free games, prizes, cookies, eats and drinks. It has been more than 15 years that the church has been hosting this event and it has become a long standing tradition in the community. Doors open at 6:00 pm for two hours of fun and games with emphasis on the younger children. Parents can hang out and drink coffee and tea while the kids play games and win prizes. All are welcome. All is free.

Who:  Nevada City Methodist Church
What:  Community “Family” Halloween Party
When:  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 31st
Where: 4 33 Broad Street (Top of Broad), Nevada City, California
Info:  530 265-2877 (Church office)

Nevada County Makes Craft Fair Oct 27 & 28

Nevada County Makes 2nd Annual Craft Fair

Saturday and Sunday, October 27th & 28th
10AM – 4PM each day


Over 25 Local Vendors offering quality hand-made items for sale

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be on hand to provide assistance to shoppers and sell their awesome pine cone fire starters

The Friendship Club will be offering holiday gift wrapping, baked goods and warm beverages for sale

There will be a raffle benefiting the Nevada County All Veteran Stand Down

Smiley Guys Smokehouse will be on site selling their awesome food

Download CraftFair Flyer

NC Hackathon Dec 1 & 2

Calling All Software Developers: Create the Next Big App at the Nevada City Hackathon

Sierra Commons, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is organizing the Nevada City Hackathon, where computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic and interface designers, work together on software projects. Teams and individuals collaborate intensively over two days to create functional custom applications that provide immediate value to users.

“The Nevada City Hackathon embraces engineers in our area that excel at their trade and are committed to delivering technology solutions to their customers,” said Robert Trent, Executive Director of Sierra Commons. “Nevada County and our region is teaming with technology-savvy professionals. This event will help strengthen our tech community and showcase local talent.”

The hackathon kicks off Saturday morning, December 1st, with a presentation on cutting edge mobile technologies. Then, participants settle in and focus on completing their applications – working late into the evening. After another full day’s work on Sunday, the event will culminate in a product demo and awards ceremony where products will be judged in the Attendees’ Choice, Most Marketable, and Hyperlocal categories.

Benji Brown, owner of Studio B Flat Games and Sierra Commons member, is helping organize the event. “After going to the iPadDevCamp 2010 hackathon and winning Best Open Source, I continued to participate in various hackathons.” states Benji, “These events allowed me, over the course of just a couple days, to practice my rapid prototyping skills, meet and work with great talent, and all the while working on building something from the ground up that was totally exciting. It’s pretty fun having a cool idea become reality in just 48 hours.”

Dates: Saturday December 1st, 8am-Late and Sunday, December 2nd, 8am-6pm
Location: 107 Sacramento Street, Suite 300 Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: Suggested donation $15-$30


About Sierra Commons
Sierra Commons is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that creates jobs in Nevada County by educating and encouraging local entrepreneurs. By helping people realize their dreams of launching and growing their enterprises, Sierra Commons creates new businesses by accelerating ideas into realities. From concept to incorporation, the flagship Business Ignitor Course covers key businesses principles and necessities, combines class work with individual mentoring, and is taught by professional leaders in the community. Ultimately, through business and job creation, Sierra Commons fosters economic growth and stability. This benefits the entire county.


Post a Blog and Win!

The Outside Inn’s blog, InnSide Nevada City, has teamed up with a few local businesses to help get you ready for ski season. Check out the blog post for some workout ideas at South Yuba Club, including their upcoming Ski Conditioning Class, plus tips on where to get season ski rentals for the kids.

Post a comment on the blog for your chance to win:  We’ve got 2 lift tickets* to Sugar Bowl, a Flylow Gear Apres Ski t-shirt, a $10 off coupon for a tune up at Mountain Rec and a 7 day pass to South Yuba Club. Post a comment on this blog post about your favorite way to get ready for ski season and the Outside Inn will draw the winner on Wednesday, October 31st. See you on the slopes!


Speakers for TEDxGrassValley Sought

Innovative thinkers and doers from Nevada County or the nearby Sierra Nevada Foothills are encouraged to submit their idea worth spreading for this year’s TEDxGrassValley to be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Center for the Arts, 4-9pm. TEDxGrassValley, an independently produced event, operated under license from TED, will webcast the programming and talks from TEDxWomen along with presenting local speakers. This is the fourth TEDxGrassValley to be held and third event to be held around TEDxWomen.

For the first time, the TEDxGrassValley committee is opening up speaker selections to the general public. Those interested can apply online at It is open to both men and women. Deadline November 2nd.

TEDxGrassValley speakers can help shape the future of women and girls in Nevada County and the Sierra Nevada Foothills to change our view of ourselves, our community, and our role in the world. “The Space Between” is this year’s theme, which focuses on how women and girls are changing the world we live in. Speakers are asked to provide bold, unique new insights into emerging research and innovations that may fundamentally shape the course of things to come – both in their disciplines and for all of society.

We’re interested in adults and students from all walks of life and professional specialties – arts, design, technology, health, wellness, business, education, community building, and a million other areas. Each speaker will have 17 minutes to inform and inspire the TEDxGrassValley participants. Speakers will have the opportunity to work with a professional coach on their idea and presentation.

TEDxWomen — hosted by Pat Mitchell and the Paley Center for Media – takes place on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2012 in Washington, D.C. TEDxWomen – themed The Space Between — will live stream to the global TEDx community. Organizers of TEDxWomen events will watch the livestream of TEDxWomen, and have the opportunity to host local speakers. This is the second edition of TEDxWomen – the first brought to the stage speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Dr. Oz and Jane Fonda and was viewed by 120 TEDx communities around the globe.  The event was inspired by TEDWomen, which took place in 2010.

More information at or call (916) 548-7716

New & Renewing Members

An Honest Pie
Primal Grace
Sweet Dreams Bedding & Accessories

Bella Vita Medical Spa
Network Real Estate
Wallis Design Studio

Emily’s Catering & Cafe at Sierra College

Emily’s Catering and Cakes is proud to announce that we will be opening Emily’s Catering & Café at Sierra College – Nevada County campus at 250 Sierra College Dr. Grass Valley, CA 95945. We will be open Monday – Thursday from 7am-230pm. We will be serving delicious breakfast and lunch items all made by hand. Breakfast items include: Seasonal fruit turnovers, lemon cream cheese Danish, raspberry walnut Danish, breakfast burritos and our famous cinnamon rolls with orange zest glaze. Lunch items will include sandwiches, burritos, pasties, fresh salads; along with hot entrees like lasagna, layered polenta and soup. All items will be made fresh daily. Open to the public with free 30 min parking lot to accommodate grab-and-go customers. Opening Oct. 22nd.

“We are honored to be part of the Sierra College family and look forward to serving the students and surrounding community with delicious meals made from scratch. We pride ourselves on using fresh, local and organic ingredients whenever possible and commit to continuing this practice here at Emily’s Catering & Café. We will continue to operate the kitchen and event space at 313 Commercial St. in Nevada City and are looking forward to this new opportunity.” – John Arbaugh

Emily’s Catering & Cakes
313 Commercial Street Nevada City
530-265-4604 • 530-409-3716
Emily Scott-Arbaugh, John Arbaugh – Owners


Wild & Scenic Film Festival Survey

Dear Downtown Merchants,

The 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival is right around the corner, January 11-13, 2013. As always we are looking forward to a festive, eye-opening and inspiring weekend, all to benefit SYRCL’s important work protecting and restoring the Yuba River. Thank you so much for your many years of support, and we expect 2013 to be the best year yet!

We are hoping you will take a few minutes to fill out a survey to give us more information about your interest in being involved, as well as feedback, so that we can continue to improve the festival and your experience. Follow this link to fill it out:  It should take you 5-10 minutes to complete.

Many thanks and I look forward to talking more with all of you!

Shana Maziarz, Creative Director,, 530-265-5961 x203


Elks Ladies Fashion Show Oct 20

Nevada City Elks Ladies of 518 proudly present…

Timeless Fashions
From Vintage to Contemporary Styles

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Hwy 49 North, Nevada City

No-Host Bar 11 am
Lunch Noon
Fashion Show 1 to 3 pm
Door Prizes & Raffles: $20

Tickets Available at Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City or by calling Patty Hughes 530-477-7702 or Sandy Carrion 530-205-9750

Download Elks Ladies Fashion Show Flyer


SED Open Forums

Meetings Set for Regional Economic Development Priorities

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) will hold a forum open to the public to solicit input for SEDCorp’s new five-year plan, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The goal of the forum is to describe the CEDS process and to incorporate public input on future priorities, activities, goals, strategies, projects and action plan. This is an open forum that will focus on the guiding principals for the region’s future activities such as fire fuel reduction, biomass utilization, year-round tourism, adequate infrastructure, wastewater, communications and more. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Sierra County
1:00pm October 17, 2012
Economic Development Commission
Loyalton Social Hall
105 Beckwith Street, Loyalton, CA 96118

Placer County
5:00pm October 17, 2012
Economic Development Committee
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Nevada County
7:30am November 1, 2012
Economic Resource Council (ERC) Meeting
Esterly Hall, Nevada County Association of Realtors
336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945

A copy of the draft CEDS is on SEDCorp’s website, under Publications. If you are not able to attend the meeting, you can provide input at or by calling the SEDCorp office at 530-823-4703.

NC vs GV Softball Game Oct 21

The 4th Annual “Hero’s of October” softball game between Nevada City and Grass Valley will take place on October 21, 2012. We want you there to play! Let Dawn know if you can play this year and she will send more details soon!

Call Dawn Zydonis, Parks & Recreation Supervisor, City of Nevada City, 530-265-2496 x129

Download Heros of October Flyer

Discount For Chamber Members


Thinking of throwing a holiday party this season?

Mountain Event Productions is offering a special Chamber member’s discount for 2012.

We provide:
Classic Holiday music during dinner
Fun and popular music for dancing
Experienced, professional DJs
Emcee services
Lights packages
All genres of music
Wireless mics with professional sound systems
Tailored for every venue and client’s needs.

With this ad promo ID…..”NCCCHoliday2012″…..your company will receive 33% off our normal rate!

Call 272-6293 to book your party now!


Nevada City Winery Announces Label Contest

Nevada City Winery announces a contest for their next specialty wine label. The art will be featured on the label for the Winery’s “Bottle Your Own” holiday wine event on November 17.

Nevada City Winery has a long tradition of creating specialty labels for unique wines or events. Many will remember the commemorative label created for the City of Nevada City’s 150th anniversary last year.

Entrees must be an original piece of artwork or photography. Label specs can be picked up at Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City or requested by email at  Entrees must be submitted as a hi-res digital image (300dpi or better) by Monday, October 8th to Submissions are open to artists living in and outside of Nevada County. The artist whose art is selected will receive a commemorative poster of the label and case of the Holiday wine signed by both Winemaker Mark Foster and the artist.

More than a few small wineries have started in a garage, but we may be the only Winery to begin that way, move on to bigger and better quarters, and still be in a garage. Founded in 1980 in a small garage on the outskirts of town, in 1982 the Winery moved to its present location, the historic Miners Foundry Garage, on Spring St in downtown Nevada City. Remarkably, the Winery is located less than two blocks from where the original Nevada City Winery stood over a century ago.

We are extremely proud of our role in revitalizing the wine industry in Nevada County. Over the years Nevada City Winery has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best Zinfandel, Best Cabernet Franc, Best Syrah and Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the Sierra Foothill Region, awarded by the California State Fair.

For more information go to

Download Label Contest Specifications

Support Service Personnel

Join us in Supporting our Service Personnel and Get More Business!

The Chamber is continuing in its effort of developing a program to connect with our surrounding military bases in order to attract tourist business.

One part we are working on now is inviting the managers at the bases who are in charge of the troops recreation and activities to come to our beautiful town and see for themselves how worthy it is to recommend to officers, troops stationed at the bases.

The idea is to offer these managers a complimentary experience, while we show off our town. Businesses that would like to participate, need to reply to the chamber by email.

Businesses that offer complimentary goods or services to this introductory tour for Rec managers, will be in a good position to benefit from the troops who come to visit us.

Some types of businesses that would be ideal to have participating are: lodging, restaurants and entertainment venues. Other kinds of businesses may also think of ways to contribute and you are welcome to offer something.

We will compose a letter to these managers that will include a list of participating businesses. If you would like to take part, please email the chamber with the name of your business, contact info, including a website if you have one and a short blurb – no more than two or three sentences about your business.

Your responses must be received no later than October 10, 2012 if you would like to be included.

Another aspect of the project is the military discount program, which you may already be aware of. It involves offering a discount to active military personnel when they come here. The chamber has posters available, which can be displayed in your store window, which announce your participation. You may choose the level of discount you would like to offer. Contact the chamber for the poster.

Thank You for Supporting our service personnel.

Employer Seminar Oct 16th

You are invited to the 23rd Annual Employer Seminar

The Foothill and South Placer Employer Advisory Councils, in partnership with the Employment Development Department, will present the 23rd Annual Employer Seminar on October 16, 2012 from 8am-4pm at The Ridge Golf Club, 2020 Golf Course Road in Auburn.

The seminar is designed for human resource professionals, business owners and front line supervisors/managers to help keep their company current on the latest developments in employment law that impact their business operations. In addition, the seminar will feature one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in America, Brian Shul. Don’t miss his inspiring message. HRCI Recertification Credit available.

Cost: $99 (members), $149 (non-members)

For more information or to RSVP, please call 530-823-7000 or email

Download 23rd Annual Employer Seminar Brochure_10.16.12

Download FEAC Brochure & Application