Nevada City Town Hall Meeting April 18th

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Presents


Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th
City Hall

You’ll hear what’s happening around the village from:

Chamber of Commerce
Gary Tintle

City of Nevada City/Courthouse Update
Dave Brennan

Michael Young

Miners Foundry
Gretchen Bond & Dave Iorns

Nevada City residents & business owners are encouraged to attend.  There will be Q & A time – so bring your thoughts to share.


Labor Law Seminar April 18th

The Lawyer Referral Service of Nevada County, the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Business & Career Center are sponsoring the

Nevada County – 2012 LABOR LAW SEMINAR
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Download Registration Form

Comcast Business Class Offered To Chamber Members

As a member of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, you are eligible to take advantage of an exclusive “members only” price from Comcast Business Class for your communication needs.

The full suite of Comcast Business Class products gives you fast Internet service that comes with web hosting for your web site, Cloud Services from Microsoft®, and security to protect your network; low monthly rate phone service with unlimited local and domestic long distance as well as premium features like voicemail, hunt group, extension dialing – included at no extra cost; and, TV to entertain and inform your customers, and to keep you and your employees connected during major news events.

This exclusive “members only” price is $160 for the Deluxe Internet package with speeds up to 50Mbps/10Mpbs ($29.95 savings) or $85 for the Premium Internet package with speeds up to 22Mbps/5Mpbs ($14.95 savings) each month.

Full-featured phone lines will be available for just $29.95 each per month, with a two-line minimum. The Internet and phone promotions can be combined, and both require a minimum two-year contract.

Simply go to and submit your information (including our six-digit code of 259830) to receive the special Chamber offer and start the ordering process. You will need to complete the Submit Member Information form identifying this Chamber so you can be contacted by a local Comcast Business Account Executive to discuss your particular needs, and find the solution that’s right for your business.

Download Chamber of Commerce Referral Program pdf

Download Referral Program Brochure


Rotarians Host Community Program Apr 17

‘Rotary Returns To The School That Fell From The Sky’

Tuesday, Apr. 17 • 7-9 p.m.
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Suggested Donation: $5

Rotarians Host Community Program on Visit to Papua New Guinea

Last year’s visit by local Rotarians to the jungles of Papua New Guinea will be the subject of a video presentation and panel discussion on Tuesday, Apr. 17, at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, in Nevada City.  All interested members of the public are welcome to attend the program, which is sponsored by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. Proceeds from the $5 suggested donation will support schools in Papua New Guinea.  The event opens at 7 p.m. and will include the first public screening of a video of the trip filmed by participant and Auburn dentist Ed Weiss. Members of the Nevada Union High School Rotary Interact Club will be offering refreshments.

Members of 49er Rotary and others traveled to the southwest Pacific nation – one of the least explored countries on earth – last October to conduct dental, building and educational exchanges at two schools founded by the late longtime Grass Valley resident Fred Hargesheimer.  The legendary Hargesheimer was a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot shot down by Japanese forces during WW II. He parachuted to safety and survived 31 days in the jungle before he was rescued and protected by local villagers.  Over the years, he returned to Papua New Guinea many times, where he built schools and economic opportunity for the people who saved his life. His work is chronicled in his book, The School That Fell From The Sky: a WW II Pilot’s South Pacific Tale of Grit and Gratitude, which has been described as one of the best stories of the Pacific War.

The community program, titled “Rotary Returns To The School That Fell From The Sky,” will provide insights into Papua New Guinea, its people and Hargesheimer’s work.  “It will give people a greater appreciation for the work that Fred, as one person, was able to accomplish and tell how Fred’s family and Rotary are carrying on the tradition,” said 49er Rotarian Hal DeGraw, who participated in the trip.  The Rotary Club is also arranging to have copies of Hargesheimer’s book available for sale at the event.  DeGraw said that Rotary proceeds from the community program will benefit the Airmen’s Memorial Fund, which pays for operation and maintenance of the two schools founded by Hargesheimer.

Tickets are available from local Rotarians and will be available at the door.  For information, contact Hal DeGraw at (530) 265-8649 or Mike Ferguson at (530) 265-2715.


Small Business Classes in April

As you probably know, SEDCorp conducts classes every other month geared towards small business owners. For April we are offering one FREE class and several new classes. Here are the hightlights.

NEW: Small Business Marketing – Learn where to put your marketing dollars before throwing ad dollars in no particular direction. Learn the simple, hands-on approach to effective marketing. $55.00
April 18, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Auburn
April 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Grass Valley

NEW: Understanding Your Financial Statements – Learn how to make sense of complex financial reports and discover what they really mean. No prior knowledge of finance or accounting is required. $30.00
April 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Auburn

Take a look at the April class listing for other small business classes.  Educate yourself to make better business decisions.

For more information, visit or call 530-823-4703.


Win a Free Website & Photo Shoot!

The Outside Inn’s blog likes to help promote local activities, events and businesses. We have partnered up with John Burnett Photography to offer a special contest to one lucky Nevada City/Grass Valley business. The prize is a Free Website & Professional Photo Shoot, which will include:

▪ Website with up to six pages (wordpress based).
▪ Widescreen photographic format
▪ 2-3 Hour photo shoot on location (of your business, or service)
▪ content writing, making it a virtual turn-key operation. Interview the client to assess what pages are needed and get an outline of key points per page
▪ $3500 value

▪ Note: Static site only, no e commerce or catalog sites. Must be a business with a physical address located in either Nevada City or Grass Valley. Does not included hosting or domain name fees. Entrants must provide hosting with WordPress functionality (typically around $8/mo for basic hosting.)

How do you enter? Please email Erin at a photo or graphic of your local business, with up 75 words about what your business and a website or facebook page (if you have one). Submissions are open between now and March 30th. On April 1st the Outside Inn blog will showcase the applicants and have a vote for which business should win the prize. Voting will end on April 14th and the winner will be announced on April 15th.

Take the Happiness Survey

Can you measure happiness? Nevada City Happiness Initiative thinks so. From March 23rd to April 6th, Nevada City residents can take the Happiness survey that could ultimately be used to craft city policy. Though the survey will be open to all Nevada County residents, Nevada City city officials will extrapolate city residents’ anonymous survey results only.

The survey is now online at  Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being.

To learn more and get involved with the Nevada City Happiness Initiative email As well, sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter (nevadacityhappy).

Download Happiness Poster



GoNevadaCounty Needs You

Dear Nevada County business owners, community leaders and organizations,

As you know, has launched – the official online guide for Nevada County. The site has a good base of content to promote tourism that continues to grow each week. We invite you to become part of the site – see below for an overview of the website features and ways that you and the public can add to the site!

As tourism related stakeholders, all six members of the Regional Chambers of Commerce as well as Nevada County Arts and the Sierra Vintners are helping to promote the site.

Contribute to the “All Aboard!’ Blog
A major part of driving traffic and creating a content-rich website is the blog, “All Aboard!” We have been posting daily stories that highlight area information, events, history, interviews with locals, ideas for outings with the family and more. As leaders in the community, we invite you to send us your story ideas!

Please email us here:

When submitting a story idea, please be sure to include:
Dates/Times/Location (as appropriate),
Image or Photo (and photographer’s name)
and Links for more info.

Post Your Business Listing
The site also hosts a backend database that holds a rich resource of tourism related attraction-listings and information for Nevada County that are categorized by subject matter (Art, History, Restaurants, Shopping, etc.). As an example, here’s a link to restaurant listings. We currently have over 300 listings for Nevada County and have provided a “submit your attraction” form to allow you to post directly. These free listings allow Nevada County tourism related businesses to promote their business and website on the county’s official tourism website.

Crosslink your Website
Support Nevada County tourism by adding the official Nevada County, California logo to your website and get linked in to the official tourism website. Mutually cross linking between collaborative sites will help grow them all.

To add the official GNC logo and link to your website, simply have your webmaster cut and paste the code below into the appropriate page or pages of your website. You may choose code for two different size logos for use on your website.

<!–start of code for tiny logo–>

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” title=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” alt=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” border=”0″ width=”41″ height=”41″ /></a>

<!–code end–>


<!–start of code for med logo–>

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” title=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” alt=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” border=”0″ width=”71″ height=”71″ /></a>

<!–code end–>

To see a sample of the logo sizes, please visit

V-Tour Video
The site also features the streaming video of V-Tour, allowing viewers to virtually walk the streets of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, to get an interactive view of the downtown areas without leaving their computer!

Please submit content, read the blog, LIKE GoNevadaCounty on Facebook!

We look forward to making a vital resource for tourism and locals alike! Please contact us with any questions and to submit your story ideas:



Sierra Events Issue of Sierra Heritage Magazine

Good morning members!

Sierra Heritage Magazine has been very kind to Nevada County over the past few years, publishing several articles about our attractions throughout the county. The coming issue will again highlight Nevada County in a few different areas. Below you’ll find an email from Sierra Heritage sales manager, Diana Cherrie, which includes some information about the upcoming issue and advertising rates. The more Nevada County businesses that join in, the more visibility our region gets. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.



Sierra Heritage is planning the 2012 “Sierra Events” issue covering Spring, Summer & Fall 2012, and again your Nevada County Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Nevada County section. It is the issue with the overprints of the calendar of events (and some fun sidebars) that is distributed at visitor bureaus, chambers, welcome centers, art councils, events, and many other places throughout the Sierra from April 15 until they run out, which is usually September or October.

A number of events from Nevada County will be included, as well as a sidebar in the Nevada County section on places to stay and eat, and other things to do when visiting the county for an event.

New this year is the digital version of “Sierra Events” that will be on a number of Sierra travel web sites and is available to all advertisers to email or post on their web sites. It adjusts the screen size to computers, tablets and smart phones, and each phone number and web site (ads and editorial) are hot linked, requiring just a touch to visit your web site or call your phone.

In a nutshell:
*20,000 copies go out of market in Sierra Heritage magazine
*35,000 additional copies are distributed free at places travelers visit
*Special, very low, rates for Nevada County businesses

Full page: $1800
1/2 page: $900
1/3 page: $600
1/6 page: $300

Please ignore the rates!  Deadlines are coming soon, so please let Diana Cherrie know right away whether you wish to participate or not.






Broadband Workshop March 29

Got Broadband ?? (High-Speed Internet Service)

To help your community get broadband service sooner, or to enhance your service, we need to learn where service is available now and who still wants it. With your feedback and guidance, the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) can facilitate the earlier expansion of high-speed Internet service networks in the counties of Placer, Nevada, Sierra, El Dorado and eastern Alpine. Please help by attending the workshop meeting:

Date: March 29, 2012
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: Admission is Free, $2.00 lunch (Please RSVP)
Location: Auburn Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 100 East Street, Auburn, CA 95603
(Parking is limited, please carpool)

Be there to tell us what you want and what you need.

Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog:
Please book mark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps.

New & Renewing Members


Deborah Mack
Encore Entertainment
Rolling Dough Pizza Company

Chapel of the Angels Mortuary
Jim E’s Catering
Lazy Dog Ice Cream
Olympia Mortgage
Piety Hill Cottages
Red Castle Inn
Rev. Karen Stone
Rogers Picture Framing
Sierra Commons
Williams Stationery

Workshop Series for Business Leaders March 20

Winter 2012 – Business Tune Up
Workshop Series for Business Leaders
Sponsored by High Performance Advocates, Sierra Commons and The Commons, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday – March 20th 9-11AM

Join the New Economy – Make Money With Your Know How

People may be hanging on to their money these days, but one thing they will buy is the expertise of someone who knows more than they do about something important to them.  Whether you have done something for a long time, studied a subject in depth or are great at teaching some-thing interesting, you can join the new economy:  People who are making money leveraging their expertise.

In this workshop you will:
• Explore your expertise
• Tell your story
• Become indispensable to your customer
• Learn about the tools that can make you money

3rd Tuesdays: 9- 11 AM
April 19 – I Need a Marketing Plan!

Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento St. #300, Nevada City
$35 each

Sign up Here:
or contact

Presented by Ruth Schwartz
Ruth is a certified leadership coach, facilitator of leadership mastermind groups, published author and owner of High Performance Advocates.


Equinox Dinner at Stonehouse March 21

March 21st – 6PM-9PM at The Stonehouse

Join us for a unique farm-to-table experience that will bring you in direct contact with our local bounty, the farmers that tend the crops, and the chefs who transform the food into a nourishing and exquisite meal. Chef’s Shanan Manuel and Pauli Halstead bring together years of culinary experience and a passion for truly local, organic food. This Farm to Table Feast will begin to inspire guests to support our Nevada County economy by purchasing food directly from our local producers, once we know who they are. Our hope is each person will leave with a newly inspired craving for food that is grown by hands we know and trust. Meet your farmers and taste the abundance they provide at our first Farm to Table event!

Spring Fling Equinox Dinner
Wednesday, March 21, at the historic Stonehouse in Nevada City

Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m. – Sausage Crostini with Chard, Red Onion & Sierra Pale Ale Mustard
Country-Style Seated Dinner, 7 p.m. – Savory Greens with Pecan Crusted Sierra Nevada Chevr

Nevada County Free Range Beef Stew with Beer & Tequila
Butternut Squash Gratin
Haricots Verts

Chocolate & Guinness Stout Cake with Chantilly Cream or Berries with Chantilly
Gorilla DeCaf & Organic Teas

The country ‘banquet style’ dinner is $60.00 inclusive of service charge and tax. To reserve your place send a check in advance to Sierra Farm to Table, 423 South Pine St. Nevada City, Ca. 95959. No credit cards! Cash or check please. Drinks and wines are charged additionally at the Stonehouse.

Sierra Farm to Table :
Pauli Halstead (925) 695-6239:
Shanan Manuel (530) 478-0290:


Bowl for Kids Sake March 24th

2012 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Challenge: GALAXY BOWL
Saturday, March 24th, 2012…3pm to 8 pm
At Prosperity Lanes, in Grass Valley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for bowlers and sponsors for the 2012 Bowl For Kids Sake Challenge (BFKS), held at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 24th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bowl for Kids Sake committee chair, Lindy Schasiepen, announced this year’s family-friendly event features a Galactic theme, and encourages everyone to dress up as their favorite extra terrestrial or space traveler.  Everyone can help raise money for this valuable community mentoring program, said Schasiepen, herself a former mentor. Each team is made up of a maximum of 5 bowlers with each bowler raising a minimum of $100. Every bowler who raises the minimum amount receives a free t-shirt. There will be prizes—for the top fundraiser, both individual and team, best costume and top team score.

For more information on putting together a team or being an event sponsor, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (530) 273-2227 or visit our website at under the Events section.

Help put a friend in a child’s life and hope into a child’s future by joining us for the Galaxy Bowl, with real people and ―real out of this world‖ mentors. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 273–2227 and sign up today!

Contact: Dena Valin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, ~ 530-273-2227

Monthly Film Series at Magic Theatre

Beginning March 2012, the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent then very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, thought-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

This month’s feature is:
“How to Start a Revolution” (dir. Ruaridh Arrow) 87 minutes

March 10, 17, 24 and 31
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
1pm, $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Tickets Available at the door

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp.  White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime.

For more information go to