Annual Chamber Dinner Feb 2

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
111th Annual Installation Ceremony and Community Awards Dinner

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St, Nevada City
Libations 6pm • Dinner 7pm

Please join us for an evening of fun and entertainment, including Award Presentations (sponsored by Nevada Lodge #13), Board Member Installation, a Raffle and Silent Auction.

Reservations Required.  Download Invitation & Reservation Form


PRESIDENT – Dave Iorns • PRESIDENT ELECT – Valerie Moberg • TREASURER – Gary Tintle
Corey Bristow • Dave Francis • Mike Bryne • Peggy Peterson • John Cammack • Robert Smith • Tom Coleman • Melinda Solis-Day • Kim Coughlan • Barbara Tanner

This evening underwritten by Waste Management of Nevada County

New & Renewing Members

A One Bookkeeping & Tax
Camp Del Oro
Lets Say U Handcrafted Jewelry

Bob Buhlis
g swenor photography
Melanie Soleil Photography
Rogers Picture Framing
Steven A. Roth, CPA

Sierra Commons Moves to New Location

Home Sweet Home

Our new location is 792-A Searls Ave., in the Nevada City 7 Hills Business District

We’re settling into our new place, and we’re loving it.

Our main building, pictured above, is home to our co-working members. It has a small meeting room upstairs that is available to rent by the hour.

We also have an annex building, the Sierra Commons Studio, that can be rented for classes, workshops and meetings. It has an overhead projector, WiFi, and large conference room table. Classroom-style seating is also an option for larger groups of up to 24.

If you haven’t been in and would like to take a tour, call Robert to arrange at 530-265-8443.

Remembering Waynette Trovato

Waynette Trovato, age 65, of Nevada City, CA passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 in Sierra Memorial Hospital Grass Valley CA after a long, courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be conducted February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM with lunch to follow at the Masonic Lodge at 108 ½ North Pine St., Nevada City, California 95959. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests anyone wanting to honor her memory to please consider donating to Scooter’s, P.O. Box 1687 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 or on their web site at All monies go toward vet bills to make an animal adoptable and are tax deductible.

Waynette was born June 25, 1947 in Los Angeles CA to parents Wayne and Frances Steele. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Louis Trovato; her daughter, Nicole Dudley-Rucker (Paul) of southern California; her son Michael Dudley of North Carolina; her mother Frances Goddard; her two sisters, Vikki and Linda; and grandchildren, Grayson, Aiden, and Kerrigan Dudley; and Audrey and Peter Rucker.

Waynette grew up in the greater Los Angeles area in a law enforcement environment. She started working for the Los Angeles Police Department in their Communication Dispatch Center in 1966 at age 19 and worked there for over 26 years before becoming a Management Analyst, from 1992 through 1997, and retiring as a Management Analyst II for the Community Development Department. When her husband Lt. Trovato decided to retire, she decided to retire also, having served 32 years with City. They moved to Nevada City in 1996 where her husband became the Chief of Police in Nevada City. Waynette was an active supporter of the NCPD department until Chief Trovato retired in February 2012.

Waynette was a member of Evangeline Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, with Lou as Worthy Patron in 2005. She was appointed Deputy Grand Matron in 2011. She also was involved in the Nevada County Newcomer’s Club, Red Hat Society, and played cards with a local Bunco group.

Waynette was very generous and loved to cook and entertain. She cooked and served dinners for many local civic organizations over the years. Many people fondly recall the annual “Christmas Tree Cutting” parties hosted by Waynette and Lou on the first Saturday in December, where they gave away Christmas Trees and provided food and entertainment for everyone that showed up.

Waynette was a warm, thoughtful, and giving person who will be greatly missed by all whose hearts she has touched and inspired. She will continue to live forever in all our memories.

Renewing Members

The Total Wellness Academy
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
The Earth Store
United Way of Nevada County
Empire Mine Park Association

Broadband Meeting Feb 12

Do you have a need for reliable, affordable, high speed Internet?

The Gold County Broadband Consortium has scheduled a community meeting for Nevada County in February. Come to talk to the Internet Providers in your service area:

February 12, 2013, 6:00pm-7:00pm at Woolman School, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City.

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen and to speak one-on-one to the Internet Providers about your service.

For more broadband information, visit our blog:

SEDCorp is a non-profit providing expansion of broadband in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. • 530-823-4703


Business Blogging Jan 15th

Jan. 15th, 12 – 1:15pm

Blogging to Grow your Business
Presented by Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

A blog is a comprehensive medium that provides detailed information about your business, services and products and Business Blogging is fast becoming a vital part of any online strategy. When utilized effectively, a blog can be a valuable asset for your company. Erin will give you some tips and ideas for launching your own (free) blogging site so you can increase your community presence and customer base.

If you haven’t visited Erin’s fabulous blog, check it out!

There is no charge to attend, but we appreciate your donation so we can continue providing these public educational events.

Sierra Commons has moved. Their new location is 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, 530-265-8443


Renewing Members

Bruce Ivy Construction
Camp Augusta
Fenrich Enterprises
Mike Bratton – State Farm Insurance
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Nevada City Inn
Nevada County Sportsmen, Inc.
Round Table Pizza
Sierra Vintners
Sopa Thai Cuisine
Spring Hill Manor
Valley Yellow Pages
Woman of Faith Photography

Discounted Parking Permits for 2013


Nevada City Parking Permits will be discounted in 2013. Starting January 1st the city will be offering a 50% discount to merchants and employees who park in Nevada City. For $12 a month employees and merchants may purchase an employee parking tag to park hassle free all day in the Commercial Street lot, Nevada Street lot or Lower Spring Street lot.

The parking permit program will allow merchants and employees parking spaces in the city parking lots which will “free up” meter locations near storefronts for customers.

According to Police Chief Jim Wickham “It doesn’t take long to figure out this is a great benefit to employees as a parking citation is $33 and it costs $60 a month in meter fees to park at a meter all month”. The permits must be purchased in 6 month increments – $72.

Permits can be purchased during business hours at the Nevada City Police Department, 317 Broad Street – Phone 265-4700.

Renewing Members

Donald Prairie Land Services
Green Frog Soap
In The Kitchen
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Inland Business Systems, Inc.
James Anderson
Marie Mirante
Nevada City Crystal & Glass
New Moon Café
Sierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.
Sierra Stages
Szabo Vineyards
Tanglewood Forest Gallery
Utopian Stone


There’s Still Time to Donate!

Dear Nevada City Chamber Membership:

We are excited about our upcoming Annual Installation and Awards Dinner, and have huge support to celebrate our fair City, even in these challenging times. One of the creative opportunities that allows us to have the dinner and recognize outstanding citizens is our “2013 Share the Gift Raffle”. Every attendee has the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes including $500 cash!

Everyone attending the Dinner will have an automatic entry in this Raffle! Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $10.00. We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $25.00. We’ve already obtained dinner gift certificates to local restaurants and overnight stays at unique lodging facilities.

All Donors will be listed in the Installation Dinner Program and announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To support our efforts, please complete the attached Silent Auction&Raffle form. To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received by January 10th.

Thank you all for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce that continues to support you!


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors

Gary Tintle, Tintle, Inc. – 2012 President
Dave Iorns, Nevada City Crystal & Glass – President Elect
Bob Buhlis, Friend of the Chamber – Treasurer
Corey Bristow – Café Mekka
Melinda Solis-Day – Nevada City Self Storage
Valerie Moberg – Broad Street Inn
Dave Francis – Las Katarinas
Mike Byrne – The Willo
Tom Coleman – National Hotel
Robert Smith – The Old 5-Mile House
Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down
Barbara Tanner – Friend of the Chamber

Nevada County Furlough Days Dec 24-Jan 1

Nevada County Furlough Days to Coincide with Holiday Closings

Nevada County wants to remind residents that County offices will close Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the December holidays and previously announced furlough days.

Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations. The following Departments will be open during designated furlough days: Departments of District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Defender.

The County encourages residents to plan ahead for needed services and to visit for on-line services and for additional information on county departments.

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause to citizens who rely on County services. We look forward to serving you on January 2, 2013.

Event Barricade Fundraiser

Safety is always a first priority when planning chamber events. This is particularly true for the parades, and, of course, the Soap Box Derby. That is why we place barricades along the streets during these events. The problem is, we don’t have enough barricades to completely line the event route.

The Soap Box Derby committee has generously donated money to purchase ten barricades, but we need more to satisfy our safety needs. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase at least 20 additional barricades before Mardi Gras in February.

Are you willing to help? For $140, a barricade will be purchased in your name with a permanent plaque attached. You may have noticed that the barricades donated about 15 years ago proudly display the original donors recognition.

Please consider donating funds to buy one or more barricades. You may use the attached form to submit you purchase. Thank you!

Download Barricade Donation Form

Sierra Commons Grad Party Dec 19

Sierra Commons is celebrating the launch of over a dozen new businesses! Our Ignitor Course graduating students are putting on the ritz at a Showcase Party on Dec. 19th, from 2-6pm. This is a FREE community event, everyone is welcome, bring a friend or associate.

There will be food, drinks, demonstrations and products.

A flyer is attached with more information. Please feel free to share/post/attach in a newsletter. The more, the merrier!

After you’ve met our graduates, discovered what new businesses are being launched, and sampled some treats, stroll downtown to Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas.

Download Ignitor Grad Party Flyer

New & Renewing Members

Brooke Hernandez Jewelry

Bill’s Chuckwagon
California Organics
Holdrege & Kull
LeGacy Productions
Shady Creek Event Center
The Parsonage
The Top Dog

National Hotel Chamber Mixer Dec 6

Please join us for everybody’s favorite mixer of the year!

National Hotel
Annual Holiday Mixer
Thursday, Dec 6
5:30 – ?

National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

Chamber Award Winners Announced

Nevada City Chamber Announces Recipients of Annual Awards

Seven Hills School teacher, Steve Davis, has been named recipient of the 2012 Elza Kilroy award for outstanding community service.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Davis for the award in honor of his Bicycle Recycle project that teaches kids the practical skills of repairing bikes that are then donated to the homeless. The project gives the students a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life.

The Kilroy Award is one of several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Other 2012 recipients are:

Miriam Morris was honored with Dr. Leland & Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award. Miriam was recognized for her devotion to the beautification of Nevada City. She has volunteered her gardening talent to the Robinson Plaza and is currently working on Calanan Park.

Paul Emery is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award. Emery, an accomplished musician and producer of many local theater productions was recognized for his continuing support of Nevada County’s theater arts.

The ‘Ol Republic Brewery was recognized with the Stan Halls Architectural Award for their renovation of the Ol’ Republic Brewery located at 124 Argall Way in Nevada City.

Well known musician, Ivan Najera, is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2012 Live Music Award. Najera is a very popular frequent local performer.

The Hirschman’s Pond Park/Trail is being recognized with the New construction award as it has become a great recreational attraction to Nevada City.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 111th Installation and Awards Dinner on February 2nd at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling the Chamber office at 265-2692.