FREE Business Ignitor Primer April 20th


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
5:30pm-7:00pm @ Sierra Commons

Sierra Commons is presenting a six-week business course to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners launch new businesses in Nevada County. Much more than a business plan workshop, the Sierra Common’s Business Ignitor Course brings together a group of like-minded individuals, guides them through the steps and provides the practical tools needed to launch a business at the end of the course.

The recently completed pilot course successfully launched 14 new start-ups in Nevada County. We are now ready to build on this success with the announcement of the Business Ignitor Course 2.0.

The Ignitor Course targets entrepreneurs who have focused business ideas and are committed to moving forward. The instructors at Sierra Commons understand that it takes a high level of commitment to start a business, so the sessions are geared accordingly. It will be an intense six weeks, but in the end, graduates have the opportunity to transform from aspiring entrepreneurs to inspired business owners.

During the Free Primer Session on April 20th, Sierra Commons’ Brian Gillings will present “Bootstrapping your way to success”. Brian will teach start-up and existing businesses how to leverage limited funds to survive and thrive in our challenging economy.

Learn more about the six-week course and meet members of Sierra Commons, instructors and potential classmates at the free Ignitor Primer Session.

Please let us know you are coming by visiting

4th of July Celebration Sponsors Needed

Dear Community Friends:

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & Grass Valley Downtown Association. As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to host the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Grass Valley this year.  The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.  This is a HUGE Nevada County event, however and we are asking for your support!

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,000), the Fire Marshal’s time ($900), traffic control ($767) Fireworks ($10,000), golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community.  We understand that this year may be difficult but we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

There are a variety of packages to choose from ranging from sponsoring bands and underwriting the Porta-Potties to being a major sponsor.  Please take a moment to view the 4th Sponsorship page and return the form to the Grass Valley Downtown Association office by May 1, 2011.

Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.

Sincerely yours,
4th of July Committee

Download 4th Sponsorship Page

Fundraising with See’s

We have our Easter shipment of See’s Candy now available in the Chamber office.  Selling See’s is a Fundraiser for the Chamber, with proceeds going to help support Chamber events and our Visitor’s Center.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm.

Submissions for Tourism Website Requested

Switchback PR + Marketing, Inc. is in the process of building out and enhancing the newly launched website on behalf of Nevada County tourism, and needs your help to provide data for tourism entities and attractions (lodging, restaurants, shops, etc.).

If you would like your tourism related business noted, and it’s not currently listed in the existing database on the site, please provide the following information:
• Name (of business or tourism attraction)
• Area (choose the region closest to Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready)
• Category (Arts — Gallery, Performing Arts, Theatre, Fairs; Festivals and Events; Food & Wine — Farms, Restaurants, Wine; Historic Park Sites, Museums; Lodging — Bed &  Breakfast, Hotel, Inn, B&B; Recreation)
• Address
• Phone
• Fax
• Website
• Description (provide a short paragraph describing the business/tourist attraction)
• Hours (of operation)
• Please also provide a photo or logo (Jpeg) if available .

Please send information to  Submissions are appreciated by May 15.

Renewing Members

Renewing Members

Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering
Chris’ Auto Body & Glass, Inc.
Extasia, Inc.
Indian Springs Vineyards
Outside Inn

New and Renewing Members

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Camp Fire USA/Camp Gold Hollow
The Hat Store

Renewing Members
American Red Cross of Northeastern CA
Asylum Down
Delta Mortgage Corporation
Law Office of George A. Roberts
LeGacy Productions
Mountain Event Productions
Nevada City United Methodist Church
Nevada County Hearing Aid Center
Retailers’ Credit Association of Grass Valley, Inc.
The Magickal Florest
Williams Stationery
Wolf Mountain Conference Association

Cost-Effective Advertising with Valley Yellow Pages

Give Valley Yellow Pages 20 minutes of your time to explain the outstanding benefit of advertising in the Valley Yellow Pages, and you will receive a $312 credit towards your purchased ad package in the 2011-2012 Grass Valley and Nevada City directory.

Deadline just weeks away for this year!

Call 530-886-8882 for more information.

Download pdf of YPFlyer

Table Top Mixer April 28


Emily’s Catering & Cakes along with the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Present:

Business After Hours & Business Showcase Mixer
April 28, 2011     5:00-7:30PM

At the Grass Valley Veterans Hall

Table tops are available to Chamber members on a first come, first serve basis for $110. Sponsoring a table top is a great way to showcase your business at a fraction of the cost of a mixer. Please contact Emily Scott-Arbaugh, 530-409-3716 or by 4/12 to reserve your spot!

Table-Top-Mixer-April-28Download printable flyer of Table-Top-Mixer-April-28

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New & Renewing Members

Thank you to all the New and Renewing Members of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  Your membership is greatly appreciated!


Bubble & Bows Pet Salon
Catch The Spirit
Darbeads Glass/Art Boutique
Joany Kane
Kurukulla Tibetan Gift Shop
Mud and Pearls
Nevada City Marketplace
Nevada County Escapes
Photography by Chris Harada
Smart Think Marketing Group
Terra Alta Real Estate
The Diner Divine
Vivvi Design
Work Is Worship
Yuba Clothing Co.


A.P.P.L.E. Center
Animal Place
Auburn Printers
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club
California Gold
Chapel of the Angels Mortuary
Cheryl Rellstab – Keller Williams
Christine Foster & Associates/Verger Mortgage & Investment
Cirino’s Bar & Grill
Citizens Bank of Northern California
Creative Cakes by Valentines
Darkhouse Gold Club
Dennis Cassella
Dick Corn
Edward Jones – Peter McDonald
Edward Jones Investments – Jay Benecke
Empire Home Loan Corp.
Eskaton Village Grass Valley
FREED Center for Independent Living
Gold Country Celtic Society
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites
Gray Goose
Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Inc.
Hospice of the Foothills
Ike’s Quarter Café
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Jim E’s Catering
JJ Jackson’s
Kate’s Place
Las Katarinas
Lazy Dog Confections
Lisa Stine, Harpist
Lost Mine Retreat
Ludi Hinrichs Music Services
Madelyn Helling
Main Street Antiques & Books
McGee’s Annex
Michael Merrill
Nate Beason
Nevada City Classic Cafe
Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Nevada City Engineering
Nevada City Postal Company
Nevada City Retreats
Nevada City School District
Nevada City Self Storage
Nevada City Winery
Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty
Nevada County Television (NCTV)
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Old Barn Self Storage
Olympia Mortgage & Investment Co.
Piety Hill Cottages
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Rev. Karen S. Stone
Rogers Picture Framing
Round Table Pizza
Shaw’s Antiques
Sierra Commons
Sperry Van Ness-Highland Commercial
Spirit Winds Thai Massage
SRC Party Center
Stephen C. Haas
Steven A. Roth, CPA
Stevenson Vacation Rentals
SureWest Directories
Terra Alta Development Co.
The Center for the Arts
The Friendship Club
The Fur Traders
The Parsonage B&B
The Roth Estate
The Truffle Shop
The Willo
The Wooden Spoon
Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop
Tributary Whitewater Tours LLC
Underground Gold Miners Museum
Utopian Stone
Walter J. Fraser
Waste Management of Nevada County
WestAmerica Bank
Willow Valley Software
Woman of Faith Photography

NC Gold Raises Money for Chamber

IMS, publishers of Nevada County Gold Magazine, recently presented a check for $2999.47 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2010-11 Nevada County Gold Magazine.

Nevada County Gold and its online companion,, have been designated by the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce as the “Official Guides to Nevada County.” Both provide valuable information about Nevada County, including a yearly calendar of events, maps, a dining guide, and information about recreation, real estate and lodging.

Celebrating 25 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $180,000 for the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce.

With a yearly distribution of 80,000, Nevada County Gold is a free publication that is available at more than 500 Nevada County locations. Additionally, The Gold is featured at the Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, and Lake Tahoe.

For information about advertising in the 2011 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at

Town Hall Meeting March 31st

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Presents update at Town Hall Meeting Thursday March 31st at City Hall from 5:30-7:00pm

Over the past year, the Chamber Board of Directors with the help of the Nevada City business community, local government and Chamber staff created a Strategic Plan to help develop goals and a clear, unified vision and roadmap for the future of the Chamber.

A Town Hall meeting has been called for Thursday, March 31st from 5:30-7:00pm and all Nevada City residents and business owners are encouraged to attend. The purpose of this Town Hall meeting will be to present an overview of the Strategic Plan and the Program of Work for 2011 as well as a description of the volunteer opportunities for 2011.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and be heard about making life (and business) better in Nevada City! For more information call the Chamber of Commerce office at (530) 265-2692.

Following the Town Hall meeting, we will have a brief Victorian Christmas meeting to discuss the current Victorian Christmas Business Model. You must submit an application to be placed on the agenda to discuss any ideas you may have for improving the business model. Please see the attached flyers for details.

Download pdf of  Victorian-Christmas-Invitation with instructions on how to submit application to speak at this event.

Download pdf of Current-Victorian Christmas-Business-Model

Chamber Installation & Awards Dinner, Jan. 29

Barbi Jackson of Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness was elected December 20, 2010, as the 2011 President of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Tintle, owner Tintle, Inc. was elected as the chamber’s president-elect and Bob Buhlis of Nevada City Postal Co. was elected as treasurer.

Other members of the Board of Directors include

  • Michelle Litton, THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB
  • David Painter, SPD MARKETS
  • Peggy Peterson, ASYLUM DOWN
  • Mike Byrne, THE WILLO
  • Kimberly Barnes THE FUR TRADERS
  • Tom Coleman, NATIONAL HOTEL

The new officers and directors will be installed and the Chamber’s special recognition awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 109th Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Miners Foundry.

Annual Installation and Awards Dinner

Six new members were elected to two year terms of office for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. They were elected by the Chamber’s general membership in an election counted Friday, November 5th, 2010.

Returning to office is incumbent, Jesse Locks of the Nevada City Film Festival. Five new members joining the Board are: Kimberly Barnes – The Fur Traders; Mike Byrne, The Willo; Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down; Bob Buhlis – Nevada City Postal Co.; and Dave Iorns – Nevada City Crystal & Glass

Directors continuing into the second year of their two-year terms are: Michelle Litton – The Friendship Club; Tom Coleman – National Hotel; Dave Painter – SPD Markets; Barbi Jackson – Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness; Jim McConnaughay – Country Collectibles; Gary Tintle – Tintle Inc. and Bob Weiner – Judi’s of Nevada City.

Officers and Directors will be installed and the Chamber’s special recognition awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 109th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Miners Foundry.

Annual Christmas Mixer at The National

Please join us for the Annual Christmas Mixer at …
National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City
Thursday, December 10th
5:30-7:30 pm
Come and enjoy Good Food, No-Host Libation,
Raffle & Merriment!!

Please join us for the Annual Christmas Mixer at …

National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

Thursday, December 10th
5:30-7:30 pm

Come and enjoy Good Food, No-Host Libation, Raffle & Merriment!!

Joint Chamber Holiday Mixer

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Shelly’s Smart Shopper Magazine and the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers.
All Chamber members are invited to the Joint Holiday Chamber Mixer on Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Ballroom.  There will be a raffle, food, refreshments, music, dancing, prizes and a no-host bar.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Shelly’s Smart Shopper Magazine and the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers.

All Chamber members are invited to the Joint Holiday Chamber Mixer on Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Ballroom.

There will be a raffle, food, refreshments, music, dancing, prizes and a no-host bar.