Tax Help for Small Business/Restaurant Owners

California is home to hundreds of thousands of small businesses, each critical to the state’s economy.  To be successful, small business owners must comply with many complicated and confusing tax laws. Understanding these laws will help you avoid costly tax mistakes.

The State Board of Equalization has informational brochures to help your business.

Download Watch Out For Tax Traps!

Download Tax Help For Restaurants

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NC Elks Awards Student Scholarships


Pictured left to right: Lou Janakos (Scholarship Chairman), Sean Anderson, Skylar Van Horn, Frank Herwatt (Elks Exaulted Ruler), Emily Price

Pictured left to right: Lou Janakos (Scholarship Chairman), Sean Anderson, Skylar Van Horn, Frank Herwatt (Elks Exaulted Ruler), Emily Price

The Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 presented four students with Most Valuable Student Scholarship Awards of $500.00 each. The students have been selected out of a group of thirty applicants. The students are Emily Price of Nevada Union High School received $500.00 plus $800.00 from the Elks State level; Rachel Olson of Bear River High School received $500.00; Sean Anderson of Nevada Union High School received $500.00 plus $400.00 from the Elks District Lodge and $800.00 from the Elks at the State level; Skylar Van Horne of Ghidotti High School received $500.00 plus $200.00 at the District Lodge level and $1,000.00 per year for the next four years at the Elks National Award level.

Our Lodge is very proud to be part of this program. The students and their parents were also honored at a dinner at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.

Latin Music Dance Band at Stonehouse May 3

Cinco de Mayo weekend with
Los Caballitos de la Cancion

Saturday, May 3
9:30pm – 12:30am
$7 cover
21+ only

The Stonehouse Old Brewery at 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, Ca, is pleased to present Los Caballitos de la Cancion, a 9-piece acoustically driven Latin music dance band from Chico, Cal. Named “Best New Band” in 2013 and rapidly gaining a varied musical audience, their music is a lively and passionate fusion of Latin musical influences from Mexico, South America, and Spain that will no doubt have you on your feet dancing the night away!   

Viva la Musica!

Los Caballitos de la Canción—a new Chico ensemble that delivers a sophisticated mélange of Spanish and Latin American sounds—is a super group of local music-scene giants. Led by vocalist/keyboardist Jo Chavez, the nine-piece features Gordy “The Banjo-ologist” Ohliger (on rhythm guitar here), the Pub Scout’s timeless leader Michael Cannon on another guitar, and North State Symphony’s Amalie Sorensen and Joel Quivey on violins. There’s also Jerry Morano, formerly of Spark ’n’ Cinder (and presently of Black Fong), on tasty bongos, congas, and the box drum, Beltain’s David Cowan on accordion, renowned local guitarist Jim Williford (formerly of Big Mo’s band, among others), and busy local jazz player (and CN&R staffer) Christine LaPado-Breglia on stand-up bass. The material itself, in addition to a few Chavez-penned tunes, includes many traditional works, ranging from the classic Mexican love song “La Malagueña” to the accordion-rich “El Canoero,” which Los Lobos recorded in 2000, and the romantic “Siente Mi Amor,” which Salma Hayek sang in the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Los Caballitos’ sophisticated and polished fusion of Spanish flamenco and Mexican conjunto provides a delicious alternative to the local sound. Though the group’s players’ have their own diverse and accomplished backgrounds, Los Caballitos nicely gels as one. website:

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills in the heart of the Victorian gold rush town of Nevada City CA, the Stonehouse is where memories are set in stone…a destination hotspot for music concerts, banquets, weddings, and special celebrations of all kinds! Serviced with an antique bar, a grill with an international flair, two outdoor patios, a subterranean cave, three separate areas for dining or gathering, a floating wooden dance floor, and a hospitable staff makes the Stonehouse an ideal choice for entertainment.

Public Meeting-Proposed Plastic Bag Ordinance May 1

Nevada City Offers Public Meeting to Address Proposed Ordinance
Banning Single Use Carryout Plastic Bags

The City of Nevada City is holding an open meeting on Thursday, May 1st, to discuss a proposed ordinance banning the distribution of single use carryout plastic bags. Both retailers and the public are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about how the ordinance would affect the local businesses and consumers.

Currently, 105 cities and counties in the state of California have adopted ordinances that ban single use plastic carryout bags and require a fee on paper bags, thereby reducing the overall use of both plastic and paper carryout bags. While the bulk of the ordinances are in coastal communities, inland areas are now adopting such ordinances, including Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Chico and Davis.

In April of 2013, a group of concerned citizens and school children approached the city council asking that they also adopt an ordinance to reduce disposable plastic bags. The city council is now conducting online surveys for both store owners and residents to gather feedback. The surveys are available on the city’s website at (surveys will end April 30th).

The public meeting will take place at City Council Chambers, 317 Broad St in Nevada City, on May 1, 2014 at 6:30pm. A draft version of the ordinance will be presented followed by a question and answer period. This is a chance for the public to voice their concerns or support to their local representatives.

For more information contact:  David Brennan, City Manager, (530) 265-2496 ext 119,

Business Blogging Classes May 13 & June 3


Coryon Redd – Photo by Erin Theim
Erin Theim – G Aronow Photography

Sierra Commons Business Blogging Classes presented by

Coryon Redd/Internet Marketing Guru and Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

Coryon and Erin are back for another action packed class on business blogging, if you missed the first class in January, here’s your opportunity to get an in depth tutorial on business blogging from two of the local pros. The 2 hour class will cover business branding, marketing 101, basic WordPress overview and lots of examples on how to create and market a successful blog for your business.

Take one class or both!  $25 per class

Business Blogging 101: Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

Business Blogging 201: Tuesday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

To Register, go to


NC First Friday Artwalk Returns May 2

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photo by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

The First Friday Art Walk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as our wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will stay open until 9pm every First Friday monthly and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.

It really is a perfect evening event for the family or a great “date night” destination bringing a celebratory energy to Downtown Nevada City while encouraging folks to visit our wonderful businesses while enjoying the art and culture that makes Nevada City so unique. Many other cities have seen such a positive response and turn-out to their own “Artwalks” and with our own tremendously artistic community it seems only natural for Nevada City to host it’s own unique version.

There will also be live music and theatrical performances at various locations throughout the downtown area.  Organizers are also inviting local artists residing in the Downtown vicinity to host open studios to showcase their art. In addition there will be a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Artists between the ages of 4-18 with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

There will be approximately 30 downtown businesses participating by staying open late, featuring local artists and hosting receptions.  There will also be a “Kids Zone” on York Street with some fun activities and art projects for kids of all ages.  Lower Commercial Street will be closed to traffic and there will be the first ever Open Mic on the Boardwalk open to musicians, singers, poets and more.

Mark your calendars: May 2nd, June 6th, July 11th, August  1st, September 5th and October 3rd.  Each month will have a different theme, with the theme for May being “Re-birth”, featuring different local music acts at the Boardwalk Stage and young acoustic musicians on York Street.

Join us in supporting our downtown businesses and our wonderfully creative arts community.

For additional info please contact Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or email  Check it out on facebook!

For photos from last summer’s events check out the Outside Inn’s blog for June, July, August, September, October and November 2013.


Photos by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

4th of July Parade & Celebration

Dear Community Friends,

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.

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 ($6,600), the Fire Marshal’s time ($2,300), fireworks ($9,300), 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 and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

There are a variety of ways you can help. Please take a moment to Download & Review the Donation Form and return the form with your generous donation to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2014.

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

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

Sponsor and/or Participate in NC Art Walk!

The NC First Friday Artwalks are returning May 2nd!

We saw much success with last year’s run and we are looking forward to another fun and prosperous season. If you are in the Downtown area and interested in participating as a destination on our map, here is the link to the online sign-up form…

The deadline to sign-up for May event is April 18th.

Also, we are looking for sponsors for our Summer Season (May 2nd-July 11th). If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring this great event (with great exposure) call or email organizer Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or

“State of the Yuba” Event April 22

SYRCL’s “State of the Yuba” Event is on Earth Day

Like the President’s annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

In addition, SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and River Scientist, Gary Reedy, will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River. “If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch,” urged Caleb Dardick.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, please contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201 or


“American Buffalo” Plays thru Apr 26

Synthetic Unlimited presents American Buffalo, a smart, gritty, adult comedy by playwright and screenwriter David Mamet. Three would-be thieves plan an elaborate heist of rare coins. As junk shop owner Donny draws others into the plot, they turn against him and each other.

Shows from April 10th- April 26th, at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Showtimes are 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and one Sunday matinee at 2 pm on April 20th. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or at The Briar Patch in Grass Valley.



CATS Presents “Miss Saigon” thru May 10

Photo by David Wong

Photo by David Wong

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon, from April 10 to May 10, at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. It is a passionate story on love and war. Imbued music from beginning to end, Miss Saigon is truer to an opera than a traditional musical.

From the creators of Les Misérables, Cameron MacKintosh produced Miss Saigon on the stage, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970′s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. Miss Saigon is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Susan Mason is the director with musical direction by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason. Jeffrey also serves as the conductor of the orchestra. Miss Saigon has a cast of over 20 local, regional, and Bay Area actors.

For ticket information, please visit Tickets are selling fast! For groups of ten or more, there is a 10% discount off the advance rate. Please contact Jeannie Wood at for details. The Friday, April 18, 8:00 pm, performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530-265-1407 or by going to any western Nevada County branch. See you at the show!


The Union’s Home & Garden Show Apr 26-27

Know and Go:

What: The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday April 26 (10-5) Sunday April 27 (10-4)

Why: Get thousands of ideas for the Home & Garden, plus have some family fun!

The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show will be held at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on April 26 & 27. The Spring Home Show showcases over 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden, plus hundreds of crafts, gifts and activities for the whole family.

Come check out the new products on the market, with demonstrations on some of today’s hottest home improvement products and services. Looking for a plumber? An interior designer? Drought-tolerant landscaping? Thinking of going solar? Or want to relax in a new hot tub? Find all of your home and landscape professionals in one place! Plenty of activities for the kids, delicious food and beverages, live music, prize give-a-ways and a full day of fun for the whole family!

Attend one or all of the scheduled Demonstrations on our Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building. Learn basic household plumbing, how to decorate with chalk paint, how to grow vegetables in containers, and so much more!

Free activities for the kids include Hills Flat Lumber’s “Build-a-Birdhouse”, and “Paint a Flower Pot” sponsored by B & C True Value.

This year’s special features include the Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit, Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit, and the Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale. Enjoy live music from “Then Again” on Saturday from 11 to 2, and “Dream and the Dreamer” from 12 to 3 on Sunday on the Pine Tree Stage.

Admission is FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per car.

Nevada City Bag Survey

The city of Nevada City is considering the adoption of a plastic bag ordinance much like the one recently adopted by Truckee, as well as 103 other cities and counties in California. These ordinances ban the further use of lightweight, handled carryout bags, and require a charge, typically 10 cents, for a paper bag or other reusable type bag. The 10 cent fee can be retained by the store to help cover the costs of switching from plastic to paper, and also is proven to help reduce consumption of paper bags over time.

The state of California has a pending senate bill, SB270, which could, if passed, create a statewide plastic bag law. The city council feels it would be better to have local control over its own ordinance. If Nevada City has its own ordinance adopted by Sept. 1st, it would remain in effect and not be overridden by the state law.

Grass Valley and the unincorporated county are also considering ordinances.

To see the other ordinances in effect across California, and learn more, log on to

The city council requests that the survey for NEVADA CITY BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY be completed by April 30th. Paper copies are available in the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office. The online surveys are now on the home page of Nevada City’s website, and the links are here:

World Book Night April 23

On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specifically printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.

On April 23rd, Giver Kim E. Allen-Jones will be handing out 20 copies of “Kitchen Confidential” at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City starting at 4pm and continuing until all books are distributed.

Download Complete Press Release for information and give-away requirements

For more information about World Book Night contact:
Kim E. Allen-Jones • • (415) 254-2203

Springtime at Ananda thru April 27

You’re Invited!

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Over 13,000 Tulips!

Weekends: April 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Open 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $5.00; children 12 and under are free
*Weekday groups by appointment

• Chat with our master gardener and designer

• Live entertainment including PG Wodehouse

• See the award-winning chapel, gift boutique and shrine

• Enjoy our famous maple scones at the gardens, reserve space for a vegetarian lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat or picnic at Master’s Market

• Only 20 minutes from Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada foothills

For peak tulip display information and directions, call (530) 478-7587, email , or visit

Open House at Sierra Commons April 30

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s only co-working facility, will be hosting an Open House Mixer on Wednesday, April 30th from 5pm-7pm at their office location at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. The public is invited to experience the fun and collaborative atmosphere that co-working and Sierra Commons has to offer. Members and administration will be on hand to answer questions about Sierra Commons’ services and co-working facility. Memberships are now available and Sierra Commons is seeking professional and community-minded people to share their office with.

“At Sierra Commons, we share a fax machine, high-speed internet and an address, but we share so much more than that,” says board member Hilary Hodge. “It is a place to share ideas and to receive support for those ideas.” Sierra Commons is an inspired professional community, a place where coworkers share their knowledge, skills and energy, working together in an atmosphere that flourishes with collaboration. It is a business ignitor, a campus where entrepreneurs come together to thrive. In addition to offering desk space to small business owners and independent contractors, Sierra Commons offers business mentoring, classes, conference room rentals, day-use access and more. By hosting a mixer, Sierra Commons is opening their doors to the public so that they can experience Sierra Commons first-hand.

“I look forward to working at Sierra Commons every day because of the intelligent and energetic people that I get to be around,” says Abe Meissler, Sierra Commons member. Abe works remotely as a software engineer and uses Sierra Commons as his home office Monday-Friday. He has been a member at Sierra Commons for almost two years.

Sierra Commons is not just a co-working facility but also a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency which serves as an education center for small businesses in the community. Through their collaborative atmosphere, their classes and their mentoring sessions, Sierra Commons creates business people who expand Nevada County’s professional climate and talent pool, eventually attracting still more entrepreneurs and small businesses. All of this means economic growth for our community – more jobs, increased tax revenue, stronger consumer confidence, and expanding market opportunities.

At the mixer on April 30th, Sierra Commons will introduce their newest board members, reveal recent conference room renovations and offer a special discount on their nomadic membership, which allows people to have access to their wonderful co-working facility. Sierra Commons serves the community in a variety of ways. To rent the conference room, inquire about membership or to get more information, please call the Sierra Commons at (530) 265-8443 or email