Table Top Mixer 4/28

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

Business After Hours & Business Showcase Mixer
Thursday, April 28th
At the Grass Valley Veterans Hall

Come and join in the fun at a Joint Chamber Table Top Mixer hosted by Emily’s Catering and the County of Nevada.  You will have the opportunity to win great prizes, enjoy some delicious food and beverages, and meet & mingle with local business people.  Table Top Mixers are the perfect way to network and possibly meet a new client or customer.

For more information contact 
Emily Scott-Arbaugh at (530) 409-3716 or

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

The King and I at the Nevada Theatre

the king and i at the nevada theatre

Closing Weekend

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, “The Small House of Uncle Thomas,” is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

For showtimes and ticket prices visit:

2011 Nevada City Film Festival Opens Submissions


The 2011 Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) announced open submissions this week. Over the last eleven years NCFF have evolved from an informal gathering of local filmmakers into a significant regional film festival bringing top independent cinema to Nevada County. Combining great programming of short and full-length films, enthusiastic audiences and a truly festive environment, NCFF has become known as one of the most innovative, fun and artist-friendly events on the film festival circuit. In addition to creating a one-of-a-kind experience for both the audience and filmmaker, it offers terrific opportunities to forum with other creative filmmakers and festival organizers.

Last year, NCFF received over three hundred submissions from around the world. These films spanned the various genres of drama, comedy, animation, and non-fiction. Forty short films were selected and screened over the course of the four-day festival. These films ranged between 2-3 minutes to a few feature-lengths, with the majority being between five and twenty minutes long. These films pushed creative boundaries, exhibited excellence in storytelling and in true art house fashion, left audiences talking about them for months afterwards.

In past years, NCFF has attracted a healthy mix of both award-winning local filmmakers and industry players, from director Mike Mills (THUMBSUCKER) and music supervisor Brian Reitzell (LOST IN TRANSLATION), to documentarians Arne Johnson and Shane King (GIRLS ROCK!) and comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the cult television show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Local filmmakers that have had a consistent home with NCFF include Mike Bloebaum, who debuted his documentary “My Musical Life” on Music In the Mountains’ young composers program at the 2010 NCFF, up and coming filmmakers Erinn Clancy, Jason Sussberg, and Patrick Kack-Brice, and the winners of last year’s KSK Young Filmmakers Grant Jeff Dunant and Camen Hodges.

Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, NCFF ensures that all filmmakers have a great experience. Exhibiting filmmakers vie for great prizes, including a $1,500 Special Jury Award and the $500 Audience Choice Award. Filmmakers can submit their film using Withoutabox, it is extremely easy to set up and you can use the system for free. If you are a resident of the Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sacramento or Colfax areas please contact NCFF via email for information on how to submit your film free of charge. Deadline is May 25, 2011.

2nd Annual Passion Into Action Women’s Conference

PIA_posterPopular KVMR radio show and multi-media program See Jane Do, will present the 2nd Annual Passion Into Action Women’s Conference featuring keynote speakers Nina Simons of Bioneers, feminist icon Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D., Tiffany Dufu of The White House Project, and author Kathy LeMay plus workshops, musical performances by MaMuse, Fishtank Ensemble and The Feather River Singers, a Haute Trash fashion show and more, Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley.

Last year, nearly three hundred women and men traveled from around the state and through snowy conditions to attend the sold-out conference that included inspiring women’s speakers and activists along with motivating hands-on workshops. This inspired gathering of hearts and minds, creates a space for women to tap into their passions, and through action, make them a reality.

This year’s featured speakers include NINA SIMONS, the Co-Founder & President of Bioneers. Bioneers is a national nonprofit that helps highlight, gather and disseminate breakthrough solutions to our most pressing environmental and social challenges. This October was the 21st Anniversary of the annual Bioneers Conference held in San Rafael, CA which attracted over 3500 people from around the world. JEAN SHINODA BOLEN M.D., is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical and personal wellsprings of experience. She is a major advocate for a United Nations 5th World Conference on Women and past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered. TIFFANY DUFU, president of The White House Project. In 2011, Tiffany became president of The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. Tiffany has forged new partnerships, strengthened the Corporate Council, and refined the organization’s strategy. Having now raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls, she has been featured in The Seattle Times, The New York Times and NPR, and is a frequent speaker on nonprofit fundraising and women’s leadership. KATHY LEMAY is the founder, president and CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and philanthropic individuals with social action planning worldwide. Kathy, who began her global activism in war-torn Yugoslavia where she worked with women survivors of the siege and rape-genocide camps, has been a social change fundraiser for fifteen years, raising millions of dollars in the fields of women’s human rights, hunger and poverty relief, HIV/AIDS, and movement-building. Kathy has provided social-change fundraising and generosity trainings to hundreds of organizations throughout the world—including top-level executives at, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and CitiFinancial—as well as being a prolific public speaker on strategies that advance the movement for justice and empower women to come into their own voices. She has appeared on numerous tv and radio shows including Oxygen TV and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to these world renowned speakers, Passion into Action: A Women’s Conference features 15 workshops lead by leaders in their respective fields on self development, green living, health & wellness, leadership and the value of you. From training women to take the lead and learning how to bring communities together around green issues to writing your story and upcycling your clothes, there is something for every person looking to connect with like-minded people to have a positive impact on themselves, their community and world.

Workshop Leaders Include:


See Jane Do is a social change multimedia production that captures the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things for the planet. In November 2008, See Jane Do received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and nationally acclaimed community radio station KVMR based in Nevada City, CA to produce a series of twelve one-hour radio magazine programs to be aired monthly. Thus far, they have successfully generated twenty-four episodes, which features interviews with Gloria Steinem, Joan Blades of Momsrising and Moveon, founders of BlogHer, Chef Ann Cooper, Marie Wilson of the White House Project, Gloria Feldt, Goldman Environmental Winner Marie Gunnoe, among others.

Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley, CA

FRIDAY 630pm DOORS, 7PM “OPENING NIGHT WITH NINA SIMONS plus Nevada Littlewolf and performances by The Feather River Singers”

SATURDAY 8:30am REGISTRATION, 9am- 5:30pm CONFERENCE, go to for a complete agenda of workshops and times.

Limited number of tickets available for purchase – only 250 tickets available!

Ticket Price: Friday “Opening Night With Nina Simons” & Saturday Conference (includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch) $95adv/$105 door, Friday “Opening Night With Nina Simons” Only $35adv/$45door, Saturday Conference Only (includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch) $70adv/$80door. Tickets can be purchased online at:

A portion of the proceeds go to The Friendship Club and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.

New and Renewing Members

chamberNew Members
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