Broadband Consortium Update

Dear Gold Country Broadband Consortium members and supporters/seekers of high-speed Internet access, I wanted to give you a brief update of the status of our project to organize the demand for broadband service and expand broadband infrastructure in the counties of Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and eastern Alpine.

As you know, we submitted our proposal on time for consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and funding from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF). Ours was one of some fifteen proposals submitted from all over the State with most of them covering multiple counties. We’ve been told that the CASF staff is now busily sorting through each of the proposals, and an announcement about funding awards is anticipated by late-November/early-December. With a formal CPUC resolution some time later in December, we could anticipate being ready to go in January 2012. When we do so, we anticipate calling the first major meeting of the entire Consortium membership in order to confirm our direction and have the first breakout sessions by the various stakeholder groups to address the respective state-of-the-art (s.o.t.a.), the state of the locally available services, and how current local capabilities might be advanced towards the s.o.t.a. We will also want to begin the process of prioritizing and scheduling the locations for the initial community outreach meetings. So, there are exciting times ahead. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Thanks for your continued interest and support!

Brent Smith, CEO
Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp)
560 Wall Street, Suite F, Auburn, CA 95603


Nevada City Featured in Sunset Magazine

nevada city featured in sunset magazineSunset Magazine: November 2011By Alison Bing, photographs by David Fenton

Why go now: A slew of galleries, bookstores, and locavore bistros shows off this town’s wild imagination.

Back in 1850: It was the center of the California Gold Rush and the third largest town in the state. And now? Most of the action takes place along Broad Street, downtown’s 4-block main drag, dotted with specialty stores, stamp mills, and an old mining equipment foundry turned artist studio.

The vibe: Laidback times 10, with a spritz of patchouli. Catch a show: Built in 1865, the Nevada Theatre is the state’s fi rst big-time theater, and has staged shows by everyone from Mark Twain to Mötley Crüe.

Power couple: Don’t be surprised if you bump into singer-songwriter and Nevada City native Joanna Newsom with her longtime boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg.

Don’t miss winter: Tahoe is 90 or so minutes away, but you can find more creative thrills at the annual environmental Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Jan 13–15; from $27; and psychedelic Mardi Gras celebration (Feb 18–19;

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Last Weekend for Windows on History

You’re Invited to Step Back in Time at the Windows on History Exhibit in Historic Nevada City, California

What: Windows on History is an exhibit of 47 mural-size historical photographs of Nevada City from 1850 to 1920 with accompanying stories. These photos will be placed in windows throughout the historic downtown at locations where they were originally taken. This unique concept invites the viewer to celebrate life in Nevada City through these powerful photographic streetscapes that contrasts the historic past with the dynamic present.

When: The entire month of October, 2011

Where: In 47 shop Windows throughout Nevada City’s historic downtown. Sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Contact: Cathy Whittlesey 530-265-2692

Table Top Mixer Nov 10th

To Our Members :  What will $110 buy you?

If any of you have spent money on advertising or promotional materials recently, then you know it’s tough to stretch those dollars! Print ads are super cool (if the circulation is good) because they may have a long “shelf” life. Radio ads are wonderful because of the ability to tell a story with enthusiasm. Yellow page ads are effective if you don’t need to tell a story and if your service is a ‘look it up’ kind of service. All these mediums have a place, but believe me, $110 won’t buy you much. Further more, you will only get to speak to someone if they answer your ad!

If you are looking to meet local residents face-to-face and hope to get their contact information to begin to develop a relationship with them so when they ARE looking for your service or product, they will call YOU first, then our Chamber Business Showcase is the place for you! For $110, you will be given a table to display your products and brochures as well as the opportunity to gather leads for an entire evening. Furthermore, you can invite your existing customers to the event for a chance to win prizes and meet other business contacts.

These events are hosted jointly by local venues and by the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and are fully organized by volunteers (other business owners helping you promote your business!). Our last event of this kind will be on Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 – 7:30 at Quail Ridge Senior Living. We still have a few tables left – but time is running out!

Call Theresa Scicluna at 530-368-1797 or email


Deer Creek Inn Offers Chamber Member Benefit

The Deer Creek Inn, a Bed & Breakfast in Nevada City, has created a program for “Businesses Helping Business”.  Nevada County is still a hub of positive business and a vibrant visitor area and we want to help sustain that quality.

We have already established a special rate of $95.00 per night for a single business traveler. Guests at this rate reduction still maintain all of the amenities offered at the standard rates including a multi course breakfast. On occasion, visitors require a stay over a weekend, and if we have availability, we will accommodate. Extra guests and holiday and special event weekends are priced slightly higher.

Now for the best part…. we will be extending this special business pricing to the employees of our local businesses who are members of our local Chambers of Commerce. So – start planning that special anniversary, birthday, or just plain getaway by the creek.

When making a reservation under this program, the employee or the business visitor must identify the associated company as a member of the Nevada City OR Grass Valley/Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.

Chamber member companies and their employees can personally visit the Deer Creek Inn at 116 Nevada Street, Nevada City, or see us on-line at For questions regarding the program or eligibility, please email the or call 530 264-7038.

We hope to see you all soon.

Chuck and Elaine Matroni
Ruth Poulter


Wood Shop for Women Nov 19th

Mud and Pearls has extended the Wood Shop for Women: Demystification of Tools at the Grass Valley ReStore. This class is for the beginner woman who wants to be able to handle basic carpentry but is a bit scared of powertools. The next class is Saturday, November 19th from 1-5 pm. Due to the wide support for this wood shop, we are making this a monthly class, every third Saturday of the month! Get your DIY pass for this class at BriarPatch Co-op or by calling (530) 362-8082.

We are sorry to announce that our December 2nd Chainsaw Class for Women is full. Please check out our website to find our next upcoming classes for chainsaw, natural building and other fun DIY projects.

Thanks to everyone in the Nevada City area who has been so supportive of this burgeoning business!


Made in Nevada County Day

The ERC and The Union have teamed up to create our second annual publication to highlight the businesses, manufacturers and local made producers of our county. Nevada County has some of the most interesting manufacturers with unique products and services. Some of the products produced are being distributed and shipped not only nationally, but globally. Our community really enjoys reading about our local manufacturers’ and what we export out of our own backyards. This publication will be used as a significant tool for the ERC for recruiting and for those looking to move their businesses to our area.

Our deadline to reserve a spot is November 1st and we will need approved content by November 8th. Made in Nevada County will publish in The Union on November 14th so that it comes out on “Made in Nevada County Day”. We look forward to seeing your photo’s and reading more about your business in our popular and exciting publication that is also a local made product.

Please contact Melissa Rhoden to reserve your spot:  (530) 477-4268/

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Elks Lodge Costume Party Oct 28

The Elks Costume Party will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Bar opens at 4:30 PM and Dinner starts at 6:30 PM.

Music by Ed Lawson.  Raffle to be held at the event.

Dinner is Bones/Ghosty Potatoes and other scarey things!

Please make checks payable to Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 and mail to Kim West, 12784 Butterfly Drive, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Questions?  Please call 273-0232


Business Ignitor Course Starts Oct 26

Sierra Commons is presenting a six-week course to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams and launch a business. Much more than a business plan workshop, the Sierra Common’s Business Ignitor Course brings together a group of motivated entrepreneurs, guides them through the steps and provide the tangible tools needed to launch a business by the end of the course. The comprehensive course is action-based and covers topics including writing a business plan, market analysis, marketing strategies, finance and budgeting, accounting, business law and more. Seasoned professionals teach the weekly classes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each topic. Students also meet weekly with instructors for special one-to-one mentoring. The Ignitor Course targets entrepreneurs who have focused business ideas and are committed to moving forward. The instructors understand that it takes a high-level of commitment to start a business, so the sessions are geared accordingly. Sierra Commons leverages our extensive network of business development professionals to transform graduates from aspiring entrepreneurs to inspired business owners.

Graduation Package Worth More Than Tuition
• $300 office space credit at Sierra Commons
• Free Nolo Press Small Business Essentials book
• Free one year Nevada City Chamber of Commerce membership

Course Starts October 26th Space is limited. Seats are filling up fast. Do not miss this important opportunity. Registration Deadline is October 19th.  Signup for the Ignitor Course online at

Our Sponsors:  Nolo, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Pro-Brilliance Leadership Institute, The Alternative Board, Smart-Think-Marketing,, and Robertson, Woodford, Summers LLP


Closing Weekend of “Spelling Bee” Oct 20-22

How do you spell “H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S”? “I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E”? “M-A-G-I-C-A-L”? Test your spelling skills and enjoy a unique theatrical experience at Sierra Stages’ production of the Tony-Award® winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” playing from October 6 through October 22 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

A Nevada County premiere, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is the latest collaboration between local theatre group Sierra Stages and the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

In “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, nerds, neurotics, “Spelling Bee” hilariously captures the angst, exhilaration, and heartache that makes growing up so painful and so wonderful.

“Spelling Bee” is directed by Robert Rossman, with musical direction by Ken Getz, who will also conduct the eight-person band. The ensemble cast includes nine extremely talented local Nevada County actors: Isaias Acosta, Kristine Alcamo, Evan Brienza, Lyra Dominguez, Nancy Haffey, JR Lewis, Rebekah Martino, Kim Wellman and Stephen Wellman.

The last week of performances of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are Thursday at 7 pm, Friday at 8pm, and Saturday at 5pm & 8 pm.  Advance tickets are available online at, by calling 530-346-3210, and at BriarPatch Co-op and The Book Seller, both in Grass Valley. If available, tickets are $25 at the door for Thursday performances and $30 at the door for Friday, Saturday performances. In addition, a limited number of $12 student rush tickets will be available at the door for each performance. 

Note: “Spelling Bee” is recommended for audiences age 12 and above. Some of the subject matter and language may be unsuitable for pre-teens.


BOD Ballots on the Way


Watch your mailboxes for your annual NC Chamber Board of Directors ballot. While it may not be the most entertaining reading material you’ve ever seen, it is important!

Please do not pass over this critical right – we want you ALL to participate in this voting process.

Take an active role in helping to create another hard-working effective BOD for 2012 by reviewing the candidates and sending in your completed ballots.

Thank you,
Barbi Jackson – President, NC Chamber BOD
Co-owner, Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness


New and Renewing Members


Blend Teas
Dandelion Design Studio
Fine By Design Custom Jewelry
Meynell Fashions
Northern Lights
Sonam’s Collection

Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering
Calolea Olive Oil
Christine Foster & Associates
Highgate Senior Living
LeGacy Productions
Marie Mirante
Nevada Lodge #13
Sierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.
The Magickal Florist


Four Paws Animal Clinic Open House Oct 21

First Anniversary Open House

Friday, Oct. 21 from 2-7?

Four Paws Animal Clinic
521A Searls Ave, Nevada City

We will be having tours, a reception for our pet portrait artists, free drawings for lots of goodies, including a free pet portrait by one of the artists, refreshments, and some surprise entertainment.

Everyone is welcome!

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KVMR & Nevada Theatre Public Meeting Oct 18

Dear Friend of the Nevada Theatre,

KVMR and the Nevada Theatre are partnering to build a new home for KVMR and provide a backstage area for the Nevada Theatre on the property at the back of the Theatre. Jeff Gold, the project architect, will be sharing his conceptual renderings and site plans at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 pm in the Theatre, located at 401 Broad Street. Please join us for an opportunity to see the plans and share your thoughts on the project.

Paul Drake
Nevada Theatre Commission

Brook Launches Abstract Series on Open Studios Tour

Nevada City artist/designer LeeAnn Brook will launch a new abstract collage series called “Color360” at her studio on the Western Nevada County Open Studios Tour. With its first time for public viewing, the series features bold, colorful hand-altered materials combined with painting on deep wooden panels.

“My years of work in contemporary landscapes has been a springboard for this new series. I love to paint in a loose, interpretive style, no matter what I do, and I’ve always love to paint abstracts. This series combines my background in design with a bold use of color in a very graphic form that is unique to anything I have done in the past” comments Brook.

“A painting with strong composition and design ideally should work in any direction—upside down, sideways and right side up. I’ve always loved looking at my paintings from many angles when I paint, as it encourages me to see them in a new way, pushing me further to explore unknown territory. “Color360” is a new series of paintings that is inspired from this concept.”

The group of abstract collage paintings are an exclusive, one-of-a-kind line, done in mixed media on 1 1/2” deep cradled wood panels. Designed as a high-end line, they are time-intensive to create and have been strategically developed for optimum viewing. Extremely versatile, they may be hung in any direction—two ways vertically or two ways horizontally, depending on personal preference or a special setting, and provide the flexibility of having four paintings in one.

In addition, Brook will be showing her entire line of large format contemporary landscape paintings, including many new pieces. She will open her studio to the public both weekends of the Open Studios Tour, October 8-9 & 15-16.


Renewing Members


Camp Augusta, Inc.
Judi’s of Nevada City
Larry & Glady Birdsong
New Moon Café
Northern Queen Inn/Trolley Junction
My Favorite Things
Shelly’s Smart Shopper
Soroptimist International of Nevada City
The Little Hofbrau


A Call for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies

The Nevada County business community in coordination with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council (NCERC) announced today a “Call for Companies” interested in presenting at the “2011 Innovative Showcase” scheduled for November 17 at Sierra College Nevada County Campus. The Showcase will attract start-up and emerging companies with high growth potential and connect them with experienced investors and business development leaders.

“It is important to continue to encourage entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in Nevada County to generate critical mass which benefits existing local companies and the community as a whole,” says Telestream CEO Dan Castles who will serve as the Showcase’s featured speaker.

Start-up, early stage, and expansion-stage companies that would like to be featured at the

Showcase should email an executive summary to Ron Moser, NCERC CEO/President, at by Monday, October 10. After meeting, screening criteria for quality up to ten companies selected will present. Selected companies will be notified on Friday, October 28.

Sponsoring agencies include Wavepoint Ventures, Sierra College, Nevada County Business Association, Sierra Commons, and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

If you have been an angel to a start-up, company or would like additional information about this event, contact James Meshwert, Executive Director Nevada County Business Association (NCBA) at or 530.913.0568.

It is expected that business leaders, elected public officials and Sierra College business students, will attend the Showcase. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres scheduled to be available from the Sierra College Foundation. The scheduled Showcase is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. To register, email Cyndi at NCERC at


Ron Moser, CEO/President




Elks Fashion Show Oct 15

Elks Ladies of 518 Proudly Presents a Fall Fashion Show

“Stepping Out in Style”

Saturday, October 15th

Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Hwy 49, Nevada City

Fashions modeled by local community members including Firemen, Policemen, Nurses, Business People, Children & Teens

Bar opens at 11am; Lunch at 12pm; Show at 1pm
Door prizes & raffles

$20 Tickets available at Prospector Nursery
– or call –
Adrienne Lincoln (530) 265-5164
Kathy Speer (530) 575-1360 or 478-0314
Patty Hughes (530) 477-7702


Celebrate Halloween in Nevada City

Trick or Treating

Downtown Nevada City is a favorite spot for local trick or treaters, and Broad Street is filled with an endless stream of  little ghosts and goblins going from door to door to get their treats.   Houses are covered in spider webs and lights.  Trick or treaters are greeted by witches, warlocks, creepy sounds, and smoking cauldrons.  The Victorian architecture of the homes, and the old deciduous trees of Nevada City are the perfect backdrop for Halloween.

Fright Night

Miners Foundry holds its annual Fright Night on October 29th. It’s a fun event with party-goers enjoying a full-bar, food for sale & costumes which range from outrageous to traditional Halloween! Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Tickets are available online at or at the new Nevada City Box Office, located in the Miners Foundry Annex at 325 Spring Street, in Nevada City.

Ghost Tours

The haunted Nevada City historical walking tour explores the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said still to reside among us. Nevada City tours depart  from Robinson Plaza (in front of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street) on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.  Children age 5 and under are admitted free. For further details please call: 530-265-6877 or visit