Prizes & Donation Request For Installation Awards Dinner – Deadline January 10th

We are excited about our 117th annual Installation and Awards Dinner that will be held on February 2, 2019 at the Miners Foundry. We are seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where we recognize deserving people who have volunteered their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of our creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to conduct a raffle and silent auction, which will offer the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes and generate some money to recognize these outstanding citizens.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $25.

All donors will be recognized in the program, announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle/silent auction and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received in the Chamber office by January 10th.  Please drop your contributions off at the Chamber during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA  95959.

Thank you for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce, which continues our support of you!

Wedding Fair Vendor Booths Available

January 20th, 2019 Booth Reservations

Wedding shows are the BEST way to meet prospective clients. Over 200 brides along with their families and friends visited the show last year. Our Wedding Fair Advertising & Promotions are in place and will be in full swing starting December 26th in time for all those engaged couples! Don’t miss the opportunity to grow your business. Advertising is in place throughout Nevada, Placer and Sacramento Counties.

For more event information visit website
For More information call Donna @ 530.802.3023 Wedding Fair Contract 2019

Goat Fund Me Nevada City!

There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and well being of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly in Paradise, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.

Fortunately, we can do something about it and while the City of Nevada City is taking the lead by utilizing teams of goats for Prescriptive Grazing, we cannot do this alone. Whether you are a homeowner, building or business owner, we are all in the same boat together, equally at risk for catastrophic fire.  To help:


Free Drone Pictures of Your Business from Mountain Pastimes

Mountain Pastimes not only sells the best toys in town, it takes some pretty good pictures of our town. If you need an aerial photo of your business, let me know and I can help you out pro bono. If it helps you, it helps me too just by being a Nevada City business.

– Steve Hillis, Mountain Pastimes  –

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Lulu’s Chocolate Shoppe Ribbon Cutting, Welcome!!

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, December 6th at Noon, welcome to our community!!

Lulu’s Chocolate is certified organic, raw, vegan, fair trade and sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar. Beyond our own brand, we carry top shelf, bean-to-bar craft chocolate by the best chocolate makers in America. Our shop also boasts a variety of other handcrafted artisan products, many of them local to Nevada County.

419 Broad Street, Nevada City (530) 264-7058

Lulu’s Chocolate Shoppe Ribbon Cutting December 6th at Noon!

Please join us for a ribbon cutting at Lulu’s Chocolate Shoppe at 419 Broad Street, Nevada City!

December 6th at Noon!

Lulu Bonner has been making artisan chocolate for twelve years and her products combine her passion for pure, whole foods with her love of gourmet chocolate. All of Lulu’s products are certified organic, vegan, fair trade and sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar. We offer Chocolate Tasting Flights, a top shelf Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Collection and a variety of other handcrafted artisan products, many of them made right here in Nevada County. We’ll see you there!!

Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter & Calendar!

Do you want to let people know what your are all about? Having a special or promotion? As a chamber member, you have access to our newsletter that goes out every Monday to over 8,000 subscribers!

Simply provide a write up along with a graphic (logo, poster, pictures) and we will include your item in the newsletter. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon, but of course the earlier the better. Send your information to If you have questions, feel free to call us, we are happy to help!

Another way to get the word out is to utilize the calendar on our website where you can post your event(s). Once approved, your event will populate several area website calendars. Post Your Event

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo


KNCO “Business Spotlight” Offer to Nevada City Chamber Members

Hello Nevada City Chamber Members: Have you scheduled your time yet?? This is a continuing opportunity for our members!

KNCO Radio contacted us and offered an opportunity for all our members to be featured in a “Business Spotlight” which is actually a FREE commercial for your business or organization. Nevada City Chamber members will be featured on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

This is the plan:

The time commitment by each business or organization is from 3:30 to 4:00 pm, at the KNCO Studio, 1255 E. Main Street, Grass Valley. KNCO representatives will meet with you at 3:30 to review your business or organization and how it will be featured. The Radio airtime is from 3:45 to 4:00 pm.

Jon Katis will be the host and he will also film the “Spotlight” and put it on KNCO’s Facebook page. It’s then available for you to take it from their Facebook page and use it however you feel would be the best way to promote your business or organization.

If this opportunity is of interest to you – please call the Chamber office to be added to the schedule, (530) 265-2692.

The Chamber is pleased to partner with KNCO and offer this new benefit to the entire membership.

Career Technical Education Marketing Campaign


REFERENCE #: RFP No. 19-006 CONTACT: Teri Turner
TITLE: Career Technical Education Marketing Campaign EMAIL:

Project Description
The Sierra Community College District and the Business and Technology Division have issued this Request for Proposal (RFP) to obtain proposals for the development of a comprehensive plan to market the SJCCD CTE programs. This project, named the Career Technical Education Marketing Campaign, will involve the efforts of a full-service professional agency (or group of agencies) that can manage all aspects of this marketing effort in a manner consistent with the branding of the CCCCO and Sierra College.

The goal of this project is to (1) define and raise awareness among current and prospective SJCCD students, high school juniors and seniors as well as their influencers, key stakeholders (such as employers and union groups) and others about the variety of occupational pathways available through career training programs at all SJCCD campuses that can lead to good paying jobs, AND (2) increase awareness and engagement by employers for community college CTE programs. The marketing campaign should address changing perceptions of what career training programs can offer in terms of good-paying, fulfilling and sustained employment opportunities. Additionally, the campaign should motivate and increase enrollment in SJCCD CTE programs and increase employer engagement with these programs. To achieve this goal with limited funds, the campaign must be crafted to reach the most opportunistic target audiences in areas and at times, in which potential program participants will be most receptive to receiving messages.

For Bid information please visit:

The Q&A period for this opportunity starts Oct 26, 2018 3:00 PM PDT. The Q&A period for this opportunity ends Nov 15, 2018 1:00 PM PST. You will not be able to send messages after this time.

Your submission must be uploaded, submitted, and finalized prior to the Closing Time of Nov 30, 2018 1:00 PM PST. We strongly recommend that you give yourself sufficient time and at least ONE (1) day before Closing Time to begin the uploading process and to finalize your submission.

Please note: The timeline is subject to change. If changes are made, you will be notified if you have registered for the project.

County & USDA Partner for Nonprofit & Housing Workshop October 30th

On October 30, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, the County of Nevada and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development are teaming up to host a financial resources workshop geared toward the nonprofit and housing communities. This event is free and open to the public. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, lenders, realtors and developers are encouraged to attend and bring project concepts as well as questions to discuss
in the interactive question and answer sessions.

“We are fortunate that the USDA will be joining us later this month. This programming is exciting because it has the potential to help infuse our county with funding, help homeowners make much needed repairs, and help individuals realize their dreams of owning a home,” said District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller.

The first half of the workshop will focus on funding available to nonprofit organizations and public bodies through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding including healthcare clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities; local food systems such as community gardens or food banks; public safety facilities and equipment; and community support services such as transitional housing, child care centers or community centers.

The latter half of the presentation will cover several financial assistance opportunities available for very-low to moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners. USDA Rural Development offers two home loan programs to help families and individuals buy a home in rural California with no down payment requirement. Funding is also available to make it easier for very-lowincome
homeowners to make home repairs and remove health and safety hazards.

“Meetings such as this help USDA develop strategic partnerships with our rural communities and are critical to our effort to increase economic opportunities and rural prosperity,” said USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann. “My team and I look forward to joining Nevada County leaders, residents and organizations as we discuss local needs and available resources.”

On average each year, USDA Rural Development invests $1 billion to California’s rural communities. Through more than 40 programs, the agency helps create jobs and support economic development, strengthen essential services such as housing, healthcare, and public safety, as well as increases infrastructure for utilities such as water, electric and communications. USDA Rural Development staff will be sharing information about financial assistance programs specific to the County of Nevada.

To RSVP and find more information, please visit:

Wedding Fair Special

Hello All,
I hope this finds you well and getting some rest (or soon too:) from our 2018 wedding season. I hope it was successful for everyone!
I finished up my final wedding this past weekend and I’m ready for the wedding fair season ahead. On that note, please find

This FALL I’m offering something NEW!
October Special {all booths paid in full by October 31st will have the Early Bird Set-up Included/Free}

And, I’m extending the opportunity to choose your booth!
I have had many requests for specific booth spaces for 2019 so I will be accepting EARLY registration that YOU get to choose your spot. This will be on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Many booths are already reserved from our May Special so please request your top 3 choices. Floor plan attached with booths numbered.
To RESERVE your ideal spot, please send in your signed contract with payment in FULL by October 31st. { No exceptions, Please}
BOTH offers will expire on October 31st so sign up early!

Our last fair we saw over 200 BRIDES, that’s almost double the brides we’ve had in the previous 9 fairs!

If you would like to join us next year and be a part of this wonderful community event…..please reserve your booth early!

SAVE THE DATE, this years fair is on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Warmly, Donna

Wishing You Joy
Donna Nice Hoekstra~Joy of Life Events
530-802-3023 cell/text

Wedding Fair Contract 2019 with October Special

Leadership Simulcast Live2Lead Coming to Grass Valley

Live2Lead will be presented in Grass Valley, CA on November 2, 2018 for Non-Profit groups. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by the Barger Group at the Foothill’s Event Center.  Doors open at 8:15am for registration & coffee.  Live2Lead begins at 9:00am and concludes at 1:00pm.

Non-Profit tickets are $47.00 with lunch, or a Table of 8 for $297.00  All tickets are available and can be purchased online at  Live2Lead is also pleased to announce that CEUs and SHM Professional Development Credits are Available.

Speakers include:  John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach.  John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, has sold 30 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation. Tyler Perry, world-renowned filmmaker, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The multi-hyphenate talent has a resume that reads like the American Dream: playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, producer, best-selling author, and studio head. His work, from page to stage to screen, never fails to leverage the power of story to share Perry’s message of hope. Carly Fiorina, Founder and Chairman of Unlocking Potential. Carly became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Prior to announcing her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President in 2015, she served as the Chairman of Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization, and as Chairman of Opportunity International, a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty around the globe through micro-finance. Daniel Pink, Best-Selling Author, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive and A Whole New Mind. One of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade, his books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In 2015, London-based Thinkers50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the Top 10 business thinkers in the world. Debra Searle, professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur.  Her expeditions have included rowing solo and unsupported across the Atlantic and sailing around Antarctica. Debra has also launched four companies, is a published author, and has worked as a host for the BBC and won gold medals for Great Britain at World Championship level. Debra was given an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and a place on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  She later co-founded the Business Women’s Network Forum which meets at Buckingham Palace.

Live2Lead is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate you and your team. Plus connect with other influencers in your community and expand your business network with relationships that produce tangible results.

Live2Lead is being presented to the Grass Valley area by the Barger Group; John Maxwell Team Certified Members. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Sam Barger at 530-559-1092, by visiting or email at

Request for Proposal No. 2019-010 Energy Management System Upgrade



The Sierra Joint Community College District (“SJCCD” or “District”) is one of 114 public California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation serving 2.4 million students. The District is comprised of areas in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. The District operates a central campus located in the city of Rocklin, in southwestern Placer County, California, and two satellite campuses located in Grass Valley and Truckee in Nevada County. Classes are also taught in Roseville and other sites throughout the 3,200-square-mile territory of the District. The District currently serves approximately 15,000 students enrolled in both day and evening classes. Other general information about the District can be found on the District’s website at

Sierra Joint Community College District (SJCCD) desires to engage a qualified energy management systems contractor for a turnkey energy management system (EMS) upgrade at the Rocklin campus. The turnkey installation shall include a complete site investigation of existing mechanical systems, review of existing sequence of operations, design services, installation services, and commissioning support. SJCCD is looking for an expandable solution to address immediate needs and future construction projects across the District including exterior parking and roadway lighting. This project has been identified as an energy efficiency improvement to the District’s campus utilizing the one-million dollar Budget from Proposition 39 Funding. The District has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation process utilizing a best value criteria review as defined in Public Contract Code 20651.7(a) including compliance with Government Code 4217.10 – 4217.18.

Proposals must be submitted electronically no later than October 26, 2018 by 1:00 pm, local time, at the following link, found on the District website: All submittals must be valid for ninety (90) days from opening date. Submissions received after the specified time will be deemed late and will not be considered. There will be a mandatory job walk and conference on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin CA 95677 at 9:00 am PST at the Facilities Building YT1.

The District reserves the right to reject any and all submittals or to waive any minor irregularities in the process. All responses to this request will remain confidential, subject to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

The estimated construction cost of this project is $1,000,000.00. The time allowed for completion is 155 days (completion on or before May 15, 2019) from the Notice to Proceed, with all necessary documentation and invoicing submitted before May 31, 2019.

Proposer shall be a licensed contractor, in good standing, pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code, and licensed to perform the work called for in the contract documents. The successful Respondent must possess a valid active Class C-10 (Electrical), C-7 (Low Voltage), and Class C-20 (HVAC) license at time of award of contract. The Contractor’s State License number shall be clearly stated on the Respondent’s proposal.

Each Contractor bidding on the Project and all Subcontractors performing any portion of the Work must register with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) and be qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 throughout the duration of the Project.

The Contractor and all Subcontractors shall pay not less than the applicable prevailing wage rate for the classification(s) of labor provided by their respective workers; prevailing wage rates are available for review at

The Proposer shall provide letter of bondability from the firm’s surety identifying bonding capacity. Prior to commencing the Work, the Contractor shall obtain and deliver to the District a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Payment Bond each in a penal sum of one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price and in the form and content set forth in the Contract Documents. The failure or refusal of the Contractor to furnish either the Performance Bond or the Labor and Material Payment Bond is a default by the Contractor of a material obligation hereunder. The Surety issuing bonds shall be an Admitted Surety Insurer as defined in California Code of Civil Procedure §995.120 and A.M. Best rated at least A-/VII.

During the term of the services contemplated, Contractor and Subcontractors shall maintain the following insurance coverage: Comprehensive General Liability, with a single limit of $1,000,000 minimum per occurrence. The Comprehensive General Liability policy must name the District as additional insured and contain a primary insurance endorsement naming the District as such. Service provider must also maintain insurance meeting statutory limits under the Workers’ Compensation Law. Service provider shall provide District with satisfactory proof of such insurance prior to commencing the work and shall give District at least thirty (30) days written notice prior to the cancellation of such policies. Failure to maintain the above-referenced insurance coverage shall be cause for termination

Ribbon Cutting at Crumbunny Coffee, Friday October 5th at Noon!

Please join us at Crumbunny Coffee for a Nevada City Chamber Ribbon Cutting. Crumbunny Coffee is located in the heart of Nevada City, 405 Commercial Street next to the New York Hotel Shops.

There will be snacks, music from D.J. K-Bueno, and plenty of coffee and surprises through the day. Crumbunny coffee specializes in single origin and espresso blends that strive to find a balance between the origin characteristics and roast profile to create an iconoclastic and harmonious cup of coffee. Experience the Crumbunny Buzz all over town; Find us at the Nevada County Growers Market with 3 Gingers Baking Company, in Nevada City at the Truffle Shop, Purveyors Pantry, New Moon Cafe, and Twelve 28 Kitchen in Penn Valley! You can also purchase bags of coffee from SPD Market and The Briar Patch Co-op.


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Nominations

It’s that time of year again! We are looking for nominations for the following awards for 2018, to be presented at our annual Installation Dinner held February 2, 2019.

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award

Stan Halls Architectural Award

W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award

Live Music Award

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award

Elza Kilroy Award

Please contact Cathy Whittlesey for criteria and any nominations! or call 530/265-2692.  Deadline October 12th.