Grass Valley-Nevada City Arts Cultural District

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District Partners:
─ Nevada County Arts Council
─ City of Grass Valley
─ Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
─ City of Nevada City
─ Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Business Outreach 2018

Dear Business Owner,
You may have heard that Nevada County is now home to two state designated districts – Truckee and Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural Districts. We now have a unique opportunity to market and support our cultural districts in creative ways that create real return on investment for you.

In the original state application, we defined what culture means for us. As well as the arts we referenced the downtown shopping experience that our cultural districts offer. We referenced our tasting rooms and vineyards, our walking trails, our historical landmarks and sacred spaces, our indigenous peoples, our rivers and lakes, our outdoor lifestyle. All these appealing features make Nevada County not only a destination for tourists but a fabulous place for regional conventions, conferences, fairs and festivals.

How Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District will help your business:

Cultural travelers spend more and stay longer than other types of US travelers

Cultural tourists are predominately affluent and well-educated Baby Boomers. With more than half preferring leisure travel that is educational, Baby Boomer cultural travelers want to engage with locals through “immersive experiences.” 4 in 10 will pay more for distinctive lodging (boutiquehotels, bed and breakfasts, etc.) reflecting a destination’s culture

In a psychographic comparison of the generations, 73% of Millennials “want to engage a destination’s arts and cultural assets” – the highest rated activity of importance

More than two thirds of all Millennials rated “authenticity” and diversity in experiences as
extremely important

How you can participate? We have two avenues for our stakeholders:

1. Invest in Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District
2. Put Social Media to work for all of us!


Nevada County Arts Council Business Members will be listed via a live link and logo on a special members page for Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District at

Your business will be referenced through our social media campaigns to drive Cultural District visitors to you as a supporting business

We will always start with our supporter businesses as the go-to for photo shoots, treasure hunts, pop ups, and scheduled spontaneity

To join us, visit Nevada County Arts Council at and join us. Business membership will automatically enroll you as a Cultural District supporter – and revenue from Nevada County Arts Council’s Business membership category will be directly linked to Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.

Social Media:

We know that Social Media isn’t always easy. To help, we have the following suggestions as well as a free workshop on how to promote your business through the #GVNCCulturalDistrict lens.
– We recommend posting or encouraging posts to your Yelp review site
– In addition, post to your Facebook page and Instagram
– Post at least a couple times a week
– Encourage your followers to share your posts
– Share business and event links to your followers
– Mention other businesses as well as artists and events in your posts
– Increase engagement on FB by creating sharable posts
– Boost your post on FB and Instagram
– Hashtags to use:


There is compelling evidence that a focus on cultural tourism in Nevada County will reap greater economic  return on investment for us all. Join us in telling our story and benefiting from being part of the Grass Valley-Nevada City Designated Cultural District.

Catharine Bramkamp                                             Jesse Locks
Nevada County Arts Council Board Member    Nevada County Arts Council Board Member
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2018 First Friday Artwalk Sign-ups

We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks with many exciting plans  for the upcoming season.  The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.  Participating Downtown businesses feature local artists and host a reception/open house every First Friday evening monthly. We have seen the increased revenue and foot traffic for participating businesses and throughout downtown during the last four years of Artwalks and look forward to seeing this event grow with your continued support. With our recent designation as a Cultural District by the California Arts Council, we have tremendous potential for this season to be more successful than ever.

Participants are encouraged to stay open until 8 or 9pm every first Friday of each month and will host a reception (i.e. Local Artist, Trunk Show, and/or Performance).  We have a roster of curated artists who are interested in being featured and can help “curate” a local artist for your business if needed.   There will be live music of interest to all demographics and interactive arts activities at different locations throughout downtown (all free to the public).

This is a family-friendly event and will be encouraging people to shop INSIDE the stores.

The benefits to being a participant are:

Supporting a downtown event which is designed to get folks strolling downtown and INSIDE the stores and bringing awareness to our designation as a Cultural District. Your business will be featured on the Artwalk map which 500-1000 copies get printed and distributed during each event.

We will have an active and aggressive Facebook/Instagram marketing campaign with daily featured businesses with links to your website or Facebook page.  Even if your business is not on social media, your name is seen by thousands who are.

First Friday Dates for 2018 Season are;

June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

2018 First Friday Artwalk Business Application

2018 First Friday Artwalk Advertising Application

2018 First Friday Artwalk Sponsor Application

2018 First Friday Artwalk Artist Application

We are also looking for more business owners to be part of the planning process and volunteer! If you are interested please contact Cynthia at 530-575-8846 or

Meet the Lenders April 5, 2018

This is the 2nd of 6 Small Business events the U.S. Small Business Administration, Sierra SBDC & SCORE has planned in Nevada County for 2018. Presenting to you “Meet the Lenders” on April 5th, 2018, from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Nevada County Economic Resource Council Bldg., 104 New Mohawk Rd., Nevada City Ca. 95959.

We will have 12 Business Lenders & Business Resources that have unique loans available only to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter!

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 at  and we are happy to help!

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo


Nevada County Cannabis Monthly Social Mixer & Joint Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday March 27th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Join the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance for its monthly Social Mixer open to all. To start the evening, there will be a joint chamber ribbon cutting with Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers!

The Alliance is excited to have Michael Funk be the feature speaker. Funk’s career began with a grassroots organic food business focused on helping the planet and promoting farmers’ use of less pesticides. He then formed Mountain People’s Warehouse (MPW) in 1976, a business that soon expanded beyond produce to include perishables, bulk and groceries, and grew to become the largest natural foods distributor in the Western U.S.

Funk will share inspirational words about the history of natural food co-ops and natural health stores, the need for distribution channels with the buying power to compete in the marketplace and how to leverage the history of organic farming in Nevada County to establish a similar organic cannabis industry.

Nevada City Seeks Volunteer Coordinator

The City of Nevada City desires to recruit a volunteer to help us recruit, communicate with and organize our volunteers. There are several volunteer events throughout the year that are hosted by the City and some events that are in cooperation with other organizations, such as Scotch Broom Pulls with Sierra Streams Institute. The person in this position would work with Department Heads on city events, promote volunteer events on the City’s volunteer website, and insure that all volunteer waivers are collected and organized. For more information, contact Dawn Zydonis at 530-265-2496 x 129.

Nevada City Volunteer Coordinator – Job Description

2018-Nevada City Employment Application

Want To Get Better at Business – Expand, Grow?

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council, Business & Career Network, and Sierra Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council present business classes for small and medium business owners and entrepreneurs who want to grow.

Three free workshops will take place in the morning and a wrap up event will take place in the evening. The Free Classes include building a business plan, marketing overview, alternative funding and the wrap up will focus on what we heard during the three workshops, concerns, ideas and answers. In other words, if you can’t make the morning workshops, you can attend the evening “Greatest Hits” and get the answers to the most popular questions.

March 22nd 8am-10am: Alternative Financing: Beyond Conventional Loans w/Kristin York
April 12th 8am-10am: Startup & Expansion: Business Plan for your Goals w/Leslie Williams
May 3rd 8am-10am: Marketing Strategies: The Big Picture w/Catharine Bramkamp
June 5th 5:30-7:30pm: Greatest Hits: Answers to your Business Questions”

Nevada City Tax Rates April 1, 2018

Know Your Tax Rate

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates will take effect on April 1, 2018, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. Sales tax rates and boundaries can be confusing. April 2018 City Rates

Nevada City Tax Rate

4/1/2018  8.375 (Measure L 0.375 sunsets)



7th Annual Summer Camp & Activities Fair – Call for Vendors

Do you offer summer camp programs or activities for children and youth? If so, parents are looking for you. It can be a tough search to find the right programs for children. We have an excellent way for you to meet those parents and get the word out about your programs. The Summer Camp & Activities Fair has been an overwhelming success for both parents and vendors. If you offer summer camps or summer programs, you do not want to miss this amazing community event. The Fair is designed for vendors to promote their programs and for parents to ask questions and meet the people who will be spending time with their children. Register to be a vendor and you could talk about your program with more than 300 families! While the Fair is designed to promote programs for school-aged children, vendors who offer programs to any age group are welcome to register. Reserve your spot and you will have the opportunity to meet families, tell them all about your programs, and even accept registrations that day.

This is the 7th year that Nevada City Parks & Recreation and the Parents’ Resource Guide are partnering for this event. Any vendor who is registered for the Camp Fair by the March 15th deadline will be included in the Camp Fair ad that is printed in the Parents’ Resource Guide Magazine. That’s a bonus promotional opportunity for your program.

The Camp Fair will be held at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, on May 5th from 10am to 2pm. Currently we are asking for summer camp and activity providers to contact us about being a vendor at the Fair. We also welcome sponsors for the event. All sponsorship funds are used as camperships to send underprivileged children to a camp of their choice. Vendors can receive a discount on their booth for being a sponsor. For more information about being a vendor, contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496 x129. To find out about promoting your program with the Parents’ Resource Guide, call 530-265-8342.

New PSA on Voter’s Choice Act Released by Secretary of State’s Office

Big improvements are coming to elections in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties in 2018 thanks to the California Voter’s Choice Act. To help prepare voters in these counties for these changes, Secretary of State Alex Padilla released a new public service announcement as part of a comprehensive public education campaign.

“In counties implementing the Voter’s Choice Act, voters will now have more options for when, where, and how they cast a ballot,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “We want voters to be informed about expanded early voting opportunities, secure ballot drop-boxes available throughout the county, and full service vote centers for those who prefer to vote in person or who need assistance. This new video will help voters take advantage of these exciting new improvements.”

In 2018, all registered voters in these counties will automatically be sent a ballot 28 days prior to Election Day. Voters will be able to return their ballot by mail, deliver it to a drop-off location, or cast it in-person at any vote center in the county.

In December, Secretary of State Alex Padilla unveiled a Voter’s Choice Act website: The new website has useful information about the Voter’s Choice Act, a calendar of key dates, and a tool kit for stakeholders and voters interested in learning more. The Secretary of State will partner with county registrars and community organizations in participating counties to inform voters about the election improvements.

The Voter’s Choice Act (SB 450), a landmark election reform measure, was sponsored by Secretary Padilla and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.

Click here to watch the video


Joint Mixer at The Stone House

A nice crowd gathered to celebrate The Stone House, thank you for coming!!

The newly renovated Stone House is now open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner and Sunday brunch. Offering locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine and outdoor patio seating. The Historic Stone House can also host special events and weddings of all sizes. For more information visit

The State of Parks & Recreation in Nevada County

February 10, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will present


Join the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County for an in depth look at the STATE OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN NEVADA COUNTY. Panel guests will be Nevada County Supervisors Richard Anderson and Hank Weston, Howard Levine, Mayor of Grass Valley, Dawn Zedonis, Parks and Recreation Supervisor for Nevada City and Marty Coleman-Hunt, Executive Director of Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The panel will revisit the League’s 2015 Study on Parks and Recreation and will discuss significant recent developments in parks and recreation that are happening in our county. The panel will also vision strategies for the future.

Please join us for this very timely discussion that affects all of Nevada County residents and visitors. Location is Peace Lutheran Church 838 W. Main St Grass Valley. Beginning at 9:30 AM for refreshments with forum to start at 10 AM and conclude at noon.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. You may learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at or by visiting our Facebook page.

You are Invited To The Stone House Joint Mixer

February 1, 2018  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the Nevada City and Greater Grass Valley Chambers joint mixer on Thursday February 1st. A great time to network with businesses and enjoy the newly renovated Stone House! Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the beautiful downstairs bar.  See you there!

The Stone House  107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City


SBA Offers “Sierra Business Fusion 2021”

The U.S. Small Business Administration, with the support from SCORE and the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are bringing to Nevada County “Sierra Business Fusion 2021,” a series of six Free Business Events and Classes. These events will present information from over 40 Federal, State, Nonprofit and local government agencies that have programs and services to assist entrepreneurs and business owners. These additional business resources are to supplement ongoing business services already being provided in the Sierra foothills by programs like SCORE and the SBDC. The first event “Business Incentive Event & Kick-off” will be held February 1, 2018, at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley Ca. from 11:00am to 2:30pm. At this FREE event; six different agencies will present their programs that can have a real positive effect on a business’s bottom line.

A few Grant and Incentive programs that will be presented on February 1, 2018:
• A program that offers a 50% wage reimbursement during training period of new hires.
• Grants to help Independent Ag producers with working capital, business plans and feasibility studies.
• Grants and Loans for capital investments in infrastructure for aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion and recycling & Manufacturing facilities that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• There are also community Grants to help larger segments of entrepreneurs and business owner develop their business to improve their business performance.
***** Eligibility requirements may apply. *******
To learn more about these upcoming events contact to your local Chamber of Commerce or visit All six events in 2018 are FREE to the public but space is limited so please register early.

About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit

A Public Stakeholder Meeting – Shaping the Future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.

Nevada County Arts Council, together with the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City and both Chambers of Commerce, will facilitate a convening on Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm at the Rood Center. The topic is: “Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.”

City Staff and Councilmembers, our Chambers of Commerce and Nevada County Arts Council will welcome members of the public for a presentation on the California Cultural Districts Program, and progress towards priorities established since becoming designated as one of only fourteen Cultural Districts in July this year.

Howard Levine, Mayor of Grass Valley says: “Since late summer we’ve been meeting with stakeholders around what our priorities should be during the first two years of our five-year designation. A clear emerging priority is defining a Community Arts Plan for our district, together with making sure that the story of our twin city cultural district is shared far and wide.”

Last week representatives from both Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District attended the first Northern California Cultural District Summit. At the invitation of Shasta Arts Council, with funding from the McConnell Foundation, representatives from Redding, Eureka and Downtown San Rafael Cultural Districts compared notes and discussed opportunities for their unique designations together with Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “We look forward to following last week’s Summit in Redding with one sponsored by California Arts Council to which all Californian Cultural District representatives will be invited to continue the conversation around the progression of district priorities together with vital benchmarking.

“Meanwhile, we have been advised by California Arts Council that one of its five yearly public meetings will be held here in early summer 2018 and we are thinking of arranging our follow-up Summit to follow this important public meeting. For sure, our stakeholder meeting in January will be excellent preparation for this.”

Tudor continues: “Meanwhile, we are making headway in important areas. Local artist Rich Good is working on a branding concept for Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, and we are gathering a key marketing team together including Jesse Locks and Catherine Bramkamp. By January we will be able to share the outcome of this but for now, we can report that we have secured funding for an economic impact study for our entire county. All three cities and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council recognize the value of this data – providing as it will the meat on the bones for future arts planning.”

Jon Blinder, Board President at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “Ultimately, we’ll be able to create a countywide Cultural Plan but for now the key thing is for our districts to be able to draw upon their own specific data. Data from each of our cities will lend a compelling case for support for the arts which prospective funders will find hard to ignore and which all our arts organizations will have access to.”

For Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s public stakeholder meeting on January 25 Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District partners welcome interested community members from all sectors. Duane Strawser, Mayor of Nevada City, says: “Stakeholders from our business, health, and education communities – as well as our County Supervisors and Departments – all have a role to play and will all enjoy the results over time. We need everyone to pitch in – and we’ll be ready with information and the beginnings of a toolkit to share.”

Robin Davis of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce says, “Nevada County isn’t just a stunning place to visit – our rich arts scene is almost unparalleled in California and offers a compelling reason why any business would want to move here, and why any family would consider relocating. Let’s all talk about how our California Cultural District designation can work for everyone.”

In November 2015 Nevada County Arts Council facilitated a countywide Town Hall meeting on the State of the Arts in Nevada County at the request of the City of Grass Valley. Howard Levine, speaking then for the City of Grass Valley, said: “We’ve got so much going here. Nevada County is a great place to work and play. So how can we offer up a model for success, a benchmark for achievement – while enjoying our diversity countywide?  We are hoping artists, audiences spanning all performing arts disciplines, and representatives from arts organizations and the businesses that support them, will all join us for this special meeting of hearts and minds.”

Tudor says, “Today, just two years on, all three of our cities are recognized by the State of California as having thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities, and we have been selected as part of California Cultural District’s pilot cohort to shape a keystone program for future generations.” Nevada County Arts Council’s Board President, Jon Blinder, adds: “We invite the public to float ideas with us on January 25 – and we’ll have lots to share.”

For additional information contact Eliza Tudor at (530) 718 0727 or by email at

 Know and Go (Save the Date)

 What:             A Public Stakeholder MeetingShaping the Future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District

When:             Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm

Where:            Board of Supervisors Chambers, Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959

Who:                Nevada County Arts Council, the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Admission:     Free

Information:  Contact Eliza Tudor at (530) 718-0727 or


Nevada County Gold Magazine “Give Back” to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $2438.16 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This contribution represents a percentage generated from advertising revenue in the 2017-2018 Nevada County Gold Magazine and Celebrating 32 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $267,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.

Locally owned, Nevada County Gold Magazine is designated as the “Official Guide to Nevada County.” The Gold provides valuable information to its readers, and is the “go to” resource for events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate, lodging, and much more.

With a yearly distribution of 85,000 published once a year, Nevada County Gold is initially available at more than 600 locations including monthly distribution at Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, Bay Area, Sacramento, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno/Tahoe Visitor Center, Sierra and Placer counties, and of course, Nevada County. Targeted distribution to key locations in Nevada County and throughout Northern California is continued throughout the year.

In addition to the print magazine, advertising in “The Gold” includes an individual display ad on, “The Premier Website to Nevada County” featuring a dynamic online presence linked to your website.

For information regarding reserving a display in the 2018-2019 32nd Anniversary Edition, contact Cale Hoddy: or 530-903-7025.




Purveyors Pantry Ribbon Cutting, Welcome!

 Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

Welcome to Purveyors Pantry on Broad Street. Be sure to visit their incredible store and sample some of their many offerings.

Enjoy a local culinary adventure by tasting your way through Purveyors Pantry’s retail tasting room, a true brand experience. With over one hundred different locally made sauces, condiments and spreads available to taste, you’re sure to find some new culinary favorites. Purveyors Pantry also produces jams, spreads and sauces for a number of northern CA farms and artisans – all available to sample.

Purveyors Pantry’s Kitchen focuses on all natural and organic ingredients, responsibly sourced. Dine on freshly baked muffins, cookies and breads, have a great bowl of house-made soup or lite fare menu on the weekends. You will truly enjoy this locally focused culinary adventure.

Open Daily: 10am to 5pm

220 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA