Enhance Your Chamber Website Listing by Adding a Picture or Logo

Promote Your Business with a Visual!

We’ve updated our membership directory to include photos. Send us a photo of your business and we’ll include it alongside your business listing. A large .jpg is ideal, and horizontal, or landscape, aspect ratio works best. If you don’t have a photo, send your logo (although images always look prettier on the page)!  Best regards,

Please email your images to info@nevadacitychamber.com. If you have questions, please call 530.265.2692.



Nevada City Chamber Launches GoFundMe: Commercial Street LED Terrazzo Lights

If you live anywhere near Nevada City then you are probably familiar with the terrazzo lights across Commercial Street; a very popular string of lights that zigzag from one side of the street to the other.

Historic towns like Savannah, Georgia, use terrazzo lights to embellish the pride and sense of place that ultimately enhances the overall experience of being downtown. We want to do the same thing in Nevada City.

While controversial to a few, theses lights have been overwhelmingly supported by the public. We removed these lights last October after a yearlong test pilot was completed. Since then the Nevada City City Council has unanimously approved a permanent installment.

It is the objective of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses and residents to get these lights installed permanently. But in order to do this we have a few steps we need to take in this process.

We can’t do this alone and many hands will make this affordable for all of us. Please help us light up our historic downtown by putting in permanent LED lighting. These lights create a sense of wellbeing, are popular with locals and tourists alike, and reduce crime in the area.

So, this is where you come in: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched!
LINK: www.gofundme.com/commercial-st-led-terrazzo-lights​

Keep the Light in Nevada City!


Upon analyzing the buildings along Commercial Street we have come to find a safe alternative to hardwiring into an actual building and saving a substantial amount of money.

We will have 120 volt plug-in, a driver (power supply) suitable for weather, a messenger, a photo-eye (sun timer that turns lights on and off) and a plastic bubble cover for the outlet. A PVC conduit will take the wire from one side of the building to the other. We will paint the conduit the same color as the building.

It’s important to note that the Mason’s have solar so the electric bill will be reduced significantly. We are expecting approximately $10 to $20 per month. Thank you, Masons!

The wires will be fixed to the buildings with eyebolts and carabineers and the LED strands will be reinforced with poly-covered cable.


$89 per 50-foot string for a total of 500 feet of commercial grade strands, $890

 250 LED lights at 5.75 each, $1,438                                                                             

 Tax and shipping, $150

 Electrical work, $750

 45 foot boom lift (1 day rental), $300

 Hardware, $200

 Poly-covered cable, $150
  Total, $3,878

As soon as we receive our goal we will order the lights, assemble the parts and begin installation before spring is upon us!

Help Us Permanently Light Nevada City!!!

Become a Summer Nights Vendor

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City Celebration

Wednesday Evenings, July 12, 19, and 26, 2017

The Summer Nights celebration is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Vendor sign-ups are now available on our website, www.nevadacitychamber.com.



NCDIG, Nevada City Determined Improvement Group, will be undertaking its 3rd annual 2-day spring-cleaning called, Tuesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 12th, 8am-1pm.

The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Fire Department, Public Works, non-profits, Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Schools, students, service clubs, neighbors and downtown businesses will be pulling out their tools for two days for the undertaking.

The first Spring Madness was launched March of 2016 with approximately 175 volunteers. Once again this year, residents and business owners will be asked to step up and remove graffiti, repaint gas lamps, fire hydrants, and street curbs as well as weed-eat, remove trash, and clear hedges along sidewalks. The city of Nevada City will be providing tools and equipment.

Event organizers highly recommended that volunteers wear the appropriate clothing and bring the tools for the type of jobs they would like to undertake, i.e. paint or scrub brushes, pruning shears, rakes, brooms, buckets, paint trays and rollers, etc. Though tools and equipment will be provided it is first come first serve.

Local Nevada City business, SOAP, is providing a special biodegradable orange-coconut cleaner to reduce its impacts of the run off into Deer Creek.

The check-in and staging area for volunteers will be located in the Chinese Parking Lot next to HAALo, 412 Commercial Street beginning at 7:30am. All volunteers are asked to check in at this location to sign release forms and for directions. The City will be providing breakfast snacks as well as coffee and tea.

Volunteers can sign up onto Nevada City’s brand new volunteer/event website: www.volunteernevadacity.com

Please join us in this extraordinary event! All ages welcome!

Chief Tim Foley

Nevada City Police Department:     Phone:  530-265-4700

                                                                Email:  tim.foley@nevadacityca.gov

Or Reinette Senum                             Phone:   530-264-6048

Nevada City City Council                   Email: reinettesenum@gmail.com

Matteo’s Public Lunch Special Continues Through March!

A Family Friendly Beer & Wine Pub

Visit Matteo’s Public Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am – 4:00pm for a fabulous lunch! Buy one meal at the regular price, the second is 50% off! 

To take advantage of this great offer, just mention the Nevada City Chamber Newsletter! 

Matteo’s Public is located at 300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0782

Check out the full menu





Nevada City First Friday Artwalks – Sign-up Now!

Business & Artist Sign-up Available Now!!

Advertise in First Friday Art Walks Program

“We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks! Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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. To become a participating business, info and sign up form can be found here:  Business Sign-up 2017

We will also be featuring local artisan vendors on Commercial Street, where there will be live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Application and info to become a vendor can be found here: Artist Application 2017

Become a sponsor for First Friday Artwalks:  NC First Fridays Sponsor Form 2017

Advertise in our First Friday Artwalks Program:  NC First Fridays Program Advertising

We look forward to hearing from you and excited about this years event!!

Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter!

Do you want to let people know what your are all about? Having a special? As a chamber member, you have access to our newsletter that goes out every Monday to over 7,000 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 info@nevadacitychamber.com. If you have questions, feel free to call us at  and we are happy to help! 

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo

The Subject: Slashing Nevada City’s Sphere of influence

Nevada City Needs Your Support, Please Join Us!

Thursday, March 16, 9:30am
Eric Rood Government Center

On February 26, the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) held a work shop. The subject: Slashing Nevada City’s Sphere of influence by more than one half, from 3,000 to 1,350 acres. As you may know, the Sphere is the area surrounding the city, but outside the city limits, into which they might logically grow (annex) over time. It is the area to which Nevada City would eventually provide city services such as Fire and Police protection, recreation and sewage treatment.

The key thing here is that within the areas of the city’s Sphere of Influence the county does not approve development projects with more intense land use densities than are in the city’s General Plan. The city, in turn does not approve projects that are more intense than shown on the County General Plan. In other words, the city and its neighbors are protected if the Sphere remains intact. It is pure and simple, the right to self-determination. If the Sphere diminishes, the city has no say whatsoever in the areas deleted.

This decision is about the long-term future of Nevada City.

The City Manager, Planner, and Engineers articulated in detail the city’s ability to provide service to the Sphere areas over time.

Only 15 minutes were allowed for public testimony at the end of the meeting. It was a standing-room-only, packed house. The meeting was therefore continued to Thursday, March 16, at 9:30 am.

One person that did manage to testify was Nevada City Chamber President, Mike Byrne, as authorized by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He read a letter into the record placing the Nevada City Chamber’s support solidly behind the City of Nevada City, and their efforts to leave the Sphere of Influence exactly as it is today.

Nevada City is good for business and its businesses are good for Nevada City.
It is highly important that the strong public support that was shown at the first meeting happen again. So stated LAFCo legal counsel, Scott Browne, at the end of the first meeting, as reported in The Union.
 “The public has a huge influence,” Browne could be heard saying to some members of the public. “I can tell you if you weren’t here, this thing would have gone right through.”

Please join us!
Where and When:
9:30 am, Thursday, March 16
Eric Rood Government Center
Nevada City Needs Your Support!

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance

Attention Nevada County Businesses and Residents Affected

by the Severe Winter Storms, Flooding and Mudslides

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nevada County businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5-14, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Brian Sandoval on Feb. 22, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Churchill, Humboldt, Lyon, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties and Carson City in Nevada; Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties in California; and Harney and Lake counties in Oregon.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Nevada with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s acting Nevada District Director Ben Raju. “Beginning 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Raju continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

South Valleys Library

15650-A Wedge Parkway

Reno, NV  89511

Opens 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center closes 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.125 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 24, 2017.

Nevada City Business Community Parking Expansion Meeting

“ParkEasy Nevada City” Parking Expansion Workshop

Hello Chamber Members:

A meeting is scheduled on March 1st, 9:00am-11:00am at City Hall to discuss parking expansion strategies. The city is looking for a lot of great feedback from our business community. This is an opportunity for you to attend the meeting and share your support and ideas of a plan to increase parking in Nevada City.

Every month for the past couple of years, city officials and chamber representatives conduct a business walk where they visit with the local business owners to discuss concerns and kudos about Nevada City. Every visit has included issues about parking.

Now is the time to make a difference. Please attend the council meeting and voice your support and help move this plan forward.

Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence is Under Siege

Nevada City is Good for Business

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then. Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

This month LAFCo’s Executive Officer is recommending to LAFCo that Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence be slashed from 3,000 to 1,400 acres.  This would be a disaster. Nevada City would receive the traffic from new developments while providing their recreation, jobs and a home base for our schools, but have no say in those future development projects. Nevada City would be left out in the cold.

Here is the history

In 1963 Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) were created in California to the prevent the urban sprawl that was occurring following WWII.  Every California county has one. They are charged with regulating city boundaries, city annexations and Spheres of Influence, the latter being areas that lie outside the city limits.  A Sphere of Influence is the area into which a city might reasonably grow through annexation to provide city services. 

It was my privilege to serve as a City Council Member for twenty years as well as a LAFCo Commissioner for fifteen years. Nevada City has grown gradually and with great care. I believe it has earned right to continue to do so. 

From its original 640 acres, it now encompasses 1,350 acres through annexations. The current 3,000-acre Sphere (outside the city limits) is based on the Deer Creek drainage, as an effective means of delivering sewage to the Waste Water Treatment Plant by gravity flow. Our immediate neighbor, Grass Valley, has a Sphere based on the same principal of gravity flow to their plant, within the Wolf Creek drainage. Both Spheres were established in 1983.

Nevada City has been good for business. The city-owned Open Space lands and miles of public trails that enhance them are a definite, positive draw enjoyed by thousands, including locals and folks from far away. Our Gold Rush history and architecture have been meticulously preserved for decades, and provide the perfect setting for local and visitor shopping.  The City Crew, Police and Fire Departments are top flight for every day activities and our many special events. Our two Industrial Parks, two Office and Professional Complexes, all part of our annexation programs, provide employment for people from far and wide.  We are home to the Nevada County Government Center, the Court System, the Forest Service Headquarters and our local schools. Businesses like Robinson Enterprises, Superior Propane, the Northridge Restaurant, Tintle Inc. and Telestream have all benefited from the city’s annexation program.  The city has benefited as well.

Today we need some help from our business community to preserve our Sphere of Influence.

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then.  Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

Thank you, Paul Matson

Show Your Support & Sponsor a “Big Head” in the Mardi Gras Parade

Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit – Sponsor a “Big Head”

Join Gil Dominguez, Touchdown Productions & Cindy Giardina, Golden Era Lounge and sponsor a “Big Head” for the Mardi Gras Parade on February 19th. Visually – they are impressive! The “Big Heads” will add a lot to the event. The creator of the “Big Heads” is asking the Sierra College Art Dept. to assist by wearing the heads and provide a tender to be along side of the “Big Head” at all times.

The cost to rent a “Head” which includes a person to wear the head and a tender is $150 per head. (there is no profit to the chamber at this price). The Chamber will promote them thru Facebook, Website, press releases, etc. We will have a sign, sash, or some way to recognize the sponsor. Please call the Chamber if you are interested.

Put an Entry in the Parade – Dress in a Costume! Let’s show enthusiasm for our fun little town.

Volunteers Needed for “The Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival & Parade”

“The Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival and Parade” are in need of volunteers on Sunday, Feb 12.  Commitment time would be from 10am – 1:30pm.  Responsibilities include:  (1) carry chairs from a building and set up at the Robinson Plaza as directed; (2) put out barricades and sandwich boards on streets; (3) patrol parade on Commercial St and Union St and other intersections as assigned; (4) control crowds during parade and during Lion and Dragon performance; (5) assist with additional set up at the Robinson Plaza; (6) assist vendors on Union St during set up, if necessary; (7) pick up lettuce from the ground after Lion and Dragon performance and discard as directed; and (8) opportunity to help with strike at 4pm if interested.

Volunteers are to call Jeannie Wood at 530-265-2990 or send her an email at info@catsweb.org if interested.  Volunteers will all meet at the Robinson Plaza at 10am for a quick orientation and assignments.  Most volunteers will be wearing a bright orange or yellow vest for visibility.  Most of the jobs require prolonged standing and/or movement.  Wear comfortable shoes.”

Sierra FoodWineArt – Winter Issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its winter issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County. “Few foothills towns have embraced the boom in craft beers and cocktails more than Nevada City,” one feature reads.

The full-color glossy magazine is distributed in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Amador County and points in between. Its companion website SierraCulture.com is promoted at SacBee.com, and a new digital version of each issue for iPhones and tablets is at digital.sierraculture.com.

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents. For more information email info@SierraFoodWineArt.com.

Ribbon Cutting at Integrated Ayurveda – January 31st at Noon

Integrated Ayurveda

A Holistic Healthcare Cooperative

123 Margaret Lane #C1

Grass Valley

(530) 270-9042

Welcome to our special ribbon cutting event, where we will be serving some delicious and nourishing Ayurvedic treats. We will also host a raffle, offering seven different prizes (including body therapies, consultations, and more), gifted to you by our health practitioners. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated and inspired. We look forward to meeting you.


  1. 30 min. Head, Neck and Shoulder Therapeutic Massage (Total tension release).
  2. 30 min. Hot Stone Massage (10x more relaxing then a regular massage).
  3. One Nasya Treatment (nasal oil treatment to help with allergies, snoring, sinusitis, sleep apnea and headaches).
  4. Heart Basti (opens the heart chakra, cleanses old wounds, releases emotional blockages).
  5. Ayurvedic Tongue diagnoses (Learn immediately what imbalances are bothering you)
  6. 45 min. Wellness Consultation using Herbs, Flower Essences and Diet.
  7. 45 min Clinical Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation

Our  Practitioners:

Kathi Kimmel: Clinical Ayurvedic Specalist, Clinical Nutritionist/Herbalist & State License Bodywork Therapist and Reiki Master.

Gwen Diaz: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and a scholar of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Sarah Cuevas: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Pancha Karma Therapist and Clinical Herbalist.

Amy Branum: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner.

Haven Bundy: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Yoga Teacher and Massage therapist.

Tiffany Luptak: Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Counseler, Yoga Nidra Instructor and Ayurvedic Body Therapist, specializing in Heart Basti Therapy

Michael Van Sciver: Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and Clinical Herbalist



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Information

Based on potential damages identified in the proclamation from Nevada County, Cal OES Individual Assistance (IA) is providing the following information to help local jurisdictions assess physical damages to personal property and hopefully help manage expectations. The first document is from the Code of Federal Regulations and identifies the criteria for an SBA disaster declaration, the second is a Cal OES Initial Damage Estimate (IDE) and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) definition of damages used during the PDA, and the third is a damage survey form that can be customized and used to capture loss information. The attached IDE and PDA Damage Definition document should be referenced when determining the extent of damage to personal property and reporting IDEs.

Also provided below is information on the criteria for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Declaration. Please note that a declaration by the SBA would bring in SBA’s low interest disaster loan program. If the criteria for SBA is not met, assistance to individuals may be limited to services available from local and nonprofit agencies.

The two types of SBA Disaster Declarations are as follows:

Physical Disaster Declaration: At least 25 homes and/or businesses or other eligible institutions, each sustaining uninsured losses of at least 40 percent or more of the estimated fair replacement value or pre-disaster fair market value of the damaged property. Damage must be confirmed through an IA PDA prior to a request moving forward. If warranted, a request for an SBA disaster declaration will be submitted by the Cal OES Director.
Note: homes and businesses can include renters and home based businesses; a rental property can be counted as a business and as a renter; when assessing apartments, each unit with at least 40 percent of uninsured personal property losses will be counted as one.
Economic Injury Disaster Declaration: At least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster. Cal OES IA will work with the local government to survey businesses in the affected area for economic losses by completing an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) worksheet.
PLEASE NOTE: If an SBA Physical Disaster is approved, SBA EIDL is automatically included in that declaration.

I hope you find the information helpful. If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please contact me.

Thank you

Cameron Bardwell

Emergency Services Coordinator
Individual Assistance Division
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, CA 95655

(916) 845-8145 OFFICE
(916) 761-1094 MOBILE
(916) 845-8395 FAX
IDE and PDA Damage Definitions


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