Fur Traders Super Sale-ONE WEEK LEFT!

Chamber Members: There is only one week left! We want to offer the Nevada County Chamber members some FREE STUFF…SHOWCASES….DESKS….CHAIRS  plus many more items all at incredible discounts!!!  We value your continued support through all our years here in Nevada City, and want to pass that thankfulness back to you with these great deals!
We have brought more inventory in from our warehouse, so come on in for your last chance at 50% off (or more!) on our high quality Jackets, Hats, Footwear (Up to size men’s 16, and women’s 12), Sheepskin Slippers, Boots, Summer Sandals and much more!

The sale will be over at the end of April, so there is almost no time left to take advantage of these amazing deals!! Get your Christmas and Birthday shopping done at these awesome prices, only at The Fur Traders at 233 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Nevada City. Our other store located at 303 Broad Street will be open during our closure, and the new Spring styles have arrived!

2017 Economic Development Summit – May 18th

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) 2017 Economic Development Summit called:  Reaching Common Goals is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, and is followed by a separate VIP Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Foothills Event Center.  For tickets or more information visit: The Center for the Arts. To secure a sponsorship or to find out more information about sponsoring the Summit or VIP Dinner, call the ERC office at 530.274.8455.

According to ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory, “This is the once-a-year “can’t miss” event for business, civic, technology, education and other community stakeholders in the region that will provide vital information regarding the state of our economy and the future of our community,” He continued, “our ERC Special Events Task Force for the Summit has put together a compelling program of impressive speakers and practical information relevant to anyone who lives, works or owns a business in Nevada County.


 

2017 Nevada County Business Connections

The Union has partnered with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council to develop a brand new publication that will be a complete guide to opening and operating a successful business in Nevada County, including tips and strategies for building your business, recruitment, education, necessary steps to open a business, retail and business associations and a comprehensive resource guide for business owners.

A full and comprehensive Business to Business publication, this full gloss, mini magazine will be inserted into the Union as well as being distributed to all five local Chambers of Commerce, the Nevada County offices that business owners visit to get licensing and other business requirements, at the Union office to hand out to anyone announcing a Fictitious Business Statement, and will be taken to trade shows and other events by the ERC to use as a recruitment tool for business owners looking to start or relocate a business in this area.

Attached you will find a flyer with a summary of the content and ad rates. The deadline to secure your advertising space in Nevada County Business Connections is May 3, 2017.

Contact Scott Conley at 530-477-4201 or sconley@theunion.com today to reserve your spot in this exciting new publication.    B2B sales flyer

                                                                    

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

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)!  

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

Thank you for those who submitted a photo for their listing!!  Check out these listings: 

Broad Street Inn

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company

Ol’ Republic Brewery

The Fur Traders

The Nevada City Winery

 

 

AAA Insurance Mixer – Thanks for Coming!

Thank you Mike McBride and AAA Insurance for hosting Thursdays Joint Chamber Mixer. A nice crowd gathered to enjoy food, music, raffle prizes and network with those attending.

Pictured:  Mike McBride with son & daughter, Jacob & Alexis

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, 2017, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. Sales tax rates and boundaries can be confusing. Find the correct rate anytime, anywhere boe.ca.gov/taxrate

Nevada City Tax Rate

4/1/2017  8.75 (add in 0.375 Measure C & 0.125 Library Tax)

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

 

 

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!!

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!

TECHINICAL INFORMATION

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.

BUDGET

$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.

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3rd ANNUAL SPRING CLEANING SET FOR NEVADA CITY – This Tuesday & Wednesday!

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

                                                                           

 

 

      

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.

WASHOE COUNTY

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.