Grass Valley’s Wedding Fair January 21, 2018 – Become a Vendor

Each booth space will be rented to one business only. Anyone representing more than one business will be required to pay for each additional business they are representing. Businesses may request to be have their booth placed next to another vendor however room location will be determined by the newest applicant. Each business must pay for a booth. Both participants will receive their business name included in all The Grass Valley Wedding Fair promotional material that lists wedding fair participants. All participants who are paid in full by January 1, 2017 will also be included in the “Wedding Day Program” to be given to each bride and groom as they enter the Wedding Affair.

All vendors shall be required to offer a “Wedding Affair Special” that could include a discount on pricing, packages or add on service. “Wedded Affair Specials” shall be mentioned in our advertising.

All vendors are encouraged to provide a gift or favor that can be distributed to each couple.

All reservations will require a signed contact and 100.00 non-refundable deposits. All booth space must be paid in full by January 1, 2017. If space is not paid in full by two weeks prior to fair date vendor will forfeit booth space.

2018 Wedding Fair Vendor Registration

Pascale Fusshoeller Receives Nevada City’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

Editor & co-founder of YubaNet, Pascale Fusshoeller, has been named recipient of the 2017 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award, established in 1969, annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Fusshoeller for the award to honor her dedication to Nevada City by providing news to the community and real-time coverage of wildfire incidents in Nevada County. “The Board appreciates everything Pascale does to keep Nevada City residents apprised of happenings in the community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey. The Kilroy Award is one of the several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other 2017 recipients are:

Barbara Tanner, Nevada City event coordinator, is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award.

Sierra Stages is the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.

Rebecca Coffman, was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award.

The Music In the Mountains Young Composers Program is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2017 Live Music Award.

Dan Reinhart Masonry was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 116th annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 3rd at the Miners foundry.

Elevation 2477’ Application Approved for Cannabis Dispensary

Dear Community Members:

The team of Elevation 2477’ is deeply grateful for the opportunity given to us Wednesday night, when the Nevada City Council selected our project to run its first medical cannabis dispensary. The Mayor and council members had an extremely difficult job. All three applicants presented formidable proposals.

We are pleased that our dispensary will provide patients with knowledgeable service and educational programs that can help them achieve their chosen path to wellness. We are excited to create a community-centric facility that embodies the values of Nevada City, including hands-on community involvement and support for local organizations.

Nevada City officials effectively pioneered a path forward for local cannabis businesses to enter the regulated marketplace — businesses that could create jobs, pay local taxes and create community engagement programs for local organizations. As the first licensed medical cannabis business in the city, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to prove the city right in its desire to see a model dispensary.

Our team believes the most important winner in all of this is the patient.

Our hope is that moving forward, we can all work together for the patients in this county who deserve superior care. We encourage everyone who supported any of the applicants to continue to show up in support of a fully integrated cannabis industry in Nevada County — one that upholds the values of organic agriculture, sustainability and a deep sense of responsibility for how we treat our environment.

It has been a pleasure to have been involved during the ordinance writing process to create a safe and strategic plan for the future of cannabis in Nevada City and the county. Our team embodies the spirit and values that the city set forth for its first medical cannabis dispensary.

This is an historic moment for Nevada City and Nevada County. City officials were brave and innovative and trusted us to establish a winning business model in a highly regulated and highly volatile industry. We are proud of the dispensary we are offering the community. Collectively, we can craft a vision for what is possible for our county. And we remain grateful for the opportunity to help bring that vision to life.


The Elevation 2477’ Team
Daniel Batchelor, Christina Rosmarin, and Jonathan Hogander

Nevada City Chamber Board of Elections Results

The votes have been counted and the following people were elected to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for a two year term.

Election Results – Congratulations!

Matthew H. Haas – Friend of the Chamber

Barbara Tanner – Friend of the Chamber

Carissa Stroh – Friar Tuck’s Restaurant

Hilary Hodge – Sierra Commons

Homer Nottingham – Vital Energy Arts

Tom Coleman – National Hotel

Barbara Johnson – The Madison House

Teresa Berliner-Mann – JJ Jackson’s

Linda Hansen – Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe

Gretchen Bond – The Miners Foundry

Directors who will continue for one more year are:

Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down & Yabobo

Paul Emery – KVMR

Steve Moberg – Friend of the Chamber

Kim Coughlan – Novak’s Menswear & Lady Pendleton

Robin Danos – Tri Counties Bank

Mike Byrne – The Willo

Matthew Margulies – Matteo’s Public

There Are Only 3 Ways to Grow a Business

Jacob Griscom, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant – That’s right, there are only 3 ways to grow a business:

  1. Increase the number of customers
  2. Increase the average transaction value per customer
  3. Increase the number of transactions per customer

I’ve learned to call this “Customer Value Optimization,” and I use it to build a checklist of areas to grow a business, often for free, but always at a profit.

 These are the 7 leverage points that make an enormous impact on your bottom line:

Step 1 – Determine Product/Market Fit

How well do you really know what your customers want?

If you haven’t specifically asked them about their needs and challenges, or haven’t asked recently, I can guarantee there are golden opportunities to grow here.

Step 2 – Offer a Lead Magnet

With a fresh perspective on your customer’s needs, you can offer potential customers something irresistible to generate a steady stream of new leads.

Step 3 – Offer a Tripwire

What’s a low-dollar high-value offer that new leads will be hungry to say “Yes!” to? THAT is a “tripwire” offer designed to turn more leads into customers as quickly as possible.

Step 4 – Offer a Core Product

These are your “bread and butter” products or services at the core of your business…they are always ripe areas for continual improvement and conversion. (Hint: See Step 1)

Step 5 – Offer a Profit Maximizer

These won’t be for every customer, but they make your core offer better, faster, stronger, safer, easier, etc. These are the “Would you like fries with that?” offers for your business.

Step 6 – Choose a Traffic Source

NOW is the time to focus on advertising, search engine optimization, networking, radio, newspaper, or any other way people will find your business.

If you’ve done the first 5 steps, every dollar, minute, and bit of energy you spend on promotion will give you a higher return on your investment.

Step 7 – Create the Return Paths

At each step in this customer journey, people may forget, get distracted, have other priorities, or “get around to it later.” Return paths plug the leaks and bring people back in wherever they left off.

One of the best things a business owner can do is take the time to get fresh outside eyes and new perspective on how to grow and better serve their customers.

That’s why I’m available to sit down with you for a FREE personalized walkthrough of the 7-step Customer Value Optimization checklist for your business.

 Let’s see what we come up, and if you’d like help implementing any of this, I’m available for that too.

 You can contact me right here:, or give me a call 530.210.6247.

Harmony Ridge Lodge Mixer – Thank You!!

The beautiful Harmony Ridge Lodge looked festive for the joint Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers Mixer held on Thursday, November 2nd. A wonderful assortment of food and drink was offered. The new owner, Yenkang Liu was a terrific host, greeting his guests and giving some details of the future for the lodge and property. Former owner Jamie O’Donnell was also on hand, helping with the transition of ownership.

From the perfectly decorated luxury suites to the gardens and extending into the Tahoe national forest everything at the lodge is a pleasing combination of Nature’s best and inspired human design. Outside the doors you’ll find decks for lounging and star gazing, and fenced acres of wooded gardens for strolling (great for safely exercising your dog). The Pioneer Trail, directly across from the lodge, is a favorite for both cycling and hiking. The property provides a perfect place for weddings and events!

Thank you for a great evening of meeting and networking with our business community!

Harmony Ridge Lodge – 18883 Highway 20, Nevada City (530) 478-0615

Yenkang Liu (new owner) & Jamie O’Donnell

Ribbon Cutting Today, Monday November 6th at NOON!

A ribbon cutting will take place at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Nevada City today, Monday November 6th at noon. Please join us in welcoming Jacob Griscom, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant.

Hair Lounge Ribbon Cutting – Welcome!

A ribbon cutting took place on Monday, October 30th, welcoming the Hair Lounge to our membership and community! Check out the brand new Hair Lounge full service salon and barber shop where modern meets industrial in a relaxing urban setting. Upscale and affordable for Men and Women. Offering all hair and barbering services along with skin care and waxing. Monat…a full line of botanical based vegan hair care products are available for purchase. Make an appointment today with Dawnelle Casey (Owner), Leni Russ, Paige Shafer, Thom Greathouse  or Autumn Bryant! 

Hair Lounge – 305 Railroad Avenue #10, Nevada City – 530/264-7749

SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Nevada City and Oroville

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – District Director Heather Luzzi of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Sacramento District Office today announced the opening of two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by the wildfires that began Oct. 8, 2017.

“SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application,” Luzzi said. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Department of Development Services

Fire Assistance Center

7 County Center Drive

Oroville, CA 95965

Opens 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26

Thursdays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closes 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Eric W. Rood County Administrative Center

950 Maidu Ave.

Nevada City, CA 95959


Opens 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23

Mondays – Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closes 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8

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 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.75 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.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Dec. 11, 2017. The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 12, 2018.

Nevada City Chamber Board Elections

By now you have received your ballots to vote for new and incumbent board members. There are ten vacancies on the Board of Directors of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. The candidates have indicated a desire to serve on the board and have been nominated. They will be elected for a two year term. Please cast your votes by Friday, November 10th at NOON!!  You may mail in or drop off at the Chamber office, no emailed or faxed ballots will be accepted.

Directors who will continue for one more year are: Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down & Yobobo; Paul Emery – KVMR; Steve Moberg – Friend of the Chamber; Kim Coughlan – Novak’s Menswear & Lady Pendleton; Robin Danos – Tri Counties Bank; Mike Byrne – The Willo; Matthew Margulies – Matteo’s Public

Questions?? Call our office (530)265-2692

Thanks to all that serve on our Board of Directors!! 

The Hair Lounge & Nevada City Chamber Invite You to a Ribbon Cutting October 30th

Join Us At NOON on October 30th!!

The Hair Lounge – 305 Railroad Avenue #10, Nevada City

Come and see the brand new Hair Lounge full service salon and barber shop where modern meets industrial in a relaxing urban setting. Upscale and affordable for Men and Women. Offering all hair and barbering services along with skin care and waxing. Monat…a full line of botanical based vegan hair care products are available for purchase.

Mane Event Salon Ribbon Cutting

The Mane Event Salon is a new business in the 7 Hills District where we had a ribbon cutting on October 19th. Thank you to those who attended!

From Modern hairstyles to classic designs, The Mane Event has been a favorite of many looking for a trendy or classic styles in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area for over 20 years. Their friendly hair care and beauty specialists, Julie, Johana & Bradley are ready to bring your Hair and Beauty back to life. When you look great you feel great and they are committed to providing the best in hair and beauty services.

Call for an appointment: 530/477-8866

538 Searls Avenue, Nevada City

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, evenings by appointment.

Saturday 10am – 2pm (walk-in’s only)


Circular Retail Clothing Display Rack – FREE

Offering to any Nevada City Chamber (or downtown Nevada City) merchant a free circular retail clothing rack. Great shape, just needs cleaning.
Contact Duane or Connie at Tour if Nevada City Bicycle Shop – 530-265-2187

Mane Event Salon – Ribbon Cutting Thursday, October 19th at Noon

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & the Mane Event Invite You……

Come join us for a ribbon cutting at the Mane Event, a new business in the 7-Hills Business District! Everyone’s invited to welcome the Mane Event to our business community. See you there!

Mane Event Salon, 538 Searls Avenue  Nevada City  530/477-8866

Talk Like TED Workshop: Creating a Dynamic Presentation

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is Presenting a Workshop

“Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century,” says Carmine Gallo in his bestselling book Talk Like TED. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is presenting a workshop on Friday, October 13, Talk Like TED.

For nonprofit organizations and small businesses to reach their maximum potential, they must be able to communicate their ideas and tell their stories in ways that capture the attention of partners, donors, volunteers, and the public.

Join CNL and presenter, Janice Dunn, to find out what a TED talk is and how you can create and deliver one of your own!

Attendees will:

  • Dissect a real Ted-style talk and gain the understanding of how & why it works.
  • Learn how to identify and define your focused ideas.
  • Create an outline/framework from which to develop your own messaging in TED-style to impact the organization, business or causes you care about.

Suggested Participants: Anyone who communicates on behalf of an organization or business

Date and Time: October 13, 2017   8:30am –12:30pm (check-in begins at 8:00am)                                                                                                

Location: Seventh Day Adventist Church,  2889 Osborne Hill Rd, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174)

Cost: $60 – CNL Member organizations ($40 for each additional attendee from one member organization); $75 – Not-Yet-CNL member.  Fee includes continental breakfast. (Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 11)

For more information:

League of Women Voters General Meeting Announcement

October 14, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church

You vote, and you take a great interest in politics, but as the political climate evolves, you’d really like to know…”What do the major political parties stand for?”

Your local League of Women Voters invites you to hear for yourself from a representative of the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican parties explain their missions.

Linda Erdmann will represent the Republican Party; Donn Coenen will represent the Libertarian Party; Ben Emery will represent the Green Party; Peter Minett will represent the Democratic Party.

Join the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County for a timely and refreshing discussion. Cookies and coffee served at 9:30 with program from 10 am to noon. Peace Lutheran Church 848 West Main St Grass Valley.

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.

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource/Adult Day Care is Celebrating!

It is HELPING HANDS 10th year Anniversary as a non-profit serving our communities and celebrating with its

Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser and Open House

Thursday Oct 12th 4pm-7pm.

Joining in the event, A RIBBON CUTTING with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce AT 5:30. It’s a Tri-county Chamber event!

There will be hourly raffles and wonderful prizes and gift baskets. AND FOOD! As always, The Spaghetti Dinner includes French bread, salad, desert and drink! Dinners can be eat in or take out. A donation of $10 is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from this fundraiser will provide respite care for dependent adults in our community who live at home with a primary caregiver. Live music provided by the wonderful Local Band PURDON CROSSING.

HELPING HANDS, 17645 Penn Valley Drive – (530) 432 2540