November 2011

Our holiday party this year will be on Tuesday, December 6th, at 7 0’clock in the evening. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Along with live music and wine, we will also have a silent auction. Many of our members, instructors, and friends have generously donated over $1500 worth of their services and/or products. If you would like to contribute to our auction, please contact Robert at 265-8443.

Some examples of the services we will be offering at the silent auction are:


Nevada City, CA – TEDxGrassValley, an independently produced event,operated under license from TED, will webcast the programming and talks from TEDxWomen on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Doors 4:30pm, Event 5-9:30pm
Unity in the Gold Country
180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley, CA 95959

TEDxWomen is a one-day bi-coastal event taking place on December 1, 2011 at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles that focuses on women, and women’s issues. TEDxWomen type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxWomen, and also feature local speakers. more

Hosted by: Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce and Constant Contact

When: Tuesday, November 29th
Part I  2:00 – 3:15 (15 minute complimentary snack break) Part II  3:30 – 5:30
Sierra Commons (Stonehouse building), 107 Sacramento Street Suite 300, Nevada City, CA 95959
Complimentary to Nevada City and Grass Valley Chamber members, all others $15 (check or cash at the door)
Registration Required:
Complimentary parking at the Stonehouse lot or in the public lot across the bridge


What is it?  In theory, it is an event where 20-40 inventors, new businesses, ideas, products, services, etc. set up a table in a large hall for a one day kick-off event.  Then the public is invited to see their presentations.  The public could then lend, invest, partner-up, buyout, donate, etc. depending on what their interest was.  It could be as little as $25 or as much as they wanted.

“At the core of capitalism is the so-called entrepreneurial spirit: Anyone who’s willing and able to cultivate an idea into a business has a chance to succeed. Under capitalism and the free market, everyone’s offered the same opportunity for success. That said, this shot at the big time is a largely theoretical one. Some entrepreneurs simply don’t meet the criteria that lending institutions rely on to avoid risk. Most bankers are, after all, capitalists as well, and the best way for a lender to ensure a profit is to lend to those likeliest to repay the loan. It’s a caveat (some would say, flaw) to the capitalist system: the door to wealth or self-sufficiency is open only to those who meet certain standards.  more

Accounting in general, and how to read and use financial statements, is usually the difference between business failure and success, yet it is a source of confusion, frustration, and embarrassment for most entrepreneurs.

Come to Sierra Commons this Thursday 11/3 from 12-2pm for this SPECIAL Lunch & Learn Session.

Bring your lunch and learn from expert CPA Judy Nichols.

Judy Nichols is a CPA with many years of experience in her own public accounting practices, as well as teaching at the college level. She has provided consulting and accounting services to hundreds of small business clients and well understands the importance of their financial statement education to their business success. Unable to find an adequate and efficient source of this education for her clients, she developed an effective and easy to learn method to teach entrepreneurs the general concepts of:

  • accounting
  • the accounts and what they represent
  • how they get to the financial statements
  • and the relationships between the financial statements.

This is an introductory level workshop and is a necessary foundation for more advanced learning.

$5-10 sliding scale donation requested