Business building workshop set for Wednesday |

Business building workshop set for Wednesday

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Business workshop set for Wednesday

The Small Business Association's Woman-Owned Business of the Year 2014 recipient Mardie Caldwell will present a workshop titled Creating the Ultimate Customer Experience.

The fast-paced interactive workshop, which is part of the Striking Gold in Your Business series co-sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada County Contractors Association, will be at the NCCA conference center located at 149 Crown Point Court in Grass Valley. It begins at 11:30 a.m. and concludes 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lunch is included.

This is the sixth workshop in an ongoing series to help local businesses become more effective and profitable.

"Both the chamber and the NCCA are excited to have an expert like Mardie Caldwell present to our community," said Keith Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Caldwell, a visionary and entrepreneur since 16, has started and sold multiple businesses, rescued several on the brink of closing, and has revitalized aging businesses with revolutionary ideas, according to her bio.

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The workshop will be interactive and experiential, assuring participants the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement the many strategies that will be presented.

A successful business owner, award-winning author and noted expert in her field, Caldwell is committed to bringing marketing solutions and techniques that are field proven so business owners facing today's economy can succeed.

The event is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost includes lunch. Seating is limited. To R.S.V.P. Please call the Greater Grass Valley Chamber at 530-273-4667.

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Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.

The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.

The device was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Results were featured Sunday at an American Diabetes Association conference in San Francisco and published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The bionic pancreas is for Type 1 diabetes, the kind often found during childhood. About 5 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes have this type and cannot make insulin to turn food into energy. Sugar builds up in the blood, raising the risk for heart disease and many other problems.

— Associated Press

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