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Susan George: Full summer schedule for Nevada County’s chambers of commerce

MIXING IT UP

Chamber After Hours Mixers

Building relationships and making business connections at these networking events are key strategies for small business success:

June 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Finance of America Mortgage Mixer

Team Voter – Finance of America Mortgage

2428 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, 530-274-2040

There is no shortage of things to do in Nevada County during the summer. The historic downtown street festivals are buzzing with music, crafts, food vendors, and farmers markets. The fairgrounds hosts music festivals, brew fests, and the treasured county fair.

The Fourth of July is a standout day of local tradition, a time for families to celebrate the holiday together at the curbside concert and lively hometown parade, followed by a spectacular firework display at the fairgrounds.

Fourth of July festivities

You're a Grand Old Flag is the theme for the 2017 July 4th Parade hosted by the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

At 11 a.m. the parade will proceed down Main and Mill streets in downtown Grass Valley. It is suggested that spectators arrive early to find the ideal spot to watch the colorful pageant pass by.

A curbside concert will be performed by the Nevada County Concert Band an hour prior to the parade and following the parade family activities will be presented at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The fairground gates open at 3 p.m., and at 4 p.m. live music, entertainment and refreshments will be offered. The largest aerial fireworks display in the area blasts off at 9:30 p.m. No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the Fairgrounds. General Admission rates are $10.00 in advance and $20.00 at the Gate. Children 12 and under are free and active military personnel and veterans are free with an ID. Tickets can be purchased online at both http://www.nevadacitychamber.com and http://www.grassvalleychamber.com or at the Chamber Visitor Centers until 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July. For additional information, please contact the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, 530-272-4667 or the Nevada City Chamber, 530-265-2692.

CPR training

On Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Penn Valley Area Chamber is presenting a CPR course to be taught by Penn Valley Fire Protection District personnel.

General admission is $35 per person and $25 for chamber members. The course will be held at the Penn Valley Fire Department, 10513 Spenceville Road, in Penn Valley.

Attendees must be pre-registered to attend (call 530-432-5735 or pennvalleycoc.org).

New chamber-sponsored publications

Two premier publications are being distributed through many local locations, as well as the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centers.

The Nevada County Business Connections is produced by the Regional Chambers in collaboration with the Economic Resource Council and The Union. The purpose of the Guide is to provide a comprehensive resource as one navigates opening or growing a business in Nevada County.

It includes content about local demographics, the tech industry, business associations and networking opportunities, business apps, business financing, digital marketing tools, transportation, business insurance, media contacts and other information that plays an important role in the planning and operation of a business.

The 2017-2018 Annual Calendar of Events Brochure and Map is here! This year's theme is trails, the miles and miles of trails found in Nevada County! The historic downtowns of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee are also highlighted, along with listings of exciting events that will occur in both the Western and Eastern areas of the County.

The brochure is produced by the Regional Chambers in collaboration with IMS Publishing. It has become a very popular collaborative that promotes local events and inspires visitors to explore our area. In addition to local circulation it is distributed out-of- area to key locations in the greater Sacramento and Bay areas.

Susan George is a co-founder of The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce. She can be reached at sugeorge@earthlink.net