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Unemployment numbers in Nevada County continue to improve

May 23, 2017 — The Nevada County unemployment rate is at its lowest point for the past year, down to 4 percent from last April's 4.8 percent, and 4.4 percent from the March. April's rate for the county is below that of both California and the U.S. overall, according […]

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Nevada County is the TOTAL Package

May 23, 2017 — By Jon Gregory, Executive Director Nevada County Economic Resource Council Nevada County is the T.O.T.A.L. Package! It provides perfect work/life balance for individuals, families, entrepreneurial start-ups and business owners. The T.O.T.A.L. acronym is for the numerous attributes Nevada County possesses including talent, outdoor recreation, technology, […]

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Putting the Pieces Together for Your Business

May 22, 2017 — Starting a business is an exciting proposition, however a level of risks and challenges are always part of the undertaking. However, you can improve your chances of success with proper planning and preparation. Create a Business Plan A business plan is an essential roadmap for […]

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Nevada County Retail and Business Associations

May 22, 2017 — WESTERN NEVADA COUNTY CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BENEFITS OF CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP Membership in a local chamber of commerce offers numerous benefits and helps keep business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community. The Chambers of Commerce also focus on bringing the […]

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School in Nevada County teaches how to build the natural way

May 21, 2017 — There is a unique school in Nevada County in which students pay to perform physical labor, often in the mud. But the reward is much more than dirty fingernails. Students at the Natural Living School learn to construct natural buildings, which are structures created from […]

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Frederick Fisher: SIMPLE IRAs better alternative for small businesses

May 21, 2017 — For years 401(k) plans have been the go-to plan for many small businesses. However, from my experience many small business owners have been less enthused about the plans, due to high fees, complex rules and potential contribution limitations. In 2005, the SIMPLE IRA was created. […]

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Marc Cuniberti: Fixed-income sell off surprised us all

May 21, 2017 — After Trumps Nov. 8 election win, no one really knew how the markets would react the day after. Stock futures, which give an indication of what overnight traders are doing, first showed a horrendous correction was coming when the market opened and gold skyrocketed higher. […]

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Meet Your Merchant: Nevada City physical therapy center offers ‘three kinds of good’

May 14, 2017 — In the late 80s, Sheri Cutter set off on a big adventure — a bicycle trip throughout New Zealand's north and south islands. Newly armed with a degree in English and French literature, Cutter was still weighing her career options. But something interesting started to […]

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Machen MacDonald: Respect the mountain

May 14, 2017 — Before initiating a mountain climb, any Sherpa will invite you to respect the mountain before, during, and after your trek to the summit. There is great wisdom in that invitation. The same wisdom holds true for the vision you have for your success. No one […]

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Young entrepreneurs among new features coming to Grass Valley’s Thursday Night Market

May 14, 2017 — If you rebuild it, they will return. That's the objective for Thursday Night Market in downtown Grass Valley. This summer's six-night series runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m., June 29 through Aug. 3. "The goal of the Grass Valley Downtown Association is to simplify and […]

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Mary Owens: The way forward for Nevada County, continued

May 7, 2017 — I will be continuing this month's article with a fundamental explanation of why building moderate-priced housing in Nevada County and most rural areas of California is challenging. This article will be focusing on the long term aftermath of Proposition 13 and the loss of local […]

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Get ready to garden: Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is Sunday

May 7, 2017 — What's more popular than televised sports, shopping, watching movies, or any other hobby? Gardening. It's the world's leading pastime. Consider this: gardening sales top $36 billion annually, compared to $12 billion in Hollywood box office receipts. Many Nevada County gardeners get prepared for the growing […]

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Susan George: California Cultural District Finalists

May 7, 2017 — Great teamwork by the Nevada County Arts Council, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, the City of Grass Valley, the Nevada City Chamber and the City of Nevada City has positioned Western Nevada County as one of the top 22 candidates for California's Cultural District Designation. […]

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Marc Cuniberti: The Trump factor in investments

May 7, 2017 — As a financial advisor, I have to analyze and communicate market information to my clients. They likewise should communicate their needs, expectations and preferences as to what they want to invest in, what they do not to invest in, how conservative or aggressive they want […]

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Bruce Williams: Lump-sum payout is best retirement option

May 7, 2017 — DEAR BRUCE: I am fortunate to have an employee-funded retirement. I am 67 and retiring in three months, and I must decide on one of these options: 1. A single cash payout of $780,000. 2. Monthly annuity of $5,300 for life. 3. Monthly annuity of […]

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Rail route in question: Trump’s budget targets Amtrak service to Truckee-Tahoe

May 3, 2017 — Truckee-Tahoe's traffic problems have been well-documented over recent years as the region grows in popularity, but changes in the federal budget could soon add more cars to area roads. Under President Trump's draft 2018 budget, the Department of Transportation would receive a decrease in funding […]

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Sweet success: TREATS moves to new digs

April 30, 2017 — One of the most unique treat shops in Nevada County is poised to move into one of the most unique buildings in the county. This summer, TREATS ice cream shop will move from its current downtown Nevada City location to the distinctive Tinnery building just […]

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Nevada County economic summit agenda taking shape

April 30, 2017 — The Nevada County Economic Resource Council has released an updated roster of event sponsors and other highlights of its 2017 Economic Development Summit. The event, called "Reaching Common Goals," will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 18 at The Center for the Arts […]

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Doug Behl and Ken Getz: Finally — a solution to spam mobile phone calls

April 30, 2017 — Q. I seem to be getting an increasing number of spam calls on my mobile phone. It's not like I pay for each call, so it's not the cost that matters, it's the intrusion on my privacy and the energy wasted in dealing with the […]

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Machen MacDonald: Take your BOATs to success

April 30, 2017 — Wherever you are is right where you thought yourself to be. If you want to improve your situation take a BOAT to get you there. In psychology, it is taught that our outcomes are a result from our actions. Our actions are driven by our […]

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