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Machen MacDonald: Success: There’s a NAP for that

June 19, 2017 — First off, what is a definition of success on which we can all agree? I've always been fond of Ralph Waldo Emerson's connotation of success: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the […]

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Marc Cuniberti: Investment success takes clarity, focus

June 19, 2017 — Investors usually tell me they hold a variety of assets which might include stocks, bonds and mutual funds in order to be diversified, yet few can give me a specific reason for why they hold each investment. Somehow they believe holding a wide variety of […]

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Meet Your Merchant: Maria’s Mexican Restaurant to celebrate its 25th anniversary

June 18, 2017 — Growing up in Sacramento, Maria Byers-Ramos learned early about a hard day's work. At the age of 13 she was already picking tomatoes alongside her mother in the summer valley heat. "Back then you'd get paid a nickel for every case you filled," she said. […]

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

June 18, 2017 — 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 […]

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Tech Tips: Don’t lose your contacts if you replace your phone

June 18, 2017 — Question: I recently had to replace my iPhone, and when I did, I realized that I no longer had all of the contact information from my old phone. At this point, all I can see to do is to ask all of my friends to […]

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In easing rules, House Republicans let big banks keep their risky investments

June 11, 2017 — Goldman Sachs faced a looming deadline in July. Under new federal rules, the storied Wall Street bank was required to rid itself of about $6 billion in risky investments, such as stakes in hedge funds, that regulators fear could hamper it during an economic downturn. […]

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Tech Tips: Un-tag yourself from Facebook photos

June 11, 2017 — Question: I understand that if a friend takes a photo that includes me in it, and then she posts that photo on Facebook, she can tag me in the photo. I get the concept, but I don't always like being tagged in other peoples' photos. […]

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‘Big-hearted boss:’ Matteo’s Public owner extends opportunity, support beyond the next shift

June 11, 2017 — Matt Margulies is a restaurateur by profession and a kindhearted, compassionate boss by nature. He believes in giving people a chance to earn a living wage working at Matteo's Public, sometimes including those with sketchy pasts and bleak futures. A friend coined the phrase "Matteo's […]

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Grass Valley Downtown Association names Marni Marshall as new director

June 8, 2017 — The Grass Valley Downtown Association on Thursday announced its new executive director, a position that has been vacant for over a year. Marni Marshall will begin her new role as director in July. She has served eight years as a Programs Associate for the Grass […]

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Investment in time, money pays off for post-retirement project

June 4, 2017 — An elderly man recently complained that there was no water in the washing machine at the Pine Creek Laundromat in Grass Valley. It turns out there was a good reason — the state of the art machine was actually a dryer. Another customer left her […]

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Machen MacDonald: Pick up your ROCK

June 4, 2017 — What's your plan for when the going gets tough? You lose out on a big contract. You don't get accepted into the program for which you have worked so hard. The car breaks down and there is already more month left at the end of […]

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Blue-collar life: Grass Valley plumber takes pride in working with his hands to help people

June 4, 2017 — He's a plumber who dresses like a businessman. For Ben Elliott, owner of Elliott's Blue Collar Plumbing, it's all about the honor and pride of being a blue collar worker. "I believe appearance matters. You'll always see me wearing a tucked-in, buttoned-up shirt and clean […]

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Marc Cuniberti: ‘Assessing ‘risk-on’ or ‘risk-off’ in our economy

June 4, 2017 — In the world of investing, there are two types of environments often referred to in media outlets which describe the general investing mood of the public. The terms often used are called "risk-on" and "risk-off." Risk-on refers to a positive outlook from investors as it […]

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Mary Owens: The way forward for Nevada County, continued

June 4, 2017 — The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) recently held its annual summit. One of the guest speakers, Dr. Christopher Thornberg, a well-known national economist, stated the obvious about what is needed to create growth once again in rural American towns. "You need to build houses. […]

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New gym hopes to bring more to table than just a good workout

June 1, 2017 — To become a licensed physical therapist or a nurse, one must go through a good amount of schooling. According to Anne Fenwick, one of the new owners of Best Life Fitness in Grass Valley, to become a personal trainer can mean as little as going […]

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Grass Valley business offers improvements to sound quality for hearing impaired

May 28, 2017 — People who are hearing impaired know all too well that hearing aids are not a cure-all. Despite a $3,000 to $7,000 investment, many people still struggle with ambient or background noise that is often amplified right along with the person they're trying to communicate with. […]

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Machen MacDonald: Love the VOICE

May 28, 2017 — It speaks to all of us. We all have an internal dialogue going on. Those of you that just told yourself you don't have one going on, guess what? You just had one. It's that voice. Is your voice helpful or hurtful? It depends on […]

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Tech Tips: Can one really delete a Tweet?

May 28, 2017 — Question: I use Twitter to help promote my business, and I have, on occasion posted tweets that I later regretted. Are tweets permanent, or can I delete them? Answer: Although neither of us uses Twitter for much, and we're not big fans of the 140-character […]

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Nevada County banker stepping away after half century in the business

May 28, 2017 — "One of the neat things about this industry is it has changed dramatically," sighed Anita Daniels, reflecting on her 55-year career in banking and her pending retirement next month. From novice teller to experienced branch manager to veteran vice president, Anita has been there and […]

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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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