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A team of business development and communications professionals led by Nevada City-based Velocity7 has been awarded the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s contract to administer its logo design contest.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 to initiate, encourage and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada region.

The largest effort of its kind in the nation, it covers 25 million acres from Kern County to the Oregon border.

The logo that results from the contest may be used as the design for a specialty Sierra Nevada license plate.


Jeff Kuns, a certified mortgage planner and advisor with First Choice Financial in Grass Valley, has completed a two-day training event held by KendallTodd, Inc. in Irvine, Calif., to earn the Certified Liability Advisor (CLA) designation.

The program teaches mortgage professionals how to assist clients with the integration of their borrowing and related liabilities as a core step toward financial independence.

Kuns has been a mortgage advisor in the Nevada County area for more than nine years. His other designations include Certified Mortgage Planner and Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist.


Lyon Real Estate has been recognized by BUILDERnews Magazine as one of the top 25 real estate companies in the western region.

The honor was awarded based on the total number of transactions closed in 2005. In October, Lyon was named Best Real Estate Company in the Sacramento area for the second consecutive year in a readership poll by Sacramento Magazine. The company also received the Sacramento Business Journal’s A-plus Employers 2006 Employee’s Choice Awards, where Lyon was one of the top 10 large companies recognized by its employees for best business and leadership practices.

Lyon real estate serves the foothill and Sacramento communities.


Low interest disaster loans are available for small, non-farm businesses who saw economic losses caused by last summer’s heat wave.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering loans up to $1.5 million to help offset economic losses to non-agricultural small businesses hit by record heat waves hit last July 1 to July 31.

Any retail merchant, such as restaurants, grocery and hardware stores, that suffered damages during the heat wave is eligible. Yuba, Nevada, Sierra and Placer counties qualify for the loans.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) have an interest rate of four percent with a maximum term of 30 years.

For information and application forms call toll free (800) 659-2955 or visit SBA’s website at Hearing impaired individuals may call (800)877-8339. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2007.


Do you have a business news you’d like the community to know about? Contact City Editor Trina Kleist at or 477-4230.

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