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Biz Bits

Because of a “labor of love” he performed for his wife, Michael Swartzendruber has developed a software package that he believes makes it easier and more economical for small online merchants to conduct business.

Swartzendruber is a software developer for Intrix Systems Group of Roseville, a major supplier of credit card processing systems for merchants and banks, and he also runs his own software company outside Nevada City – Bitsware LLC.

His wife, Sheryl Swartzendruber, is an award-winning painter and sculptor who wanted a Web site for selling her art-glass work, so she enlisted her husband’s assistance.

Michael Swartzendruber developed an online store that includes a payment processing system, Super Charge XP, now undergoing final testing at Intrix. Not coincidentally, he is the chief architect and lead developer on the product.

The store front, which can be customized, and the payment processing system he’s packaged into one product offers online retailers a couple of advantages, Swartzendruber said.

Costs are reduced because two people – a Web designer and a programmer who can link the site to a payment system – aren’t needed, and the merchants can bypass the expensive payment systems currently used by small merchants.

Details about OLE Server – and a preview of Sheryl’s art – can be obtained at


Brenda and Cameron Ulery have taken over the Peacock Inn Bed and Breakfast in Grass Valley and turned it into a mini United Nations for visitors to the area.

The Ulerys purchased the inn at 439 S. Auburn St. in July and opened it to the public last month. Visitors have a lot to choose from.

The five bedrooms (four are currently available to the public) reflect many different cultures: Peruvian, Asian, Persian, African and AmericanIndian.

The game/TV room has a Pacific Islands theme, the dining room features an American country flavor, and the parlor features art and furnishings from each of the themed rooms.

Additional information is available by phoning 271-1394, or at on the Web.


Rick Fisher, manager of new business for Ostrofe Financial Consultants, in Grass Valley, has completed the fourth level of his certified financial planner certification.


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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