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George Boardman

The Grass Valley Downtown Association has launched a new Web site as part of an aggressive marketing campaign built around the theme, “Have You Seen Downtown Lately?”

Created by Deer Creek Design of Grass Valley, the site showcases downtown businesses, lists events, and provides information on leisure venues in the historic downtown area. The Web site, http://www.downtowngrassvalley.com, is being promoted in tourist publications.

The launch coincides with the printing of a new business directory that includes a brief history of the city and a relief map of the downtown area. “Our goal is to make people aware of what we call California’s best kept secret, downtown Grass Valley,” said Howard Levine, executive director of the association.


Craig Ward, a former resident of Nevada City who spent 20 years in the home loan business, has written a book that he says takes the mystery out of home lending and shows borrowers how to have money on the transaction.

“Lenders Secrets Revealed: What Real Estate Lenders DON’T Want You To Know” explains how lenders take advantage of most borrowers, overcharging even the most “seasoned and sophisticated,” Ward said.

“I guarantee that you will learn how to save hundreds, but most likely, thousands of dollars on your new or existing home loan,” he said. More information is available at http://www.lsrbook.com on the Web.


The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a St. Patrick’s Day bash and community mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Placer Sierra Bank in the Penn Valley Shopping Center.

Naturally, a corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served, and raffle prizes will be awarded. No purchase is necessary, according to the chamber.


Area residents who have complaints about the work of real estate agents can file a formal grievance with the Nevada County Board of Realtors.

The actions of agents are governed by state law and the code of conduct of the National Association of Realtors, according to Paul Sieving, a director of the local board.

Written complaints are initially considered by the board’s Grievance Committee. If the committee determines the complaint is valid, it is forwarded to the Professional Standards Committee for a formal investigation and administration of regulatory or disciplinary action.

If a law has been broken, additional sanctions may be imposed by the state Department of Real Estate. Additional information on the complaint process is available by phoning 272-2627.


Telestream of Nevada City is now offering an educational discount for its Flip4Mac Windows media export software, which enables Apple users to create Microsoft Windows Media 9 files on a Macintosh.

The $99 program has been discounted 20 percent to students, faculty and administrators at accredited educational institutions. Additional information is available at http://www.flip4mac.com on the BUY page.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Northern California has received two Golden Hammer awards from Habitat for Humanity for its support of low-income housing in Grass Valley and other communities.

The regional brokerage was honored for raising more than $300,000 for Habitat projects and donating more than 4,400 hours of volunteer time on six construction projects in Northern California.

Contributions included $1,000 toward construction of a home in Grass Valley. The local affiliate is Grass Roots Realty in Grass Valley.


Thomson Broadcast and Media Solutions has received a market engineering leadership award from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan for its Grass Valley Profile XP Media Platform server, the fourth straight year a Thomson product has been recognized.

The Frost award goes to a company that substantially increases its market share by implementing innovative marketing strategies. The Profile line of video servers accounts for more than a third of the compressed video market, according to Thomson.


Iron Mountain Vineyards of Nevada City won silver and bronze medals for wines it entered in the annual wine competition sponsored by The San Francisco Chronicle.

The winery’s 2002 Zinfandel received a silver medal and its 2002 Syrah earned a bronze medal. Indian Springs Vineyards of Penn Valley and Double Oak Vineyards and Winery on the San Juan Ridge also won awards at the competition.


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at georgeb@theunion.com or 477-4236.

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