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The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which tends to focus on the big picture in the nine western states it serves, will be looking at Nevada County’s economy at two meetings with local leaders in September.

Bank officials, including bank economist Gary Zimmerman, will meet with government and business leaders on Sept. 7 to be briefed on the local economy. A breakfast meeting, open to the public, will be held Sept. 8.

The briefings are being organized by the county Economic Resource Council and the Grass Valley/Nevada County Joint Chamber of Commerce.

Judy Hess, chair of the ERC, said the visit is a coupe because federal officials rarely make presentations outside metropolitan areas.


A meeting to determine the level of interest in starting a local chapter of the Real Estate Investors Association has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 12 at the Stonehouse restaurant in Nevada City.

Mary Ellis of Grass Valley, a budding investor in real estate, said the

local group, Gold Country Real Estate Investors, is designed to educate small investors and provide networking opportunities for them. No sales presentations will be made at the meetings, she said.

More information is available by calling Nancy Smith at 268-1175 or by going online at


A series of free workshops designed for people who want to start their own businesses will begin April 12 at the One Stop WorkForce Connection, 117 New Mohawk Road, Nevada City.

Representatives from the Sierra Small College Business Development Center, county Economic Resource Council, and other organizations will review the basics of business planning, marketing, cash flow management and related topics.

Funding options for small businesses, including bank funding and angel and venture capital funding, will also be discussed. Free business training is available for budding entrepreneurs who meet certain income criteria.

For more information or to reserve space, call 823-4703 or e-mail


Artist Jerianne Van Djik is now marketing “Visual Flavors,” a line of greeting cards that feature art of the area, at her gallery at 205 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

The cards are also being sold at two retail outlets in Grass Valley ” The West Wind at 101 Church St. and The Book Seller, 107 Mill St.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, and noon to 3 p.m., Saturday. More information is available by phoning Van Djik at 271-0676 or by going online at


Linnie McNaughton of Grass Valley, well known in the area for hand-crafted soap, and herbal bath and body products, has self-published “Cottage Cosmetics,” a how-to book on soap making and kitchen cosmetics.

McNaughton previously ran a retail shop in Meadow Vista, has operated Linnie’s Herbal Products for over 10 years, and has taught numerous classes on the subject.

Signed copies of the book are being sold at Lola’s Loom, 301 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Additional information is available by phoning 906-0831.


As April 15 approaches, the state Franchise Tax Board would like to remind Californians that they can pay any income tax they owe the state with a major credit card through Official Payments Corp.

Holders of VISA, American Express, Discover and MasterCard can charge their taxes by calling (800) 2PAY-TAX, or online at

There is a charge for the service, but FTB points out that card holders will be accumulating reward points, frequent flyer miles or cash back from their card company when they pay their taxes.


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

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