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Nevada County business coach Machen MacDonald was recently voted treasurer of the International Coaches Federation for the Sacramento chapter. ICF is the world’s largest nonprofit professional association of personal and business coaches, with 8,366 members and more than 132 chapters in 34 countries.

Machen is the founder and president of ProBrilliance Leadership Institute, based in Grass Valley. His company works with sales executives and senior level managers in creating business plans and coaching those leadership methods. Machen is also the author of the book, “Provoking Your Brilliance-Remembering Your Inner Wisdom and Moving from Confusion to Clarity.”

To learn more, visit http://www.ProBrilliance.com or call Machen at 273-8000.


A Grass Valley company, Perma-Dwell Homes, was named Dealer of the Year 2005 by its factory, Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. The owners, Gary and Denise Dugger, have owned the business since 2001, moving it to its Alta Sierra Drive location in 2004. They sell prefabricated, panelized framing packages for construction, specializing in home packages. For information, call 271-0151.


The Butte Sierra District Dental Society, a nonprofit organization encompassing six counties including Nevada County, installed its 2006 officers Jan. 18 during a ceremony at Grass Valley’s Holbrooke Hotel. Jon Menig, a Nevada City orthodontist, was named president; Jean Creasey, a Nevada City general dentist, is president-elect; Steve Leighty a Grass Valley oral surgeon, is treasurer; and, Charles Kattuah, a Marysville general dentist, is secretary. To learn more, visit http://www.ButteSierradds.org on the Web.


Future Generations, a Grass Valley baby boutique, is offering two free two-hour classes this week, one for new parents and another for new breastfeeding mothers.

The new-parent workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday and facilitated by registered nurse Nancy Finlay. The breastfeeding class will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and taught by breastfeeding counselor Laurie Chamberlin. Dads are welcome and encouraged to attend either class.

To reserve a spot in either class, call 274-7002. These classes are held at Future Generations at 138 Mill St.


Got local business news? Contact City Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at brianh@theunion. com, by fax at 477-4292 or by phone at 477-4230.

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