Chamber of commerce set to honor business of the year |

Chamber of commerce set to honor business of the year

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering an invitation for the installation of the 2013 board of directors 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Union Square Events Center at 151 Mill St.

The chamber will be installing the 2013 board and honoring the Business and Ambassador of the Year.

There will be a catered, no-host cocktail reception open to chamber members and the general public.

The cost is $20 and reservations are required by contacting the chamber office at 530-273-4667.

“We are committed to providing chamber members with the kind of support they need to succeed.”

— Keith Davies,
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce co-CEO

The Beam “Easy Living” Center at 422 Henderson St. in Grass Valley will be honored as the chamber’s 2012 Business of the Year.

“They are being honored for their longtime support of the chamber and the community,” said Patti Ingram, outgoing chamber chair, “but in particular for funding and hosting the annual Keeping Kids Safe Festival. The Beam Center epitomizes both the character and commitment it takes to succeed in business while giving back to others, and the board enthusiastically named them our business of the year.”

The 10th annual Keeping Kids Safe Festival will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Beam Center.

The idea for the festival came from Beam Center owners Bob and Julie Medlyn and Brian and Rachel O’Brien after they heard about the Klass Kids Foundation from owner Marc Klass.

The focus of the festival is to develop and expand on a non-database fingerprint and photo ID program for young children.

The local program was made free by the Beam Center, resulting in the ability for thousands of youngsters to be fingerprinted and for parents to be provided with a photo ID.

Another honoree of the evening will be Janet Douglas, recipient of the 2012 Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award.

Douglas is a longtime and active member of the chamber’s Ambassador Committee, welcoming members and guests to business after-hours mixers and organizing ribbon cuttings for chamber members.

Douglas is manager of the Holiday Lodge at 1221 E. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The ceremony will also introduce its new management team –– Keith Davies and his wife, Robin Galvan-Davies.

The couple was recently named co-CEO of the chamber with Keith serving as executive director of office operations and Robin as executive director of the visitors center, which is due to open later this year in downtown Grass Valley.

Davies is a native of Nevada County with extensive promotional and management experience, and Galvan-Davies has a strong retail and marketing background.

“Robin and I are genuinely excited about the coming year,” Davies explained. “And we’re looking forward to meeting many merchants and residents at the Jan. 24 reception. We are committed to providing chamber members with the kind of support they need to succeed, so if you have any ideas or questions, let us know.”

In addition to honoring the Beam Center and Janet Douglas and introducing the new management team, the chamber of commerce will be installing its 2013 board of directors, headed by its new chair, Dr. Susan A.

Rice, who founded Susan A. Rice and Associates in 1993 to provide consultant services in toxicology, pharmacology and related fields.

Reservations can be made by calling 530-273-4667. For information, contact Keith Davies at 530-273-4667.

“The reception and installation will be a wonderful evening and will help kickstart the new year,” Galvan-Davies said. “So we’re hoping for a strong attendance. Together we will build the strongest local economy possible.”

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