Biz Bits: Aug. 19, 2008 |

Biz Bits: Aug. 19, 2008

Small businesses in the area can get more loans through the Sierra Economic Development Corp.

After disbursing nearly all of its initial allocation of $500,000 received for its Rural Revolving Loan Fund within six months, the corporation has received another $725,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Borrowers may get loans of up to $150,000 through the program for such needs as equipment, inventory, supplies, furniture, vehicles and working capital.

Because SEDCorp also administers the loan programs for other local agencies, borrowers who need more than $150,000 may be able to combine a SEDCorp loan with loans from other programs.

The agency, based in Auburn, also is Northeastern California’s only microlender for the federal Small Business Administration, granting loans of less than $35,000, including for start-ups.

Contact SEDCorp at 823-4703 or visit

October job fair set

As many as 80 area businesses are expected to participate in the Placer County Fall Job Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Admission is free.

Other services available to job seekers will be on-site resume critiquing.

The event is hosted by Placer County Business Advantage Network, and co-sponsored by Gold Country Media, Workforce Investment Board, Placer County Economic Development, and Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Kris Fuentes at (916) 784-6141.

Mertens honored

Ed Mertens of Nevada City, who already had been named a “Championship Agent” by Farmers Insurance Group, recently was named to the Presidents Council for outstanding customer service, sales production, professional competence and maintaining high standards, Executive Vice President of Field Operations Jerry Carnahan said recently in Los Angeles.

Mertens, a district manager, is among about 200 people in 29 states to receive the distinction. He is located at 731 Zion St., Nevada City, and can be reached at 265-0621

Get started on your workout

Look for representatives of The Pilates Place at the Thursday night market in Grass Valley where they offer lots of information about this nationally recognized exercise program.

The Pilates Place is located at 121 S. Church St., in downtown Grass Valley, call them at 477-5167 or visit

Whadya say?

Two bills going through Congress would offer tax credits for people getting hearing aids, Tom Cooper of Audibel Hearing Aid Center in Grass Valley said.

House Bill 2329 and Senate Bill 1410, if passed, could help up to 1.2 million children and 11.5 million people older than 55 who suffer from hearing loss by providing a tax credit of up to $500 to buy a hearing aid, Cooper said. The credit could be used once every five years, he added.

“This equates to approximately a price reduction of 25 percent to 35 percent on the purchase of hearing aids,” Cooper said.

He urged people to write to their congressional representatives in support of the bills. To learn more about the proposals, visit

Cooper can be reached at 273-8440. Audibel Hearing is at 152 Catherine Lane, Grass Valley.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User