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Meet your merchant: Grass Valley’s adult store and lingerie shop has had a discreet following for more than 15 years

November 18, 2018 — When Sharon Haddy's two daughters were finally old enough to attend middle school and high school, Sharon was ready to do something beyond daily home duties. She wanted to start a business, and the first step was market research. Was her business viable? Was there

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Tips to take financial stress out of the holidays

November 18, 2018 — It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means holiday shopping is underway. If you're a spender like me, your head is spinning with all the upcoming festivities. The holidays are such a magical time of year, but I think we can all agree

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Machen MacDonald: Be your rock during times of adversity

November 18, 2018 — Life seems to come in cycles of goodness and, what can appear to be some not so goodness. The cycles vary in size, shapes and emotional volume. Some of those cycles last longer than others. The cycles where things are going our way we certainly

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Susan George: Holiday fun is coming to Nevada County

November 18, 2018 — Christmas street fairs in historic downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City bustle with holiday jingles, dazzling lights, and home-grown artists selling one-of-a-kind gifts. Carolers stroll the festivities in period costume, dancing Tommyknockers clog to spirited music and the sweet smell of chestnuts roasting over fire

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Glenn Kenes: New tax laws may change how you approach your 2018 tax return

November 18, 2018 — My last article discussed tax law changes and small business. Today I will discuss how new tax laws may impact individual tax returns. As 2018 winds down, it's time to think about if and how you may be able to reduce the taxes owed on

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Powder to the people: What’s new for the 2018-19 ski season at Reno-Tahoe’s downhill resorts?

November 18, 2018 — You hear that sound? That's the collective thump of skiers and snowboarders across the Reno-Tahoe region eagerly pumping their legs like caffeinated teenagers bracing for the school year's final bell. Instead, snowsport enthusiasts are gazing out windows with bated breath or frantically refreshing weather.com, primed

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Artist at work: Details made all the difference for upholstery business

November 11, 2018 — Lori and Mark Madonna met on a blind date in high school. Mark was shy, so friends set them up. But unlike most teen romances, this one worked. Apparently luck was on Mark's side because about that same time, he landed a $3 an hour

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Marc Cuniberti: The indigestion of recent markets

November 11, 2018 — The last few weeks have seen the market throw its version of a hissy fit tossing stock prices to and fro, mostly fro however. Which is to say that most stocks went down. Not all mind you, as some things do tend to go up

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Machen MacDonald: Trust your team to build your team

November 11, 2018 — In the world of leadership and team building there is a popular axiom which is shared with great frequency. It is, "Grow the people and the people will grow the organization." This proliferates because leaders understand they are in the business of developing people. Proven

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Mary Owens: Charitable ways to gift directly from your IRA

November 11, 2018 — The Tax Cut and Jobs Act extended a provision that allows you to use your Individual Retirement Account in a tax efficient manner for charitable giving under a limited set of circumstances. If they apply to you, there may be significant tax savings. Applicable rules

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Glenn Kenes: Tax reform changes that may impact your small business

November 11, 2018 — Our team works with small business owners as well as individuals, trusts and foundations. For small business owners, managing the bottom line of their company is often a top priority. If you operate a business of any kind, it's important to understand the impact of

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Connecting the community: Encouraging entrepreneurs to scale their business

November 11, 2018 — Like Tech Meetups that pop up all over, co-working spaces and makerspaces that will help the ecosystem become more connected are multiplying and expanding in Nevada County. Jamie Orr, co-founder of Tahoe Mountain Lab co-working space in South Lake Tahoe, discussed the importance of such

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Meet your merchant: Lost art of hand-sewing custom lampshades alive and well in Nevada City

November 4, 2018 — As a child growing up in Michigan, Mahna Freeborn loved to watch her grandmother sew. The handmade creations that emerged from her sewing room were always made with a splash of color and close attention was paid to even the smallest of details. This was

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Machen MacDonald: Clouds in the arena

November 4, 2018 — In part of his speech, Citizenship in a Republic, given in Paris France, President Theodore Roosevelt spoke: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them

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Rick Kalb: The benefit of a second opinion

November 4, 2018 — When Bob and Mary Jones came into my office just before Thanksgiving last year they thought they were set financially and on track for a comfortable retirement. Bob and Mary were only politely visiting with me as a "favor" to a mutual friend that suggested

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Work to be done: Nevada County economic model is unsustainable

November 4, 2018 — Western Nevada County has some work to do to attract — and keep — a younger demographic. A great number of young people who grow up here move out of Nevada County after graduating because they can't find well-paying jobs locally. Other young people discover

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GM proposes zero-emissions mandate

October 28, 2018 — DETROIT — General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles. Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of product development, said the company will propose that

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Elon Musk: Tesla’s growth in Northern Nevada depends on ‘housing and infrastructure’

October 28, 2018 — STOREY COUNTY Nev. — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a message for the state of Nevada. "Just keep being you," said Musk, smirking. "That's all. Don't change, and it will be fine." Musk's comment came during an Oct. 9 Q-and-A session with Gov. Brian Sandoval,

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Digital disruption: Tech, entrepreneurial ecosystem paves way for growth

October 28, 2018 — Tech industry trends are aligning to make Nevada County an ideal location for entrepreneurial tech businesses and talent. All we need to do is connect the dots. Embrace Change or BE Left Behind The disruption of traditional industries, a shift to cloud-based software, and an

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Machen MacDonald: Your success factor

October 28, 2018 — I have decided to proclaim the month of November as Grant Yourself Permission to Succeed month and invite you to join me. We are into the fourth quarter of the year. I submit these three simple questions for you as a check in: Are you

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