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Tech Tips: Google Calendar dumped its best feature and dealing with data caps

February 18, 2018 — I've been using Google Calendar forever to keep my life organized. Recently, they updated the design so it's all pretty, but I can't make it allow me to enter events like I used to. Previously, I could enter an event like "Lunch with Rhoda tomorrow

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Machen MacDonald: Expand your habits to succeed

February 18, 2018 — I think we can all agree how important forming the right winning habits are to a successful and fulfilling life. The Greek philosopher Aristotle professed, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Lately, a lot of people

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Guardian angels: Supporting the military and first responders one necklace at a time

February 18, 2018 — The woman who invented the Angel of Valor necklace plans to become a financial angel to charities and organizations that support first responders and the military. "I had an angel necklace I wore for many, many years and it was very special to me," said

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Allen Ostrofe: Markets’ volatility: A test for investors!

February 18, 2018 — Vivian called recently from Novato, Calif., almost apologetically … acknowledging that the recent volatility of the U.S. markets appeared to be exactly what so many have projected for so many months. She explained that she understood from earlier writings, that corrections come regularly, and she

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Susan George: Labor Law update and Business Essentials Workshop

February 18, 2018 — On Thursday, Mike Letizia, senior human resource professional consultant, presented the 2018 Labor Law Update and Business Essentials Workshop. The workshop delivered an exceptionally comprehensive overview of California Labor Laws. An important take-away was the knowledge that the 2017 California legislative session ended with Governor

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Meet your merchant: House of Print and Copy still going strong after more than 25 years

February 11, 2018 — Studies have shown that the recipe for job satisfaction tends to be a combination of connecting with others, taking on challenging and absorbing tasks, having a purpose higher than one's self and feeling as though you're truly good at something. Walk through the doors of

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Mary Owens: Choosing the right successor for your estate

February 11, 2018 — Last month I outlined many of the critical issues to be considered when choosing successor trustees for your trust and related affairs. For estates that own substantial real estate holdings or own a business, the challenges of finding the "capable and willing" successor trustee can

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Perseverance & patience: From the Bay Area to Nevada County, the journey of Andrew Twidwell and his business

February 11, 2018 — ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Air is the brainchild of Andrew Twidwell, whose grit and determination launched the business, rescued it from the Great Recession, and grew it into one of Nevada County's most successful and well-known businesses. Twidwell's story is one of perseverance and

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Machen MacDonald: Be emotional to be productive

February 11, 2018 — I'm going to go out on a limb here. Being busy is not being productive. Being busy and not being productive is a disease. It is caused by emotional constipation. For many, there is a lot going on in life with work, family, health, community,

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Glenn Kenes: How the new tax law may impact you

February 11, 2018 — You may be working on your 2017 tax return now. 2018 will likely be different. The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact

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Awarding excellence: Dick Law receives recognition for a lifetime of serving the community

February 11, 2018 — A person changes jobs an average of 12 times and changes careers six times during his or her working life. Not Realtor Dick Law. With an unwavering four decades of experience in real estate, it's no surprise Dick Law recently earned the prestigious Realtor Emeritus

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After working for 25 years, seven days a week, Tuscany Gardens owner still loves what he does

February 4, 2018 — While most of us head home at 5 p.m. exhausted after a long day's work, Mohsen Afshartabar is nowhere near finished — and he likes it that way. Seven days a week. "Why would I go home and accomplish nothing?" he asked, with a smile.

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Machen MacDonald: The 5 a.m. club

February 4, 2018 — Learning what makes people tick and what leads them to their success has always been an area of curiosity and passion for me. I am lucky because as I learn the nuances of success, I get to share what I learn with those I come

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‘A business family’ ­— The Nevada County chapter of the Business Network International help businesses through referrals

February 4, 2018 — The group lives — and prospers — by the philosophy "Givers Gain." And members of Nevada County Business Network International Business Builders swear that core belief works wonders. "'Givers Gain' means if you give business to me, I will give business to you," said Rachael

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Tech Tips: Fix scroll direction on Mac OS & muting email threads in Gmail

February 4, 2018 — I've never used a trackpad before, but my latest computer is a Mac. I now find myself trying to use the trackpad, and it seems that scrolling goes in the wrong direction. On my phone, when I swipe up, the content on the screen goes

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ol’ Republic Brewery to open second location

January 28, 2018 — Nevada City's ol' Republic Brewery has signed a lease and will open a Rancho Cordova brewery and taproom in March, according to a press release. First reported by the Sacramento Business Journal, ol' Republic acquired the brewing facility and taproom at 11151 Trade Center Drive,

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Longtime family plumbing business in Nevada County there for those middle-of-the-night emergencies

January 28, 2018 — In 1998, Lindsay Marich's mom mentioned during a phone call that "a nice, handsome plumber" had just been over to her house. Not only that, the plumber had spotted a photo of Lindsay on the refrigerator. She was holding a fish she'd caught. "Who's that?

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Frederick A. Fisher: January’s most important financial resolution for employers and employees

January 28, 2018 — Welcome to 2018, the New Year, and the resolutions that come with it. Unlike many resolutions that require consistent motivation and effort, financial resolutions may only require an initial commitment and a phone call. The commitment is to start, increase and possibly maximize your retirement

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Brocke ‘n’ roll: Foothill Car Care owner goes the extra mile for his clients

January 28, 2018 — When he was done with his morning classes of readin', writin' and 'rithmetic each day, an eager Nevada Union High School student drove across town from the old Empire High School site to 716 E. Main Street. There he worked on cars as part of

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Marc Cuniberti: Has Bitcoin removed some of gold’s luster?

January 28, 2018 — Gold has many functions, both industrially and monetarily. In industry gold has many unique properties, among them are extreme corrosion resistance, durability, malleability, conductivity and it obvious quality of beauty. Gold serves as an electronic component, has medicinal qualities, is used in jewelry and some

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