Ambassadors are a Valuable Member Resource

Ambassadors are Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce local business leaders who volunteer their time and talents to promote the Chamber and your business. Ambassadors play a pivotal role in providing the resources and support to keep our Chamber a dynamic and viable organization.

What is an Ambassador?

The Ambassadors are a group of business leaders committed to helping the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce fulfill its mission of representing businesses and providing leadership to enhance the quality of our community.  The Ambassadors are Chamber members who volunteer their time to welcome new Chamber members and support Chamber staff at events.  The Ambassador program is the premier member-to-member, business networking program.

Ribbon Cutting Events


The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to spotlight a dynamic Ambassador

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to spotlight Jennie Sparks as the Ambassador of the year! She has been a tremendous part of the Ambassador team and we are lucky to have her.

Jennie Sparks is the Operations Manager for Absolute Communication Solutions and has been with ACS since 2007. She has the pleasure to work alongside her husband, Eric, and his business partner, Rich Teehee.

Jennie is not only an active member of the Chamber but has also been a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) since 2009, and in 2017 received her SHRM-CP certification. She is involved with our local SHRM chapter Sierra Human Resources Association as the Treasurer and Community/External Relations chair. According to Jennie, “It’s been a great experience getting involved and giving back to the HR community.”

Jennie has been a Greater Grass Valley Chamber Ambassador for almost three years and has loved every minute.

Jennie shared, “As an Ambassador I have the opportunity to give back to my community by volunteering at events hosted by the GGVCC. Through Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers, I’m able to network with other business owners and welcome them to the Chamber. The personal connections I have made at the Chamber are priceless. It’s a great group of business owners, employees and individual members who are committed to improving our community through fundraising, volunteering and networking.

Through the Chamber I have been given a wonderful opportunity to create a social group for professionals in Nevada County. The group is for people Seeking Professional Advancements through Relationships and Connections, SPARC. I’m very excited to have this chance to provide professionals with a fun way to meet with other professionals and to create relationships as well as provide education, development opportunities and mentoring.

I’m very fortunate to be able to work in the only place I’ve called home. And that’s why I believe in giving back to my community in any way that I can. In addition to the Chamber, I’m currently participating with the Nevada County Contractor’s Association’s marketing committee, NEO Youth Center’s marketing and fundraising committee and Scotten School’s PTC.”

As a working professional and mother of two young children, Jennie is an outstanding example of giving her talents to a variety of organizations, especially our Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Benefits of Becoming an Ambassador

  • An effortless way to get to know other members by volunteering for ribbon cuttings, greeting at our business after hours mixers, and other events
  • Ambassador business cards are included in all new member information packets sent out to dozens of businesses throughout the year
  • Special placement of Ambassador business cards at our Chamber office
  • Introduction of Ambassadors at our Chamber events so that others in our community get to know you better
  • The chance to use your communication and leadership skills to benefit our community working side-by-side with other like-minded business people
  • Increase your possibility of business referrals by being more visible in our community

Ambassadors are committed to our Greater Grass Valley Chamber

  •  By regularly attending our monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00 pm
  • By participating in at least 50% of our networking and business promotion events each month including ribbon cuttings, business after hours mixers, and other scheduled functions
  • By connecting with existing members and promoting new membership

Call our Chamber office at 530 273-4667 if you have any questions.  Feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest and get to know us!

Ambassadors are a Valuable Member Resource

Ambassadors are leaders of local businesses and organizations, members of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce who volunteer their time and talents to promote the Chamber and their business. Ambassadors play a pivotal role in providing the resources and support to keep our Chamber a dynamic and viable organization.

The contributions of each Ambassador is a valued community service. At the same time, the visibility as an active Ambassador promotes you and your business.

Ambassadors: • Act as the Public Relations arm and liaison for the Chamber
• Represent both the Chamber and their own business
• Serve as greeters at Business After Hours Mixers
• Coordinate Ribbon Cuttings for new members
• Provide outreach to current members
• And so much more!!!

Membership is open to all current Chamber Members. If you would like to learn more about the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee or becoming an Ambassador, download the Chamber Ambassador Packet.

Mixers and Events


Becker, Doug
Welcome Home Vets
Grass Valley, 530-272-3300

Brazil, Donna
Lake Wildwood Association
Penn Valley, 530-432-1152

Collins, Mick
Pay it Forward Processing
Auburn, 530-268-3382

Grimes, Nicole
Gold Country Community Services
Grass Valley, 530-615-4541

Haddock, Heather
Grass Valley Downtown Assoc.
Grass Valley, 530-272-8315

Hand, Jeneé
River Valley Community Bank
Grass Valley, 530-798-2690

Hook, Paul
DC Solar Electric
Penn Valley, 530-802-1899

Johnson, Denise
Craig Johnson Plumbling
Auburn, 530-274-7275

Jones, Janell
Gold Country Compounding
Auburn, 530-368-2103

Kulhavy, Kristen
Crystal Ridge
Grass Valley, 530-446-0772

Leishman, Seth T. 
Ostrofe Financial Consultants
Grass Valley, 530-273-4425

Lewis, Tamitha
Placer Title Company
Grass Valley, 530-477-1382

MacDonald, Machen 
ProBrilliance Leadership Institute
Grass Valley, 530-273-8000

Meyer, Sarah
Comfort Keepers
Grass Valley, 530-274-8600

Paniagua, Julie
ReStore/Habitat for Humanity
Grass Valley, 530-274-3761

Patterson, Deborah
Patterson’s Tax Practice
Grass Valley, 530-615-4917

Pilcher, BettyKay
Finance of America Mortgage
Grass Valley, 530-263-6094

Porter, Joy
Winding Road Imagery
Cedar Ridge, 530-913-6045

Reynolds, Steve
API Marketing
Auburn, 530-885-9674

Rice, Susan A., PhD
Susan A. Rice and Associates, Inc.
Grass Valley, 530-346-9212

Seim, Jennifer
Individual Member
Grass Valley, 530-477-4250

Sorani, Erin
Network Real Estate
Nevada City, 530-277-8373

Sparks, Jennie
Absolute Communications Solutions
Grass Valley, 530-271-0332 X 203

Voter, Suzanne
Finance of America Mortgage
Grass Valley, 530-478-8383

Moon, Cindy
Nevada City Chamber Liaison
Nevada City, 530-265-2692

 Davies, Robin
CEO Greater Grass Valley Chamber
Grass Valley, 530-273-4667

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