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


Jennifer Seim, The Union & Erin Sorani, Network Realty

We are so grateful to have a Jennifer Seim as one of our Greater Grass Valley Chamber Ambassadors – and spotlight for April. Jennifer brings so much happiness and joy when she walks in the room. Always a burst of energy and excited about all the wonderful events and people in our community.

Jennifer is one of the “BEST” advertising managers at The Union (congratulations for winning “The Unions Best Of for 2018”). Her official title is: Real Estate and Mortgage Account Manager. Jennifer loves the role she plays in Nevada Counties booming Real Estate market. It’s actually made such a big impact that she purchased her first home last year and couldn’t be happier. She was able to go through the process and get real life experience which helps her understand the buyer’s side of the market. Jennifer is a real do-it-your-selfer, she told us all about her passion for home improvement, it’s brought her so much enjoyment that she could see herself dabbling in real estate in the future.

Jennifer’s background and knowledge of Nevada County is remarkable. Jennifer is originally from Southern California, however, she’s a Northern California girl! Jennifer says that everything significant in her life has happened in Nevada County. Jennifer has a background in the legal field and on a whim applied for a position at The Union three years ago and hasn’t looked back. She loves her career and is very passionate about helping real estate professionals get their messages across through advertising in print and digital. Jennifer said that digital advertising is so significant for today’s market and she can help steer her clients in this sometimes-daunting way of advertising. Jennifer is so easy to talk to – you’ll feel completely at ease because she knows her stuff!

Jennifer loves being an Ambassador with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and her connection with our community and fellow Ambassadors. In her spare time Jennifer loves to travel the world. In fact, she has a wonderful trip planned to Italy with her daughter over the summer to celebrate her daughter’s high school graduation. Let’s say it will be a delicious trip for both of them! Thank you, Jennifer, for being a wonderful addition to our Ambassador group. We are so thrilled to have you! To contact Jennifer Seim: Phone Number: 530-477-4250 E-Mail:

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber is excited to spotlight in April one of our enthusiastic Ambassadors, Erin Sorani. Erin has the energy of a speeding freight train which can be felt from across the room. Since joining the Chamber in September 2018, she’s been a welcome addition to our group and especially to the Ribbon Cutting Committee.

Erin is not afraid of hard work. She’s an accomplished inline speed skater, having trained at the Olympic level. Erin transitioned from inline speed skating to road and mountain biking. To say she has a need for speed is an understatement!

Erin enjoyed a rewarding career for Cal Fire in the Paramedic field. As gratifying as it was, she had always kept herself involved in real estate as an investor and in 2015 became an agent. Erin has kept herself very busy since stepping in to her career as an agent. For her efforts, she has been the recipient of the prestigious Masters Award for three of the last four years. Being a top producer and helping others in her field comes naturally; Erin loves going the distance for her clients and herself. She welcomes challenges in her field. In fact, it’s the most rewarding part of what she does. Erin loves when she can make a dream become a reality for her clients. Erin takes on clients who think they can’t and turns that into a “yes, you can!” Her network of contacts in the real estate field has made all the difference in moving a transaction from an idea to signing escrow papers. Erin’s motto is, “Anything is possible!”

Erin is an avid lover of the outdoors. She chose to call Nevada County home almost 19 years ago. With her active lifestyle, she can literally walk out her front door and jump on her bike and be at the Yuba River or in the forest in a matter of minutes. Raising her family here just feels right. She’s passed on her love of biking to her children. Erin has a son (13) and a daughter (10) who also compete and cheer on their mom from the sidelines. In addition to raising her children, Erin also has six chickens and one dog. In her spare time, Erin loves to knit and opens her home to knit nights by teaching knitting and holds classes in town at The Artist Workshop (check schedule for details). Erin sees this as a way of weaving together life-long friendships. We feel so fortunate that Erin weaved her way into our Ambassador group and we welcome her “can do” attitude.

Erin can be contacted by calling (530) 277-8373, or by visiting the Nevada City Network Realty office at 436 Broad Street.

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

Fuxjager, Rich
Nevada City, 530-559-4904

Green, Joe
Waste Management
Grass Valley, 530-263-1189

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
SunStor Solar 
Penn Valley, 530-802-1899

Johnson, Denise
Craig Johnson Plumbing
Grass Valley, 530-274-7275

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

Manning, Dave 
Digital Strategy
Nevada City, 530-478-0709

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

Myers, Sarah
The UPS Store
Grass Valley, 530-274-6000

Newman, Amber
River Valley Community Bank
Grass Valley, 530-798-2690

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

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

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

Quaintance, Laura 
Grass Valley, 530-913-2006

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

Shaffer, Kathleen 
Individual Member
Grass Valley, 530-802-6501

Shelbourn, Maggi
Nevada County Concert Band
Nevada City, 530-272-7499

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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