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We greatly appreciate the unwavering support and commitment from our Friends of the Chamber.

The City of Grass Valley

gv-city-logo-smallIt is said that Grass Valley was named by settlers whose cattle had wandered from their campsite on Greenhorn Creek to a "grassy valley" nearby where the grazing was better. Miners panning for gold along Wolf Creek and a major discovery of gold-bearing quartz in 1850 started a boom. The "grassy valley" was an easy place to put up buildings.

The City of Grass Valley has been an advocate of the Grass Valley Chamber for nearly 100 years. We've got history.

The Beam "Easy Living" Center

It was 1979 when Mike and June Rough packed up their station wagon with little money, four kids, two dogs and most importantly their faith, left Ohio and headed west to California for a new life.

Two sons-in-law (Bob Medlyn & Brian O’Brien) now head up the day to day operations but they are both quick to appreciate that it is Mike and June’s ethics, hearts and desire to grow in a managed fashion that formed the foundation which now resides in everyone who makes up The Beam Easy Living Center.

The Gold Miners Inn

GMI-HIEX-logo-smallLocated in Northern California in the middle of the historic town of Grass Valley, The Gold Miners Inn is the perfect place for your next business meeting or conference, your next family vacation, wedding or other special event. A quarter-mile from downtown, this Holiday Inn Express is northeast of Sacramento and less than 13 miles from whitewater tours.

The hotel offers 7000 square feet of flexible conference space to compliment the 80 state of the art guest rooms and suites. Rooms and suites are creatively designed to cater to the executive travelers as well as families. During your Grass Valley visit, you can unwind in the fitness center or enjoy our complimentary hot breakfast bar and managers reception cocktail hour. We hope you call and enjoy our budget-conscious hotel rates in Grass Valley, CA.

Network Real Estate

network-logo-mediumNetwork Real Estate was founded in 1982 based on high standards of integrity, ethics, professionalism, knowledge, and superior customer service. Over the years the company has enjoyed powerful community recognition built upon our trademark of personalized service to the many people moving in and out of the area. Nevada County is a special place. We feel fortunate to live here and we enjoy showing it off.

The Nevada County ReStore is a thrift store for building materials and supplies open to the general public in western Nevada County . The ReStore sells donated used or surplus building materials and supplies at a discounted rate.
At the ReStore, We Build Community:


  • By Building homes: to help provide a long-term sustainable revenue stream for the Nevada County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity;
  • By Providing Materials to the Public for Affordable Re-Use: to make those building materials available to homeowners at a reasonable price enabling them to repair and maintain their homes;
  • By Saving Valuable Resources: assist in the creating a sustainable environment by providing an outlet for reusable building materials otherwise destined for the Nevada County transfer station;
  • By Developing Volunteers: Daily operations provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.


Jennco Web Works is a family run business located in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Northern California.

Jennco was started in 1990 as a small web development firm to handle the numerous requests for realtor websites. Business spread through word of mouth and Jennco has designed websites for a wide range of companies all across America.

Jennco Web Works was not born out of the .com boom in Silicon Valley. Jennco is and has always been a small, local business looking to fill a need and do that job well.

Jennco is never about the WalMart experience. We are much happier doing a fabulous job on 50 sites than a mediocre job on 500 (and we’re sure you’re happier too). We believe in personal attention and know that the most satisfied clients are the ones who feel like their input matters. It is your site, after all.
If you have questions, call us at 530-852-7863. A real, live person will answer.


Interim HealthCare, at 408 East Main Street in Grass Valley, was established in 2008 and provides quality personal care and support, and in-home care services.

Interim is able to provide care in a home, senior living community or assisted living facility, and we are able to assist families who wish to have one-on-one care for their elderly loved one in a hospital or skilled nursing setting.

Interim HealthCare also provides hospice support, respite care, and Alzheimer and senior care services for residents of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Auburn, Cedar Ridge and surrounding area. The Mission is to provide the best health care in the most compassionate and ethical manner possible, and it is a mission practiced daily by all who are involved with Interim HealthCare.

Interim HealthCare Inc. was established in 1966 and now has offices across the country. Besides Grass Valley, it also has Northern California offices in Yuba City, Chico, San Jose and Redwood City. Nationally, there are over 300 offices, serving nearly 200,000 people yearly, providing 25,000,000 hours of important home care services.

BOTW-logoIn 1874, Bank of the West opened its doors on the California frontier as Farmers National Gold Bank. One of just 10 banks nationwide authorized to issue paper currency backed by gold reserves, the San Jose bank helped people build homes, finance farms, and grow their businesses.
Over the years, we grew bigger and reached beyond our hometown roots. Customers entrusted us with their money, we continued to provide great service, protect deposits and lend prudently to the growing communities we served. In 1880, Farmers National Gold Bank became First National Bank of San Jose.
Careful management and sound banking practices allowed the bank to contribute to the Bay Area's growth through the 1906 earthquake, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. Following World War II, the bank grew rapidly and by 1979 had 35 San Francisco Bay Area locations and $350 million in assets.
In 1979, we changed our name to Bank of the West. The change reflected our desire to grow and provide our style of relationship banking beyond the Bay Area. Today, we have branch and commercial banking offices across the West Coast, the Southwest, the Midwest, and the Rocky Mountain states.
Since 1980, we have been affiliated with BNP Paribas, a global leader in financial services and one of the world's six highest rated banks. In 2001, our holding company BancWest Corporation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.
Bank of the West has continued to grow in recent years, thanks to a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, including United California Bank, the largest Los Angeles-based bank, in 2002, Union Safe Deposit Bank in California's Central Valley and Community First Bank in Fargo, ND, both in 2004, and Commercial Federal Bank, of Omaha, in 2005.
Today, Bank of the West has customers in all 50 states and operates more than 700 branch banking and commercial office locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Prudent credit underwriting, a diversified loan portfolio, and careful risk management have allowed us to grow to more than $62 billion in assets. It is one of the nation's largest banks, yet it preserves its local feel and its award-winning style of relationship banking that ensures superior customer service.


The Union began publication as the Grass Valley Daily Morning Union on October 28, 1864.

Townsend and Blumenthal founded the paper to support the Union cause in the Civil War. Every issue in later years has carried the motto "Founded in 1864 to Preserve The Union - One and Inseparable."

In 1893 the Union became the Associated Press wire service's first affiliate in the West. The Union incorporated in 1906. From 1864 to March 1945, it was a morning paper. It ran as an afternoon paper until July 1999 when it resumed morning delivery. Over the Union's history, twelve men and one woman have served as publisher.

In 1906, The Union moved down the street from its original location to the "The Union" building at 151 Mill Street, Grass Valley. Both historic buildings still stand in downtown Grass Valley. In 1978, the paper moved from downtown to its current location at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.


Celebrating 28 years as the Official Guide to Nevada County, Nevada County Gold provides valuable information about Nevada County including a comprehensive yearly calendar of events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate and lodging opportunities in Nevada County.

Since 1987, “The Gold” has raised more than $230,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce. Nevada County Gold is a labor of love for the community, and is a true collaboration of the finest Nevada County writers, photographers and graphic designers. We eagerly look forward to publishing the 2015 edition. Nevada County Gold was designated the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, “2013 Business of the Year.”

With a yearly distribution of 85,000, Nevada County Gold is available at more than 600 regional locations including the Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, and many other targeted locations in Northern California. In Nevada County, Nevada County Gold can be picked up throughout Nevada County at hundreds of locations, including the Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Visitor Information Center.


For over 50 years and three generations Plaza Tire And Auto Service has been providing quality automotive care and maintenance to our friends and neighbors in the Nevada County area.

We are a AAA approved repair facility that employs ASE certified technicians making us the most reliable shop for any of your automotive needs, both foreign and domestic.

With four locations in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, and Colfax we make automotive repair convenient. From simple maintenance to major repairs we are capable and confident in our ability to service your vehicle. Check us out for oil changes, tire rotation, new tires, alignments, A/C repair, engine diagnostic, tune-ups, timing belt replacement, extensive auto repair, and much more.

No matter where you travel you can take comfort knowing that Plaza Tire and Auto Service has a warranty that is honored at over 30,000 locations across the US. You can put your trust in Plaza Tire and Auto Service! Building relationships one customer at a time, we're here to make your day better!


The Grande Story
What happens when you take a custom cabinetry and furniture manufacturing facility and combine it with a home décor and gift store? The GRANDE WOOD DESIGNS CENTER on Plaza Drive in Grass Valley is created!
It all began in 1990 when Joe Grande started Grande Wood Designs (the manufacturing side) to provide custom designed furniture and cabinetry to compliment and serve individual personalities, needs and lifestyle.
With His Italian heritage, tradition of high standards and attention to detail, each piece incorporates integrity, product knowledge and designing skills which guarantees a proven ability to effectively enhance the quality of your living environment. Creating furniture and cabinetry “for the way you live” whether remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, or designing a bedroom set or hutch, GWD is committed to quality from the conception of design to final installation of your project.
A new chapter to Grande Wood Designs was in 2009 when Joe’s engineering background, along with his wife, Edwina’s design background, took a leap of faith and ventured into the retail business to complement their manufacturing line. Nevada County no longer had a specialty gift and décor store, so GWD decided to focus on unique and exclusive home décor items that enrich lives, bring people closer together and celebrates life. The store’s specialty collections include beautiful table top pieces, glassware & linens, candles, lamps, exclusive accent pieces, wall clocks and art along with men’s and ladies’ fragrance lines and brand names like Lenox, Dansk, Vietri, Certified International and the Gerson Company.
As you enter the store, there is a chance you will be greeted by “KUBOTA” (a very social 120# Black Lab/Husky) and made to feel at home by staff associates. This friendly ambiance inspires you to select the perfect gift for that special person in your life!
Grande Wood Designs strives to present a pleasant and informative buying experience. All that we are and all that we do allows your dreams to become a reality.

Cirino's at Main Street

Our story began in 1983 when Jerry Cirino first opened the doors to Cirino’s Bar & Grill in Nevada City, Ca offering “time honored” recipes from the Cirino family kitchen.
This old-world tradition of using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, along with the Cirino standard of quality and flavor, left our friends and guests wanting more.
Generations of families have celebrated birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and proms in our historied walls. Thus, to meet the demand of our continually growing clientele, we expanded our operation to downtown Grass Valley and opened Cirino’s at Main Street in 2003.
Cirino’s at Main Street boasts a menu of 70 items as well as an offering of daily specials. On any given day you can enjoy foods from neighboring Mediterranean countries or experience our signature Italian dishes while celebrating what life is truly all about… sharing the table with family, friends, delicious food and drink.
We invite you to come on in and join us. You may even discover what “will change your life”… our signature Cirino Bloody Mary.
Salute! The Cirino Family

FOC_SierraTheatersSMSierra Theaters is a locally owned, family business that operates Sierra Cinemas, The Del Oro Theatre, Sutton Cinemas, and The Nevada Theatre Film Series. Each theatre is clean, staffed with friendly, helpful employees, and features comfortable seats and state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. The popcorn is delicious, too!
Mike Getz began his career in the movie business in the early 60’s. He created the first wildly successful midnight movie series in Hollywood in 1963 and helped launch the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” midnight movie phenomenon in theaters throughout the country. In order to view independent films locally, Mike and Barbara Getz started the Nevada Theatre Film Series in 1979. Mike’s talent to entertain the audience is evident in the 36-year success story of this popular Nevada City Sunday night tradition.
In 1989, The Getz’s opened Sierra Cinemas, a 4 screen, first run movie theatre in Grass Valley. In 2001, they opened Sutton Cinemas, a 2 screen theatre in the Brunswick Plaza. In December, 2003, The Getz’s purchased the Del Oro Theatre in downtown Grass Valley and began an extensive remodeling effort, which culminated in the Grand Re-Opening and Tower Lighting ceremony in October, 2004. Thousands of folks filled the streets to witness the lighting of the tower, which had been dark for over 20 years.
Now operated by Mike and Barbara's son-in-law Michael LaMarca and daughter Azriel and a team of experienced managers and staff, Sierra Theaters is a true family business committed to quality entertainment for our community. For over 25 years, Sierra Theaters has also been employing and training Nevada County’s youth, giving hundreds of young people their first job.
Sierra Cinemas, Del Oro Theatre, and Sutton Cinemas are fully equipped with digital projection and sound, including 3D, with digital assisted listening and closed-captioning devices. Showcasing first-run Hollywood movies, independent and art movies, and live events such as The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and National Theatre Live, Sierra Theaters is proud to bring the best in the world to Nevada County audiences.

FOC_FarmersSMWhether looking for Auto, Home, Life, Business or any other insurance needs, we provide customized service you can count on.

Insurance to us means you have placed us at the helm of your ship and it is our responsibility to stand there and be your direction during the storm. Many times we are your silent watchmen; sitting on the deck, watching out for sharks, and maintaining your insurance map. When the compass changes or swell bellow down, you can always find comfort knowing that we are there to personally help you.

We know our clients turn to us in times of stress and we take each and every one of our customers into our family to provide knowledge, comfort, and understanding in times of confusion. Whether to talk about life changing situations, file a claim, make changes to a policy, or catch us up on your last vacation, we at Mertens Insurance Agency are here for you.

That is why we started our business; we wanted to give you “exceptional.”

See who you will be speaking with!

FOC_SierraFCCSMSierra Foothills Construction Company was formed in 1986 as the first true design-build firm in Nevada County. In the 29 years since, we have helped many local, national and international firms achieve their facilities needs through our comprehensive design-build and value engineering process. Our commitment to quality has helped Sierra Foothills Construction Company become the largest builder of commercial buildings in the Grass Valley - Nevada City area. In addition, we have perfected the Guaranteed Maximum Price contract. We have educated our local subcontractors so they understand how to ask questions and to bid the intent of plans with no change orders.

Sierra Foothills Construction Company is proud of our history and reputation for supporting and mentoring local Nevada County subcontractors. Our typical project includes at least 95% local subcontractors. We practice what we preach.

At Sierra Foothills Construction Company, our staff and team of dedicated professionals who total over 100 years with Sierra Foothills Construction Company are the key to our reputation and the completion of all of our projects on time and on budget, and the 100% satisfaction of our clients.

  • General Contractor
  • Design-Build
  • Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • Sustainable Building Practices


Atria Senior Living has been in Grass Valley for the past 15 years. We provide Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory care. We help our residents engage in life with lots of opportunity for connection, civic engagement, lifelong learning, health and fitness, personal acheivement, creative expression, and Inspiration and Spirituality. Never in human history have so many lived so long. Thank you science, technology, education and prosperity. Now what? How can society benefit from this growing abundance of wisdom, resilience, perspective, talent and creativity? We believe in the extraordinary potential of older adults.  That's why we create vibrant communities where they can thrive and participate, know that their contributions are valued, and enjoy access to opportunities and support that help them keep making a positive difference in our world.

We help our residents live better lives in a better place!

As a successful businesses owner you are no doubt approached regularly by community organizations in search of financial support, but we ask that you please take a few minutes to consider this announcement about formation of Friends of the Chamber –– a special fundraising drive aimed at ensuring that the fiscal strength of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is bolstered and secured beyond our yearly operating budget.

Because of your longtime, continuing success while other businesses have been forced to close their doors, we are asking you to consider helping advance the mission of the GGVCC, the largest business advocacy organization in Western Nevada County. With your support, we can reach our reserve fund goal by the end of 2014 to assure the continued success of future programs and the Chamber agenda.

In 2013 we saw a steady increase in chamber membership, establishment of the most comprehensive visitor information center in this region, reorganization of the chamber’s administrative staff, a revamped website, and an income stream that meets the needs of our basic operating budget.

But to keep the momentum rolling and put ourselves in a position where we can take bold steps toward increased marketing and promotion of this area as the ideal place to live and work, we are looking for twenty successful businesses to contribute $2,500 each to the special Friends of the Chamber reserve fund.

The previous page highlights some of the benefits of being a Friend –– to include advertising on the chamber’s website, VIP accommodations at all chamber functions, prominent visibility for your business at the new visitor information center, and much more. We believe the premiums provided in exchange for a $2,500 contribution will prove to be one of the best investments you can make.

We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the reserve fund’s purpose and the benefits you will receive as a contributor.

Without question, as a Friend of the Chamber you will have a direct, positive impact upon the future of this community. Thank you for considering this new approach to help fund important chamber goals.

Kindest Regards,
Keith Davies, Chief Executive Officer
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
Office: 530-273-4667
Cell: 530-701-3225
E-mail: kdavies@grassvalleychamber.com

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

We are seeking advocates of local business with the aim to foster a strong community bond that will also help create a competitive edge for you. We believe Friends of the Chamber will accomplish that important dual goal.

Please telephone Chamber Co-Executive Director Keith Davies at (530) 701-3225 or submit this form to receive a Friends of the Chamber benefits package.

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