Submitted by Robin Davies, CEO

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUCCESS IS A TEAM EFFORT

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce administrative staff and volunteers continue to pursue goals and objectives set by our board of directors –– all aimed at making this the best community possible for businesses and families.  We promote our membership, business growth and stability, tourism, job growth, events, and support cultural amenities, and more –– much more.

In many ways, we’re like an old-fashioned country doctor; we do whatever needs to be done to help keep the local economy healthy.  Unlike a lone doctor, however, we function as an incredible team supported by men and women who share an abiding belief in the future of Grass Valley and Nevada County.

A good barometer of success is shown by the Chamber’s growth over the past five years.  In 2013, membership stood at about 380 and we were looking for space to create a visitor information center and new offices.  Today, membership stands steady at 525 businesses, organizations and individuals and the Chamber and Grass Valley Visitor Information Center are happily settled at 128 East Main Street, across the street from City Hall.

A large part of our growth and progress, of course, has been due to the extraordinary men and women who serve on the GGVCC board of directors.  The Chamber actively seek candidates for the board from our membership who we know will roll up their sleeves and go to work –– and they always do exactly that. Also, the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, a diverse group of thirty-six incredibly talented and dedicated men and women assist the board in implementing the Chamber’s annual program of work.

Heading the 2019 Board of Directors is the Executive Committee:  Chair, Joy Porter, Winding Road Imagery; Past Chair, Bob Medlyn, Beam “Easy Living” Center; Incoming Chair, Danielle Scallin, Grass Valley Courtyard Suites; Treasurer, Suzanne Voter, Finance of America; and Member-at-Large, Machen MacDonald, ProBrilliance Leadership Institute.

Directors include Catharine Bramkamp, Nevada County Arts Council; Rich Fuxjager, Individual Member; Jon Katis, Nevada County Broadcasters; Susan Rice, Susan A. Rice and Associates; Steve Sanchez, Empire Mine State Park; and Julia Stidham, The Union.

As we approach the end of another successful year, we also want to applaud the many chamber members who have committed themselves and their businesses to an extra level of financial support, including our Visitors Information Center Community Partners.

Community Partners displaying their organization’s visitor information, business opportunities, and/or events or at the VIC include Sierra Vintners Association, Empire Mine Parks Association, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County Contractors Association, Winding Road Imagery, Empire Mine State Park, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, and Coming Soon: Lake Wildwood Association. Their support allows the Grass Valley Visitors Information Center to operate as the largest and most comprehensive visitor information center in this region.
In addition, sixteen businesses now belong to our Friends of the Chamber program:  The Union newspaper, Mike Bratton–State Farm Insurance, Stanford Mortgage, Sierra Theaters, Sierra Nevada Destination Services, Plaza Tire & Auto Service, Nevada County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Network Real Estate, Jennco Web Works, Gold Miners Inn, Grande Wood Designs, Farmers Insurance, Eskaton Village, City of Grass Valley, Cirino’s at Main Street, and Bank of the West.

The annual financial support we receive from these sixteen Friends allows us to implement many of the goals set by our board of directors.

Adding to the generous support offered by Friends, we have several organizations who have chosen to upgrade to the next elite tiers of membership: Champions of the Chamber: Waste Management of Nevada County, Nevada County Gold magazine and Intero Real Estate Services and, Partners of the Chamber: Atria Senior Living, and the Beam “Easy Living” Center.

All 525 Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce members, including those who have joined one of our three special programs, are members of a formidable team of men and women with a common goal:  The betterment of our community and a determination that the local economy continues to flourish and grow.

If you would like more information about Chamber membership, or the Partner, Friend or Champion categories of support, call me at the office (273-4667) or email rdavies@grassvalleychamber.com, we welcome your inquiries.

One thing is certain: If we all work together for the good of the community, there is nothing our powerful team can’t accomplish.

We’re looking forward to a dynamic and productive year to come, and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and prosperous 2019.