IF you’re wondering what the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers and the Grass Valley Downtown Association have been doing since the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order was issued, I can tell you emphatically that we’ve never been busier working on your behalf!

We’re constantly in communication with the Cities, the County, and the State. The Chambers have been advocating for you with CalChamber representatives, and the Grass Valley Downtown Association through National and California Main Street. We’ve been educating ourselves through webinars and meetings, many hosted by the Sierra Business Council and Sierra Small Business Development Center.
We’ve been collaborating with many community partners, navigating the information for small business loans, grants and daily updates on our new paradigm, disseminating and sharing this information with whom it will assist.
Our organizations work in concert to serve our community with many caring and dedicated partners. Through participation in the Nevada County COVID-19 Task Force we, along with County, City and State government, community partners and colleagues get the same messaging and information which we disseminate to our members and the community.

Signage – printed & being distributed to unify door signage.
New “OPEN” signage was created to help people when they drive through town to see what is open and what each business can offer i.e. curbside, takeout, online, etc. You can access these signs and download for yourself for your own needs.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qq0gezsh4qkzsee/AADuGGhjNJFdoD5qZTCBHuTXa?dl=0

Rainbows and Nevada County Strong was painted throughout Nevada City. Grass Valley businesses are next. All you need to do is paint your window creatively with rainbows, or ask us for an artist to assist. Some of you received this information when we were able to drop off kits for downtown businesses last week: goodie bags with information from GVDA and Grass Valley Chamber. These are still getting distributed this week, and since then some information been updated. “Rainbows for Hope,” campaign is to engage the community, support local businesses, and to help us all envision possibilities for a brighter future. (This movement originally began in Italy and is spreading an important message across the world, “Everything will be okay.”). If you would like to participate but don’t have the ability to create a rainbow yourself – for any reason – we are happy to assist you.
Visit FB group Nevada County Strong

Calls to Businesses
City of Nevada City and NC Chamber joined the City of Grass Valley, Grass Valley Chamber, and the Grass Valley Downtown Association in making calls to our 1500+ business in Nevada County who are either BID members, Chamber Members or have Business Licenses in the cities. Thank you to our board members who have assisted with this since mid-March. If you haven’t received a phone call or visit, you’ll get one.

Business Resilience Tool Kit
We are updating this all the time. View Business Resilience Tool Kit
Lists of places to get supplies locally for sneeze guards, masks, etc.

We have lists of digital helpers you can call on: point of sale systems, marketing, website, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
Or visit Collaborative Resources for Nevada County Small Businesses

Promotion
Sharing on Social Media and through our newsletters what our member businesses and organizations are doing.

We serve on the Nevada County Relief Fund Small Business Grants Team. Led by the Sierra Business Council, along with our respective colleagues from Eastern Nevada County, the Nevada County Arts Council and business colleagues, we created the grant application criteria, and are delighted to report that the grant application is active on the Nevada County Relief Fund website. Micro-grants of $5K will be awarded up to $100K before May 26. Nonprofits may also apply. Submissions open at NevCoRelief.org today. Check the site for details. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by 5:00PM

Our Rebound Nevada County group partnered with Sierra Commons to present a free Get Your Business Online Class, an E-Commerce Business Ignitor.
The ambitious goal of the project is to help 50 local businesses launch revenue-generating online stores by June 1.
Consultants – Join the Rebound Team:
We are building a multidisciplinary e-commerce specialist team to support local businesses. Register and info HERE

Rebound Nevada County is an ad-hoc collaborative group including the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, the cities of Nevada and Grass Valley, Sierra Commons, Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada City Film Festival, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC), and the Sierra Business Council.

We serve on committees and are Public Information Officers for Covid-19 Business Task Force, Resilience, Rebound, ERC Tourism Committee and the Nevada County Relief Fund. We green-lighted or created with partners NCGVfood.comCovid-19 Community Alliance so merchants can connect to local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also worked with partners to advocate and promote, among other activities, for the good of small business owners. You can view recordings of COVID-19 Business Resource Task Force weekly webinars here.

Thank you so much to Tod Wahoske for the NCGVFood website, Jesse Locks for help with so many of these projects, Mari Mohr, 2-1-1 Connecting Point, and R&B Communications for help with websites and public information projects.  Thanks to our local GVPD education officer, Officer Zack LaFerreire ([email protected]) for Tips For Negotiating Rent.  And Thanks to YubaNet for hosting Town Hall meetings and facilitating great Webinars.

We can’t wait to get to some other projects with videos featuring merchants and you reopen. Lots of ideas. Stay tuned.

Take good care of yourselves and don’t hesitate to reach out!

Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce: [email protected] (530) 273-4667 
Grass Valley Downtown Association: [email protected] (530) 272-8315
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce: i[email protected] (530) 265-2692

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