To serve our members by facilitating business development programs, promoting tourism & visitor direction and advocating political alignment that supports responsible business growth in our community.

You Can Make A Difference!

Each year the goals and program of work is determined by the Board of Directors and the Chamber committees which are made up from our membership. You can make a difference by becoming involved in a committee which addresses issues that concern you and your business. Review the committee opportunities, determine your area of interest then call the committee chairman, or the Chamber office, to verify the time and date of the meeting. Attend a meeting and evaluate your interest in that committee. Committee time averages no more than two hours a month. As a committee member you volunteer to do only what you have time to do.



Meet 3rd Tuesday of month
Quail Ridge Senior Living Center, 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA
Ambassadors are the frontline of the Chamber and act as diplomats for the organization. Ambassadors
meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month. They oversee the “Business after Hours” networking mixers, schedule and conduct the “Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremonies assist with membership recruitment and provide outreach to members informing members of the many benefits of Chamber Membership.
Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of Month
Quail Ridge Senior Living Center
150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley
Board Members representatives: Greg Ward, Susan Rice, Jayne Sanchez


The primary role of the Business & Government Committee is an advocate for the our businesses on a local level as well as monitoring state government and how their actions affect our businesses. This group will stay informed as to the positions of the California Chamber of Commerce through their monthly “Chamber Alerts” that are made available to local Chambers. Our local State Representatives, members of the Grass Valley City Council and the Nevada County Supervisors will be asked to give updates to this Committee on issues that could affect our local businesses. The Committee will work with our local leaders regarding the future of government funding that has been awarded to the Chambers to promote and market Nevada County as a destination for tourists and operate visitor centers.
Meetings are held the 1st Friday of Month
Placer Title Insurance Company, 380 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley
Board Members: Patti Ingram Spencer, Bob Medlyn, Kathy Medieros, Elizabeth MacKenzie & Jan Friend


Communication with the members of the Chamber and our community is imperative to the success of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. Machen MacDonald, 2011 Board Chairman, states that “the purpose of the Chamber is “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” It represents Revenue, Expectations, Support, Profit, Energy, Collaboration and Trust…. all important segments of the Chamber. This year the Communication Committee will improve and develop improved and new resources and products that will be available to our members. The value of Chamber membership will be put out to the community by way of a publicity campaign with newspapers, radio and website.
• Value added Chamber benefits for 2012 will include:
• Annual survey of members to insure they are provided benefits and services that fit their needs
• Host quarterly luncheon featuring topics that are relative to the business community
• Provide New Member Orientations
• Board & Ambassadors provide outreach to members with visits and calls
• Acknowledge Chamber Members at “Business after Hours Mixers”
• Develop additional strategic partnerships
• Provide workshops & seminars
• Increase revenue in order to accomplish communication goals
• Conduct 2012 Membership Drive
Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Chamber Office
Board Members: Susan Rice, Machen MacDonald


This new Committee will create a plan for sustainable funding source to increase revenues annually
Board Members: Patti Ingram Spencer, Jayne Sanchez & Mary Ann Mueller


Develops & monitors annual budget
Meets as needed at the Chamber Office
Board Members: Susan Rice, Mary Ann Mueller, Carol Fassino, bookkeeper


This committee has partners that include the City of Grass Valley and Nevada County who provide promotional and marketing funding, the Gold Country Visitors Association, California Travel & Tourism Commission, Nevada County Gold, Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce, The Union Newspaper and KNCO Radio.
• Operate Tourism & Visitors Center
• Goal: Promote tourism and economic vitality
• Secure Funding
• Unite Stake Holders
• Create 3 to 5 year plan Marketing plan through the Nevada County Regional
Tourism and Promotion is carried out through the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce (RCC). The RCC meets regularly with partners that include lodging, restaurants, wineries, Nevada County Fair, Arts and Culture, Nevada County Agriculture, State Parks, recreation and others as needed.
Meets monthly at various times & locations
Members: Susan George, Eric Sams, Mary Ann VanMeter, Cathy Whittlesey, Lynn Saunders, Sean Gilleran & Gary Tintle

The Nevada County Leadership Institute

This Leadership Institute was co-founded in 1996 by the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sierra College Nevada County Campus. Since that time there have been 13 graduating classes. Leadership Institute is a series of classes, held one Friday each month from September until June, covering a variety of topics that make up our community. The Institute is administered through the Chamber and is facilitated by professional Coach Lori Burkart Frank.  Julie Jordan serves as Administrative Assistant.