Business Scene for the week of 1/13/2010

Celebrating spike’s life

            Manager Steve Wallick is opening the Capital Saloon earlier than usualthis Saturday, Jan. 16, to celebrate the life and times of one of Quincy’s best-loved citizens, Stanley “Spike” Young. Following his services at 11 a.m., folks can gather at the Cap, raise a champagne toast to him and share stories about a great man who will be missed by so many.


open house rescheduled

            Due to a birth in the family, the open house at The Giggling Crow on Main Street in Chester has been rescheduled. It is now set for Thursday, Jan. 21, 5-7:30 p.m. Proprietors Carrie Warren, Suzanne Hernandez and Joe Gilmore invite you to stop by for refreshments and enter their prize drawing. If you bring a can of food for the local food bank, you will also earn a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  


winter schedules

            Ayoobs by two sistersin Quincy is now closed on Mondays through the winter months.


            Kathe and Jessica Roper have closed their Quincy business, Roper’s Horses, for the winter. Look for them to reopen in March.


portola eatery reopens

            After a brief hiatus, Dee’s Station Café in Portola has reopened, serving breakfast and lunch six days a week.


calling it quits after 33 years

            Joe Klein said that after 33 successful years with Klein’s Quality Meats in Portola, it’s finally time to retire. He will be closing his doors Jan. 31.


new location for insurance firm

            Rachelle Labosky has moved her Chester business, Sage Creek Insurance Services, two doors down from her previous location, at the Stover Creek Center next to Century 21/Lake Almanor Real Estate. The added office space will better accommodate staff, customers and the myriad of insurance products they offer.


co-op’s new member services

            Jamie Williams has been named member services coordinator for Quincy Natural Foods Co-op. Jamie will be responsible for connecting QNF to the community through events and member services during the year. She tells us January is member/owner renewal and recruitment month. Even though the Co-op is open to the public, Jamie says the $20 annual investment provides many, many additional benefits owner/members.


tips on increasing your business

            Happy customers are your best sales force. The most successful way to attract more business is to share the experience of your existing customers, adding credibility to your marketing message. After all, they’ve experienced your product or service and are happy enough to tell others about it. Prospects are more likely to believe what other people say about you—than what you say about your business. 

             If you use the power of testimonials in your advertising - you will increase your business, this is a proven method that gets results. Take the time to either follow up with customers who send you glowing comments or ask them if they would give you one. Then call or email your newspaper advertising consultant and let them show you how to put your testimonial in print, so your next potential customer can read about your great business.  The power is yours, take charge.

  Again, three easy steps: Find a happy customer; write down what they love about your business; call your ad consultant to share it with your future customers in the newspaper. Powerful, yet easy.


homebuyers TAX CREDIT extended`

            The federal tax credit for home buyers that the president signed into law recently was set to expire Nov. 30, but has been extended until Apr. 30, 2010. It was also expanded to include existing homeowners who have lived in their primary residences for five consecutive years out of the last eight years.

            First-time homebuyers may still be eligible for a tax credit of up to $8,000, while existing homeowners may receive a credit of up to $6,500. The bill also increases the qualifying income limits, and taxpayers can claim the credit on purchases completed in 2010 on their 2009 income tax returns. Ask your Realtor for all the details.









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