Business Scene for the week of 3/24/2010

Identity theft seminar tonight

            Tonight, Wednesday, March 24, the Chester branch of Plumas Bank is hosting a free identity theft seminar from 5:30-7 p.m. Amber Miller, the bank’s operations risk specialist, will be joined by Detective Bill Elliott of the Sheriff’s office to discuss how you monitor and resolve identity theft occurrences.

Anniversary wishes…

            Plumas District Hospital Volunteers celebrates its 32nd anniversary this month. The volunteers run the Bargain Boutique at Lawrence and Church streets in Quincy. Proceeds from the thrift shop  benefit the hospital, supplying equipment for patient care the hospital could not normally afford. The PDH Volunteers also grant two to four scholarships annually to medical students from the hospital district. Our thanks to the volunteers for all the hard work they do on behalf of PDH and to the public for supporting them.


            x TheGiggling Crow marks its first year of business in Chester on Main Street. Joe, Carrie and Suzanne are thrilled to report that the first year for the men and women’s boutique was a huge success, so much so they doubled in size since opening.


            x It’s the sixth anniversary for Vicki Mason and her Main Street Chester business, Sonshine Flowers. Over the years they have added gifts, cards and bath and body baskets. Vicki and daughter Brooke were at the Greenleaf Wedding and Spring Show in Reno recently where nationally known J. Schwanke offered hands-on instruction on creating original bouquet designs.


Passport photos in Chester

            The Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce has announced that passport photos are now available at the chamber office, thanks to a generous donation of equipment to do the passport photos from long time community business members, Peter and Rosie Schultz. Call (530) 258-2426 for an appointment.


Portola business relocates

Vintage Gardens has a new location to call home, it’s 373 W. Sierra Ave. in Portola, reports owner Don Parrish.


Fruit trees just arrived

            Here’s a telltale sign that spring has arrived: A huge shipment of shade and fruit —apple, pear, peach, cherry, pluot, nectarine and apricot — trees and assorted shrubs have just arrived at Gray’s Flower Garden in Quincy.


Book sale benefits rural services

  Erin Roney now has used books on sale with proceeds benefiting the Plumas Rural Services Independent Living Skills Program. You’ll find a large bookshelf located at Tangles in Portola that is full of books. Erin invites you to come in and support this important and beneficial program.




SIXTEENTH eggciting hunt

            Barbara Tucker and Lisa Forcino are hosting their 16th annual Spring Fling and Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Crescent County on Good Friday, April 2. The hidden eggs (OK, they will be in plain sight) inside their distinctive Crescent Mills store contain gifts, discounts and the grand prize “golden egg” worth $50.


Three state excursion

Debbie Groesser was on a mission to find new items for her Chester store, The Blue Goose Fine Art Gallery. A recent trip took her to Arizona, Nevada and So Cal was obviously abundantly successful. She returned with lots of new artwork, including glass art, jewelry, pottery, and frames. She also secured some original oil paintings by well-known artist Diane McClary.


Packing your event needs

            Planning a wedding, family reunion, retreat, or other event this summer?  Booking an event at the historic Twenty Mile House Innand Conference Center in Cromberg has never been easier.  Owners Kevin Gage and Karen Steele have teamed up with Klytia Dutton of DISHgrace Party Rentals to offer inclusive packages to meet a variety of tastes, from casual to elegant, with special pricing.  Now the round tables, white chairs, a variety of linens and everything to go on top are all in one place, set up and ready for you, on this beautiful 200-acre property.


Everything is different now

            Ran across this interesting perspective posted on Jan. 7, 2009, at tompeters.com that is certainly well worth sharing:


             Don’t think of our current economic crisis as a recession. Instead, think of it as a recalibration.

            Everything is different now. The world I am working in today is different from any world I have ever done business in. The world has been reset.

            If you think of it as a recession, you may be temped to hunker down and wait for the economy to cycle back.

            If you think of it as a recalibration, you will be motivated to focus on what you have to do differently, since everything is different now.

            The way your business generates results is different now.

            Your customers think differently, too.

            Your customers care about different things, now.

            Your customers act differently, now.

            Your customers many actually be different people, now.

            Customers aren’t disposable anymore; more than ever, you have to create sustainable customer relationships.

            Everything is different now.







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