Business Scene for the week of 1/18/2012

labor law update workshop

The Business Career Network/Alliance For Workforce Development is holding a workshop on the 2012 Labor Laws Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Plumas County fairgrounds. Business Services Director Jan Prichard said topics covered during the two-hour workshop that begins at 10 a.m. include NLRB notification of employee rights, meal and rest period update, family leave, notice of pay detail and other laws that apply to your business. The fee is $39 and pre-registration is required, call 283-1606.


local resort gets good review

Not surprisingly, a website entirely dedicated to travel experiences has named the Chalet View Lodge as the Best Hotel of 2011. Internet travel writer and video blogger Mike Shubic spent more than nine months on the road in 2011 and shares some of his experiences, including his “Best Of” choices that cover more than 50 categories, at mikesroadtrip.com. His feature on this 49-room resort and restaurant, located on Highway 70 a few miles west of Portola, is best summarized by a comment he said he continually heard other guests staying there say during his visit: “This place is an unexpected treasure.”


fitness center relocates

Patty Long Buchholtz has relocated her eastern Plumas fitness business, ABSolute Fitness and Health, to a private studio at Plumas Pines in Blairsden. At this new location she continues to offer strength conditioning with weights and Pilates reformer for individuals or groups. Phone number remains the same: 836-1153.


more anniversaries to share…

Traci’s Sweet Surprises, located in downtown Quincy near Ayoob’s Main Street Styles, is celebrating its second anniversary. Owner/baker Traci Downey can create specialty cakes for any occasion using fresh ingredients and scratch recipes without lard — she only uses sweet cream butter. Of course, these would include birthdays, baby showers, weddings, anniversaries and so on. Each is hand decorated to your specifications. Don’t forget

the assortment of scrumptious cinnamon rolls, bagels, cheesecakes, brownies, pastries and more that are all baked fresh daily. By the way, Traci will be moving her business in April to a larger, more convenient location inside the historic Clinch Building next to Flanigan Leavitt Insurance.


Roni Halvorson, a licensed esthetician and certified massage therapist, has completed her first year in business with My Skin’s Best Friend on Commercial Street in Portola. Roni believes your skin deserves a “best friend” when it comes to customized facials, waxing and other treatments.


Just a year ago Kory and Stacey Felker opened the Graeagle location of Plumas Physical Therapy. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon. The Quincy facility, on Central Avenue behind the Plumas Pines Shopping Center, is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (later if needed). Kory, who has a master’s degree in physical therapy, and his team specialize in orthopedic, sports and aquatic therapy, home health care and rehabilitation.


look closely before signing

Every so often we get what I would deem cleverly disguised solicitations that appear to be standard requests for a renewal of a past order or for a verification of a listing, typically for a yellow page directory. The most recent was a fax from a company called Yellow Pages America. In bold across the top the form said “Additional Data Required” with a prominent box next to it stating “Free Data Update For All Customers.”

However, in the fine print at the bottom of the page it states that by signing the form you are agreeing to a $99 per month listing for a term of two years in their online directory. This company, by the way, is in Panama City, Panama!

So, the message is simple: Be sure you or the people in your office who could perhaps deal with something like this know exactly what it is that you are agreeing to before you sign any form. Read the fine print carefully. What they are doing is perfectly legal and it is binding. The number of these types of solicitations that we get in the mail or via fax has me convinced that the companies must get a pretty decent return on these blanket-type solicitations.








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