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Business Scene for the week of 2/17/2010

BANK EMPLOYEE HONORED

Congratulations to Plumas Bank's Lace Van Devender for receiving the 2009 Top Dual Role Representative from BAR Financial and Financial Network, one of the largest independently-managed broker/dealers in the United States. Through BAR, the bank offers comprehensive financial planning and investment services. Plumas Bank President Doug Biddle commented, "Lace has embraced the knowledge BAR Financial offers to best serve our clients as their dedicated financial services professional. The service, support and care that she provides our clients have not gone unnoticed and we applaud her for this achievement."



HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC SET FOR FEB. 27

New England Ranch owners Lane and Lisa Labb will hold a horsemanship clinic at their Quincy facility on Quincy Junction Road Feb. 27, at 9 a.m.-rain or shine-featuring local horse trainer Van Batchelder. It is limited to eight owner/horse participants with two sessions and lunch will be provided. For more information, or to reserve a spot or even spectator seats call 283-9770.



MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES NOTED...

Tom Heninger is celebrating 15 years of success with Equitylink Home Loans based in Chester. They make all types of real estate loans, including land and mobile homes. Tom said they can often make loans that banks have turned down. Another ingredient to their continued success is working evenings and weekends as needed, and they make house calls.



x And a tip of the hat to Bob and Jennifer Taylor, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary with The Cutting Edge in Chester. It's a full service salon for hair, nails and tanning.



MILLWORKS TAKES A WINTER BREAK

Tim and Cathy Kurdupski will close their business, Graeagle Mill Works, after Saturday, Feb. 20 for their customary winter break. They are scheduled to reopen Thursday, Apr. 1.



...WHILE THE POLKA DOT REOPENS

Know for its prompt service and good food, owner Bill Perkins is opening East Quincy's famous landmark, the Polka Dot, Saturday, Feb. 20 for the season. Look for his coupon in the Bulletin for a coupon good for a free soda with any hamburger purchase.



NEW LOCAL LINE OF FROZEN PIZZAS

Patrick and LaVelle Kenny, owners of the well regarded Italian restaurant in Cromberg that is sort of closed for the winter, Trattoria Rosa, are spending their free time making pizzas. You will find them in the frozen foods section at Quincy Natural Foods and Sprouting Roots Community Market in Portola. The reason I mentioned they were sort of closed is because they are open for pizza parties after the Longboard Races Feb. 21, and again March 21.



SIERRA PARK HOMES GO SOLAR

Sierra Park Development, an affordable housing development Lee Road in Quincy, now includes solar panels on their homes, which are included in the price of the home. Project manager Les Ellis said they are striving to make the homes as energy efficient as possible and reducing utility costs and felt this was the next logical step. The panels will be installed on the roof and come with a 25 year warranty. The inverters are installed on a garage wall and come with a 10-year warranty.



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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