Monday, December 31, 2012

Amador County Women's Network - Wed Jan 23


The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, January 23rd, at Thomi's in Jackson.  The January program will be feature a panel discussing fraud and its prevention.  Fraud is a very real part of our lives today . . . both in business and personally.   We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Debbie LaVielle, 209-267-0577 or (preferably) email:debbielavielle@comcast.net .  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.
 
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Amador County Energy Efficiency Project Saves Money and Energy

The County of Amador is now saving energy and money thanks to energy upgrades made possible by a federal stimulus grant. The county, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, upgraded heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and retrofitted interior lighting at various county-owned facilities in the city of Jackson.

More than 600 interior lights were retrofitted at the county jail, sheriff's office, district attorney's office, and general services administration building, library, and probation office. Older, inefficient linear fluorescent lights were switched to low-wattage lighting equipment. The County of Amador also leveraged grant funding with a PG&E program administered by Sierra Business Council. The stimulus grant paid for the labor to complete the lighting retrofit, while the Sierra Business Council provided the lighting equipment at no cost to the county.

The grant also funded the installation of six new HVAC systems at the county jail and sheriff's office. The new HVAC units replace older, less efficient equipment. Also included in the HVAC project was the retrofitting of two HVAC units with economizers that can save energy by cooling the building with outside air, reducing the need for mechanical cooling. Economizers can reduce HVAC energy costs while also potentially improving indoor air quality.

The project is estimated to save Amador County 110,000 kilowatt hours and 327 therms or the equivalent of $17,000 in annual energy costs. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is estimated to be 36 tons per year.

Completed in April, the County of Amador's lighting retrofit and HVAC projects were funded by a $117,982 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contributed to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US Department of Energy. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

St. George Hotel is now open

The historic St. George Hotel (restaurant and saloon) has opened!
The hotel is a center piece in the quaint village of Volcano, the gem of the Mother Lode. 
Executive Chef, Ray Mansu is serving dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm on Thursday and Friday, 3:00pm - 9:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm - 8:00pm on Sunday.
Treat yourself for BEST FINE DINING and BEST PLACE TO TAKE A DATE! The St. George Hotel, established 1862.

Sent by the Amador County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SHOP LOCAL! Friends & Neighbors Night at Tractor Supply Co.

ACWN December Luncheon - Wed Dec 19

The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, December 19th, at Thomi's in Jackson.  The December program will be our Christmas Party. Our 'Gift Exchange' consists of Gift cards and Gift certificates ($25.00); generally featuring local businesses.  Also, a great opportunity for a little last minute Christmas shopping!  Open to the public!  We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Sue Allred at 296-5989 or sueallred@volcano.net.  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.

Friday, November 30, 2012

JBCA Meeting - Mon Dec 3

AGENDA
JBCA Meeting
Dec. 3rd 2012 5:30
JBCA Office
Old Business
New Business
1. Treasurers report, approval of bills
2. Committee reports:
- A.C.T.
- Membership
- Christmas Delights
- Plaid Friday
3. Walking Tour Brochure update.
4. Parking meter covers, vote result.
1. Volunteers to staff office 2013
2. Jazz festival back in downtown;
Discussion for 2013
2. Annual membership dinner
4. Car show committee volunteers
5. Items not on agenda
Adjourn.
Next meeting:
Jan. 7th 2013 5:30
JBCA office

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

North State Auto Body Saves Energy and Money with the Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Nevada Energy Watch Program

Jackson, Calif. – Bill Wise of North State Auto Body estimates that his electrical bill has been reduced by about 20 percent since Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) conducted a free energy audit of his business. After the audit, SNEW retrofitted his 5-year-old Jackson, Calif. collision repair shop with brand new lighting that will help his business save enough energy to power two average US households for a year. North State Auto Body was able to recoup their payment for the installation in a single month’s billing cycle. On average, the reduction seen in energy bills on SNEW projects pay for themselves anywhere from one to six months. SNEW customers pay 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the project, meaning they do not have to cover the entire cost up front, allowing these small businesses to see near instant savings.

“North State Auto Body, as a collision repair shop, needs accurate lighting for their everyday work,” says SNEW Project Manager Emily Dondero. “Making sure they had sufficient, high quality light was the SNEW staff’s priority.  The opportunities for updated lighting also led to significant energy savings for the business, and thanks to those savings, the project paid for itself in almost no time at all.”

Mr. Wise, who learned about the SNEW program through Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), is enjoying the savings and new lighting, proving that improved energy efficiency does not have to compromise quality.

“I would recommend the SNEW audit and installation process to other local business owners,” Mr. Wise said.  
Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is a local government partnership between Sierra Business Council and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. This program creates economic and environmental benefits to the Sierra Nevada region by providing jobs for local contractors, saving local businesses money on their electricity bill, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the area. SNEW has served 817 customers since January 2010, bringing $4.2 million worth of rebates for energy efficiency retrofits into their 14-county territory. Additionally, they have saved PG&E customers $2.9 million in energy costs and reduced energy use by 15 million kilowatt hours. Local contractors have received $565,000 in payments for retrofit installations. This leads to a total economic benefit of approximately $7.7 million in the Sierra Nevada through this one program alone.
Sierra Business Council is a member-based organization that fosters thriving communities throughout the Sierra Nevada via “on-the-ground” local projects that promote, develop, and amplify the area’s social, natural and economic capital. SBC administers the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch Program.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) - Wed Nov 28

The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, November  28th, at Thomi's in Jackson.  The November program will feature a Trade Show and 'Extreme Networking' event. Many of our ACWN members will showcase their business and products.  Great opportunity for a little Christmas shopping!  Open to the public!  We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be plenty of time following the meeting to visit our members and look over their offerings. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Sue Allred at 296-5989 or sueallred@volcano.net.  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

From the JBCA: Cookie Contest

Greetings JBCA Members,

The Jackson Business and Community Association (JBCA) will be hosting Christmas Delight’s, Main Street Jackson’s Annual Holiday Open House on November 23 and 24. As a member of the Jackson Business and Community Association and City Clerk of Jackson, I have volunteered to organize the “3rd Annual Cookie Contest” and depending on how many donations our selected Judges will determine the “Best Cookies” for the event.

I am looking for cookies donation (3 to 4 dozens per Cook) or gift certificates for the winners of the ” Best Cookies - Cookie Contest”

I would like to thank you in advance for your cookies or donation, which will help make this year’s Christmas Delight’s an event to be remember.

Please contact me at 209-223-1646 or email me at gcangelosi@ci.jackson.ca.us if you will be donating cookies or donations for the contest this year.

Gisele Cangelosi
City Clerk
Treasurer JBCA

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jackson Revitalization Committee - Thurs Nov 8

City of Jackson
Jackson Revitalization Committee Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 8, 2012  6:00 p.m.
Jackson City Hall, 33 Broadway, Jackson, California 95642

1. INTRODUCTIONS
2. DISCUSSION ITEMS
a. Economie Development in Sonora/Tuolumne County, featuring Larry Cope, Tuolumne
County Economic Development Authority Director.
b. City of Jackson Circulation Improvement Program, featuring Neil Peacock of ACTC
explaining this project focusing on planning transportation improvements and funding
strategies for Jackson.
C. Project Updates.
d. Membership Renewals.
3. COMMITTEE MEMBER INITIATIVES
4. PUBLIC MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Discussion items Only, no action will be taken.
5. ADJOURNMENT.
Posted.' City Hall, 3 3 Broadway, Jackson
Agenda will be avaílable for review (pursuant to §5495 7.5 Government Code Section) in the
CIty Clker's Office in City Hall.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you neea’ special assistance to
participate in this meeting, you should contact the Office of the City Clerk at (209) 223-1646
(voice) or (209) 223-314] (fax). Notifications 48 hours prior” to the meeting will enable the City to
make reasonable arrangements to assure accessibility to this meeting.
Please e-mail comments and suggestions to the Jackson Revitalization Committee
at jrc@ci.jacks0n.ca.us

From the Chamber - New Member: Villa Privata - 15% discount for Chamber members!

New member Villa Privata - The Place To Meet In Amador County.  See their unique special event venue...consider the  possibilities. 
15% discount on facility fees for Chamber members through 2013.  Contact Marie Cicogni, General Manager to schedule a tour or to check availability.  (209) 223-3770


Friday, November 2, 2012

From the Chamber: Gold Country Publishing Spring Phone Book

Dear Chamber Members,
Gold Country Publishing is closing its canvass for next Springs telephone book.  Now is the time to join the growing family of advertisers in Amadors most popular and most used telephone book.  We remain the only telephone book which gets direct mailed to every home  and business in the county, giving our advertisers complete exposure for the entire year. Call now (209) 223-2929  for your advertisement and more information. Steve Brewer - Owner
GOLD COUNTRY PUBLISHING, INC.
(209) 223-2929

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JBCA Update

Greeting JBCA Members,
We'd like to share a few updates with you...

November Meeting
JBCA's November Meeting is Monday, November 5th at 5:30pm in the JBCA office (148 Main Street)

Scarecrows on Main Street
The scarecrows are up on Main Street and they are looking good! Have you seen them yet?

Christmas Delights
We want to invite ALL JBCA members to participate and/or offer ideas for Christmas Delights. If you are an off-Main-Street-Business but still would like to participate (...with a kids activity, entertainment, a giveaway, etc.) then please let us know! Contact the Christmas Delights Committee Chair, Gale Fairbrother 256-2556

No Heritage Day
We want to confirm that Amador Heritage Days is NO LONGER an event. It will not be happening this year despite what you have seen in print.

Customer Service Seminar
Registration is now available for a Customer Service Seminar, Tuesday, November 6th, 10 am to noon, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Fire Room inside the hotel.
Let's all sharpen our customer skills for the holidays, so that sales exceed our expectations. I encourage you to bring employees and open a little later that day.
Cost: $10 per registrant.
Please preregister on-line; a minimum of 25 is needed to make this go.
Here is the link:
http://amadornov6-eorg.eventbrite.com
Amador Council of Tourism will sponsor partial scholarships, with written request to this office. Send written requests to: info@touramador.com.
Boxed lunch is available to go, or to eat there and continue networking.
On the Go Boxed Lunch
Box lunches are $14.50 each. Box lunches will include necessary condiments and utensils. Served with Seasonal Marinated Salad, Kettle Chips, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie, Whole Fruit & Bottled Water. Choose one sandwich type from the following:
-Turkey, Bacon, & Monterey Jack on Whole Wheat
-Classic Tuna Salad On Honey White
Reservations for boxed lunch must be made by Monday, October 29th by phoning, 209-267-9249, or emailing, info@touramador.com.
Sponsored by Amador Council of Tourism, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and NEC Small Business Development Corporation present a Customer Service Seminar.
Please do not hesitate to call us at 209-267-9249 with any questions.
Can't wait to see you there! Maureen (Amador Council of Tourism)

Measure Q Final Push
We are in the final days leading up to the election and, we hope, a successful completion of our Measure Q campaign. Thanks to all of you, we have signs placed throughout the county, fliers distributed in the densely-populated neighborhoods of Amador County, and a postcard arriving in mailboxes next week and the week after.
Wednesday, October 24th, and Wednesday, October 31st, in the Meadow Room in Sutter Amador Hospital. Meadow Room is Located in the Outpatient Services Building, which is on your left as you enter the main hospital driveway.
The last date, Thursday Nov. 1st, we will be in the Oakview Conference Room, which is in the main hospital building on the second floor.  Enter the main building, take the elevator up to second floor, go straight and then make a right. Oakview Room is near the end of the building on your left.
Contact informaion remains the same. Please contact Diane at Amador County Chamber of Commerce at 209-223-0350 to let them know which date(s) you are available.
Thanks for your help with this, Maureen (Amador Council of Tourism)

Jeannette McDonald
Membership Chairperson
Jackson Business & Community Association
Jeannette (209) 223-1558
J.B.C.A. Office (209) 223-1263
www.JacksonBCA.com


Monday, October 29, 2012

Jackson Rancheria Celebrates Grand Opening of All New Casino Resort

JACKSON, CA – The all-New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is celebrating completion of five years of renovations with a $2,000,000 Catch Your Dreams Grand Opening.  The expansion and remodel cost over $80 million and includes an entirely remodeled 35,000 square foot gaming area, new Poker Room, High Limit Room and Gift Shop, soaring eagle water feature, new main entrance with improved access to the Casino floor, and a completely refurbished Hotel.



“We are thrilled to celebrate the Grand Opening of the All-New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort,” said CEO Rich Hoffman. “It has certainly been a much anticipated process and we appreciate the patience of our loyal guests and employees. Jackson Rancheria has grown tremendously over the years and our most recent renovations reflect that growth.”  The $2,000,000 Catch Your Dreams Grand Opening Celebration continues throughout November and December with multiple promotions and events.

$2,000,000 Catch Your Dreams Grand Opening Celebration Friday, Nov. 2 
Decorations and live entertainment throughout the Casino Free commemorative chocolate coins given out at the new entrance 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3
WAR will perform their greatest hits at 7 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel (tickets available online at www.jacksoncasino.com) $5,000 After the WAR Concert Drawing in the casino 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nov. 2 – Nov. 4
Big Wheel of Grand Opening Prizes – Every Dreamcatcher’s Club® member gets one Free Swipe & Win Game between 10 a.m. and10 p.m. and every swipe is a winner

Nov. 2 – Nov. 30
Grand Opening Cash & Cars Giveaway – Every Friday in November, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., players can win five brand new cars and a whole lot of cash and free play.

Nov. 18 – Dec. 23
Players can Win a House, on the House just by playing with their Dreamcatcher’s Club ® card between Nov. 18 and Dec. 23.

Drawings every Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for Free Slot Play and an entry in the House drawing. The drawing for the house, valued at $200,000, will be held on Dec. 30. Each entry has a one in 1,800 chance to winning the house.

Jackson Rancheria’s All New Dining Venues:

Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge – Located upstairs in the casino, Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge features luxury and comfort combined with approachable entrees focused on local quality ingredients and precise execution. The lounge offers fine liqueurs and spirits, a great variety of California wines and an extensive lounge menu.

Rancheria Buffet – This expansive buffet seats 300 and features seven mouth-watering stations, including six live action cooking stations where you can watch your meal being prepared.

Margaret’s Café & Bakery –A casual dining experience, the menu within Margaret’s Café features Breakfast, Burgers, Salads and other favorites, all available 24 hours a day. The Bakery menu includes Cakes, Pies, Danishes, other favorites.

Pacific Grill – Pacific Grill is a combination of two venues – the Asian Grill and the California Grill. It features the combination of cultures from both sides of the Pacific Ocean in a quick serve setting with a shared seating area.

JoBo’s Junction – A great place to meet friends and enjoy your favorite coffee drink or a cool ice cream treat.

Jackson Rancheria Gaming:
Casino:
Over 200,000 square feet, including 35,000 square feet added in expansion
1,600 slot machines with denominations from 1¢ to $100
42 table games including Blackjack, Four-Card Poker, Pai Gow, Three-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Mini Baccarat, Card Crap, and Roulette.
24 Hour Poker Room with 10 tables of live action, tableside food and beverage service , low limit to no limit games, frequent promotions

High Limit Room:
Dozens of slot machines, including both Reels and Video Poker and Keno, in denominations from 25¢ to $100
Eight tables of Blackjack, Pai Gow and Baccarat
Exclusive Cage with Cashiers who can assist with casino credit and all monetary services.
Private restrooms, ATM, bill changer, and ticket redemption machine
Screens for watching sports and newsComplete handicap accessibility throughout
Exclusive dining area for Elite players with complimentary snacks and light meals every day from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Jackson Rancheria Hotel:

The newly-renovated, AAA 3 Diamond, 3 Star Hotel offers 86 Deluxe Rooms and Suites and is conveniently located next to the Casino and seven-story parking structure.

Visit JacksonCasino.com for details on all the amenities, promotions, entertainment, dining and lodging opportunities. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466), JacksonCasino.com.

Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

From the Chamber: Phone Bank Measure Q - Tues Oct 30

Thanks to the Measure Q TOT Committee Members and guests who staffed our first TOT Phone Bank Calling Session last night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ Sutter Amador Hospital. We had seven volunteers @ the phone bank outreaching to registered voters throughout Amador County. We were able to call around 500 registered voters to give them the Measure Q Story.  We were pleased not only with the warm reception we received from most of those that we talked to about Measure Q but that the majority were not upset that we were calling during a surprising Giants battering of The Tigers.  More info on this first night's voter calling activity to follow shortly. 

PLEASE NOTE : Our next Phone Bank date has been changed from Wednesday Oct. 31st to Tuesday October 30th ( from 6:30 to 8:30 pm ). We don't want to call on October 31st due to Halloween evening but also conflict with Giants game again.

The Tuesday October 30th Phone Bank location will be at The Amador Chamber of Commerce Office , 115 Main St, Jackson. Street Parking Avail . It would really help us reach a much larger Voter Audience if we had 15 to 20 volunteers making these important voter calls. PLEASE ADVISE IF you can volunteer for this activity. It would really help the campaign . Please use this e-mail to volunteer. Thanks.

Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) - Wed Nov 28

The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, November  28th, at Thomi's in Jackson.

The November program will feature a Trade Show and 'Extreme Networking' event. Many of our ACWN members will showcase their business and products.  Great opportunity for a little Christmas shopping!  Open to the public!  We make it fun to learn about local women in business.

The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be plenty of time following the meeting to visit our members and look over their offerings. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.

Contact: Sue Allred at 296-5989 or sueallred@volcano.net.  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From the Amador Tourism Council: Sac Mag opportunity

I am forwarding a link to you(below), regarding an excellent advertising opportunity for December issue of Sacramento Magazine. The issue will be on the stands November 15th and will provide an excellent boost for holiday shopping and holiday events here in Amador. Additionally the issue has editorial about Amador County, helping to reinforce the message. Please contact Dennis Rainey of Sacramento Magazine, cc'ed above, if you are interested in participating.
Thanks for your consideration,
Maureen
https://www.swiftpageemail.com/speasapage.aspx?X=2Q0XQ2O9I4T0UTFM00YCWU

Customer Service Seminar - Tues Nov 6

Hello, everyone-
Registration is now available for a Customer Service Seminar, Tuesday, November 6th, 10 am to noon, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Fire Room inside the hotel.
Let's all sharpen our customer skills for the holidays, so that sales exceed our expectations. I encourage you to bring employees and open a little later that day.
Cost: $10 per registrant.

Please preregister on-line; a minimum of 25 is needed to make this go.
Here is the link:
http://amadornov6-eorg.eventbrite.com
Amador Council of Tourism will sponsor partial scholarships, with written request to this office. Send written requests to: info@touramador.com.
Boxed lunch is available to go, or to eat there and continue networking.
On the Go Boxed Lunch
Box lunches are $14.50 each. Box lunches will include necessary condiments and utensils. Served with Seasonal Marinated Salad, Kettle Chips, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie, Whole Fruit & Bottled Water. Choose one sandwich type from the following:
  • Turkey, Bacon, & Monterey Jack on Whole Wheat
  • Classic Tuna Salad On Honey White
Reservations for boxed lunch must be made by Monday, October 29th by phoning, 209-267-9249, or emailing, info@touramador.com.
Sponsored by Amador Council of Tourism, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and NEC Small Business Development Corporation present a Customer Service Seminar.
Please do not hesitate to call us at 209-267-9249 with any questions.
Can't wait to see you there!

Maureen
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Amador Council of Tourism
115 Valley View Way : PO Box 40
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
W: (209) 267-9249
C: (209) 969-5065
www.touramador.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chamber eBlast - Measure Q Help Needed Oct 24 & 31

We are in the final days leading up to the election and, we hope, a successful completion of our Measure Q campaign.

I made a request last week for telephone call help.  Well we had a date change and I have the rooms at the hospital we will be working from.

The correct dates are: Wednesday, October 24th, and Wednesday, October 31st, in the Meadow Room in Sutter Amador Hospital. Meadow Room is located in the Outpatient Services Building, which is on your left as you enter the main hospital driveway.

The last date, Thursday Nov. 1st, we will be in the Oakview Conference Room, which is in the main hospital building on the second floor.  Enter the main building, take the elevator up to second floor, go straight and then make a right. Oakview Room is near the end of the building on your left.
A script will be provided to you.  Bring your cell phone with you.  We will have bottled water and some snacks, so you can keep your strength and voice up.

Contact information remains the same. Please contact Diane at Amador County Chamber of Commerce at 209-223-0350 to let them know which date(s) you are available.

Please call...we need your help...thank you!
--
Mark Borchin, President
Amador County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 596
115 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95689
(209) 223-0350

ACWN Membership Deal - Only $35!

Hi ladies!

We the 2012 ACWN board want to thank you all for a TERRIFIC year and we have all enjoyed our term as your "leaders".  We wanted to offer you all a great big Thank you for being such a fantastic networking group! We want to offer everyone $5.00 off of your Yearly Membership Dues  between now and December 15th! That's right yearly dues will be just $35.00 rather than the $40.00 it is normally!

No need for any action right now other than letting me know you are interested! I will work one on one with everyone to get your renewal/membership in and make sure all info is correct and ready to go for our Directory next year!

Have a great night and see you all on Wednesday at Cooper Winery!

Friday, October 19, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Jim Gullett, Jim Gullett, Chairman, "Yes on Measure Q" Committee.

Tom Slivick talks with Jim Gullett, Chairman of the Yes on Measure Q Committee.
http://tspntv.com/home/item/19572-tspn-tv-news-in-depth-jim-gullett-10-19-12

Tom Slivick talks with Jim Gullett about what benefits Measure Q could bring to Amador County if the measure passes in the November election.
http://tspntv.com/home/item/19571-tspn-tv-news-in-depth-benefits-of-measure-q-10-19-12

Editorial Blog: "My iPhone Works Now"

Click on the link below to view editorial:

www.amadoreditorial.blogspot.com

Via Citizen Report: Poor Man's Bronze

"Just sending out an FYI that Duane is in Mexico as we speak picking up another load of goodies. Wall art (Suns & Moons) Tin critters and Rock animals. He should be back by Tuesday. If there are any questions please let me know.

Thanks again to everyone who has stopped in, called or emailed."


Thank you,

John P. Kern
(209)257-1400
www.poormansbronze.com
824 North St.Hwy 49/88
Jackson Ca, 95642

Monday, October 8, 2012

Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) - Wed Oct 24

The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, October 24, at Cooper Winery in Plymouth.  In addition to the fun and ambience of Cooper Winery the October program will feature Jeanne Deaver of Amador Flower Farm as speaker. We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Sue Allred at 296-5989 or sueallred@volcano.net.  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Amador Council of Tourism: Agenda & Measure Q campaign - Thurs Oct 11

Hello, everyone-
I hope you are welcoming the cooler weather and enjoying our wonderful calendar of fall events.

Attached [below] are the agenda and Measure Q campaign time line. Our board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th, 9 am, in the hotel at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. We will meet in the Fire/Rain room.  I will forward August minutes as soon as I possibly can.

Please note that breakfast is provided and we ask that you arrive early, about 8:45, so that we can start our meeting promptly at 9 am.

We will be passing the hat for Measure Q and appreciate any investments (as Pat Crosby says) that you make. We are distributing fliers door-to-door beginning Monday the 8th in the evening. Please review the attached schedule and let me know when and where you can help. Remember ACT?s name is on this measure and its success can make a big difference in our efforts of marketing Amador County.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Thanks for your support,
Maureen
Amador Council of Tourism
115 Valley View Way : PO Box 40
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
W: (209) 267-9249
C: (209) 969-5065
www.touramador.com

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ACT Agenda
Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort
October 11, 2012; 9:00 am

Minutes, August meeting (September was an evening meeting)
Treasurers Report: budget committee report
$20,000 from County; $2,000 from Plymouth
Executive Board report on meeting with Chamber Exec Board

Projects:
Raffle tickets
Measure Q County TOT increase from 6% to 10%, November ballot
Customer Service Seminar, Nov. 6th, Tuesday, 10 am

Marketing Plan 2012
Website redesign
New planner, late 2012

Travel Shows/Industry Shows:
KVIE Preview Art Gala report
JRCR Wellness Fair report

Visitor Center Report
Sutter Hill Transit Center Open House, November 1 , need 2 board members to attend
ACT Volunteer manual

January: 136, 32 for transit; Feb.: 143, 38 for transit; Mar.: 187, 33 for transit;
Apr.: 246, 35 for transit; May: 249, 44 for transit; June 268, 29 for transit;
July 317, 43 for transit; Aug.: 234, 44 for transit; Sep.:152, 23 for transit.
Closed: 2 days in April, 1 day in May, 4 days in Jun., 3 days in July, 5 days in Aug., 5 in Sep.

2012 Schedule:
9 am meetings: Nov. 8

Evening meetings, 5:30 pm
Dec. 13, Imperial Hotel, Amador City

For more information about events, visit touramador.com or
Facebook/Amador Council of Tourism

To list your events, send info to: info@touramador.com

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CAMPAIGN TIMELINE AND CRITICAL OBJECTIVES

October
Ongoing
Fundraising update
Endorsements(local business people, city council members, non-profit leaders, etc.)
Line up Volunteers for walking
Line up Volunteers for phones
October 1, Monday: group photo, time and location
Photos of key supporters:
Tracey Berkner, done
Anne Platt
Sharon Lungren
Dick Cooper/Chris Chinco
Through Oct 8        
Deploy lawn signs
Ione:  15
Sutter Creek: 10
Jackson: 15
Martell:  3
Pioneer: 3
Shenandoah: 6
River Pines: 2
Fiddletown: 2
49 Corridor, Electra to 16: 6
Highway 88 corridor Martell up 10
Highway 88 corridor Martell down 10
Camanche: 3
That accounts for 85 of the 100.
Placement of large signs:
Highway 88 and 104
Amador Ranch, across from Preston
Wine Tree Farm, 49 bypass, near Amador City end
Oct. 8-13: Volunteers begin phoning voters with persuasive messaging to identify endorsements, “yes” voters, and lawn sign locations
Oct. 8-17: Volunteers drop door hangers
Oct. 8th, Monday, 5-7 pm, Jackson, Meet in Busi Parking Lot
            Oct. 9th, Tuesday, 5-7 pm, Jackson, Meet in Busi Parking Lot
Oct. 10th, Wednesday, 10 am-noon, Volcano, Volcano Union Inn
Oct. 11th, Thursday, 5-7 pm, Ione, Meet at Clark’s Corner
            Oct. 12th, Friday, 10 am to noon, Amador City, City Parking lot across from Andrae’s
            Oct. 15th, Monday, 5-7 pm, Ione, Meet at Clark’s Corner
Oct. 16th, Tuesday, 5-7pm, Sutter Creek, City parking behind City Hall
Oct. 17th, Wednesday, 10 am-noon, Ione, Meet at Clark’s Corner
Oct. 17th, Wednesday, 5-7 pm, Sutter Creek, City parking behind City Hall




October 8-18
Mayors press release and photo
Ads placed for publication starting October 15th
Ledger-Dispatch, KVGC1340AM, TSPN, online Amador County News
October 12
            Print postcard
October 15-November 2nd
Place letters to editor and Op Ed pieces by our best supporters
Ads publish
Oct. 23: Direct mailer arrives to Absentee Voters

November 1st-5th
Get Out the Vote: Volunteers call all previously identified “yes” voters to remind them to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6

Services Provided by Consultant
Provide campaign strategy and overall management
Message development for all communications
Manage strategic outreach for the coalition building
Write quotes to be approved by supporters in campaign communications
Mail Piece: overseeing the development, writing, and creation
Door hanger or printed material: developing the dopy and printing
Review newspaper ads
Guidance for volunteer outreach and writing the phoning script to be used to contact voters
Draft limited number of letters to the editor
Review any Op Eds and speeches for message consistency
Create endorsement card








Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Amador Council of Tourism - Measure Q

Hello, nonprofit destinations and events of Amador County...

On the November ballot, ACT is sponsoring Measure Q. I am asking for each of you to endorse the measure (please see attached endorsement card). You can respond positively to me by email and I will use your email as the endorsement. We want a list of the nonprofit organizations on our advertising to show broad-based support.

Also we need help passing out doorhangers in the densely populated areas, starting next week and into the following week. You don’t have to talk to anyone, just drop off the card. And we are doing it in two-hour increments. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated. Please call the office, 267-9249, to let us know if you are willing to help or email me.

Measure Q increases the tourist occupancy tax on hotels and motels in the unincorporated areas of the county from 6% to 10%. Please read the attached [below] talking points for details.

Many thanks for your help and support,

Maureen Funk
Amador Council of Tourism
Sutter Hill Transit Center, 115 Valley View Way
Mail: PO Box 40
Sutter Creek CA 95685
office: 209-267-9249
cell: 209-969-5065

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TOT Talking Points
• Measure Q will boost our local economy, support local jobs, attract new tourism so we can keep Amador county working
• Q levels the playing field for Amador County by increasing fees for visiting tourists by 4% so that Amador collects the same amount as other tourist destinations in Northern California and invests in attracting new business and tourism, just like other tourist destinations.
• Under Measure Q, Amador County will work to attract new business and jobs…without costing local residents a penny.
• Measure Q is an investment in making our downtowns as vibrant and active as they can be…and that’s good for all local families.
• For every one dollar of local tourism spending, it generates $5 in greater local economic benefit.
• When we have thriving downtowns and a stronger local economy, that means less crime and a safer community for all of us, including our kids and seniors.
• Our economy here in the Gold Country has been hit hard by the recession. This is one way that we can fight back and get more tourism spending here in our community.
• Measure Q supports our way of life here in the foothills.
• Q is for improving our Quality of life. It’s the right kind of investment that will reinvigorate our economy and keep Amador competitive with other tourist destinations in Northern California.



Monday, October 1, 2012

Business Person Of The Year - Fri Nov 2

Amador Chamber of Commerce Support Measure Q

This measure will help Amador County create new tourism that will support local jobs - at no cost to local residents. 

California State Legislature has enacted California Revenue and Tax Code Section 7280, which authorizes the County to levy a transient (tourists) occupancy tax (TOT), commonly known as a "hotel tax" and sets forth the parameters and exemptions regarding hotel taxes.

Amador County Code Section 3.16.030 currently establishes a six per cent (6%) tax for the privilege of occupancy in any hotel by a transient (tourist) within the County. The cities of Jackson, Sutter Creek and Ione are currently collecting a ten percent (10%) hotel tax.  The Board of Supervisors of Amador County desires to submit to the voters of the County a measure to increase the hotel tax to ten percent (10%) within the County to be consistent with the hotel tax imposed by the cities of Jackson, Sutter Creek and Ione.
We need your help.  Attached is an endorsement card. Please sign and return to the Chamber ASAP (PO Box 596, Jackson, CA  95642).  We also need walkers in each town to drop off Measure Q information, starting October 8th through the 13th.  We don't need to talk to anyone, just drop the information.  We will be doing this work in two-hour shifts, and we are looking for volunteers (call the Chamber office (209) 223-0350).

Mark Borchin, President
Amador County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 596
115 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95689
(209) 223-0350

Friday, September 28, 2012

Jackson Business & Community Association - Mon Oct 1

AGENDA
JBCA Meeting
Monday, Oct 1, 2012 5:30
JBCA office

Special Discussion: Parking Solution group
Presented by Vice Mayor Connie Gonsalves and City Manager Mike Daly

Old Business

1. Treasurers report, Approval of bills
2. Committee reports, ACT, Scarecrow Contest
3. Bob Karr, Main Street Contacts, flyer
disbursement

New Business

1. Membership and related Jeannette McDonald
2. Scarecrow contest update
3. Veterans Day Parade: Establish committee, set tasks.
4. Christmas Delights:
Establish committee, set tasks, discussion of possible open house at 148 Main by Amador Historical Society, wine raffle and wine tasting
5. Walking Tour update on brochure
6. FACT fun run: support from JBCA and JBCA rack cards, goodie bags, sponsor discussion

Adjourn

Next meeting: Nov. 5, 2012
JBCA office 5:30 pm

TSPN INTERVIEW: Wayne Garibaldi, Senior VP, American River Bank

TSPN INTERVIEW: Tom Slivick talks with Wayne Garibaldi, Senior Vice President of American River Bank
http://www.tspntv.com/news-archive/item/19450-tspn-tv-news-wayne-garibaldi-9-27-12

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jackson Business & Community Association - Mon Oct 1

Greetings JBCA Members!

The October JBCA meeting is this next Monday, October 1st at 5:30pm in the JBCA office on Jackson Main Street. This is a vital time for the Jackson Business & Community Association to have all hands on deck. Whether you are a current member, a past member who would like to come back or someone who hasn't committed yet... now is the time to attend! If you have any questions please feel free to email or give me a call. Any last minute agenda items or questions may directed to our JBCA President Mr. Patrick Crew and you may reach him Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am to 1pm (ish) at the JBCA Office (number listed below).
   Below is important event information. Please have a look and take advantage of this opportunity to get your business name fresh in the minds of all who will be participating!

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The 3rd Annual Jackson Mid-Town 5k Run/Walk & 10K Run is coming up on Saturday, Oct.7th. Jackson businesses are invited to provide items and/or coupons for the event goodie bags (about 200) and encouraged to run or be a sponsor. This event is attracting runners from around the region, and we hope they will stick around Jackson for lunch and some fun after the race. For more information, go to http://www.bodiesnbalance.com/ or call Susan Peters at 304-7406.

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Jeannette McDonald
Membership Chairperson
Jackson Business & Community Association
Jeannette (209) 223-1558
J.B.C.A. Office (209) 223-1263

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Amador County Women's Network - Wed Sept 26

Hi ladies!

This is just a friendly reminder that next week's ACWN meeting, Wed Sept 26, is approaching FAST! Please RSVP ASAP :) Deadline is Friday, Sept 21 by 5PM!

Doors open at 11 for networking 11:30 Sign ins start  Meetings starts 11.45 Lunch served at 12 Networking activity 12.15-12:30ish Then the Raffle. Please dont forget to bring a raffle prize all proceed go to our scholarship fund.

Also! Please do not forget about our Fundraiser November 3rd at the Italian Picnic Grounds Vendors and Crafters Welcomed. Let me know if you are interested in attending.

Below is the link to our website that houses our Newsletter! Please check it out if you havent yet had a chance to! 



Beth Platz
2012 Membership Coordinator
aceathomecare@gmail.com

Business to Business: Team Fitness advertising opportunity


Team Fitness in Pine Grove - right next to the Post Office - is looking to help promote your business while enhancing ours!

Many local businesses have already contributed small-value items or certificates to use in our continuing "Fit Fridays’" promotion, "10 for 10" prizes to be earned as people in our Team Weight-Loss Program lose weight, as well as other seasonal campaigns.

In return for your donation, we will advertise your business name and logo in our window, as well as on our website, for all to see. (Website page devoted to our supporters is coming in the next week.)

Your donations are out on our table as you walk into our Fitness Studio for all to see. Every Friday we do a drawing from the folks who come in and work out and the winner looks through the donations and prizes to choose one. Approximately a $5 value item or certificate for the Fit Fridays and/or about a $10 value for the weight-loss prizes would be great!
 
Please contact us by email or phone at Team Fitness and we will come by to pick up your donation.

Thank you!
 
Cherie Maitland
Team Fitness
A Comfortable Place to Get In Shape
209-296-BFit (2348)
www.TeamFitnessAmador.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Plymouth Shenandoah True Value is Open!


17705 California 49  Plymouth, CA 95669(209) 245-4911

Weight Watchers Jackson Open House - Sat Sept 15


Hi, my name is Helen Stanley and I am a Weight Watchers leader in Jackson.  I need to get the word out that we are going to start having meetings in Jackson on Saturday mornings - weigh ins begin at 8 am and the meeting starts at 830 am.  This Saturday we are having an open house with guest speakers from Bodies-n-Balance and Walk Fit.  We are also doing a food drive for the Interfaith Food Bank that day. 
 
Any help you can give me to get the word out would really be appreciated.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email.
 
Thanks again for your help.
 
Helen

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Sept 13

ACT's quarterly evening meeting is next Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 pm, Big Horse Ranch in Ione. The address is 3200 Camanche Road. There is a big sign over the driveway that says "Big Horse Ranch."From Highway 88, turn onto Jackson Valley Road and then onto Camanche Road. Big Horse Ranch will be about 7 miles from 88. Ray, Rick, and Sylvia say there will be chuck wagon hors d'oeuvres and a campfire dutch oven dinner, if you wish to stay. They also recommend close-toed shoes and if you have a favorite lawn chair, bring it.

We will have a guest speaker, Janet Fullwood from dogtrekker.com. She will give a brief presentation about one of the fastest growing trends in travel, dog travel. She will give us an update on latest practices for dog-friendly travel and how to go dog-friendly. Please note: we understand that dog-friendly does not fit everyone's business plan. These meetings are meant to give you the opportunity to learn what's going on out there in a few minutes, visit one of our member businesses, and connect with each other.

Member or not, you are welcome. Come find out about Big Horse Ranch, ACT, and dog-friendly travel. It is always fun.

Two large groups are arriving at Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort in late September and November. Emily Tirapelle sent the following request:

I have two (2) very large groups that I am doing goodie bags for. Both groups have a car show element...Most of the people coming to this group will want to venture out and explore Amador County while here for the weekend. These groups attendees are from the Bay Area, Sacramento and Stockton areas. I will supply the goodie bag, a dash plague, playing cards and casino offer.

Group 1 - Capital City Cruisers - Event Date: 9/29/12. Need items for 300 bags. Would need goodie bag stuff by 9/15/12 so I can stuff bags.

Group 2- King of the West Sprints - Event Date: 11/10/12, Need items for 200 bags. This is part of a 3 day event. The car show is a secondary element from a Kick Off party, End of Year Banquet and General Business Meeting. The Car show will be on the Saturday before the End of Year Banquet.  I would need goodie bag stuff by 11/1/12 to stuff bags.

Thanks for your help!

Emily Tirapelle
Special Events & Sales Supervisor
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Cell: (209) 217-7779
Desk: (209) 223-8589


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Thank you for your support,
Maureen

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

American Tower Company seeks distributors

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

I am trying to locate companies within your community that install commercial towers as well as residential towers. They could also be individuals that may be interested in becoming a Tower Dealer of our product line. The towers could be used as TV Towers, Communication Towers, Security Camera Towers, etc.

We as a company would like to have a reliable distributor of our product line in your state. So we thought that the Chamber of Commerce would be the best place to start our search.

Any assistance you could provide will be greatly appreciated. We wish to thank you in advance.

Best Regards,

Dave Eikleberry  (ike@amertower.com)American
Tower Company
419-347-1185
419-347-1654 (fax)
www.amertower.com

Sutter Creek Visitor Center seeks flatscreen TV

A request to everyone for a 19-inch flatscreen TV they might not be using or don't want or will sell cheap? It's for the Sutter Creek Visitor Center to run the Sutter Creek promotional DVD. That's 19 inches, give or take a few inches.
They can email me.
Nancy O'Gorman
nancyogorman1@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

JBCA Meeting at National Hotel - Tues Sept 4


The first  board meeting of fall for Jackson Business & Community Association is slated for Tuesday Sept. 4th, 2012 at 5.30. We are inviting any and all to join us at the National Hotel for this important meeting.This is the kickoff for fall and winter events and your input is needed and appreciated.

Since Stan Jr. has offered light appetizers, water and soda,  please RSVP by this Thursday if you plan to attend next Tuesday. And there may be a hotel tour involved!

Patrick Crew
President, JBCA

Monday, August 27, 2012

ACWN: Vendors needed for November Vendor/Craft Show

ACWN Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wed Sept 26

The Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, September 26, at Thommi's Banquet Room in Jackson.  The September program will feature Networking and "info-mercials". We make it fun to learn about local women in business.

The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.

Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Sue Allred at 296-5989 or sueallred@volcano.net.

Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit www.acwnonline.org.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

True Value Hardware opens in Plymouth this Friday August 24

The Plymouth area is getting an all-new Hardware store!

Plymouth-Shenandoah True Value will be opening its doors at 8 AM on Friday, August 24th.Well-stocked and locally-owned, you’ll find a great selection of products for both the indoors and the outdoors at competitive prices.

Project lumber is also part of the assortment, to help make shopping local even more convenient.
The new owners and management are looking forward to meeting you, so come on in and say HI!

Located in the former Plymouth Hardware and Feed location.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has named Michael Turngren General Manager


In making the announcement, CEO Rich Hoffman noted “Mike has been deeply involved in  many aspect of consulting for our operation as a representative of the Cannery Casino Resorts group. His hands-on approach and real word casino experience are going to be critical for the opening of our new casino resort product.”

Turngren, 53, of Citrus Heights, has almost 30 years of casino management experience, beginning in 1983 as Director of Slot Operations and Marketing at Sands Resort & Casino. He has also served as Director of Slot Operations at Vegas World Hotel & Casino, Vice President of Casino Operations at Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Vice President of Slot Operations at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and Assistant General Manager at Rampart Casino at Cannery Resorts. Prior to his newest assignment he was Director of Tribal Consulting at Cannery Casino Resorts.


He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Management Team and also a part of the great community of Amador County,” said Turngren. “It is a very special time in the storied history of the property as the major casino renovation and expansion is coming to an end. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the property as I have already had the pleasure of interacting with several in my capacity as a consultant. Together we can continue to make Jackson Rancheria a top gaming destination in the Northern California market, offering a great value with friendly genuine guest service.”
   
Jackson Rancheria is nearing the end of extensive renovations and planning an extravagant Grand Opening Celebration in November to mark the completion of major new gaming areas, five restaurants, a high limit room, poker room, gift shop, bus lobby, much easier access, and more.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466), JacksonCasino.com.

Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.