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Business announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

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Big Night Out at Best Pies

Best Pies — New York Style Pizzeria & Restaurant will donate 15 percent of all sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County on Thursday May 1, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. for lunch and dinner at 10068 Donner Pass Road in downtown Truckee.

By supporting this event, you help BBBS serve at-risk children ages 6-18 by providing mentors they need. Big Brother and Big Sister mentors are mature, responsible and caring individuals who serve as positive role models and friends.

For more information on the agency and ways you can support the mentoring programs visit

Super thanks to host Chris Best for providing such a wonderful dining experience and his continued support of mentoring in the community.

Call Best Pies at 530-582-1111 for more information.

Painted Vine to hold FUNdraiser

The Painted Vine in Truckee is holding a FUNdraiser benefiting the North Tahoe Family Resource Center, May 4, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at 10770 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 103.

Get a professional painting lesson and work on your own canvas, all while sipping a glass of wine.

Up to 50 percent of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the NTFRC on the Big Day of Giving.

NTFRC is currently recruiting passionate and dedicated volunteers: Fundraising campaign; art show set up/breakdown; community outreach worker; digital street team; art show curator; call-a-thon worker; silent auction coordinator and bilingual administrative assistant needed.

Make a difference in someone’s life; advance a worthy cause; meet and network with new people; teach your skills to others; learn and develop new skills and gain work experience. NTFRC is located at 8321 Steelhead Ave., King’s Beach, call 530-546-0952.

The Painted Vine is perfect for birthday parties, girls’ nights out, bachelorette parties, fundraisers and teambuilding events to connect, sip and create. Visit

Free Auto Care 101 Class

Learn basic parts and functions, symptoms, signs and sounds, preventative maintenance, mechanic lingo and much more. Great class for women, and new drivers.

Snacks and free goodies to those pre-registered for Wednesday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Auto Doctor, 12000 Pioneer Trail, Truckee. RSVP for your spot today at 530-587-2178.

‘How to Write a Blog that Stands Out’

Are you interested in learning the art of blogging to improve your business? Attend a free small business seminar, “How to Build a Blog That Stands Out,” on Thursday, May 8, 8-9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The seminar will be taught by professional writing coach Karen Terrey of Tangled Roots Writing and is sponsored by Charter Business and North Tahoe Business Association. Blogging offers a way to reach your audience with a message in your own voice that taps into your customers’ specific needs. Terrey will offer tips for writing a blog post that encourages readers to visit and return to your site. Get started and add depth to blog posts to increase your audience and learn in-bound linking to increase website traffic.

The workshop focuses on time-saving techniques for writing posts that strengthen the quality of a blog. Terrey will focus on community-building actions that promote a business’s blog while maximizing the benefits of the blog.

Prior to the workshop, spend time surfing blogs online. Write down the URL, what you like, (and what you don’t like) and consider these techniques when writing your own blog.

Online pre-registration is required at Event Brite, visit for the link. The seminar includes complimentary continental breakfast for those who register before May 6. Arrive by 7:45 a.m. For more information about the seminars or about the NTBA call 530-546-9000.

Personal Branding via Social Media session

Business owners, employers, employees and hiring managers who need to join the LinkedIn and Twitter conversation are invited to attend “Build Your Professional Online Profile,” a session focused on personal branding via social media on Wednesday, May 21, 9 a.m.-noon at the Cedar House Sports Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road in Truckee.

Employers, potential clients and prospective employees see your online profile and personal brand. Be prepared by building a professional online profile. Sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Donner Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Sierra Human Resources Association, participants will learn customer relationship management and search tools, as well as participate in a live Twitter demonstration.

Register by May 20 and pay online at The cost to participate is $39 for SHRA and SHRM members, $49 for Chamber members, $59 for non-members. Beverages and snacks will be provided at 8:30 a.m.

Workshop speaker Kathy Chan, SPHR is the humarn resourcees vice president for JMA Ventures, LLC and co-president of the Sierra HR Association. She has recruited, vetted and hired hundreds of candidates from entry to executive level. Kirstin Guinn is an expert in online communications who manages social media platforms and improves marketing productivity and performance in the travel and tourism, restaurant and higher education industries.

For more information call Charlotte Hawley of One Stop Career and Business Center at 530-550-8764, Membership Manager Ginger Karl of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association at 530-581-8764, or Truckee Donner Chamber Membership Manager Pat Barrett at 530-587-8808.

Ski Butlers raises $1,600 for Protect Our Winters

Ski Butlers “Round-Up” program raised $1,600 for Protect Our Winters (POW) for the 2013/14 season. POW is nonprofit group leading the fight against climate change and was founded on the massive collective power of the winter sports community.

“This is a natural fit for Ski Butlers and personal passion of mine to be working with POW,” said Bryn Carey, president and founder of Ski Butlers.

Core Value #7 is to Make a Difference in the Community. The round-up program raises money for local nonprofits in the winter sports industry. Customers can “round-up” their bill to the nearest dollar or donate a flat amount of $5, $10, or $20.

To learn more about POW and become a member visit

Lawrence Realty launches new website

Lawrence Realty launched new online experience,, highlighting Squaw Valley and Martis Camp real estate and other Tahoe/Truckee properties. Created by the family-owned real estate firm, the site serves as a gateway to the real estate market with the latest technological ease of use.

Designed to be easily navigable, the new site features include property search tools, area information, videos and tools to make searches simple. Users can search for specific Squaw Valley, Calif. real estate, browse listings according to community or launch their own customized property search. New is responsive, so it will automatically change shape to fit perfectly on desktop monitors, smartphones and tablets.

The website complements the Lawrence Realty award-winning iPhone App. The iPhone App contains the same up-to-date real estate listing information and search tools, but is able to leverage GPS technology to map properties relative to your current location. The iPhone App won “Best App” Award at the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estates 18th Annual Fall Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in October 2013.

For more information visit

Open Counter web tool

The Town of Truckee has launched OpenCounter:Truckee. A web-based tool, OpenCounter helps start-up businesses interested in Truckee estimate the time, costs and processes necessary to set up shop.  Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed nationally. These employers are a key element to creating strong communities.

Truckee’s investment in OpenCounter is part of its overall strategy to encourage small business and local economic development. In January 2014, the Town Council approved two new economic development incentive programs: Economic Development Support Program and the Economic Development Fund Program. For more information visit or call 530-582-2914.

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