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BUSINESS BRIEFS | April 14 - May 11, 2017

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The Painted Vine Up for Sale


The Painted Vine is for sale, and interested parties may contact Jessica Barton at Business Opportunity Brokers at or (530) 550-4100. All outstanding gift certificates must be used by May 31. If the business is not purchased, The Painted Vine will be going mobile and will be available for social painting parties on location. Public painting classes will continue through the end of April; during the month of May, the service will be available for private parties, in the studio, or on location.

Last Chance for Winter Disaster Loans


April 24 is the deadline to apply for a Small Business Administration federal disaster loan for property damage caused by this winter’s severe storms, flooding, and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5 to 14. Businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters may apply for SBA federal disaster loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged property. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Washoe county and Carson City in Nevada; and Nevada, Placer, and Sierra counties in California.

Coalition Snow Launches Quality Youth Line of Girls Gear


Coalition Snow is changing the narrative by offering a line of youth skis and snowboards designed specifically for little lady-shredders in mind. The Kickstarter campaign raised $60,596, above its $50,000 goal. Using the highest quality materials in their YOUth line, Coalition Snow is giving the next generation of shredders the tools they need to have fun on the slopes and to prove that skiing and riding like a girl is a very good thing. Info:

First Annual Digital Marketing Summit for Small Businesses


The Truckee Chamber of Commerce will hold the first Annual Digital Marketing Summit for Small Businesses on April 20 as part of the chamber’s Knowledge Bites series. The session will start with a one-hour moderated panel discussion with the experts, followed by one-hour breakout tables by topic. Experts include:

• Branding, Design, E-mail: Kelly Wallis, Graphic Design

• SEO, PPC, Analytics: Kevin Wallner, First Chair Digital Marketing

• Social Media, Photography: Andria Gutierrez, Ideal Wild

• Web Design/Development: Matt Chappell, Orbital Design Lab

• Video Content: Ryan Fitzhenry, Rotor Collective Digital Cinema

Info: $20/chamber members, $30/non-members before April 14; $30/chamber members, $40/non-members after April 14; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Truckee Airport, 10356 Truckee Airport Road; Truckee Chamber of Commerce, 530-587-8808

Truckee Engineering Firm Named Historic Structural Engineer for State Parks


Linchpin Structural Engineering, led by senior principal Douglas Gadow, was awarded a three-year contract (expandable to five years) by California State Parks to consult on the State Parks’ historic buildings. Linchpin is the on-call historic structural engineer for the Northern Service Center — the expert when it comes to addressing structural issues in famous buildings from Lake Tahoe’s Vikingsholm to Hearst Castle on the coast. Linchpin is currently designing a seismic retrofit for the unreinforced brick masonry Dechambeau Hotel at Bodie State Historic Park, specifying repair work for Vikingsholm’s famous stone turrets at Lake Tahoe, and engineering emergency shoring for the historic stamp mill at Plumas Eureka State Park. Info:

Bill Kelly Awarded Paul Harris Fellow


Bill Kelly of Kelly Brothers Painting was the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition at the Truckee Rotary on April 6. The award acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Kelly was also recognized for his substantial support of the community, including ongoing work with Tahoe Food Hub, outdoor enrichment with Creekside Charter School, local grow domes, Trails and Vistas, public arts, and other projects.

Local Publishes First Novel


Kathleen Doler recently published her first novel, The Hook, with, available online and at Word After Word Bookstore in historic downtown Truckee. Doler has lived in the Truckee area off and on since the late ’70s. The Hook follows the story of Dana, a business journalist, and her return to her hometown, Half Moon Bay. She’s been running away all of her adult life, from the mental illness and chaos that defined her childhood. Now her junkie brother, a former surf star, is tangled up with a violent meth dealer, landing him in the hospital. While she attempts to help her brother and prevent him from becoming a pawn in an escalating drug war and an FBI investigation, she’s forced to confront her troubled past and her rootless life.

Conservation Group Publishes Enlightening Bear Ears Report


Conservation Science Partners, based in Truckee, published a report April 4 comparing the natural beauty of Bears Ears National Park to a group of other well-known national parks. Bears Ears has been the subject of much controversy since it was protected as a national park under the Obama administration — a status that is being threatened under the current administration. The study concluded that Bears Ears has wild and scenic value to rival some of the most popular parks in the West, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. Info:

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June 14, 2018