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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009 BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS MIKE TABORSKI Publisher mtaborski@plumasnews.com usI00S PLUMAS VISITORS GUIDE IN THE WORKS It may only be January, but it's already time to once again begin focusing our attention to tourism this summer in Plumas County and the impact it has on our local economy. I agree with industry experts who believe visitors will again opt for more day trips, weekend jaunts and full- blown vacations closer to home. To that end, we are already working on our an- nual Plumas County Visitors Guide. Local busi- ness owners and service providers should contin- ue to consider this colorful and informative publi- cation a "must buy" annual advertising invest- ment. The full color glossy magazine is packed full of information about virtually everything our coun- ty has to offer to both visitors and locals alike. Through the entire year, some 90,000 copies are distributed free to hundreds of locations in our region. As an added value, we also post the entire maga- zine in a very user-friendly format on our website, plumasnews.com, to make it as convenient and in- formative as possible for those planning a trip to our corner of the world. This is the official tourist guide for the area and is published each year by the Plumas County Visitors Bureau in partner- ship with Feather Publishing. The deadline for advertising space will be here soon. If your advertising representative has not yet approached you and you want to make sure to reserve your space in this product, call your local newspaper office or give me a call at 283-0800. We're ready and willing to help you design an ef- fective ad tailored to both your budget and your business. Your advertising makes it possible to produce this comprehensive and informative guide to pic- turesque Plumas County. Help us help you capital- ize on this opportunity by investing some of your hard-earned advertising dollars into the single most effective product used to entice families to Plumas County. Edwardlones CRESCENT COUNTRY'S WINTER HIATUS As is their tradition, Barbara Tucker and Lisa Forcino have closed Crescent County until March 15. Each year these two ambitious ladies take this time for essentially two purposes: To do their inventory and then travel to markets buying spring and summer merchandise for their Cres- cent Mills gift shop. VILLAGE BAKERY ALSO TAKES TIME Arisbeth and Luis Silva have closed their Blairs- den business, Village Bakery, for a winter break. They will reopen Wednesday, Feb. 10. SORRY, RODNEY Quick correction and apology to a longtime ac- quaintance Rod Powell: I published his promotion to manager of Coast Gas in Quincy, but for no other reason than carelessness on my part, changed his first name to Rob. He jokingly said he can now blame his newly acquired twin brother Rob should the need ever arise. Kidding aside, congratulations on your promotion Rod, as every- one who knows you knows, you've certainly earned it! NEW STAFF AT FEATHER FINANCIAL Lori Morrell Lomas, EA, has some new faces at her East Quincy business, Feather Financial Tax and Insurance Services. They include of. fice assistants Cathleen Biren and Breeann Pence and registered tax preparer Curtis Lomas. Ser- vices include bookkeeping and tax work. Lori is also an authorized broker for Blue Shield Insur- ance. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK There's no cost-of-living adjustment on Social Security benefits this year; indeed, there may not be one for a few years, as low inflation is expected to continue. At the same time, healthcare costs are rising, and Medicare part B monthly premiums were scheduled to rise from $96.40 to $104.20. But there is a role that prohibits a reduction in Social Security benefits if the Part B premium goes up, so most seniors will not be hit with the increase. New enrollees in Medicare and higher-income people-- couples with adjusted gross income over $170,000 and singles with an AGI over $85,000, about 25 percent of the total--were supposed to pay increased premiums. Congress is expected to stop the Medicare increase altogether, but no one knows how that will affect the Medicare program itself. The Social Security wage base is expected to remain at $106,800 for this year. Rates won't changes, though. Brought to you as a public service by the money-and-taxes people at: 307 W. Main St., Quincy 283-0680 Resolve to analyze, backup, publicize and tweet CHAMBER. UPDATE SUZI BRAKKEN Visitors Bureau The beginning of a new year. For the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, that means switching over from "holi- day" to "winter" focus on the web page, with promotion and links on all area's the winter activities and events. It's also the time of year we compile all the visitor data we've gathered over the past year, from phone calls and web visits, and analyze how those visitors found us, to de- termine the effectiveness of marketing efforts. The information is impor- tant to share with tourism providers and other stake- holders and gives us valuable information about our tourism industry. This is also a good time to clean up and clean out files. However, early last month, we got "cleaned out" a bit too much. One of our computers had a "click of death" hard drive failure, which wiped out three years of data. Much of that was unrecov- erable - like many others, we've learned the "backup lesson" the hard way! Fortunately, we will still have enough data to produce a year-end report, and the rest of the files will be recre- ated. (Suffice to say, every other computer has been backed up!) At the start of the year, we take inventory of what's new and different in the county's tourism product. For exam- ple, snowmobile tours have returned to Plumas County, Disaster assistance available for small businesses Small, non-farm business- es in seven California coun- ties are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. "These loans offset eco- nomic losses because of re- duced revenues caused by drought that began Jan. 1, 2009," announced Alfred E. Judd, director of SBA's Dis- aster Field Operations Cen- ter- West. The declaration applies to Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Siskiyou, Tehama and Triri- ty counties. Information and applica- tion forms are available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, E-mailing disaster- customerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's website at sba.gov/services/disasterass istance. Hearing impaired in- dividuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA's secure website at disaster- loan.sba.gov/ela. The deadline to appty for- i these loans is Aug. 16, 2010. Are you organized for the New Year? Files ~ Storage Boxes Calendars ~ New Binders Day Planners Forest Stationers (1) i!ns2Sft6ri: hixiCn:;2;3;97 1 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm now being offered to Smith Peak above Lake Davis. (For details, visit plumascoun- ty.org.) The historical Black Moun- tain Lookout on the far east side of Plumas National For- est open to visitors this spring for overnight rentals. Many other things will be new or changed by spring; if you're in a new tourism-re- lated business or know some- thing about a change in prod- uct, let us know! The infor- mation we gather will be used to update the Plumas County Visitors Guide as well as our website. If you've started a Face- book page or a Twitter site, let us know! Everything we've learned about web and social media marketing tells us the more links and con- nections we have out there, the better it is. The Plumas Ski Club just launched one for the histori- cal Longboard Ski Races, which we expect will be very popular given the race's worldwide renown. We have 238 fans on the Plumas Coun- ty Visitors Bureau's Facebook page and can use more! So check it out, become a fan, tell others and tell us if you're on Facebook or Twitter. And if you're not yet... well, it's a great New Year's marketing resolution! Steven R King Financial Advisor 546 Lawrence Street, Suite 8 Quincy, CA 95971 530-2834061 www.edwardJones.com Member SlPC No one offers more discounts .......... than Farmers! So if you want a great price, great service, and a great agent, there's really only one name you need to know for auto insurance. Call now to find out more. Rouland Insurance Agency P.O. Box 425/650 Main Street Chester, CA 96020 530-258-2218 Toll Free: 800-254-2218 Agent License Number: 0657918 brouland @ farmersagent.com , FARMERS" Gets you back where )x;u Iloag: For deposits of $1,000 :: L or more will earn an /h-mual Percentage Yield of 2 02% i CD also has a Jump-Up i To Percege Yield (Aft') effective 12/l/ft. 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