Business Scene for the week of 3/10/2010

Breaux now an enrolled agent
    Longtime Quincy resident and business owner John Breaux, EA just passed an extensive 8-hour 3-part exam to earn certification as an enrolled agent. John recently became affiliated with Ken Barnard and Associates about the same time they purchased John DeSelle’s accounting practice. As an enrolled agent, John now has the IRS designation of a tax expert with all the IRS’s privileges. As a member of the California Association of Enrolled Agents, John says he will have to complete 30 hours of continuing education courses every year.

Crescent country opens Mar. 15
    Crescent Country in Crescent Mills reopens for the season Monday, March 15. It’s a treasure chest filled with one of a kind collectibles, antiques, home and garden accessories, baby gift, candles and more, and we have it on good authority that Barbara and Lisa made lots of exciting purchases during their off season to further enhance the shopping experience.

Cuccia’s opens for season
    Famous for its pizza and pastas, Cuccia’s Italian Restaurant in Graeagle has reopened for the season after a short winter break for owners Terry Moore and Gina and Lila Prince.

Going out of business sale
    Martin and Rebecca Loretz have decided to close their Graeagle business, Loretz Video. Beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend (or until it’s gone) they are selling off all inventory. Their customers get first shot Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., and then it’ll be open to the general public from 2-6 p.m.
Anniversary activities
    St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, marks the 8th year in business for Traci Morrow at Quincy Thrift on Main Street next to the Pizza Factory. To celebrate the occasion, Traci Downey of Sweet Surprises is supplying lots of “green” treats Quincy Thrift’s customers throughout the day. They will also have a wheel of fortune to spin for discounts and prizes.

Lucky leprechaun, lucky shopper
    Carol Spicer received an additional 25 percent off her purchases at Lassen Gift Co. in Chester by finding the Lucky Leprechaun hidden in the store. Owner Sharon Henry said as part of her “March Madness” promotion, each week she finds a new place to hide the little fella waiting for a shopper to claim the prize.
Hunger campaign huge success
    Evergreen Market’s participation in the Help Fight Hunger for the Holidays campaign turned out to be a huge success. Storeowner Ken Tucker said his Greenville store, along with six other IGA stores in Washington, gave their respective food banks a bounty of food products worth more than $40,000 donated by their unselfish shoppers during the drive.

Annual march food drive
    Marilyn Hoffman and the gang at Curves in East Quincy are once again conducting their annual food drive to benefit our local food bank(s). †Through March if you donate a bag of non-perishable food Marilyn will waive the normal $75 membership enrollment fee. †Last year, Marilyn said it was a huge success with more than 700 pounds of food collected. †

You just get the good vibrations
    Becky Weatherson and Sharon Geney were at a gift show in San Francisco recently buying yet more merchandise for their unique Chester store, Good Vibrations. Inside the historical Stover Building, you will now find a new assortment of functional recycled art glassware and “gifts of inspiration” added to already diverse inventory of “organic and earth-friendly products for conscious living.” The store carries art, home dÈcor, jewelry, books, CDs and homeopathy products as well. Increase your awareness: Paula Swauger now offers Intuitive Readings.

Passport photos in Chester
    The Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce has announced that passport photos are now available at the chamber office, thanks to a generous donation of equipment to do the passport photos from long time community business members, Peter and Rosie Schultz.†Call (530) 258-2426 for an appointment.

Dental assistant’s third year
    Linda Rutherford CDA,RDA is pleased to celebrate her third year working at the dental offices of Dr. Greg Sawyer in East Quincy. Linda has been a practicing dental assistant for 36 years and a registered dental assistant for 34 of those years. When she isn’t in the office or attending continuing educational classes, Linda volunteers her time for the Healthy Smiles program applying fluoride varnish and giving oral hygiene instructions at the elementary schools.

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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