Business Scene for the week of 8/17/2011

Borges named senior VP

Plumas Bank has promoted Rodney Borges to senior vice president and manager of the Small Business Administration (SBA) lending group. Borges joined Plumas Bank in 2007 as vice president and manager of the new SBA division.

“The board of directors and I are very pleased to promote Rodney Borges to senior vice president, manager of the SBA lending group,” Andrew Ryback, the bank’s interim president and chief executive officer, said. “Rodney has brought tremendous experience, vision and focus to our lending team. In 2007 he developed our new SBA office in Auburn, later that year our bank earned SBA Preferred Lender status. In 2010, SBA’s Sacramento District Office named Plumas Bank as the Community/Rural Lender of the Year. Today, Rodney manages an eight-member team and together they have made a very positive contribution to the bank’s overall profitability, growth and success. In the past 12 months, the bank has increased its SBA loan dollar volume by 36 percent. We greatly appreciate Rodney’s efforts.”

Borges received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Berkley in 1987. He also received his certification from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Borges has more than 22 years of banking experience, with 19 years of small business lending expertise. He is active in his community by volunteering in Rotary, Boy Scouts and youth softball.


new merchandise from gift show

Norm and Jeanne Brovelli, owners of La Casa Bella in Quincy, have just returned from San Francisco where they attended the International

Gift Fair. There is a new assortment of furniture items now in the store that includes bedroom dressers, kitchen curio cabinets, end tables and couches. Much more will be arriving throughout the month so be sure to stop by their Main Street  store (the building across from the post office sporting an attractive new exterior paint job) and check it out.


new gift shop in graeagle

Graeagle’s newest gift shop, Hazel Faye Boutique, is owned and operated by Jennifer West and her daughter, Megan Green.

Jennifer, a 25-year resident of Plumas County and long-time entrepreneur, previously owned the Graeagle Outpost and Graeagle and Main. This new Boutique offers an eclectic selection of home decor, handmade and vintage finds such as clothing and games, enticing chocolate, gourmet olive oil, soaps, candles and greeting cards, as well as wedding cake toppers, baby clothing, dolls and toys.


artist reception at red house

On Saturday, Aug. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. there is a reception for Mark Stevenson, a large format black and white photographer, at the Red House Art Gallery on the park in historic Graeagle. While there, enjoy the new collection of oil paintings by Silvio Silvestri and the hand-carved “Fairway Wood” birds and bears by Presley O’Day. Gallery owners Brian and Toni Carl said they also have a new collection of silver artisan jewelry for you to see.


book signing Aug. 25 at epilog

Todd Borg, author of the award-winning Owen McKenna mystery thriller series, will be at Epilog Books in Quincy’s financial district Thursday, Aug. 25 from 4 ­– 7 p.m. signing his ninth book: “Tahoe Hijack.”


breakfast served at chuck’s

Chuck’s Railroad Room in Westwood is now serving breakfast seven days a week, 7 – 11 a.m. Owner Charlie Cecil and bar manager Mary Gow also do a number of community fundraisers each year.


tree removal service

Corey Van Meter of Van Meter Ag Inc. is also doing business as Almanor Tree Removal. He recently acquired the name and offers complete expert tree services. Van Meter does anything from clearing lots to tree and stump removal. He has been in the business for almost 25 years in the Lassen and Plumas county areas. His phone number, which is published in the Plumas Lassen Connection, is


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