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BUSINESS BRIEFS | August 10 - September 13, 2017

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Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak to Speak at Forum


Technology giant Steve Wozniak will headline the semiannual Siebens-Binz Sierra Nevada College Tahoe Forum on Sept. 23. An interview-style discussion will take place on the SNC campus in Incline Village, beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are free but space is limited, and reservations can be made in limited quantities.

Wozniak is now chief scientist at Primary Data and a published author who released his New York Times bestselling autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon,” in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Info and tickets:

Chamber Launches Local Luminaries Docuseries


The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce launched a new docuseries on July 25 that examines the lives and passions of North Tahoe locals. The six-part series kicked off by highlighting Jenni Charles — lead singer, songwriter, and fiddle player for the much-loved Tahoe-based band The Dead Winter Carpenters. Upcoming episodes will feature local historian and Thunderbird Lodge curator Bill Watson, world-class mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington (see here), and Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City. Watch Jenni Charles’ episode at

Showcase Your Tahoe Business


The Sierra Business Council (SBC) and Tahoe Silicon Mountain (TSM) introduce Tahoe Pitch Camp, a series of workshops for local entrepreneurs, startups, and founders to better share their innovative businesses and ideas with the community.

Entrepreneurs at any stage as well as established businesses are welcome to apply for the workshops, and then potentially participate in a showcase event on Sept. 11. The series will be held at SBC’s office in Truckee on Aug. 16 and continue on Aug. 23 and 30. In addition to the classes, SBC is also offering free one-on-one consulting with SBC’s Small Business Development Center staff. Tahoe Pitch Camp, designed to help entrepreneurs hone their skills in talking about their business, will be taught by SBC’s Kristin York in collaboration with TSM, an advocacy group for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, tech and other professionals who live, frequently visit, or own a second home in the Truckee/Tahoe region. Participants will consolidate their information into a five-minute presentation. The final showcase will feature six finalists from the pitch camp and other local entrepreneurs. The event will take place at Pizza on the Hill in Truckee at 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend and vote for the People’s Choice award.

Alibi Ale Opens New Downtown Spot


Alibi Ale Works, a production brewery that started in Incline Village in 2015, opened the doors to their second home on June 29. The new location is on the corner of Bridge and Jibboom streets in downtown Truckee. The new public house offers a menu with “new wave nachos” and live music every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Truckee location is currently serving 22 craft beers, red and white wine, kombucha, and two ciders. They also have plans to offer cold-brew coffee and craft sodas on their nitro tap and will continue to serve Alibi’s traditional European-style and hoppy-fresh beer. Alibi Truckee improves upon its Incline Village location by introducing a kitchen, substantial parking, and a stage. Info:

Art Haus Now Serving Wine


North Tahoe’s only cinema draft house secured their wine license in July, and is now offering red and white wine to enjoy during their popular and independent film offerings. In addition to wine, the Art Haus has six beer taps, two cider taps, and one locally brewed kombucha. Wine specials and an upcoming inaugural wine celebration are in the works. Info:

New Quality Automotive Location Breaks Ground with Mayor


Truckee Mayor Morgan Goodwin and Vice Mayor Carolyn Dee Wallace were on hand for an official groundbreaking at the new location of Quality Automotive and Smog on July 17. The long-time Truckee business is building a new facility at 11500 Donner Pass Road, behind the existing office building. Truckee residents Bill and Sheila Greeno purchased Quality Automotive and Smog at its current Deerfield Drive location in 2009, and Bill was recently featured on the cover of Ratchet and Wrench magazine as a “great leader” in the automotive repair industry.  

Virginia City’s Cemetery Gin Wins Silver at World Spirits Competition


In 1859, according to Virginia City tourism director Deny Dotson, “It was said the only way to safely drink the water in Virginia City was to mix it with two parts gin.”

Locals embraced their legacy at the San Francisco 2017 Worlds Spirits Competition, where their official spirit, Cemetery Gin, won the silver award, making it one of the top spirits in its class. The Nevada-made spirit is laced with lavender and Nevada pine nut, and is available throughout northern Nevada at Southern Wine and Spirits locations, and of course at numerous Virginia City locations. Info:

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