Union Democrat staff


The Professional Referral Organization of Sonora hosts a business meeting at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at Perko's Cafe, 824 Mono Way, Sonora.

The guest speaker for December is Jan Watson, Jazz It Up on Sparklers Horse SOS, Dec. 13.

There will be a business forum Dec. 20 and there will not be a meeting Dec. 27.

Guest speakers for January are Gat Slor, Prepaid Legal Services, Inc., Jan. 10; Tamara Dockstader, State Farm Insurance, Jan. 24; and Moni Abalos, The Skin Care Studio, Jan. 31.

There will not be a meeting on Jan. 3, and there will be a business forum on Jan. 17.

Local business owners are welcome to attend in consideration of joining the group.

For more information, call Kathie Danicourt at 743-5737, or go to www.sonorapros.com.


Sierra Nonprofit Services has received a $25,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation.

The organization's goals are to identify the highest needs for programming and training services in terms of nonprofit survival over the next three years.

Some of the nonprofit services the organization assists in the Mother Lode include in-home meals for the elderly and home bound, after school programs for at risk children, mediation training to resolve civil conflict, housing for families with domestic abuse, education, and training veterans.

For more information, call 533-1093.

Chamber contest

The Yosemite Chamber of Commerce will have a decorating contest for all businesses in the downtown Groveland area.

Decorations should include sparkles, candy canes, and all things holiday related.

Judging will be held Dec. 12 and 13.

For more information, call Laurie Nagle at 962-0323.



The Tuolumne County Junior Achievement Program will be re-starting in January.

The program teaches kids age 14 to 18 how to run a company by letting them form a company, decide on a product to manufacture or resell, and work with a professional mentor on how to set up bank accounts, marketing programs, and distribution/sales channels.

They will learn how products get to market, how business decisions are made, and how leaders deal with economic troubles, government regulations and other pressures.

"We're looking forward to mentoring the youth in Tuolumne County on the ins and outs of business while showing them first-hand how a business person makes decisions and runs their company," said Larry Cope, Director of Economic Development at the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, in a press release.

The program is free and sessions begin in January.

For more information or to register for the program, call 989-4058, or go to www.juniorachievementtc.com.