Biz Beat: Marine Performance has new home |

Biz Beat: Marine Performance has new home

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – After 20 years of business, Marine Performance can celebrate its longevity with its very own shop.

It took about five years to complete the new shop for the full-service boat shop, parts and storage business, owner Vicki Gonzales said. She co-owns the business with her husband, Rudy.

“It began as a vision in my head in 2004,” she said.

Before the new shop, they were renting commercial space. The new location is probably a third larger than the old shop, Rudy Gonzales said, but it has a better layout.

For example, the old shop had only one bay loading door, and the new shop has four.

Vicki Gonzales has a background in environmental planning, so one of her projects for the shop was a recycling water system. Much of the work that is done at the shop requires circulating water through the boats, so she thought recycling the water would be appropriate. The system also collects stormwater run-off, she added.

A grand opening celebration will take place on July 25 with food, beverages and a few surprises, Vicki Gonzales said.

The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, but employees may be around earlier or later than those hours. It’s at 1630 Shop St. For more information, call (530) 541-5005.

Jack in the Box restaurant is now planning to open its new location in South Lake Tahoe on July 1, a company spokeswoman said this week. The eatery will be at the former location of Arbys on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, and will include a drive-through.

Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Lake Tahoe program.

The program is run through the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, and is designed for interested current and future leaders of the South Shore. It’s an intensive 10-month experience, covering an array of topics from government to specialized leadership.

The program goes from September to June 2010. Sessions will take place the second Wednesday of each month, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition is $500, but scholarships are available.

Candidates should apply by June 12. Applications are available at the chamber office, 169 Highway 50, across from Lakeside Inn & Casino. Call (775) 588-1728, or download an application at

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Mixer will be on the Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler on Tuesday.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Tahoe Queen in the Ski Run Marina. The boat will remain docked so people can come and go as they please. Admission is free for chamber members, and $10 for non-members. For more information, call (755) 588-1728, or go to

Skier visits at Heavenly Mountain Resort during the three months ended April 30 fell 18.3 percent from year-earlier numbers, according to Vail Resorts Inc.

“Our third quarter resort results, which encompass the second half of the 2008-09 ski season, were impacted by the continued severe downturn in the economy, driving lower destination visitation in the quarter,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts Inc.

Bill Leonard, member of the State Board of Equalization, announced that local, state, and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations will be available on Monday for a free one-day Small Business Fair in South Lake Tahoe.

Representatives from State Board of Equalization, Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board and the Small Business Development Center will be on hand to answer questions.

Topics to be presented include: Basic Sales and Use Tax; Making Taxes Easier for Small Businesses Filing Schedule-C; What’s New at Franchise Tax Board; and Marketing Your Business.

The event goes from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lake Tahoe Airport; 8 a.m. check-in is recommended. To register for the free event, call (888) 847-9652, or go online at

– Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or

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