RENO — New BBB accredited businesses with the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin include the following: Agate Bay Realty, Inc. (Carnelian Bay); All Star Rents, Inc. (Sparks); B & S Plumbing, Inc. (Hawthorne); Battle Mountain Inn & Suites (Battle Mountain); High Mountain Transport, LLC (Lockwood); McCarthy & Smith Consulting, LLC (Incline Village); Mountain Valley Floors (South Lake Tahoe); Pacific Steel & Recycling (Elko); Pepper Tree Inn (Tahoe City); Peter S. Gerdin, Architect (Truckee); Reel Deal Sport Fishing (Tahoe City); Robison Metal Recycling (Winnemucca); Sierra Boat Co., Inc. (Carnelian Bay); Silver Sage RV Park (Reno); Tahoma Realty (Tahoma); TEC Equipment, Inc. (Sparks); Top Carpet Care (Incline Village); and Watland Billing Consultants, LLC (Reno).
Impediments to small business growth
WASHINGTON — A new study examining impediments to growth in the small business sector reveals that 72 percent of small business owners would like to expand by adding employees within the next five years, but various impediments are currently standing in their way.
According to Growth – External Factors, a report prepared by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Foundation, uncertainty and weak sales are the two primary impediments to small business growth.
“There is no question that small businesses are responsible for a significant portion of the job creation in our economy,” said William J. Dennis, report author and senior fellow at the NFIB Research Foundation. “Their growth and success is often contingent upon a litany of factors beyond their control – but within the purview of policy-makers in Washington. Impediments to growth may not be easily overcome, but if we are ever to bridge the gap between desired and actual growth, government officials must look at the problems small businesses face. Understanding the challenges should help with the formulation of policies that would help them to thrive.”
The study found that business uncertainty and weak sales—identified as the two primary impediments to small business growth—are currently limiting the ability of many owners to expand. While economic concerns rank high in the minds of owners, a large number of small businesses also report that uncertainty is a significant factor in making business decisions.
Other notable survey findings include the following:
Uncertainty is a growth impediment impacting 61 percent of small employers; only 25 percent say uncertainty does not impact them.
While the adverse impact of regulation is often challenging to identify, 40 percent of small employers say that regulatory or legal issues are an impediment to growth.
Forty-one percent reported that lack of finance is an impediment to growth and 19 percent ranked it a serious matter.
With the national unemployment rate near 9 percent, finding skilled workers is still a struggle for small businesses. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed (24 percent of the total population) said the lack of skilled employees is an impediment to growth and indicated that they would hire at least one additional employee at the current market wage rate in the next six months if they could find people with appropriate skills.
Just 15 percent of small business owners cite the lack of a strong management or advisory team as an impediment to growth. Of the group currently possessing a management team, 47 percent are highly confident their current team can provide the necessary assistance to reach the firm’s growth objectives in the next five years.
The latest NFIB small business poll, Growth – External Impediments, is available at www.nfib.com/growthstudy.
KPS3 names new junior art director
RENO — KPS3 Marketing has announced that Kevin Jones has been promoted to junior art director at the full service marketing communications agency. Jones was previously a senior designer with KPS3 Marketing.
Jones is proficient in designing for the web and coding solutions using the latest web standards and semantic coding techniques. He is well versed in both Drupal and Wordpress, implementing designs into one of the two content management systems. He also works in emerging technologies such as jQuery and jQuery mobile.
Prior to working at KPS3, Jones worked as a lead designer for the University of Nevada, Reno’s digital initiatives. He worked on many of their creative marketing pieces, including the university’s website, in addition to sites of numerous colleges and departments.
Jones is a board member and website chair for Ad2Reno, a young professional’s organization within the communications industry in northern Nevada.
Small Business Saturday
WASHINGTON — As a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, the U.S. Small Business Administration is encouraging every American to support small businesses by doing some of their holiday shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at small businesses. This year’s Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26.
For more information on how to support Small Business Saturday in your local area, or to get great Small Business Saturday marketing tips and resources, check out www.sba.gov/saturday or visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday.
Deadline extended for Leadership Reno Sparks
RENO — The application deadline for The Chamber’s Leadership Reno Sparks (LRS) 2012 adult program has been extended to Dec. 2. Applications can be downloaded from www.RenoSparksChamber.org/Leadership or picked up from either of The Chamber’s locations. The Chamber will provide confirmation to applicants that their application has been received. Applicants can call also call 337-3030 to obtain confirmation.
The Adult LRS program develops leaders through a comprehensive program designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of issues and challenges facing our community. Topics ranging from the Truckee Meadows economy to arts and culture of northern Nevada are covered in a nine-month series of all-day workshops. In addition to the educational element, participants work together to develop and execute a community service project. Previous projects include a makeover at Hug High School, adopting Florence Drake Elementary School to beautify and improve their library and the revamp of the Health Access Washoe County’s (HAWC) pediatric waiting room for their newly expanded Pediatric Clinic.
The program fee is $1,750 for Chamber members and $2,100 for non-members. The program, which is celebrating its 28th Anniversary, begins Jan. 19, 2012, with a mandatory overnight retreat. Started in 1985, the adult program boasts more than 1,000 alumni. For more information, visit www.RenoSparksChamber.org/Leadership.
Woodburn and Wedge Named Tier 1 Firm by U.S. News
RENO – Woodburn and Wedge, a Nevada-based independent law firm, has been ranked by U.S. News in their 2011-12 Best Law Firms Rankings as a Tier 1 firm for their work in bankruptcy and creditors rights, corporate law, family law mediation, litigation, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisition law, natural resource law and water law. This is the second year U.S. News has done these rankings. Last year, Woodburn and Wedge was ranked in the first tier for bankruptcy and creditors rights, corporate law and water law.
The rankings were tiered rather than ranked sequentially due to many firms being separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score. A Tier 1 ranking includes firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firms.
The Best Law Firms Rankings were created to help guide referring lawyers and clients of various types, from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will. U.S. News combines hard data with peer reviews and client assessments to determine their rankings.
Bauserman Group expands social media department
RENO – Bauserman Group, a full-service communications agency specializing in advertising, media buying, public relations and marketing and design, welcomes Adam Carter and Amy Minor to its social media and Web development department. Carter brings five years of experience including social media, blogging and website management skills to Bauserman Group while Minor adds experience in copywriting, social media, video production and blogging.
Since graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a degree in journalism, Carter has gained experience both in marketing and online/social communications. He previously worked at a newspaper writing entertainment features before moving on to a California-based Internet marketing company where he practiced the implementation of social media strategies, public relations, editing, blogging and development of content strategies.
Amy Minor joins the social media department at Bauserman Group after a year as agency coordinator. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno along with experience in the publishing industry, where she has written for a number of publications and magazines, as well as in the social media/online communications realm where she shot and edited videos, produced Web pages and managed social media accounts.