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Holiday sales forecasts promising for retailers
An estimated $465 billion will be spent nationwide between Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Construction employment declines in Oct.
WASHINGTON – The construction industry lost 20,000 jobs between September and October as the industry’s unemployment rate hit 13.7 percent, according to an analysis of new federal employment data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the employment drop reflects continued declines in public sector investments. They added that construction employment could benefit from increased transport...
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SBA size increases for real estate, educational services
 WASHINGTON — Proposed rules published recently for comment in The Federal Register by the U.S. Small Business Administration would adjust the size definition of small businesses in 29 industries in one sub-industry in two broad categories of businesses, ranging from real estate and property management to colleges, junior colleges and universities. The proposed adjustments to size standards in 20 industries and one sub-industry in Sector 53 of...
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Think Local
City to consider preference policy for local bidders on public contracts
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UNR part-time MBA program skyrockets to 4th in nation
RENO – The part-time MBA program in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno has been ranked No. 4 in the country in BusinessWeek’s 2011 Top Part-Time MBA Programs report.  “I believe this is unprecedented,” said Kambiz Raffiee, program director and associate dean of the College of Business. “I don’t think I have heard of any of the university’s programs being ranked so highly – not in my 28 years at the university. It really ...
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‘Your Journey to Empowerment’ starts Tuesday
Washoe Zephyrs Chapter of the American Business Women's Association meets at Claim Jumper
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The Chamber names diversity manager
RENO — In the wake of its recent merger, The Chamber has announced the appointment of Manuel “Manny” Martinez as business diversity manager. Martinez, who joined the team on Nov. 7, will handle all business integration within the diverse community for the region’s largest business resource. In his new position, Martinez will be responsible for integrating the different business cultures in the market and create a cohesive bridge binding all no...
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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Sparks FD lets some businesses conduct safety self-inspections
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The Chamber names communications director
RENO — In the wake of its recent merger, The Chamber, formerly the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce, has announced the appointment of Christi Quatro as director of communications and marketing. Quatro, who joined the team on Oct. 31, will handle all marketing and communications facets for the region’s largest business resource. In her new position, Quatro will be responsible for marketing, advertising...
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Learn healthy living at WIN meeting
RENO — Joe Piscatella, one of the country’s most respected experts on living a balanced life, will present “Living Healthy in a Doubleburger.com World” at this month’s WIN breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. At age 32, Piscatella underwent cardiac bypass surgery. Today, 34 years later, he is one of the longest living survivors of bypass surgery in the world and is dedicating his life to successfully managin...
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Coldwell Banker names newest Realtor
SPARKS — Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate is pleased to welcome Angela Penny to its office in Sparks. Penny has been in the real estate industry for 12 years. “Angela is new to the industry as a Realtor, but she is a quick learner and is making it evident that she is a valuable asset to our team,” said Scott Fritz, the branch manager of the Coldwell Banker Select office in Sparks. “She is eager to learn and has a wonderful personality that h...
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Caesars recognized by eco groups
LAS VEGAS – Caesars Entertainment Corporation has received three prestigious sustainability awards: the Green Apple Award, the 2011 Water Hero Award and the 2011 Golden Pinecone Environmental Award. The Green Organisation has awarded the Green Apple Award to London Clubs International for environmental best practice in the category of Environmental Improvement and Sustainable Development for its Food for Thought program. Food for Thought plant...
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KPS3 new senior account manager
RENO — KPS3 Marketing has hired Melissa Achurra as senior account manager for the full-service marketing communications agency. Achurra will be responsible for direct account management in order to implement marketing communications strategies. Achurra brings more than five years of experience in the marketing communications industry to KPS3. Achurra’s experience includes implementing media relations plans and promotions and marketing campaign...
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MacLean Financial Group’s annual market update
 RENO — Learn about the new changes the Internal Revenue Service has just made to the limits and regulations for almost all retirement plans for 2012 and more at the free MacLean Financial Group annual breakfast update at 8 a.m. on Nov. 17 at Arrowcreek Country Club, 2905 Arrowcreek Parkway in Reno. A panel of knowledgeable professionals will provide information designed to help business owners and investors get the most from their retirement ...
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Crisis preparedness workshop
WASHINGTON — Businesses everywhere are now operating on limited resources. Yet the survival of your company — particularly when faced with a disaster — rests on whether or not your key assets are protected. Developing a business continuity plan will not only reduce liabilities, but will ensure employee and customer retention, and could even reduce operational expenses. On Nov. 15, Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administ...
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What’s the Use (Tax)?
Online retailers brace for change as Internet sales tax loophole might soon be closed
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Employer Support Freedom Award
ARLINGTON, Va. — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the department’s highest award for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. The DOD encourages all Guard and Reserve members to nominate employers who have provided exceptional support of their military service. Nomi...
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Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations
RENO – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Nevada recently launched its state coalition of Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations. The coalition will highlight the adverse effects new federal regulations are having on private sector growth. Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations was launched nationally this summer and has grown to nearly 1,000 members, 170 of those in Nevada. “The number of regulations that have a sign...
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Learn to manage hazardous waste
RENO — Benefit from the knowledge and collective experience, with effective environmental management and improving environmental and business performance, from the University of Nevada, Reno’s statewide Business Environmental Program. Understanding waste management requirements is essential to business success. The most successful businesses understand the management and operational approaches that improve performance and reduce costs. This se...
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Pyramid Lake economic plan wins award
NIXON — The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe recently announce that the Pyramid Lake Economic Development Plan was awarded the Outstanding Plan Award by the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association at the 2011 DoBoer Awards for Excellence in Planning. “The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is pleased to accept this prestigious award as it represents the tireless work of many individuals who have worked over the years on this project,” Tribal Chair...
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