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Report: job cuts increased 61 percent in March, mostly in go...
CHICAGO ­— Employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 67,611 jobs in March, a 61 percent increase from the previous month, according to the latest report on monthly downsizing released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
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Insurance industry to fix kids coverage
If you can’t beat them, join them. After nearly a year battling President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over the health care overhaul, the insurance industry says it won’t block the administration’s efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law.
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Local Verizon Wireless employee reaches top tier in national...
SPARKS –– With the hundreds of customers that come in and out of the Verizon store on Los Altos Parkway, Joey Bianchi makes each one feel they are important. As such, Bianchi recently was recognized as one of Verizon’s nationwide top sellers, a distinction that only 1 percent of salespeople achieve annually. “I have received awards before but this is the crème of the crop,” Bianchi said. “This is the best you can get.” For his sales, Bianchi r...
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Renown announces new director of communications
RENO – Terri Hendry has been named director of communications for Renown Health. In her new position, she will manage the internal and external communications for the health care network. A familiar face in northern Nevada, Hendry was a broadcaster for more than 16 years in the local media and served as an anchor at the area’s ABC affiliate, KOLO Channel 8. In 2005, she was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She also earned Ne...
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Lee & Associates adds partner
RENO — Lee & Associates announced Thursday that the firm has added Tom de Jong as a partner specializing in industrial and investment brokerage. De Jong joins Lee’s Reno office from Colliers International, where he was its Reno location’s top industrial producer for the past two years and recipient of the company’s 2009 Gold Achievement award. As an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman, de Jong’s business background and accomplishments in...
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Another Peak
Silver Peak to open a third location in June in the heart of the downtown Reno Freight House District.
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Coconut Bowl adds the 'wow' factor to family fun
SPARKS –– Inside a rather industrial-looking building in the industrial area of Sparks lies the “wow” factor, one of many business techniques that has kept the Coconut Bowl and the Wild Island Family Adventure Park in business for more than 20 years. As they work to keep the businesses’ family-friendly theme fresh and fun, the Coconut Bowl has added a nine-hole black light miniature golf course. Swashbuckling pirates hang from the walls and cr...
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Sticking the carrot in the face of business
SPARKS — When he sits down with the head of a large business that is considering relocating in northern Nevada, Chuck Alvey doesn’t immediately bring up incentives. According to Alvey, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), the larger concern at those meetings is understanding the needs of the business owners. Then, the business builder goes to work putting together an arsenal of enticements that...
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Miller seeks to streamline business process
SPARKS — Nevada is looking to change the game when it comes to the business start-up process. Secretary of State Ross Miller has issued a Request for Proposals from Web site developers in an effort to create a one-stop shop for the plethora of forms required by the state, city and county to start a business. “This is a true game changer,” Miller said. “This will largely streamline the process and reinforce our position as a business leader.” T...
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These women mean business
Reno-Tahoe chapter of American Business Women’s Association holds its monthly meeting Wednesday.
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All the economy needs is love
SPARKS — With Valentine’s Day upon us, Americans — particularly American men — will be digging into their pockets and making hurried last-minute trips to florists, candy shops, jewelers and other stores for romance-related purchases. While many men might not be very good at planning for the holiday, Frank Lawrence of Amy’s Flowers at 1349 Baring Blvd. in Sparks is one man who spends a lot of time thinking ahead about Cupid’s yearly visit. “Pla...
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A sense of community
Sparks Chamber of Commerce president Maury Centeno takes the lead as the first Latina president of the organization with a vision of a cohesive community.
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Murphy Financial announces new business manager
RENO –– Murphy Business and Financial, a northern Nevada business brokerage firm, announced this week the addition of Sharon G. Grundy as business manager. Grundy brings with her more than 20 years of senior management experience in telecommunications, professional services, training and development, education and operations oversight. She has had her own successful management consulting firm for more than seven years. Grundy studied business ...
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Reno resident named Country Financial representative
SPARKS –– Michelle Scott of Reno has been named a financial representative for country Financial. Scott recently completed the organization’s extensive training about the solutions Country offers to help clients become financially secure.  The training also focuses on guiding clients toward successfully setting and achieving their goals.  Scott can provide clients with auto, home, life and long-term care insurance, annuities, mutual funds and ...
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American companies boost productivity, put off hiring
WASHINGTON — Employers are managing to boost production without creating new jobs. The question is when they'll feel the need to ramp up hiring. Squeezing more output from their existing staffs allowed companies to boost productivity in the October-December quarter. And last week, the number of people filing new claims for jobless aid rose. The two Labor Department reports Thursday suggested that companies are still cutting costs and putting o...
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Delgoff named a financial representative for Country Financial
John Delgoff recently completed the organization’s training program about the solutions Country Financial offers to help clients become financially secure.
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Ann Rhoades teaches how to build a strong service culture
At this month’s Western Industrial Nevada (WIN) breakfast, Ann Rhoades will share her insights about improving a company’s bottom line by developing great internal and external customer service.
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ProTechnical moves offices to downtown Reno
ProTechnical, a leading provider in technology services and solutions, has moved its office from south Reno to Basin Street Properties’ 200 S. Virginia St. Basin Street Properties signed the two-year lease agreement with ProTechnical to supply 482 square feet of office space in the 118,741-square-foot building.
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Weathering the Economic Doldrums
SPARKS — Sporting an eye-patch and lace-up shirt, his wench in a long skirt, blouse and high-top boots, wanna-be pirates feasted in style aboard the The Pirate Ship restaurant near downtown Sparks last week. Each Thursday, on Dress Like A Pirate night, maties honoring the dress code are rewarded with "fresh grub and strong ale" at the one-of-kind eatery. The unique food and salty atmosphere brings diners back and the word is spreading, said Se...
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Access approved
Local doctors agree to provide care to the underinsured at a low cost through the Access to Health Care Network.
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