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Spanish version of E-Verify launches
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available in Spanish and accessible to residents in 16 additional states: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Was...
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15th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit
LAKE TAHOE — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will host the 15th annual Lake Tahoe Summit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 16 at California’s Homewood Mountain Resort. The public is welcome to the free event. For the first time since President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore hosted the inaugural summit in 1997, the governors of both California and Nevada are expected to attend the annual public event. California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada...
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KPS3 Marketing names new shareholders
RENO — KPS3 Marketing has announced that Rob Gaedtke, vice president of creative services, and Scott Walquist, vice president of account services, are now partners in the advertising, marketing, public relations and digital media agency. The two join Stephanie Kruse, founder and president of KPS3, as partners in the firm.  Gaedtke oversees and manages the agency’s creative team in supplying clients with strategic and creative solutions and pro...
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Coldwell Banker welcomes Patricia Menmuir
RENO — Coldwell Banker Select has announced that Patricia Menmuir has joined its team. Menmuir previously worked for Century 21 Miner Realty and has been in the real estate industry for more than five years. “When I walked into the offices of Coldwell Banker Select to do a CE course, I felt that the office not only looked professional, but the agents acted professionally and were very friendly,” Menmuir said of making the change from Century 2...
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Construction jobs inch up
WASHINGTON — Construction employment grew by 8,000 jobs to a 15-month high in July but remained far below the peak set in early 2006, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said a grim outlook for public sector construction activity would act as a drag on expanding private sector construction. They urged lawmakers to pass adequate long-term fundin...
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Local nonprofits sought to apply for new grant
RENO — Blue Moon Promotions, a northern Nevada advertising and promotional products supplier, has announced the creation of its One Community Grant to benefit northern Nevada nonprofit organizations. Blue Moon Promotions is inviting local nonprofits to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding. Northern Nevada nonprofits can apply for the grant by visiting Blue Moon Promotions’ website, www.bluemoonpromotions.com, and fill out the One Community...
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Recruiting the new economy
EDAWN business forum connects employers with skilled workforce
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EDAWN’s year-end report out
RENO — The northern Nevada region saw an increase in the number of companies that relocated to and expanded in the greater Reno-Tahoe area over the past 12 months, according to a report from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). This points to an uptick in business activity in an otherwise still sluggish economy. Together with many business and community partners, EDAWN helped 17 companies move to and expand in the regi...
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Allstate honors entrepreneurs
RENO — Allstate Insurance Company recognized Allstate exclusive agency owners in Reno with the Inner Circle Award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. Agents Elizabeth Garver of Garver Insurance and Michelle Terelak of The Terelak Team are being recognized with the award. Each of the agencies represents the top 2 percent of Allstate’s agencies and personal financial representatives in ...
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Nevada State Bank reports 2Q earnings
LAS VEGAS — Nevada State Bank, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation, reported second quarter net earnings of $18.2 million and earnings of $22.3 million for the six months ended June 30. Lower credit costs and improving loan quality drove the quarterly and year-to-date profits. “We are especially pleased with our progress on the loan quality front, which helped to produce our second consecutive quarterly profit for the bank,” said Dallas Haun,...
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Putting Sales on the Shelf
Sellers vie for ideal placement on shelves to move their products
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Company changes insurance scoring for auto coverage
 LAS VEGAS – Nevada Capital Insurance Company (NCIC), a subsidiary of Capital Insurance Group (CIG), announced recently that it would begin using credit-based insurance scoring in Nevada to determine the credit insurance score discount for which a client qualifies. Credit-based insurance scoring in used by most personal automobile insurers in Nevada as one criterion for eligible coverage and premium levels. A credit-based insurance score (CBIS...
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United Way announces top 25 workplace campaign
RENO — The United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) has announced the top 25 contributing northern Nevada companies that conducted workplace giving campaigns to assist the nonprofit. These 25 companies, along with many more contributing organizations and individuals, helped UWNNS reach 105 percent of its annual giving goal of $1.7 million in the campaign, which ran from Feb. 28, 2010 until Feb. 27. “Despite our current economic env...
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American Energy appoints new CEO and president
RENO — American Energy Development Corp. recently announced the appointment of Herold Ribsskog as CEO and president. Ribsskog currently serves as member of the company’s board of directors. Ribsskog has more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry, working with several of the world’s leading industry players such as Shell, Exxon Mobil, Amoco and Talisman Energy, where he has undertaken project planning, development and management on large oi...
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Nevada State Bank presents free webinar
LAS VEGAS — Author and entrepreneur Mark Amtower will host an online event at 9 a.m. on Aug. 11, presented by Nevada State Bank. Amtower will offer advice on ways businesses can win government contracts. Amtower, founding partner of Amtower & Company, is a nationally known consultant, speaker, author and radio host. Known as “the godfather of government marketing,” he is the author of “Government Marketing Best Practices,” “Why Epiphanies Neve...
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Dave Pappas joins Heritage Bank as CFO
RENO — Dave Pappas has joined Heritage Bank of Nevada in the position of chief financial officer. Pappas previously served as director of accounting for Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS) from 1999 to 2011.  During his time at HDFS, Pappas helped convert the company’s bank charter and served on the board of directors. Pappas also served as the ALCO chair for Eaglemark Savings Bank from 2004 until 2011.  Pappas’ educational background in...
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Fare hikes help United Continental and US Airways
Fare increases gave United Continental and US Airways profitable quarters despite the financial damage the airlines suffered from sharply higher fuel prices. On Thursday both airlines reported smaller second-quarter profits than a year ago — down almost 12 percent at United Continental, and a 67 percent drop at US Airways. Airlines have put growth plans on the shelf and, especially at United, focused on getting more business travelers on board...
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Business BUZZ Economic Forum
  RENO – The most-mentioned issue affecting businesses in the Greater Reno-Tahoe region is finding skilled workers, according to a survey of Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) member companies.  Local companies will have a chance to hear from experts from the region’s higher education system on the best ways to recruit college graduates and how to navigate educational institutions when looking to hire skilled positions du...
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Small businesses warned to watch their WiFi use
CARSON CITY – America’s leading small-business association recently issued a warning to Main Street entrepreneurs who offer Internet access to their customers: Take steps now to avoid allegations of online piracy. Record labels, movie studios and other industry groups recently struck a deal under which participating Internet providers will issue warnings to customers whose accounts are allegedly used to steal content. The National Federation o...
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