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Candidates forum mixes business with government
SPARKS – When business owners mingled with candidates for office Tuesday at the Holiday Inn, one topic seemed to dominate the conversation: the economy. “The most prolific issues we have to deal with are economic issues,” said Derek Thomas, one of the owners of Hutchinson Business Valuation, Inc. “How do these people plan on getting the economy going?” Thomas was one of many who circulated around booths at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce’s...
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Keeping business in the family
SPARKS –– Nationally, fewer than 70 percent of all small businesses will stay family owned and operated through more than one generation, according to Family Business Advisers, an East Coast group seeking to keep businesses in the family. The group’s study also states that 90 percent of all businesses will not make it to the third generation. The multi generational team at Sparks Florist, however, is breaking that mold. Founder Tony Fiannaca i...
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CenturyTel seeks to buy Qwest for $10.6B
CenturyTel Inc., the country’s fifth-largest local-phone company, said Thursday that it will buy Qwest Communications International Inc., the third-largest, in a stock swap worth $10.6 billion to gain the benefits of scale in a shrinking business.
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At a glace: How states fared on jobless claims
The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign employers are cutting fewer workers as the economy recovers.
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RSCVA hires second national convention sales manager
RENO — The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced Tuesday that Tammy Johnson has accepted the national convention sales manager position for the agency. The position is responsible for selling the Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe area as a convention destination and for achieving the sales targets and objectives for the RSCVA.
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Ensign drafts letter to postpone consideration of business bill
Sen. John Ensign this week sent a bipartisan letter to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, regarding the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act.
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IRS reaches out to employers on new health care tax credit
The Internal Revenue Service this week began mailing postcards to more than four million small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to make them aware of the benefits of the recently enacted small business health care tax credit.
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SBA recovery lending extends through May
President Barack Obama signed legislation last week providing $80 million in additional funding to continue important enhancements in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) two key small business loan programs.
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Walmart gave $6.6M to charity in Nevada
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced Tuesday its charitable giving in the U.S. totaled more than $467 million in cash and in-kind gifts in fiscal year ending 2010. This total represents an $89 million increase over the previous year’s giving. In international markets, Walmart gave $45 million in cash and in-kind gifts. In Nevada, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $6 million supporting nonprofits like the Crisis Call Center, He...
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Survey: Odds of job-search success same as last year
CHICAGO – A job-market recovery finally may be underway by the time this year’s crop of college graduates collect their diplomas in May and June. However, a new survey by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. indicates that the job prospects for these grads are about the same or only slightly better than last year’s dismal outlook. Continued weakness in the entry-level job market could force many newly-minted gradu...
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Reno offers small-business seminar series
RENO — The city of Reno has partnered up with the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC) at the University of Nevada, Reno to provide a new monthly program that will address topics relevant to small-business operations and best practices. The new program, Brown Bag Business Hour, will be held the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m. in the Reno City Council Chambers at Reno City Hall, first floor, 1 E. First St. Att...
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Washoe County to host fire ecosystem restoration workshop
RENO — Washoe County has received stimulus funding to pay for fire ecosystem restoration projects in northern Nevada. On Thursday, local businesses are invited to a free workshop where Lynda Nelson, county parks and open space manager, and Cheryl Surface, a county park planner, will talk about the project and bid process. The county hopes to accept bids from landscaping contractors for mapping, seeding, planting trees and shrubs, soil erosion ...
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Young entrepreneurs compete for Governor’s Cup
RENO — University and college students from across Nevada are being encouraged to pursue entrepreneurship as a career option as the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) hosts its sixth annual Governor's Cup competition. Teams of both graduate and undergraduate students are asked to submit their best business plan, outlining how they would move Nevada business into the future. The payoff? A $20,000 prize for first place, $10...
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Insurance brokers try to digest effects of health care reform
RENO — Valerie Clark is one of many health insurance brokers across Nevada who still don’t know the full effects of new health care legislation and what it will mean for area business clients. “We are telling clients that we will inform you what we find out as we find it out,” said Clark, the president of Clark and Associates of Nevada Inc., a local insurance broker. “We don’t want to scare people with what we don’t know. … but we are telling ...
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SBA recovery lending extended through April 30
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama on Friday signed legislation extending through April the ability of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide enhancements in its two largest small-business loan programs.  The enhancements, first made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, include a higher guarantee on some SBA-backed loans and fee relief. The SBA estimates the $40 million extension will support abou...
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Lopiccolo named 2010 Young Entrepreneur of the Year
CARSON CITY — The Nevada district office of the U. S. Small Business Administration has named  Jarrod Lopiccolo, co-owner of Noble Studios in Carson City, as Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2010 in the state of Nevada. Lopiccolo and the other honorees will be recognized at an awards reception the week of May 3 in Las Vegas. The nominees are judged by an independent panel of small business leaders on a variety of criteria, including staying ...
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Intechra expands to greater Reno-Tahoe, creating 60 jobs
RENO — A leading provider of information technology asset disposition services is opening a new West Coast processing center in Reno with plans to add 60 positions by the end of the summer, according to the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). The company is located at 9085 Moya Blvd. in Reno. Intechra is the largest certified electronics recycler in the United States.  The company assists Fortune 500, mid-size companies a...
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Grand Sierra honors outstanding team members
RENO — Each month, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino recognizes employees for their dedication and enthusiasm. March winners for its Best of the Best Employee Recognition Contest are: Kayla Maynard, FunQuest; Winifreda Paneda, laundry department; Nancy Pallas, banquet beverage department; Reto Gross, Briscola; Jose Martinez, convention services; Denise Bennett, meeting and conventions department; and Rakesh Sidher, slots department. The Grand...
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Saint Mary’s announces new VP/CFO
RENO — Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center on Wednesday announced the promotion of John Deakyne to vice president, chief financial officer. Deakyne has more than 20 years of experience in financial operations and fiscal management and most recently served as the interim CFO for Saint Mary’s and previously served as the internal audit manager at Saint Mary’s through the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network. Prior to his time at Saint Mary’s, Deak...
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Millions eager for health care on parents' plans
New reform means young adults could keep insurance plans through family members until their mid-20s
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