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Distinguished Business of the Year Award finalists announced
by Tribune Staff
Oct 09, 2008 | 837 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — A diverse group of 20 northern Nevada companies are finalists for the Governor’s Industry Appreciation Distinguished Business of the Year Awards. For the first time, companies are being recognized in four categories including: community support, workforce/education, innovation, and start-up. There are five finalists in each group. Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Governor’s Industry Appreciation Awards on Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Finalists in the community support category are: Harrah’s Reno; McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP; NAI Alliance; Niotan, Inc.; and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Finalists in the workforce/education category include: Henry Schein, Inc.; Microsoft Licensing, GP; Niotan, Inc.; SilverSky Group, LLC; and the University of Phoenix.

Finalists in the innovation category are: Applied Business Solutions, LLC; Niotan, Inc.; Ormat Technologies; Reno Gazette-Journal; and Tri-Property Resort.

Finalists in the start-up category are: Hug Your Kids LLC; Image Base International; Northern Nevada Association of Professional Veterans; Schneider Logistics, Inc.; and Viega, LLC.

Finalists for the Distinguished Business of the Year Awards were determined based on a unique set of criteria for each category. The criteria includes a consideration of the company’s impact on the northern Nevada community and corporate citizenship. To qualify, all companies were required to be located and doing business in northern Nevada for a minimum of one year, with the exception of start-up companies, which needed to have been in business in the area for three years or less. Additionally, the company must represent an industry consistent with the mission for regional economic development focusing on business growth that offers skilled, high-paying jobs and opportunities for residents.

Also recognized at the Governor’s Industry Appreciation awards are companies that are new to northern Nevada or have significantly expanded over the last year. Honoree companies that are new to the region include: AIG SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners; Image Base International; Live Out Loud; Mariah Power, Inc.; PPG Industries, Inc.; Schneider Logistics, Inc.; Thybar Corporation; and Viega North America.

The Governor’s Industry Appreciation Awards is co-sponsored by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) in cooperation with the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. The event began in 1984 to recognize new businesses in the region as well as existing companies that have experienced significant growth.

Tickets to the Governor’s Industry Appreciation Awards are $130 per person or $1,200 for a table of 10. Visit www.giaa2008.com to purchase tickets. For more information call Sarah Woodman at 829-3712 or Judi Bishop at 883-4413.
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