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by Tribune Staff
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Ensign, Heller named guardians of small business

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., have been awarded the title of Small Business Guardian by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). This award recognizes Ensign and Heller for outstanding small-business voting records and applauds them for advocating for small business.

“Incentivizing small business and protecting it from overwhelming bureaucratic regulation is the only way to ignite our country’s economy,” Ensign said.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Ensign and Heller for “standing up for small business.”

“Small business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses,” Danner said. “The guardian award is a symbol of sincere appreciation from the small-business community for votes that supported their ability to own, operate and grow their businesses. Small-business owners are also known to show their gratitude or disappointment at the ballot box. This November, NFIB members will know that Sen. Ensign’s voting record is one of a true small-business champion.”

The NFIB represents small and independent businesses. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB represents the consensus views of its members in Washington and all 50 state capitals. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

New Kohl’s brings 130 jobs

CARSON CITY — Kohl’s Department Stores will officially open its doors to the Carson City location on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new location is one of 21 new stores opening this fall. With the opening of this store, Kohl’s will create approximately 130 local jobs and about 4,000 jobs nationwide.

The store will be located at 3871 S. Carson St. It is the 12th Kohl’s store to open in Nevada.

According to a company press release, Kohl’s was ranked as the No. 1 green retailer in Newsweek’s 2009 Green Rankings. The Carson City store’s green attributes include high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; occupancy sensor lighting for stockrooms, break rooms and offices; and a recycling program for cardboard boxes, hangers and packaging.  

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s operates 1,089 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit

Free seminar about online services for businesses

RENO — Businesses and individuals are invited to attend a free seminar that will cover online tools that help save money and time. The event will be hosted by the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce at 9 a.m. Wednesday at its main office located at 1 E. First St., 16th floor, in Reno. To register, call 337-3030.

One of Nevada’s leading Web professionals, Jonathan Denwood, owner of Digital Delirium, a Reno-based web and marketing company, will share his insight and personal experience with using some of today’s more popular free or very inexpensive online business support services that are guaranteed to save individuals and businesses time and money. During this 90-minute presentation, Denwood will talk about online business tools that include Google Voice, Freshbooks, Skype, Lasspass and others that can simplify and enhance the way one conducts their business and personal life.

“All the services that I will be talking about, and demonstrating, are services that I use on a day-to-day basis to save my company time and money,” Denwood said.

For anyone who registers before the event, Denwood is offering a copy of his popular “Tips and Tricks for On Line Business Success.” This book provides additional insights on how to make the products he’ll be discussing easier and faster to use on a daily basis.

For more information, visit or call 297-4184.

IQ Technology Solutions expands

RENO — IQ Technology Solutions, a provider of information technology professional services, has signed a five-year lease with Basin Street Properties, the largest office landlord in downtown Reno, to move and expand its offices into the Mill @ McCarran project located at 1150 Financial Blvd., in Reno. Starting in November, IQ will occupy 8,005 square feet in the 129,767-square-foot, five-building project that is designed for office and light industrial use.

“This latest expansion is being driven by the recent growth in our business and the expanded solutions that we are bringing to the market around managed and outsourced IT services,” said Steve Cerocke, president of IQ Technology Solutions. “The Mill @ McCarran facility offers many benefits to our company including giving us better visibility with frontage and signage on McCarran Boulevard as well as being a facility that is professionally managed and gives us easy access for staff and clients.”

IQ Technology Solutions works with businesses and organizations to increase productivity and profitability through the intelligent application and management of information technology solutions. The organization provides information technology development, security, remote access, infrastructure, IP Telephony, multi-site implementations and communication solutions.

For more information about Basin Street Properties, visit

11th annual business forum

RENO — Join the Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Sparks Chamber of Commerce, on Oct. 5 for the 11th annual Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce Business Forum at the Grand Sierra Resort. The annual forum has been revamped and the price has been lowered for attendees and sponsors.

This half-day event will feature some of northern Nevada’s most well-known business gurus, including:

• Alice Heiman — sales and networking expert

• Todd Felts — University of Nevada, Reno professor and social media master

• Guy Farmer — business coach

• Jeffrey Benjamin — leadership trainer

This year’s luncheon presentation will feature a panel of some of the top political pundits from around the state, as they share their views and observations on this year’s candidates and campaigns.

For more information or to register online, visit or call 358-1976.
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