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SBA loans help local businesses grow, create jobs
State Development Corporation issues $11.8 million in first quarter loans
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Collection company scouts Nevada for call center
TULSA, Okla.  — While the national unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in December, Nevada is suffering from a rate of 13 percent. And prominent debt collection company CFS II, led by industry icon and consumer advocate Bill Bartmann, is looking to create 10,000 jobs nationwide, or 2,000 jobs in each of five states. As part of its nationwide expansion, the company plans to grow its operations in five states, and met with the Nevada Developme...
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Study: Health care job market to remain competitive
CHICAGO — The health care hiring market for 2012 will remain an in-demand sector, as many employers struggle to find the right candidates in their markets. More than a third (37 percent) of health care employers have jobs open for which they cannot find qualified candidates, according to a new study from MiracleWorkers.com, CareerBuilder’s job site for health care professionals, conducted Nov. 9 to Dec. 5 with more than 350 health care employe...
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Workshop will cover 10 steps to government marketing
WASHINGTON — A free workshop scheduled for 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 19 will work to unravel the mysteries of winning federal contracts. It’s not mysterious, but businesspeople need to know exactly what to do to reach the right person at the right time for an opportunity to capture that government contract. In this workshop you’ll learn how to: • Find the agencies that are looking for you. • Find contracting officers in your targeted agencies. •...
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Tony Timmons joins Wells Fargo team
LAS VEGAS — Wells Fargo recently announced the addition of Tony Timmons to its Nevada regional banking communications team. In his new role, Timmons will be responsible for media relations and strategic internal and external communications for the state. “We are excited to add Tony to our regional banking communications team,” said Danny Ischy, vice president and communications manager for the Western Mountain Region of Wells Fargo. “His depth...
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New online course for Native American business owners
WASHINGTON — Native American entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started.  “Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success” is a free, self-paced online business course developed for Native American business owners. The course provides an overview of basic business principles and makes them aware of the programs and services available from the U.S. Small Bu...
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Hansen joins Stark & Associates
RENO — Stark & Associates Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide is pleased to welcome Dale “Travis” Hansen as an associate to the Stark & Associates team. Hansen will be specializing in office, industrial and multi-family properties. Hansen has been with Stark & Associates since 2007 as a marketing specialist. To contact him, call 825-4400 or email at THansen@starktcn.com.
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Hamilton Solar reports having a successful year
RENO — The U.S. solar energy industry achieved a new record for installations in the third quarter of 2011 thanks to utility-scale projects, a rising residential market and low manufacturing prices, according to a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Grid-connected photovoltaic installations grew 140 percent over last year. The growth of the industry reflects locally with Reno-based Hamilton Solar. Hamilton Solar reporte...
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Nominations sought for SBA awards
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Three awards will be given, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, one for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs and a third “Hall of Fame” award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of...
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So long 2011, hello 2012
Business advocates reflect on the year that was and the year ahead SPARKS — This might read like an understatement for the ages, but 2011 wasn’t too good to the business world, particularly at its intersection with government. Partisan bickering in Washington, instability in the state’s tax policy and deficits at the county and municipal level have inhibited an economic recovery and kept the country mired in stagnation. But for every 2011, the...
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NVAR puts out report, ‘Face of Foreclosure’
RENO — The Nevada Association of Realtors and its “Face of Foreclosure” report were honored this week with a bronze award in the educational program category in Association TRENDS’ 2011 All-Media Contest. NVAR’s report on foreclosure issues facing Nevada homeowners was one of more than 450 entries in the association’s publications contest. NVAR President Mike Young called it “a significant honor for NVAR. It’s especially rewarding to see a lea...
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Reno-Tahoe open hires new sales manager
RENO — The PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open has announced the addition of Natalie Nelson to its team. Nelson joins the tournament as its sales manager with more than 15 years experience in sales and marketing in the local market, including her most recent position as a sales account executive in athletic sponsorship sales. In her role as sales manager, Nelson utilizes existing relationships within the community and applies her knowledge of successfu...
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January BizFlash with The Chamber
RENO — The Chamber’s next monthly business class and business development presentation at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Jan. 5, with special guest Jeffrey Benjamin from Breakthrough Training. BizFlash offers 90 minutes of business insights for business members, professionals and business owners on the go. The January event is “10 Habits to Motivate Yourself.”   There is only one person who can ultimately mo...
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USDA invests nearly $118 million in rural communities
CARSON CITY — USDA Rural Development, one of the seven mission areas of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, invested nearly $118 million in rural Nevadans and their communities during the 2011 fiscal year, creating 213 jobs in the business and real estate sectors and helping 591 families into homeownership. USDA State Director Sarah Adler noted that rural communities are engaged and vibrant in spite of difficult times, but continue to be chall...
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Berkley outlines what payroll tax increase means for Nevadans
LAS VEGAS — With the payroll tax cut in limbo after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected a bipartisan Senate deal this week, 1.2 million Nevadans could see their taxes rise by as much as $1,247 come Jan. 1, 2012, according to data released by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada). The new data is broken down by county and shows that Nevada’s middle class would see a tax increase that is 6 percent bigger than the rest ...
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Payroll Tax Cut Deadline Nears
Democrats and Republicans say they are optimistic a deal can get done
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