Stories for June 2019


Sunday, June 30

Saturday, June 29

Friday, June 28

Northern NV business leads, bankruptcy filings for June 2019

The information included in the NNBV's monthly Business Leads is drawn from public records sources, and information is gathered and published as a convenience to readers. Every effort is made to report accurate information.

iCelerate hosts 2019 X-treme Ability Challenge Sept. 7 (Nonprofit Spotlight)

At iCelerate (formerly High Sierra Industries), we want you to experience that for yourself at the 2019 X-treme Ability Challenge (XAC) on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 555 Reactor Way in Reno.

Photo: Gwinn Nelson

From left, LaVonne Brooks, Len Stevens and Bryan Samudio at last year's event.

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Kyle Whaley, of Team Plumas Bank, competes at last year's challenge.

At $611,190 in May, California median home price hits another all-time high

After surpassing its prior price peak in April 2019, the statewide median home price reached another new all-time high in May, hitting $611,190. May's median price was up 1.4% from $602,920 in April and up 1.7% from $600,860 in May 2018.

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Median home prices in California continue to climb.

Thursday, June 27

With workforce development in mind, adult Nevada students sought to join Roadtrip Nation tour

Founded in 2001, the nonprofit Roadtrip Nation offers, among other programs and projects, a variety of career exploration resources and workforce development opportunities designed to help students explore pathways for their futures. Programs are adaptable for traditional and non-traditional classroom environments.

Courtesy Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation started in 2001 when a group of friends fresh out of college had no idea what to do with their lives. Their solution? To road-trip around the country and ask people who do what they love how they got to where they are today.

The four best ways to use a home equity credit line (Thought Leaders)

An equity-based credit line offers several advantages over a personal loan or a second mortgage. It lets you borrow only what you need and make low interest-only payments on that amount, as opposed to taking out a loan and paying back the entire amount over time.

Courtesy Nevada State Bank

Craig Kirkland is Executive Vice President of Nevada State Bank.

2020 TedX at UNR set for Feb. 29, 2020; apply starting July 1 to be a speaker

Thanks to strong support from the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, the event will return Feb. 29, 2020, to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Courtesy UNR

TEDxUniversityofNevada call for speakers opens Monday, July 1. Northern Nevada locals are encouraged to apply. Pictured: Jenna Weiner at last year’s event.

Nevada banks, credit unions up ante on use of FinTech, mobile apps and more

While some Northern Nevada banks opt for “off-the-shelf” mobile banking apps, others choose products designed in-house or by third-party vendors in order to easily control upgrades and new feature launches.

Wednesday, June 26

2nd annual Girls in STEM camp to train local girls in science, engineering industries

This weekend camp event is for girls ages 10 to 14 from low-income communities in Northern Nevada and will focus on energy, sustainability, science and technology, engineering and math, as well as leadership development, communication, collaboration and problem solving.

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Journeys

Two Northern Nevada girls work together during the inaugural Girls in STEM camp in 2018.

Bills on women's issues won strong support in 2019 Nevada Legislature

Nevada this year became the first state in the nation to ever have a majority female legislature. In the Assembly, 23 of 42 members are women and in the Senate, 10 of 21 for an overall total of 33 out of 63 legislators.

Experts: Small business lending a fast-growing segment across Northern Nevada

The vast majority of banks that could potentially provide capital to Nevada small business owners have underwriting and loan processing centers that are out of state, mostly in California.

Maureen McGrew named VP at Greater Nevada Credit Union – NNBV people briefs, June 2019

In her role, McGrew oversees GNCU's Accounting, Member Accounting, and Finance and Treasury teams. She joins GNCU with nearly 14 years of banking experience, moving from senior staff accountant to accounting manager to director of finance and accounting.

Tuesday, June 25

Courtesy GOED

Kris Sanchez, the International Director at GOED, has served as interim leader since April.

Angels among us: Northern Nevada's entrepreneurial ecosystem primed to see unprecedented advances

Homegrown tech companies such as Clickbio, NevadaNano, Filament and Breadware, along with larger newcomers such as New Deantronics, Figure and Elemental LED, are transforming the entrepreneurial development scene in Northern Nevada.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

EDAWN’s Doug Erwin says the creation of a deeper seed/angel ecosystem is important to land more early-stage growth companies to Northern Nevada.

Courtesy EDAWN

The inaugural Reno Venture Conference took place May 14-15 at the Nevada Museum of Art; there, four startups were awarded a total of $1.5 million in funding.

Courtesy New Deantronics

This rendering shows what the $40 million New Deantronics Nevada USA facility would look like upon completion this year at the Spanish Springs Business Center.

Nevada wins 'Silver Shovel' award for economic development, job creation

Nevada was honored in the 3- to 5-million population category, alongside Kentucky and Utah, while Alabama was awarded the Gold Shovel in the same Category. Other Gold Shovel Awards went to Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona and Mississippi.

City National Bank donates $5,000 to Tahoe Fund, Noah's Animal House

The donation to Noah's Animal House was made in the name of its founders, Staci Alonso and her son, Noah, while the contribution to the Tahoe Fund was made on behalf of Fund supporters Mark Bruce and his son, Joe, according to a June 20 news release from City National Bank.

Courtesy City National Bank

From left, Paul Stowell, Nevada regional executive for City National Bank, presents Noah Columbo and Casey Lutz of Noah’s Animal House with a check for $2,500.

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City National Bank officials present a check for $2,500 to representatives from the Tahoe Fund, including CEO Amy Berry, on behalf of the Mark Bruce family.

Monday, June 24

Northern Nevada's regional building, population boom means big business for banks

The regional building and population boom continues to favorably impact operations at Northern Nevada financial institutions. The thousands of new residents moving to the Truckee Meadows need to finance homes or new businesses, and all regional bankers really need to do is just put on a catcher's mitt to snag the flow of business from people and companies moving in from California.

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Northern Nevada banking officials say the industry is primed for major success in 2019 due to "remarkable" economic vitality.

Photo: Ryan Hoffman

Pictured are the four larger casinos in Stateline, on Lake Tahoe's South Shore. Monday's news means the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino would be the lone "Big Four" properties owned by a different company.


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Marijuana and employment law: an ever-changing legal landscape (Thought Leaders)

The legalization of medical marijuana in 2001 and recreational marijuana in 2018 has created significant uncertainty for Nevada employers and employees alike regarding their respective rights and obligations in using marijuana and regulating its use.

NV counties get $27.25M in federal compensation; Washoe Co. receives $3.68M

The Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILOT) is designed to compensate states and counties that have a high percentage of non-taxable federal lands within their borders.

Sunday, June 23

Saturday, June 22

Friday, June 21

Why entrepreneurs need an estate plan to protect spouses, businesses

While it's always important to have an estate plan in place to ensure your wishes are met and to protect your loved ones, it's especially crucial if you own a business, which is the family's main source of income or is a significant portion of your overall estate.

Nevada Mining Association to honor 52 people with Individual Safety Awards

Awards are based on performance in the previous calendar year, and the winners are chosen by their peers. At the September convention, 52 individual miners will be recognized for their dedication to best practices in safety standards and for their impressive accomplishments throughout 2018.


Nevada Mining Association President Dana Bennett says safety is the group's top priority.

‘The Jesse' to open today on 4th Street 1 year after Lincoln Lounge closure

The urban boutique inn, bar and restaurant at 306 E. 4th St. will be open for business beginning on Friday, June 21. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends, according to a press release from the business.

In Truckee, cannabis businesses are still coming out of the shadows

Though the town of Truckee has allowed commercial cannabis delivery for a year now with no cap on the number of permits issued, there's only one operating delivery service fully permitted by the town and the state.

Thursday, June 20

Free GOED event in Reno aims to connect small businesses to government contracts

According to a GOED news release, small businesses can meet one-on-one with more than 30 government procurement representatives, contractors, resource partners and other business owners.

TravelNevada awards $1 million in marketing grants to rural Nevada

“Rural Nevada is where visitors will find amazing state parks, cultural and historical sites and one-of-a-kind community events,” Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall, NCOT chairwoman, said in a statement. “It's a great place for a road trip and outdoor recreation, and it's something we want people to know about. We are proud to partner with rural Nevada to help promote these destinations through the Rural Marketing Grants program.”

Reno Phil, Reno Rodeo Foundation partnership helps raise needed funds

Rhythm & Rawhide isn't your typical charity dinner. You won't need to worry about polishing your oxfords, digging out your black satin bowtie, or rushing to the dry cleaner before attending this event. Your least dusty cowboy boots, western shirts, and wide-brimmed hats will do.

Carson Mayor: 'Grow With Google' helps local labor force navigate digital world

More than 150 people participated in four training classes and one-on-one coaching provided by 20 Google volunteers. The event was part of the Grow with Google 50-state tour. The tech giant is working with the American Library Association to host the trainings at libraries across the country.

Courtesy Google

Grow with Google has been on a national tour in partnership with America’s libraries.

Courtesy Google

Workshops focus on topics like data analytics, improving online business presence, and mastering skills like resume drafting and job searches.

Courtesy Google

Grow with Google workshops deliver digital skills trainings directly to jobseekers and small businesses

Courtesy Google

Mayor Bob Crowell was on hand to kick off the Grow With Google event on June 19.

Wednesday, June 19

Heuer Insurance Agency of Sparks celebrates 90 years in business

On Jan. 15, 1929, Heuer Insurance Agency was founded by Clarence Heuer. As the ninth-oldest business in the Reno/Sparks area, Heuer Insurance Agency now has nine agents and a support staff of one and is located on Vista Boulevard in Sparks.

Opportunity zones: New guidelines offer more flexibility for Nevada

Originally rolled out in December 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Opportunity Zone Program was designed to incentivize long-term investment in underserved communities throughout the country.

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From left: Jacey Prupas, Kade Miller and Mark Foster, of Snell & Wilmer.

Nevada targets 40 pharmaceutical companies in expanded opioid lawsuit

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said the resulting crisis, “has taken lives and destroyed families on an unprecedented scale and those at fault must answer for it.”

Tuesday, June 18

Expert panel in Reno to discuss Northern Nevada's financial future July 11

Our expert panel of professionals from regional financial firms and agencies will tackle several other important issues, such as the current state and future potential of the banking industry; matters associated with investments and stocks; the financial hurdles of starting and selling a business; and the importance of businesses establishing a proper succession plan, among others.

Nominations open for EDAWN's 8th annual 'Existing Industry Awards'

According to EDAWN, there are 10 award categories this year, including Company of the Year, Tech Innovation, Manufacturing Excellence, Engagement with Education, Corporate Citizen and others.

Courtesy EDAWN

The 2018 EDAWN Company of the Year (Small) was Rubik Environmental, Inc.

Nevada Economic Development Conference seeks 2019 award submissions

The awards recognize organizations that stand out in print, audiovisual and electronic communications and will be presented at the Nevada Economic Development Conference, August 26-28, which is billed as the "only business and economic development conference that offers something for every industry and business."

Monday, June 17

Reno production company wins Emmy for opioid addiction documentary

The 29-minute opioid documentary was one of four nominees, selected from 26 original entries, for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter.

Courtesy Three Sticks Productions

Eric Bonnici, Vice President of the Nevada Broadcasters Association (left), and Alphonse Polito, Producer and Director at Three Sticks Productions, smile with their Emmy awards on June 15 in Las Vegas.

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The "Prescription for Hope" production team holds their Emmy awards on June 15. From left: Tyler Bourns, Austin Bassi, Steve Dickson, Jesse McCloskey, Alphonse Polito, Eric Bonnici and Josh Birchfield. Not pictured are Paul Klein, Jim Gustafson, Kellie Sasso and Bryon Evans.

Noble Studios to donate $100,000 in work to Northern Nevada SPCA, Great Basin National Park Foundation

In the past, one Nevada nonprofit has been selected to receive free marketing services from the company. This year, however, Noble Studios chose to services to not one, but two deserving organizations.

Courtesy SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Northern Nevada will receive part of more than $100,000 of free digital marketing services in 2019.

Fabric Chicks buys Northern Nevada headquarters in $575,000 deal

A stalwart at trade shows throughout Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Utah and Oregon, Fabric Chicks markets primarily to the West Coast but ships throughout the entire United States.

Photo: Brad Coman

Lisa Lee, executive director, Advocates to End Domestic Violence, is the Chamber’s 75th board chair, its 12th woman chair, and first chair from a non-profit organization.

Photo: Ronni Hannaman

Bob Fredlund is the outgoing Carson City Chamber Chairman of the Board.

New Carson chamber chair Lisa Lee first ever not to represent private business

Current Carson City Board Chair Bob Fredlund will turn over the gavel to Lisa Lee, Executive Director of Advocates to End Domestic Violence. She takes over as chair on July 1, and will be the first chair in the Chamber's 74-year history not to represent a private business.

Sunday, June 16

Rob Galloway: Best of Carson finalist voting underway

In 2018, a record number of votes were cast for the Best of Carson finalists. If this year’s nomination period is any indication of how the finalist voting will go this year, we should be in for another record year — we more than tripled the amount of nominations this year.

Saturday, June 15

Friday, June 14

Panattoni Development breaks ground on $47 million Vegas logistics center

Construction of the project is estimated at $47 million and is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2020, according to a news release.

USDA to present rural home loan workshops next week in Reno, Winnemucca

USDA's Direct and Guaranteed Home Loans provide low and moderate income rural homebuyers the opportunity to buy a modest home with no down payment.

Gov. Sisolak signs final four bills worth $27 billion to finalize Nevada's budget

The four measures signed Wednesday are the measures that deal primarily with the operation of state government and the funding for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Together, they total a bit more than $27 billion over the coming two fiscal years.

Thursday, June 13

Reno's Hub Coffee Roasters celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years later, and tens of thousands of espressos and cappuccinos served, Hub is in three Reno locations: The flagship store on Riverside Drive; in the Reno Town Mall; and across from the University of Nevada, Reno on North Virginia Street.

In $1.5 million deal, Reno engineering firm purchases company headquarters

The transaction is valued at $1.5 million, according to a June 12 news release provided on behalf of the Nevada State Development Corporation, which helped facilitate financing in conjunction with Heritage Bank of Nevada.

Sisolak approves $5 hotel room surcharge to help fund Tahoe events center

Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority Director Carol Chaplin said the surcharge represents the largest revenue source for the center and will allow them to move ahead with the planning process.

Nevada minimum wage hike to $12 becomes law; paid sick leave, collective bargaining bills also signed

With the approval of AB456, incremental increases start July 1, 2020, when the state's minimum wage will rise by 75 cents, and will continue at that rate each year until it hits its $12-an-hour apex in 2024.

Wednesday, June 12

Reno-based Barnard Vogler & Co. celebrates 50 years in business

The certified public accounting firm was started by Dick Barnard in 1969, when he purchased a small public accounting firm from Sal Foderaro.

Reno company's opioid documentary nominated for regional Emmy

The film follows the lives of several Nevadans who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to opioids, and the constant battle and power of hope to overcome an opioid addiction.

Nevada strengthens stake in blockchain industry after Sisolak OKs trio of bills

“Witnessing Governor Sisolak sign these three innovative bills into law signals to the rest of the world that Nevada is a state that is serious about growing and supporting blockchain technology,” Blockchains, LLC CEO and founder Jeffrey Berns said.

Tuesday, June 11

Reno + Sparks Chamber's 100-year anniversary continues throughout 2019

Ann Silver, the Chamber's first female CEO in a century of operations, works with a small team of three employees who focus on one key objective: the promotion of members to residents, visitors and worldwide consumers of its members' goods and services.

'Grow with Google' returning to Northern Nevada with Carson City event June 19

It marks the second year in a row a "Grow with Google" event will take place in Northern Nevada; last summer, hundreds of people attended the first event at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Courtesy TruAmerica

Built in 1986, Allanza at the Lakes features a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes in 56, two-story buildings on a 40-acre site.

Monday, June 10

Agent of Influence: Using spy skills to grow your business (Biz & Books review)

Readers who are feeling a little puckish might be disappointed that there is no skulking involved in “Agent of Influence,” and no talking to your shoe. Instead, what you'll find in this book is serious stuff, told with a no-nonsense tone.

Greater Nevada Credit Union donates $58,000 in scholarships to local students

Since 2000, GNCU has helped more than 320 students pursue their education by awarding more than $430,000 in scholarships. The annual program is available to GNCU members and their families.

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The Blue team volunteers from Southwest Gas and Arizona Pipeline volunteer their time to build the Leadership bee habitat.

Rob Galloway named Sierra Nevada Media Group general manager

A 17-year veteran of local media, sales, and marketing in the Sierra Nevada region has been named general manager of Swift Communications' Sierra Nevada Media Group, which includes the Nevada Appeal and Northern Nevada Business View, among other publications.

Sunday, June 9

Saturday, June 8

Friday, June 7

Blockchains, LLC acquires German blockchain development company

The acquisition "will increase Blockchains' technical capabilities and accelerate development of Blockchains' digital asset custody and digital identity solutions, the governance model for its planned distributed collaborative entity, as well as a number of the company's other projects."

$13 million low-income senior housing complex breaks ground in Reno

The Reno Housing Authority is building the apartment complex with a combination of Low Income Tax Credit Funds, HOME Funds, other government grant-related funds and private donations. Construction is expected to take roughly a year, and the RHA will begin the leasing process next spring.

Courtesy RHA

A groundbreaking took place May 21.

Courtesy RHA

The Willie J. Wynn Apartments will feature 44 one- and two-bedroom units for seniors who meet income requirements.

Ground breaks on $37 million student housing project in downtown Reno

Located at 661 N. Center St. in downtown Reno, the ‘L-shaped' development will be at the corner of East Sixth Street and North Center Street, across from the Circus Circus Reno.

Courtesy Spire Construction

Located at 661 N. Center St. in downtown Reno, the ‘L-shaped’ development will be across the street from the Circus Circus Reno.

Thursday, June 6

76,000-square-foot addition to downtown Reno Orthopedic Clinic underway

Upon completion in fall 2020, the facility "will enhance the clinic's current services including physical therapy, with the addition of an advanced imaging center and the expansion of ROC Express Urgent Care, where patients can receive fast treatment with no appointment required."

Courtesy The Neenan Company

Interior view of the ROC expansion, set to open in 2020.

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Exterior view of the ROC expansion, set to open in 2020.

Courtesy Reno Orthopedic Clinic

ROC staff and construction officials at the groundbreaking event on April 19.

Microsoft Reno to host 10th annual DigiGirlz Camp; registration deadline July 12

The free event is "dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to learn more about the vast opportunities and career choices available to them in the technology industry, as well as other Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M) fields," according to a Microsoft news release.

Courtesy Microsoft Reno

The annual camp teaches valuable STEAM skills to local female youth.

Courtesy Microsoft Reno

A young woman participates in the 2018 DigiGirlz Camp.

Northern NV Jiffy Lube franchises dole out scholarships to area students

Lena Richardson of Douglas High School (Minden) is the overall scholarship recipient and will receive $3,500. Jake Kattelman of Damonte Ranch High School (Reno) will be awarded $1,500 as a runner-up.

Wednesday, June 5

Reno-based company Breadware launches IoT professional services marketplace

Businesses can visit Breadware for assistance in planning, building and launching their IoT products. Breadware vets and aggregates trusted resources and IoT service providers to offer reliable options to customers at each step of the product development journey.

Western Title acquires Title Service and Escrow Company

This acquisition gives Western Title the largest footprint of any title and escrow company in the state, according to a news release from the company, aiding 10 counties from eight locations.

Tuesday, June 4

NV lawmakers OK bill extending higher business tax to fund teacher raises

The bill eliminates the business tax sunset that was set to reduce the 1.475 percent levy per employee back to the base rate of 1.17 percent effective July 1.

McDonald Carano law firm celebrates 70-year anniversary

The firm will celebrate its 70-year milestone anniversary with a series of events throughout the year across its offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.

Courtesy McDonald Carano

McDonald Carano Managing Partner Jeff Silvestri says the company is looking forward to operating for another 70 years.” McDonald Carano

Bank of America donates $95K in workforce development grants to Northern NV nonprofits

Bank of America on May 24 announced it has donated $95,000 in grants to nine Northern Nevada nonprofits aimed at advancing economic mobility for at-risk youth and young adults through workforce development and education that help people chart a path to better economic futures.

Courtesy Bank of America

Bank of America executives present a $25,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. From left: Andrew Diedrichsen (Bank of America), Mary Wink (Bank of America), Anna Cavalieri (Bank of America), Dan Greene (Bank of America), Patrick Revels (Bank of America), Dick Gammick (President of BGCTM Board of Directors), Nick Rowe (Bank of America), Erik McKenzie (Bank of America), Monica Okopal (BGCTM Youth of the Year), and Michael Borello (Bank of America). Courtesy Bank of America

Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: Marie Wikoff celebrates 10 years in business and beating breast cancer

Marie Wikoff has designed many local healthcare projects, such as Renown Health's Children's ER, the Postpartum Floor, Children's Hospital, Children's Healing Garden & Waiting, the Ronald McDonald House Family Room and assisted with the design of the South Meadows Medical Center.

Courtesy Marie Wikoff

Marie Wikoff boasts over 20 years of experience in interior design, including healthcare, commercial interior design, project management and product specification. Courtesy Marie Wikoff

Courtesy Marie Wikoff

In a 2017 interview with the Northern Nevada Business View, Marie Wikoff said that when it comes to creativity, it’s “not just in how pretty it looks, but what it takes to get you there.” Courtesy Marie Wikoff

Monday, June 3

Nevada casino win drops for 4th straight month in April; weather a factor

Nevada Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton said the culprit was game and table win that fell 5.8 percent in April. That category is now down 6.4 percent for the calendar year.

Nevada minimum wage increase to $12 an hour now awaits Sisolak's approval

One of the bills, AB456, sponsored by Speaker of the Assembly Jason Frierson, enacts a gradual increase of the minimum wage up to $12 per hour. The bill passed with a 13-7 vote, with Sen. Keith Pickard joining the Democratic senators in bipartisan support.

Sunday, June 2

Saturday, June 1