Stories for December 2020


Thursday, December 31

From tents to tiny houses, advocates get creative to address Nevada’s affordable housing shortage

From The Nevada Independent: Amid a global pandemic and an unforgiving job market that's contributing to an impending eviction crisis, individuals and nonprofits are developing creative solutions — including Northern Nevada HOPES new Hope Springs project — to address an affordable housing crunch.

German company to build 10,700 sq. ft. center at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center

The project is expected to break ground in January be done as soon as September 2021; thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions says its first phase of hiring will create 22 jobs, “with future expansion planned.”

Casino win keeps improving in Northern Nevada, smaller markets

Statewide win totaled $771.2 million in November — down 17.75% from the $937.5 million a year ago. Most of that decrease is due to dwindling gambling numbers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Nevada Mining Association, Girl Scouts partner for new patch program

The program through the Nevada Mining Association explores different areas within the mining industry, including offering Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada members a virtual mine tour.

People: SNP's Julianne Holt new member of Nevada Real Estate Division Education Work Group

The group, made up of real estate agents, commissioners and educators, discusses and ultimately updates the state legislature in regard to real estate agents education requirements.

Wednesday, December 30

NV lawmakers grant final approval to payday lending database, despite industry concerns

Advocates say the database will provide much-needed levels of oversight and accountability. Opponents, mainly the state's payday lending industry, say regulations are overly broad and would prove difficult to implement.

EDAWN: 30 new companies for 2020 in Northern Nevada to add nearly 2,300 jobs

Per EDAWN, the new companies are expected to add a combined 2,295 new jobs at an average wage of $28 in the coming years.

NNBW Editor: Kudos to the best of 2020 – and changes in store for 2021

A new year is nearly upon us, and that means some changes are in store for the NNBW — the biggest one being a new website.

And the winners are: NNBW 2020 Best In Business contest

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly is pleased today to announce the winners of our 2020 Best In Business contest!

People: Mike Bosma, Kurt Okraski join M&A Business Advisors

M&A Business Advisors recently announced the additions of Michael D. (Mike) Bosma and Kurt Okraski as licensed business brokers.

Tuesday, December 29

Photo: Northern Nevada HOPES

Rendering of Northern Nevada HOPES' tiny homes from the street.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Erika Minaberry walks with her dog, Chomsky, on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Erika Minaberry poses for a portrait with her dog, Chomsky, on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Erika Minaberry poses for a portrait on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A 24-hour, grab-and-go store for residents inside the Village on Sage Street on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

The Village on Sage Street on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Nick Tscheekar, Community Engagement Officer at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada at the Village on Sage Street on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Reno, Nev.

From drones to automation, Nevada contractors invest in tech to stay competitive

“The evolution of our industry requires that we adapt some of these procedures and technologies.”

Covering Your Assets: Business impacts of new federal COVID bill (Voices)

Included in the massive bill is a nearly $900 billion relief package that includes additional funding for small businesses and enhanced unemployment benefits.

Nevada DETR: Jobless claimants won’t lose week of unemployment checks

Per Nevada DETR, the state is waiting for rules from the U.S. Department of Labor on how to implement new unemployment provisions; the feds estimate it will take up to 2 weeks to issue that guidance.

People: Mendy Elliott, Dawn Gibbons named founding board members of Nevada Donor Network Foundation

The Nevada Donor Network Foundation announced the additions of Dawn Gibbons, the former First Lady of Nevada, and Mendy Elliott, CEO and founder of Capitol Partners, on Dec. 18.

NNRMLS donates $5,000 to Food Bank of Northern Nevada

With its budget for providing lunches and other meeting-related expenses in 2020 largely untouched, NNRMLS opted to donate $5,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Monday, December 28

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A rendering of the 10,700-square-foot service and manufacturing center German-based thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions plans to build at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

Courtesy YouTube

NNRMLS CEO George Pickard met with FBNN President and CEO Nicole Lamboley in late November to present the donation.

Dismal revenues, 'irate' anti-maskers highlight rough 2020 for Northern Nevada bowling businesses

“I’ve been punched, I’ve been spit on, I’ve been pushed. ... I’ve had grandmothers screaming in my face. I’ve been doing this for 29 years and this year has been the hardest by far," Craig Buster, general manager of Coconut Bowl, told the NNBW.

Nevada sets gun sale record in 2020 amid pandemic, social unrest and contentious elections

Firearm sales in Nevada spiked in 2020, with the first 10 months of gun sales already 57 percent greater than all gun sales made in 2019.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A group of women participate in a concealed-carry weapon instructional course at Reno Guns & Range in October 2019.

Reno attorneys, HR experts weigh in on concept of mandatory COVID vaccine for companies, employees

With the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines being administered throughout the U.S., we spoke with legal and HR experts at Fennemore Craig, McDonald Carano and HrinDemand to discuss the government's recent guidance for employers regarding the vaccine.

Photo: Adobe Stock

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.

Reno-based Dragonfly Energy, Ioneer USA Corporation sign MOU

The companies plan to work together “to strengthen the domestic battery supply chain from critical materials to next generation lithium technologies."

Courtesy Ioneer

The Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project is located in the Silver Peak Range near Tonopah in Esmerelda County.

People: Molly Ellery a PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 & Under for 2020

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Ellery joined Argentum in 2015 and quickly rose through the ranks from office manager to public relations director.

Friday, December 25

Reno Rebuild Project offering up to $50,000 in COVID loans

This month, the Reno Rebuild Project announced it is offering loans from $5,000 to $50,000 for 3-5 years at 4% interest for small businesses impacted by the COVID pandemic.

Trifecta Gold announces phase one completion at Yuge Gold Project in rural Northern Nevada

The project in Humoldt County includes the Columbia and Juanita Mines, well as the Josie Zone, where Trifecta has confirmed the presence of multiple gold bearing structures through surface sampling.

Dermody Properties Foundation announces recipients of $150K in grants

More than 100 other nonprofits across the country received a share of $150,000 this year, including local nonprofits such as the Nevada Women’s Fund, Awaken, Carson City Symphony, Nevada Museum of Art.

People: Jessica Torres new agent at Sierra Nevada Properties

Torres, who has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from the University of Nevada, Reno, will work out of SNP's Reno office.

Thursday, December 24


Reno Rebuild Project logo.

Photo: Trifecta Gold Ltd.

Trifecta Gold Ltd. staff survey the Josie Zone area of the Yuge Gold Project in rural Northern Nevada.

Back on tap: After ownership shake-up and a $500,000 investment, Brasserie Saint James to reopen Jan. 1

“As entrepreneurs, you’ve got to invest and take that risk," Brassiere co-owner Deane Albright told the NNBW. "I just didn’t want to see it die away with the COVID thing. We saw the potential to hang on and overcome the adversity because we both had the means to do that.”

Reno's jobless rate slowly improving, now down to 5.4%

The Reno-Sparks jobless rate in November came in at 5.4% — while that’s still well off the 2.7% mark from a year ago, it’s vastly improved from April's rate of 19.6%, at the onset of the pandemic.

What’s new for 2020 tax preparation for Nevada ag producers, farmers? (Voices)

It is that time of year to start thinking about submitting your taxes for 2020 — and for Nevada farmers, an important resource is the IRS's Farmer’s Tax Guide, writes Steve Foster of the University Of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Backed by federal grants, Nevada Green Business Network officially launches

“Western Nevada College looks forward to working with our partners to prevent pollution through implementation of best practices,” says Dr. Georgia White.

People: Justice Mark Gibbons honored with Justice Nancy Becker Pro Bono Award of Judicial Excellence

Gibbons — who is retiring in January after over 24 years in the Nevada judiciary — was honored at the virtual Pro Bono Awards luncheon on Dec. 11.

Wednesday, December 23

Courtesy Nevada DETR

Updated figures from November show how the jobless rate in Carson City and Reno-Sparks compares to Las Vegas.

Reno entrepreneur opens local PuroClean franchise

In November, Reno entrepreneur Josh Nelson opened a PuroClean franchise in South Reno; it will primarily serve the Reno-Sparks area, as well as Carson City, Virginia City and unincorporated Washoe County.

City National Bank donates $27,500 to 7 Northern NV nonprofits

The nonprofits include Big Brothers and Sisters of Northern Nevada, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Carson Valley Food Closet, Children’s Cabinet, Nevada Museum of Art, Noah’s Animal House and F.I.S.H. Friends in Service Helping-Emergency Referral Service.

People: Marissa Lostra, Kirsten Childers, John Graham earn Nevada Realtors awards for 2020

The statewide Nevada Realtors association honored its top members for 2020 at a virtual awards event in early December, with local Realtors Marissa Lostra, Kirsten Childers, John Graham among those recognized.

Buzz Harris: Why business sellers should look at alternatives (Voices)

The greatest challenge to exiting your business might be finding the right successor, suggests Buzz Harris.

DETR: Nevada claimants likely to see gap in jobless benefits as state implements potential stimulus bill

Nevada officials say Congress’ procrastination has not allowed enough time for state officials across the country to understand the new stimulus bill, reprogram computer systems and continue payments uninterrupted.

Tuesday, December 22

Photo: Tony Contini

Brasserie Saint James is canning and selling its new beers — and some of its original brews — to respond to the rise in consumer demand for canned beer.

Photo: Tony Contini

A look inside Brasserie Saint James at 901 S. Center St. in Reno, which is scheduled to open for in-person dining on Jan. 1, 2021.

Reno music shops rely on guitar sales, piano tunings to weather COVID

"The biggest challenges are being able to keep the business operating and get services done and keep the bank account healthy. It’s a struggle.”

Photo: Absolute Music

Steve Gibson, owner of Absolute Music in Reno, holds a sign with a creative way to remind customers to social distance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Covering Your Assets: My Christmas list for 2020 (Voices)

Perhaps the best gift you can give this holiday season is to patronize local businesses, suggests Mike Bosma.

Northern NV leaders discuss: Worst of pandemic still to come for small businesses?

“The biggest question I have is what is next for small businesses?” asks Marcel Schaerer of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.

People: Reno's Dawn Ahner selected for inaugural Women in Healthcare Leadership council

Ahner, who's worked at Renown Health since 1993, will serve a three-year term on the mentor committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she will support and empower mid-career as well as up-and-coming female leaders in healthcare leadership.

UNR’s Online Executive MBA program makes Princeton Review Top 50

UNR's EMBA program has steadily grown since it started in August 2011, and the program saw its eighth and largest cohort graduate in fall 2020 with 34 students.

Monday, December 21

Tour Specs Golf Management acquires Dayton Valley Golf Course

Jim Kepler, a PGA professional in Nevada, will also serve as general manager of Dayton Valley Golf Course, which is planning various upgrades to be unveiled next spring.

Reno ski, winter gear shops may benefit from CA stay-at-home order

We spoke with representatives at Snowind Sports, Bobo’s Ski & Board and Gear Hut to get a sense for sales for the 2020-21 winter season and how California's recent stay-at-home order may or may not impact business on the Nevada side of the state line.

People: Reno's Katrina Loftin earns M&A Source Executive Club Award

Loftin, who is co-founder and managing partner of M&A Business Advisors, earned the award at the M&A Source fall conference, held online Nov. 10-11.

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Nevada’s jobless rate improves to 10.1% in November

Nevada added 9,200 jobs in November compared to October; however, the state has 109,500 fewer jobs than in November 2019, for an annual job growth rate of -7.7%.

Friday, December 18

High gold prices spur activity at historic Sleeper Mine near Winnemucca

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. owns 100% interest in the Sleeper Gold Project, a former high-grade open pit gold producer located roughly 25 miles northwest of Winnemucca.

Nevada's eviction mediation program seeing some success; common ground still elusive in many cases

“If the parties and the mechanics and the elements all come together, good results can be produced and we can keep people in their homes and agreements can be reached,” said Shannon Chambers, who leads the Home Means Nevada nonprofit and is also the Nevada labor commissioner.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

A woman gets assistance at the Las Vegas Justice Court Clerk's Office on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The office is dealing with an increase evictions because of the economic challenges that COVID-19 has caused.

Nevada business leaders discuss climate action

Earlier this month, Nevada announced its first comprehensive “State Climate Strategy," and state and local business leaders are coming to the table to help the Silver State achieve its green goals.

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$20,000 renewable energy grants available for rural Nevada businesses

For the fiscal year 2020, only $37,422 was awarded for three grants, well under the roughly $450,000 the federal program is allocated annually in the Silver State.

Thursday, December 17

Courtesy Paramount Gold Nevada

Paramount Gold Nevada owns a 100% interest in the Sleeper Gold Project, a former high-grade open pit gold producer located about 25 miles northwest of the town of Winnemucca.

T-Mobile launches 6-year apprenticeship program in Nevada

“It was important to have opportunities to people who might be out in the more rural areas or east side or up north," said Mark Krueger of the Nevada Attorney General office.

Courtesy Perlman Architects

A rendering of the planned Stewart Street Apartments designed by Perlman Architects.

5-story apartment complex OK'd for downtown Carson City

The complex is planned for 253 units — 21 studio apartments, 138 one-bedroom units, and 94 two-bedroom apartments. It will also feature a six-story parking garage with 427 parking spaces.

Carson-based Nature’s Bakery acquired by KIND in reported $400 million deal

Started in 2011 in Carson City, Nature’s Bakery has transformed from a small family-owned business into an international baked goods brand — now, it's under the umbrella of KIND, which was recently acquired by candy giant Mars for $5 billion.

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USDA seeks intermediary lending partners in rural Nevada

USDA is seeking applications for funding to establish revolving loan programs to support rural businesses and community development projects in Nevada and other states.

Wednesday, December 16

Photo: Nature’s Bakery

Jan Marson, president of Carson City-based Nature’s Bakery, speaks to staff inside the company’s facility in St. Louis earlier this year.

After dismal spring, Reno jewelers see revenue uptick

Whether for a romantic gesture, new bling to flash on Zoom or simply a shiny gift to lighten a gloomy year, jewelers in Reno are seeing revenue rebounds after U.S. sales plummeted 82% in the span of just two months, from $2.65 billion in February to $470 million in April.

Photo: Adobe Stock

An uptick in engagement ring sales is leading to revenue rebounds locally, says Adam Johnston, manager of Reno's Rogers Jewelry Co. location.

Sales, gaming tax hike proposals headed to Nevada Legislature after clearing signature thresholds

The tax increases have attracted opposition from business groups like the Nevada Resort Association, which says the gaming tax hike would amount to a “44 percent" increase” on the industry.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / Nevada Independent

Angie Sullivan, a third grade teacher at Silver Elementary School during a Clark County Education Association rally in front of Durango High School in 2019.

Commerce Matters: Questions abound for the new year (Voices)

We are about to begin a new year, still burdened by a global pandemic, political distrust, social misunderstandings and individual resistance to inevitable change, writes Ann Silver of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

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UNR College of Business launches undergrad minor in sports management

It will be the first program of its kind within the Nevada System of Higher Education, according to UNR.

Tuesday, December 15

From real Christmas trees to decorations, Reno seasonal companies see COVID-fueled sales surge

“We got 500 phone calls before we even opened,” said Matt Altemus, manager of Reno Christmas Trees.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel / NNBW

Amber Altemus, left, who works at seasonal holiday tree company Reno Christmas Trees, shows a tree to Reno residents Joe Udvare, Wesley Udvare and Frank Udvare at the company’s lot on Dec. 9.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: How rural Nevada is grappling with COVID-19

In some rural Nevada counties, the message among elected officials and many residents and business owners is simple: "Sisolak sucks and the government has no authority to tell me what to do." Read more from The Nevada Independent's Megan Messerly.

Photo: Mattie Jensen / The Nevada Independent

The COVID-19 testing site at William Bee Ririe Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely as seen on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.

Covering Your Assets: 2020 tax year nuances that may surprise you (Voices)

Something to note for the tax filing: most people won't be able to claim expenses for their WFH setup, as the tax law enacted in 2017 did away with the ability of employees to claim any unreimbursed employee expenses.

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Bank of America donates 44,000 masks to four Reno nonprofits

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Northern Nevada HOPES and STEP2 Reno received 44,000 masks and 22 cases of sanitizer.

Monday, December 14

Tahoe-Truckee retailers, nonprofits brace for shutdown’s impact on holiday shopping

On the California side of Lake Tahoe, non-essential businesses, including restaurants and retailers, will remain open under specific restrictions. Meanwhile, skiing has been determined to be a low-risk activity, allowing resorts to remain open.

Photo: North Tahoe EATS! Facebook

The North Tahoe EATS! Facebook Page was launched this year for restaurant owners to post business updates including hours, contact information and daily specials.

Sisolak extends Nevada 'pause’ another month, announces new eviction moratorium

Under the month-long extension, occupancy in restaurants, bars, gyms, casino gaming floors and other businesses and gathering spots such as libraries, museums, bowling alleys and aquariums will remain limited to 25 percent of capacity.

Reno's Old Granite Street, Rounds Bakery announce $10 million merger

"Rather than watch our friends wait it out at the mercy of landlords and government, we have found them a solution," said Kevin Stanley, co-owner of Ole Granite Street and the new Life Tastes Good company.

Photo: Jeramie Lu Photography

From left, Kevin Stanley, Kaya Stanley, Anton Novak and Sean Cary.

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IBEW Local 401 donates $6,250 to Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates

The donation from IBEW Local 401 comes after J4NG recently received the highest recognition award from JAG — JAG National’s 5-Of-5 Award.

Friday, December 11

'Very strong sellers' market': Reno real estate remains red hot in November

“Our region’s continued strong sales activity combined with a significant drop in new listings is creating a very strong sellers’ market,” said RSAR President Erika Lamb.

Courtesy RSAR

A November snapshot of real estate activity in the Reno / North Valleys sector shows a median home price of $485,000 and an active inventory of 290 homes.

Q&A: Nevada Craft Brewers Association president on industry’s hazy future

"I actually think, unfortunately, come next year, we're going to see more brewery closures, and probably some consolidation, where breweries are being bought up or are merging to try to stay alive," says Matt Johnson, co-owner of IMBIB Custom Brews and president of the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.

COVID-19 reshaping how we do business (Voices)

"The acceleration of changes forced upon us from COVID-19 has allowed large businesses to flourish as they have the resources and ability to adapt, while smaller businesses do not."

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Frey Ranch whiskey earns top 10 ranking from Whisky Advocate

The Fallon-based distillery’s whiskey secured a score of 93 points out of 100, placing it among whiskies from Tennessee, Kentucky, Scotland, Germany and Ireland.

People: Miles Construction's Cary Richardson appointed to national cannabis design committee

Cary Richardson, vice president of business operations for Miles Construction, has been appointed to the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Facilities Design Committee.

Thursday, December 10

Reno cybersecurity experts: WFH shift creating ‘more targets’ for hackers

From ransomware to phishing emails, cyber attacks have surged 63% since the coronavirus pandemic shook the global economy in March, exacerbated by the WFH movement that has magnified cybersecurity threats for practically every company.

Nevada financial regulators take step toward payday lending database adoption, months after deadline

While backers of SB201 applaud the decision to move forward, those representing lenders are voicing concern, such as Dollar Loan Center lobbyist Neil Tomlinson, who says: “The implementation and upkeep costs are just going to be insurmountable."

24th annual BANN-ER Awards honors bevy of Northern Nevada projects

More than 50 projects and people were honored last month at the 24th annual BANN-ER Awards — dubbed the 2020 “BANN-DEMIC Awards” due to this year’s unusual circumstances.

Photo: Vance Fox Photography

Architectural Design Group's Spine House entry won the 2020 BANN-er award for Best New Home Product, Custom Home by an Architect Under $1 million.

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Feldmeier Equipment donates $1,600 to Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Feldmeier Equipment donated the money to the Food Bank on Nov. 25 at the company's plant in Fernley.

People: Brittany Silva named VP of client strategy at KPS3

Silva, who has more than a decade of marketing experience, joined KPS3 in 2019 as account director.

Wednesday, December 9

Dermody Properties grants $25,000 to Food Bank of Northern Nevada

“We are pleased to continue our support of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and recognize its efforts to fight hunger and food insecurity within our most vulnerable populations," said Michael C. Dermody, chairman and CEO of Dermody Properties.

Churchill County commissioners OK 5-cent diesel tax increase

The new ordinance approved Dec. 3 affects diesel sold within the county; all funds will go toward maintenance of county roads.

Photo: Steve Ranson / Nevada News Group

The Churchill County Commission has approved a 5-cent increase in the county’s diesel fuel tax.

Working Together: Post jobs to improve your company visibility (Voices)

“Remember, your job posting is more than a cursory gesture — it’s a valuable metric to inform those that work to support your workforce needs.”

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People: Julie Nobis named co-owner of Reno's Creative Coverings

Nobis has been with Creative Coverings for more than a year and was previously co-owner of Tannenbaum Event Center and Red Carpet Events.

$3 billion clean energy project, data center to be built east of Reno

The $3 billion Energos Reno project will include development of a massive data center across 3,700 acres of land east of Reno, leveraging the region's renewable energy infrastructure to make it a fully carbon-neutral, off-grid facility.

Tuesday, December 8

Amid shrunken capacities, fitness entrepreneurs fight to keep lights on during ‘dark time’ for industry

The U.S. fitness industry has been continually upended by pandemic-related restrictions and closures due to gyms’ potential for spreading the virus. Last week, we spoke with a few Northern Nevada fitness entrepreneurs who are feeling the weight of uncertainty in the age of COVID.

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

According to the initial plan released last week, although the effort to reduce emissions will require investment, the strategy notes that meeting the emission goals could prevent between $172 and $786 million in economic damages associated with carbon pollution by 2030.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Solar panels seen at the Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility near Boulder City on Monday, April 22, 2019.

Covering Your Assets: Year-end tax-planning planning primer (Voices)

Review the following important items to help end 2020 on a strong note and set yourself up for success in 2021.

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New boutique chocolate shop opens in Reno

The storefront for Bouchée Confections at 940 W. Moana Lane, No. 102, in the Lakeside Crossing shopping center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

People: Amanda Eastwick, Terry Rasner-Yacenda earn CCIM designation

Eastwick, of SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates, and Rasner-Yacenda, of Reno Tahoe Realty Group, were among 133 to earn the CCIM designation this fall.

Monday, December 7

Photo: Linda Anderson / Design Lab

Engage Fitness and Training Center owners Tori Gage, left, and Mark Gage stand inside their 4,000-square-foot facility in South Reno.

Photo: Adobe Stock

COVID-19 has created more targets for cyber attackers who have more time on their hands during shutdowns.

After COVID delay, global flavor manufacturer opens for business in Sparks

Monin's 115,000 sq. ft. facility in Spanish Springs opened in November and is processing up to 30,000 bottles a day with a crew of 20 employees. Within five years, the company expects a staff of 100 to work there at an average hourly wage of $24.50.

Blockchains, LLC acquires Boston-area blockchain company

“The acquisition increases our headcount by five, four of whom are based in Massachusetts,” Blockchains Vice President of Brand Elaina Duffy told the NNBW.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

Exterior view of Blockchains, LLC offices at 610 Waltham Way in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center.

Vegas judge blocks Sisolak's attempt to label Nevada evictions 'non-essential'

In Northern Nevada, Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr emphasized the importance of supporting landlords as well as tenants and said she’s seen cooperation from most Reno landlords during the pandemic, according to The Nevada Independent.

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People: Nathan Howell joins Plumas Bank as vice president

Born and raised in Northern Nevada, Nathan Howell previously was a VP at Wells Fargo and held VP positions at Nevada State Bank.

Retailers: Thanksgiving weekend shopping down 17% in Nevada

The Retail Association of Nevada estimates over 1.7 million people spent a total of $545.7 million in the Silver State from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, down from $638.9 million last year.

Friday, December 4

Amazon unveils large-scale Nevada expansion, including 2 Reno facilities

In Reno, Amazon opened a new 140,000-square-foot delivery station at 9740 N. Virginia St. in October; a second building for handling large products under the company's "AMXL" division is planned for 2021 at 1316 Capital Blvd.

Nevada lawmakers will have $8.5 billion to budget for next 2 years, $400 million down from current biennium

The tax revenue projections approved by the Nevada Economic Forum highlight the level of budget cuts that lawmakers will need to approve come February 2021 after years of sustained growth in the state’s general budget account, The Nevada Independent reports.

Photo: David Calvert / Nevada Independent

Nevada state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Carson City, is seen Aug. 5, 2020. during the sixth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.

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People: Amy McCombs promoted to VP of Quality for Acute Services at Renown

McCombs joined Renown in 2002 as a Clinical Nurse Supervisor at Renown Regional Medical Center.

CASA of Carson City receives corporate donation from Casey Neilon

The sizable donation from Casey Neilon will help fulfill wishes of children and families who were referred to the Angel Tree program by the Carson City School District.

People: Molly Walt hired as CEO of RSVP in Carson City

Most recently, Walt served as Executive Director of the Nevada Commission for Women.

Thursday, December 3

Q&A: With Reno 1868 ceasing operations, team president talks business impacts, Aces' future and more

"We did a lot of very, very difficult evaluation over a very, very short amount of time and just concluded that this was the right thing for the company at large."

Nevada economic board OKs $29.5 million in tax breaks for 11 new companies

American Battery Technology Company — which is planning a 60,000-square-foot lithium-ion battery recycling facility near Fernley — is among the 11 companies approved for nearly $30 million in tax abatements Wednesday by Nevada GOED.

People: Michael Thomas joins Greater Nevada Credit Union as VP of Marketing

Thomas has served in executive-level marketing, communications and sales leadership roles across greater Reno-Tahoe for more than 20 years.

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Local 169 donates $12,500 in gift cards to 7 Northern Nevada nonprofits

Laborers Union Local 169 announced last week it donated $12,500 in grocery store gift cards to seven Northern Nevada nonprofits.

People: Sarah Melton new VP of Ecommerce at Reno-based

Sarah Melton recently joined Reno-based as the company’s new Vice President of Ecommerce.

Wednesday, December 2

Portland-based Killer Burger eyes Reno for franchise expansion

The Portland-based burger chain — known for its Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger — is especially interested in Reno's "Little Portland" sliver of downtown on Pine Street.

What's Up Downtown: Updated timelines for several Reno developments (Voices)

"With or without a pandemic, the plans for a multitude of developments are moving forward as intended."

Permits for $1.3 billion Lithium Nevada mining project expected by Q1 2021

If permits are received by early 2021, full-scale construction would begin later in the year, with the third quarter of 2022 targeted as a start date for production.

With $25K donation, GNCU is first corporate sponsor of Audacity Fund Reno

"We’re ecstatic to assist with the Audacity Fund Reno to provide a new source of support for businesses that are the backbone of our vibrant community," said GNCU CEO Wally Murray.

People: Mike Hix joins Meadows Bank as Executive Vice President

Hix joins Meadows Bank in Northern Nevada most recently from Plumas Bank, where he was Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer.

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Reno entrepreneurs seek to disrupt rideshare sector with ‘Budddy’ startup

Initially launched in 2018 as "Don't Drive," the Reno-based startup recently rebranded to Budddy, founded by Derek Sornson, Tristen Houston and Devin Kahl.

Economists: Construction forecast in Nevada steady despite pandemic, stadium completion

Construction jobs — which include commercial, residential and public works projects — numbered 103,300 statewide in March. That tally fell to 93,400 by September, largely pulled down by a dip in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Graphic: The Nevada Independent

An overview of seasonally adjusted construction jobs from January 1990 to September 2020. Statewide jobs came in at 94,200 as of September — including 69,878 in the Las Vegas area and 17,519 in the Reno area.

RSCVA buildings earn Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation

In all, more than 100 facilities across the world achieved the accreditation in November.

Covering Your Assets: New coronavirus stimulus package? Not anytime soon (Voices)

"If no deal is made in advance of the December 11 government shutdown deadline, don’t count on seeing any agreement prior to the end of the current Congress in January 2021."

People: Niki Neilon elected to 2020-21 NASBA Board of Directors

Niki Neilon is a founding shareholder and principal of Casey Neilon, an accounting firm in Nevada with offices in Reno and Carson City.