Stories for November 2020


Monday, November 30

Photo: Killer Burger

Killer Burger’s array of options includes its fan-favorite Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger.

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A look at the exterior of the Killer Burger restaurant in Sherwood, Oregon.

Photo: David Calvert

Eric Edelstein is president of the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC.

Retail Association of Nevada: Holiday sales likely to decline this season

"We're seeing indications that Nevada consumers are feeling the financial effects of the pandemic more than the national average and are beginning to tighten their household budgets," says Bryan Wachter, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs of RAN.

Photo: Cathleen Allison / Nevada Momentum | Nevada Momentum

Bryan Wachter is head of the Retail Association of Nevada.

‘So defeated’: Thousands of Nevadans evicted as aid expires, job market remains unforgiving

In Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Justice Court reported that it opened 5,511 eviction cases and granted 2,499 eviction orders from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20, and had a backlog of more than 1,000 landlord complaints to process.

Photo: Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

Enrique, who was recently evicted from his home, holds the keys to his truck in a Las Vegas neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Douglas County sees strong taxable sales despite coronavirus

The first three months of fiscal year 2020-21 (July, August, September) saw $253.1 million in taxable sales, up $38.8 million from the same quarter last year in Douglas County.

Photo: Kurt Hildebrand

Grocery store shelves were bare of toilet paper on Nov. 20, hearkening back to the days of the March lockdown.

Reno bookstores weathering pandemic thanks to creativity, community support

“We’ve made something that doesn’t exist anywhere else. So it’s been a big deal for us to make this change," says Zoe Miller of Reno's Grassroots Books, which plans to operate its outdoor sales floor well into winter (barring snow days, of course).

Photo: Kaleb M Roedel / NNBW

Shoppers browse the outside sales area that Grassroots Books in Reno added because of the coronavirus pandemic on Nov. 20.

People: Ashley Dewey promoted to VP role with Nevada State Bank

Most recently, Dewey was the area branch manager in Elko, overseeing two branches in the region.

Friday, November 27

Biz & Books review: Overworked and underpaid has new meaning in ‘Worked Over’

"Reach for this book with an open mind and there’s much to learn, whether you’re the owner, supervisor, or an in-the-trenches worker."

Amargosa Valley tech company wins inaugural Nevada startup pitch contest

New Tech Products LLC of Amargosa Valley earned $1,150 for first place and also won the Audience Choice award in the inaugural GOED contest.

Sierra Nevada Properties hosting donation drive for Libby C. Booth Elementary

Annual donations to Libby Booth Elementary were started by Sierra Nevada Properties owner Darrell Plummer and his father, Hal Plummer, over 30 years ago.

Saint Mary’s in Reno named one of nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals

The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal US hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Warsaw School of Economics key partner for UNR business school

In 2017, the UNR College of Business signed a memorandum of understanding with the Warsaw School of Economics, guided by the desire to expand cooperation and exchange ideas between both scholars and students at the two universities.

Thursday, November 26

In Churchill County, 'Small Business Saturday is very important'

More than 30 business within Fallon city limits and in Churchill County are participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday.

Philanthropy during a pandemic: Reno executives discuss giving back amid Thanksgiving season

The NNBW recently spoke with local business leaders who serve on boards of regional nonprofits to discuss what inspired them to give back, the importance of holiday donations, and what the outlook is for giving amid the COVID crisis.

Made in Nevada to celebrate 2020 holiday season on Small Business Saturday

Shop Made in Nevada launched on Nevada Day and has slowly grown over to include Nevada-made apparel, food, jewelry, art and much more.

October jobs report: Reno-Sparks unemployment improves to 6.3%

The greater Reno-Sparks region added about 1,000 jobs during October, bringing total employment there to 236,700 for a rate of 6.3%. The Las Vegas area, meanwhile, has a jobless rate of 13.8%.

Microsoft Reno donates over $40K to local nonprofits in annual giving drive

“Giving back to our local community is very important to our company and our employees," said Maureen McKinney of Microsoft Reno.

Wednesday, November 25

Nevada casinos back to pre-pandemic winnings – except in Clark County

Washoe County casinos, which get much more of its gaming play from drive-in and local customers, raked in $78.1 million in October, up 6.1% from last year.

Blockchains, LLC launches workforce program at Nevada schools

“Industry is driving change in education and Blockchains is helping to drive that change,” said Blockchains, LLC Jeffrey Berns.

Chase opens newest bank branch at Village at Rancharrah in Reno

The new branch at the Village at Rancharrah marks Chase's 12th new location in Northern Nevada since entering the region in 2017.

Dr. Mark Funke: Pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for NV’s dental industry (Voices)

"Contrary to popular opinion, and like other working Nevadans, dentists are also facing tougher times."

Survey for Washoe County businesses impacted by COVID open through Nov. 30

The survey explores the extent of business closures and reduced services, as well as the availability of remote operations and alternative resources for supplies.

Tuesday, November 24

Crystal Creek Logistics eyes North Valleys expansion

After expanding to the North Valleys in 2018, Crystal Creek Logistics is looking to grow to a new home at least twice the size of its current 35,000 sq. ft. location; the expansion would create another 55 jobs, bringing its total local workforce to about 100 employees.

Ski Pro opens 20,000 sq. ft. shop in former Goodwill location in Reno

The store is expected to hire 20 employees and will offer daily rentals and a full-service repair and tune-up shop.

UNR-based tech accelerator program to expand statewide

The Sierra Accelerator for Growth and Entrepreneurship (SAGE) program is being continued at UNR and expanded to Southern Nevada via UNLV.

Buzz Harris: Minimizing risk important when selling and buying a business (Voices)

"What sellers need to keep in mind is that there is just as much risk in selling a business as there is in starting a business."

Alan Garrett: Next few weeks, months crucial in coronavirus fight (Voices)

"Together, we’ve endured over eight months of hardship, heartache and sacrifice. Now, as the winter months and holiday season arrives, I must remind you all to please continue to be diligent and responsible."

Monday, November 23

Photo: UNR

At the 2017 signing of the memorandum of understanding with the Warsaw School of Economics. From left: Economics Department Chair Elliott Parker, then-Gov. Brian Sandoval, Mehmet Tosun and Krishna Pagilla.

Photo: Opportunity Nevada

Since opening in 2018, Crystal Creek Logistics has outgrown its 35,000-square-foot space at 9250 N. Red Rock Road in the North Valleys, company president Cathy Hayward-Hughes said.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

Blockchains, LLC CEO Jeffrey Berns, right, talks about the company's mission during a panel discussion in October 2018, while Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel looks on.

Photo: Saint Mary's Health Network

Saint Mary’s in Reno is Northern Nevada’s only CMS 5-Star rated acute care hospital.

Photo: Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce

The Reno+Sparks Chamber celebrated the opening of Chase Bank at the Village at Rancharrah on Nov. 16. Pictured: Jenna Cochrane - Lead Associate Operations; Keith Davis - Chase Private Client Advisor; Carol Oakland - Associate Banker; Michael Doray - Branch Manager; Jayme Miller - Market Director; Cesar Gonzalez - Branch Manager from Mae Anne McCarran; and Andrew Rangel - Associate Banker.

Photo: Ski Pro Facebook

Arizona-based Ski Pro opened its new Reno location at the Crossing at Meadowood Square this past weekend.

With median price nearing $500,000, Reno’s ‘sizzling’ real estate market showing no signs of cooling in 2021

In Reno/North Valleys, the median home price shot up to a record high of $485,000 in October, a 5.4% bump from September and a 17% jump from last year. Reno-Sparks as a whole is at $455,000, and Fernley is above the $300K mark at $318,000.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

Houses for sale in greater Reno-Sparks, like this one seen Nov. 18 in Northwest Reno, are not staying on the market long due to strong demand during the pandemic.

Covering Your Assets: IRS releases clarification on taxation for forgiven PPP loans (Voices)

The updated ruling means most taxpayers that have generally spent their PPP loan proceeds by the end of the calendar year will have higher taxable income as a result, advises Mike Bosma in this week's Covering Your Assets column.

Co-founders of Reno's Pignic Pub & Patio, Noble Pie Parlor part ways

The duo is “moving forward separately and amicably," according to a press release.

Ronni Hannaman: Thanksgiving may be ultimate test for Carson City businesses (Voices)

"Businesses can’t seem to catch a break as they continue to become the focus of governmental entities, even though they may be doing everything right," says Ronni Hannaman of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

3-week Nevada 'pause' begins; reduced occupancy at some businesses

Occupancy in restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos and a host of other gathering spots will be limited to 25 percent of capacity starting Tuesday, the governor announced Sunday afternoon.

Friday, November 20

Nevada jobless rate improves slightly to 12% in October

Nevada's October unemployment rate of 12% is up slightly from the 12.5% mark it posted in September thanks to 3,600 additional jobs.

Courtesy Nevada DETR

A look at Nevada's unemployment figures for October 2020, compared to the national rate.

Nevada counties urge clear messaging from Sisolak in advance of new COVID restrictions

“The behaviors I am seeing and that people are disclosing to me are just flat out bad behavior or COVID fatigue ... Those are the kinds of behaviors that can go beyond our enforcement efforts in the bars, restaurants, retail, fashion," said Washoe County Manager Eric Brown.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

UNLV School of Medicine conducts COVID-19 drive-thru testing on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Fallon photographers see return of pre-pandemic revenues

From drive-by photoshoots in front of a client’s house to learning new software and techniques, several Fallon-area photographers have had to think outside the box during the pandemic.

People: Shane Reeder named Director of New Business at Prospect Education

With corporate offices in Reno, Prospect Education is the parent company of Charter College, a private institution of higher education that operates 14 post-secondary campuses in Alaska, California, Montana and Washington.

Western Surgical Group donates $5K to Community Health Alliance to commemorate 25th anniversary

Western Surgical Group was created in 1995 in an effort to provide access to specialty surgical care for patients in Northern Nevada.

People: Dr. Max J. Coppes named Cancer Center Director for Renown

Dr. Max J. Coppes was recently appointed to the role of Cancer Center Director for Renown’s Institute for Cancer; additionally, Larry Duncan, MS, was named Cancer Center Administrator.

Thursday, November 19

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Local company's BidToTalk platform would create auction-like platform for social media influencers

Ted Cohn and his wife, Diane, co-founded the company Wildeye in July and began working on a video platform: BidToTalk. The concept? Give influencers the ability to create auctions for fans to bid for one-on-one video calls.

Nevada economic officials: Rail, lithium projects set region up well for recovery

"We now live in a production economy in Northern Nevada, not a consumption economy,” Rob Hooper of the NNDA said Wednesday. “That’s one of the reasons we’re weathering this COVID storm so well."

Caesars Entertainment releases 2019-2020 CSR report

Data included in this year’s report is from 2019 and the first half of 2020, thus representative of Caesars properties prior to the merger with Eldorado Resorts.

People: Nina Vacca joins Heuer Insurance Agency

Vacca earned an associate degree from Truckee Meadows Community College; she also volunteers for the Nevada Humane Society.

Meadows Bank Total Loans at $1 billion, up 24% from last year

Meadows Bank announced this month its Total Loans as of Sept. 30, 2020, were $1.0 billion, a 24% growth, or $195.8 million, over loans outstanding at Sept. 30, 2019.

Wednesday, November 18

EDAWN: 2 tech companies to fill over 140 jobs in Reno-area in next 5 years

"The location of these fast-growing companies is a testimony to the advantages of conducting business in Northern Nevada and the region's expanding tech ecosystem," per EDAWN.

Courtesy Toast

Screenshot from Toast's website. Toast opened its newest operation this month in Reno, with plans to hire more than 100 employees over the next five years.

Reno crafting retailers see boost from hobbyists, mask makers

With no foot traffic for nearly eight months, Jimmy Beans Wool's retail location lost about $217,000 in revenue; however, sales are still up YOY thanks to a massive increase in ecommerce customers.

Federal moratorium isn’t enough to prevent some evictions in Nevada

Teresa McKee, CEO of the Nevada Association of REALTORS, said recently that the recently lifted statewide eviction moratorium “made it impossible for a seller or homeowner to gain access to a property even if it was in terrible condition. The landlord's hands were tied.”

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cowboy up and support the Reno Rodeo Foundation Denim Drive Kids

Since 1986, the Reno Rodeo Foundation has distributed over $7.5 million to our local Northern Nevada community.

LA developer buys 224-acre rail park near Fernley; major commerce center planned

Los Angeles-based Industrial Realty Group recently purchased the 224-acre rail park, with officials calling the planned Western Nevada Commerce Center an "exciting, new venture in the dynamic city of Fernley."

Photo: Bruce Breslow

Industrial Realty Group has purchased the Western Nevada Rail Park east of Fernley to construct a major railroad freight operations and commerce center site.

Commerce Matters: Transit needs support in order to help our economy (Voices)

"When businesses closed and non-essential workers followed the advice of medical experts and our governor to stay home, transit fares and riders evaporated," notes Ann Silver of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, November 17

Photo: Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent

Enrique, who was recently evicted from his home, poses fo a photograph in a Las Vegas neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Photo: Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent

Enrique, who was recently evicted from his home, holds the keys to his truck in a Las Vegas neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Photo: Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent

Enrique, who was recently evicted from his home, poses fo a photograph in a Las Vegas neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Northern Nevada pet stores see demand for supplies – and for animals themselves – rise in age of COVID

More than a third (34%) of pet owners have increased pet-related spending since COVID hit in March; and, nearly half (47%) of pet owners have pet-related debt, up from 36% in 2019.

Covering Your Assets: Business sales, mergers and PPP forgiveness (Voices)

In many cases, the final answers regarding are not yet clear, but business owners should be aware of the various facets of PPP forgiveness, particularly the timing of the filing the application.

People: Debbie Barham named local coordinator for Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Debbie Barham, co-owner of Carson City-based DeBug Computer, Inc., is a founding member of the Northern Nevada chapter.

Reno’s new $50 million DMV facility opens for business

The 42,000-square-foot facility took 15 months to build on a construction budget of approximately $50 million.

People: Chris Thigpen named COO of Ace Studios in Reno

Thigpen held the title of Creative Director for the last 5 years for the Reno-based multimedia digital marketing and design agency.

Monday, November 16

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel / NNBW

Linus McKibbin, owner of Pettin Place, holds a yellow-naped Amazon parrot at his pet store in Reno’s Midtown.

Courtesy Nevada DMV

The new DMV in South Reno includes the nation's first-ever drive-through kiosk.

The benefits of estate planning for businesses (Voices)

"A comprehensive estate plan is also crucial for business owners. Without an estate plan, or at least some succession plan, the business can collapse rapidly after the owner’s death, ultimately causing a financial hardship for the deceased’s family."

NNBW Editor: Will governor’s latest COVID-19 plea even matter? (Voices)

"It’s one thing to hope for the best, but when the numbers and data suggest the complete opposite, it’s simply a poor strategy."

Weekly initial, continued jobless claims decrease again in Nevada

In all, 7,556 initial claims for jobless benefits were filed the week ending Nov. 7, 602 fewer than the previous week, according to Nevada DETR.

Cooking up creativity: With profits in jeopardy, area eateries extend outdoor dining into the winter

“It’s really a question of survival. I’ve got too much blood, sweat and tears in this place to let it go out of business, that’s for sure," says Ray Brennan of Beefy's in Reno. Brennan is one of many restaurant owners across Northern Nevada devising ways to allow outdoor dining in the winter in hopes of stable revenue during the pandemic.

Helix Electric collecting food donations at Reno office

Non-perishable food items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Nov. 20 at Helix Eletrics's Reno office.

Fennemore Craig-Dowling Aaron merger finalized

The merger was finalized a few days before Fennemore Craig opened a new branch in The Village at Rancharrah.

Friday, November 13

UNR aims for early 2021 to open K-12 Robotics Center in downtown Southside Studio

In partnership with Tesla and EDAWN, the university is preparing to launch the K-12 Robotics Center inside the new Southside Studio by early 2021.

Travel Nevada awards over $1.65 million to Silver State tourism agencies

The grants will go to various agencies across Nevada to promote safe tourism and COVID compliance at businesses.

Photo: Sydney Martinez / Travel Nevada

Exterior view of the Austin Museum in rural Austin, Nevada. Among recent tourism-related CARES Act grants doled out, the Austin Historical Society will get $6,000 to replace old signage at the museum.

People: Dr. Kosta Arger, Dr. John Watson join Northern Nevada Medical Group

Northern Nevada Medical Group announced recently the addition of long-time community cardiologist, Dr. Kosta Arger, and well-respected local internal medicine provider, Dr. John Watson.

Q&A: What has Nevada's unemployment 'strike force' accomplished as its three-month timeframe ends?

Although claimants continue to report major delays in getting their benefits, Nevada DETR leaders say they’ve made significant progress in disqualifying large groups of claims that appear fraudulent and are bringing in a team of welfare eligibility workers to resolve legitimate claims and get people paid.

Carson City Toyota donates $1,000 to affordable housing property

After touring the property and learning about its mission, Carson City Toyota GM Jeff Campagni volunteered to match the donation, adding another $1,000 personally.

People: Reno attorney Garrett Sutton publishes 7th book

“Scam-Proof Your Assets: Guarding Against Widespread Deception” is Sutton's latest book in Robert Kiyosaki’s popular Rich Dad Advisor series.

Thursday, November 12

Nevada Commission for Women votes against being decommissioned

The commission, which advises the governor and Nevada Legislature in areas such as career advancement, pay equality and gender discrimination, could fall victim to looming budget cuts.

Q&A: CAI Investments CEO talks Reno City Center, Kimpton Hotel projects

"Any city needs a healthy and diversified downtown. This will provide much-needed daytime economic life into the community," Chris Beavor of CAI Investments says about the project to overhaul the former Harrah's casino downtown.

NV nonprofit greenUP! gets $160K EPA grant to support green manufacturing

The $160,000 will support greenUP!’s environmental education efforts to help Nevada businesses cut environmental waste.

Sisolak appoints his former general counsel to chair Nevada Gaming Control Board

J. Brin Gibson, who joined law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in August as shareholder, will start his new role Nov. 18.

Applications sought for annual ONCU college scholarship program

The One Nevada Community Leadership Scholarships are awarded annually as a way of recognizing and rewarding graduating high school seniors who have “contributed to the success of their community through their volunteer and leadership efforts.”

People: Sean Field joins SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates in Reno

Sean Field grew up in Tahoe City. In 2005 he became a professional skier and at age 15 and was the youngest competitor for skier superpipe at the Winter X-Games.

Wednesday, November 11

Courtesy CAI Investments

Earlier this year, CAI Investments released this rendering of the Reno City Center, which will eventually replace the Harrah’s casino/resort property in downtown Reno.

Northern Nevada journalist publishes book honoring WWII veterans

Longtime journalist Steve Ranson, editor emeritus of the Lahontan Valley News — a sister publication of the NNBW — has published the 280-page book “Legacies of the Silver State: Nevada Goes to War.”

Reno woman, 26, carrying on family legacy as owner of 6 Northern Nevada Sonic Drive-In restaurants

“Every day I go to work, it’s almost like I still have a part of my parents around because it was their company."

Sisolak urges Nevadans to limit activities for 2 weeks to curb COVID cases – or face further restrictions

No further business restrictions are being put in place at this time, though employers are being asked to have staff telework as much as possible for the next two weeks and host meetings virtually instead of in conference rooms.

Nevada Economic Forum told state's recovery depends on COVID vaccine, another stimulus round

Economists project the state's general fun revenues could begin recovering in fiscal 2022 and increase significantly in 2023.

Nevada retailers projected to fill 4,700 seasonal jobs for holiday season

Positions would include in-store employees as well as logistics and warehousing workers fulfilling online orders.

People: Peter E. Dunkley joins Lipson Neilson law firm in Reno

Prior to joining Lipson Neilson, Dunkley was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada.

Photo: Chase Stevens / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Gov. Steve Sisolak gives an update on the state's COVID-19 response at the Sawyer Building in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.

Tuesday, November 10

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel / NNBW

Taylor Cain, the 26-year-old owner of six Sonic Drive-Ins in Northern Nevada, stands in front of her family company’s latest franchise, which opened recently at 6250 S. Virginia St. in Reno.

RNOX rolls out $10 million SLVR venture fund, plans Vegas expansion

On top of launching its $10 million SLVR Fund — a nod to Nevada’s moniker as the Silver State — RNOX intends to bring its tech accelerator to Las Vegas in mid-2021, with eyes toward Salt Lake City or Boise as a third location.

Working Together: Modern solutions to strengthen Nevada’s workforce (Voices)

"The use of apprenticeships is gaining momentum as employers are reaping the benefits of a more specialized staff, higher productivity and morale, and reduced risk."

Report: Nevada not on track to meet 2050 climate target, but there are policy pathways to get there

If Nevada intends to meet the Legislature’s goals for reducing emissions, the report argues the state must act swiftly to retire coal-fired power plants, transition to electric vehicles and begin to move away from natural gas in homes and businesses.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Electricians David Livingston, left, and Mario Rojas with 1 Sun Solar inspects solar panels in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

People: Dr. Debra Adornetto-Garcia new chief nursing officer at Renown

Dr. Adornetto-Garcia comes to Renown from CHRISTUS Health in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she served as chief nursing officer.

Sparks tech company delivers first integration-ready sensors to meet global standards

NevadaNano's sensors are the first to meet the new regional and global standards for residential and commercial HVAC and cooling/refrigeration applications.

Monday, November 9

As Nevada's unemployment rolls remain swollen, some fear plight of jobless has fallen to wayside

Initial claims for unemployment in Nevada have remained relatively flat for more than two months and totaled 8,158 in the week ending Oct. 31.

Graphic: Nevada Independent

Updated data released Nov. 6 by Nevada DETR shows how the amount of initial jobless claims has trended since March.

Sisolak tells Nevada agencies to prep for 12 percent budget cuts for 2021-23 biennium

“Hopefully 12 percent gets the job done, but I’m not sure of that,” said Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, senior Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee.

Covering Your Assets: SBA begins effort to assess PPP loans over $2 million (Voices)

The newly released forms from the SBA provide useful insight into the agency's plan for enforcing the economic necessity requirement, writes Mike Bosma.

People: Matthew Melendres joins Colliers International in Reno

As a client services coordinator, Melendres will work with Colliers’ Reno retail leasing and sales teams.

Switch ranked in Top 10 for corporate clean energy use

The Solar Means Business Report is produced annually by the Solar Energy Industries Association and follows solar adoption by businesses across the U.S.

Courtesy Graphic: Switch

SEIA's annual Solar Means Business Reports puts Switch in the top 10.

Friday, November 6

Sparks-based neonatal medical manufacturer preps for newest product launch

Since launching its new pediatric products two years ago, Neo Medical has seen a 35% growth in sales; moreover, the company has seen revenue grow 15% year-over-year since relocating to Sparks in late 2012.

Backed by public and private grants, mobile tech lab arrives in Northern Nevada

The project is possible through a $337,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, a $282,000 grant from the William N. Pennington Foundation, a $150,000 gift from Tesla and a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo.

Truckee company Stomp Sessions launches online snowboarding tutorials

Stomp Sessions, a Truckee-based startup that launched in 2016, has seen a 500% jump in its membership during the past few months.

AGA's Bill Miller: Casinos a ‘pillar of communities across America’

Though 90% of the country’s casinos are back up and running as of the end of October, gaming’s road to recovery is long as the pandemic continues.

People: UNR Med's Danielle Eaton to lead Sierra Veterans Research and Education Foundation

Eaton is an alum of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is pursuing an MBA degree. She also serves on the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Foundation board.

Courtesy: Stomp Sessions

Olympic hopeful Brock Crouch offers advice on several tricks via Stomp Sessions’ online tutorials.

Thursday, November 5

Norwegian company secures financing for industrial-scale salmon farm in rural Nevada

Construction could begin next year and require about 500 to 600 workers, with a permanent workforce starting at 150 to 200 people with potential to expand.

New RSCVA CEO: Reno-Tahoe tourism primed for quicker post-pandemic rebound

Before he makes the move to the Biggest Little City to become the new CEO of the RSCVA on Nov. 16, the NNBW spoke with Charles Harris about the tourism industry’s road to recovery in the age of COVID-19, balancing the need to bring in visitors while not pushing out locals, and other topics.

Nevada launches labor study to address workforce needs impacted by COVID

The goal is to help unemployed Nevadans "the opportunity to get back on track," says Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Nevada SBDC supports over 10,000 jobs since start of pandemic

Secured capital funding by the Nevada SBDC was instrumental in helping support and sustain 10,124 jobs through the worst economic downturn in the state’s 156-year history.

People: PBS Reno's Nancy Maldonado to join Nevada STEM subcommittee

Nancy Maldonado joined PBS Reno in October 2017, following 25 years of experience in the Washoe County School District.

Wednesday, November 4

Courtesy Nutreco

A schematic of the project planned for rural Northern Nevada, about 70 miles north of Lovelock and 20 miles south of Winnemucca.

Nevada Gaming Control Board boss resigning

Sandra Douglass Morgan's last day is Friday; she said serving as leader of the Nevada Gaming Control Board has been the "honor of a lifetime."

Nonprofit Spotlight: Food For Thought making a difference 1 meal at a time

Food For Thought, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization combating food insecurity with one simple focus: Prevent area children from going hungry.

Battling burnout: Reno executives discuss work-life balance, efficiency heading into COVID holiday season

From working professionals with school-age children navigating digital learning to the growing concerns of COVID fatigue, executives are learning new lessons in how to manage employees trying to find work-life balance, and spot early signs of burnout during a pandemic.

People: Elko Motor Co.'s Chuck Bierbach a TIME Dealer of the Year finalist

Bierbach was chosen to represent the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association in the national competition.

What's Up Downtown: ‘Holiday Deal Hunt’ to boost business morale (Voices)

“This year has been challenging, so it is time to uplift community spirit." Read more from the Downtown Reno Partnership's Alex Stettinski:

Check out the full list: 2020 Best In Business finalists

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly on Nov. 4 announced the 180 finalists in our 2020 Best In Business contest — 10 in each of the 18 categories, presented in alphabetical order.

Tuesday, November 3

‘No beginning and ending’ – professionals juggle productivity, parenting in the WFH age of COVID-19

With many students oscillating between learning in school and online, thousands of parents across Northern Nevada are juggling the daily tasks of effectively working from home and being an attentive parent to their school-age children. Through it all, some moms and dads might even say they’ve added “unpaid digital-day teacher” to their resumé.

Made in Nevada launches ecommerce website to assist local businesses

The statewide "Made in Nevada" marketing cooperative has supported Silver State businesses for more than 25 years.


The Shop Made In Nevada logo.

‘They’re just flying out’ – appliance sales surging in Northern Nevada

If you need to get your hands on a new refrigerator or freezer this holiday season, you may be left waiting in the cold.

Covering Your Assets: How COVID may impact year-end tax planning (Voices)

The advice du jour is to accelerate forgiveness if your income is in the tank this year, advises Mike Bosma.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel / NNBW

A sales associate, left, shows a new refrigerator to a couple at RC Willey in South Reno last week.

People: Reno High grad Ryder Haag hired at Agate Construction

Among other previous roles, Haag was a campaign consultant for Congressman Joe Heck and was the youngest elected national delegate at the national convention in 2016.

Monday, November 2

Pressing pause: Reno bars with non-betting games dealt tough hand due to state directives

"When you’re told the big (casino) industry gets to keep playing, and you got to go when you’re just a little guy, it’s not a good feeling. It’s been a tough enough road," says John Simpson, owner of Press Start.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel / NNBW

Press Start owner John Simpson takes a break from moving equipment out of his bar/arcade in Reno's midtown district in late October to play a level of Super Sprint racing.

NNBW Editor: Top online stories of the last 3 months (Voices)

Several of our top stories the past three months have had nothing to do with the pandemic, in part due to a demand for compelling business news amid our slow economic recovery.

Officials: Carson City's long-shuttered Ormsby House has new buyer

The property once again is in escrow with a new buyer that officials describe as well established and funded with a history of success.

File photo

The vacant Ormsby House in Carson City, south of downtown.

Continuing jobless claims decrease for 11th straight week in Nevada

For the week ending Oct. 24, there were 127,673 people on the unemployment roll, a decline of 12,459 from the previous week.

People: Tony Humphrey new VP of Mortgage Lending at One Nevada Credit Union

Tony Humphrey has been an executive in the banking industry for nearly 25 years.