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Nevada employment numbers

Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs reached a new all-time high of 1.32 million in January, up 44,400 jobs, or 3.5 percent, relative to the same month last year, according a report by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. This is the 73rd consecutive month of year-over-year employment gains that have been recorded in the Silver State.

DETR also reported seasonally-adjusted employment rate for January fell to 5 percent, the lowest it has been since late-2007.

UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group, a health insurance and managed care company, was among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list for 2017.

This is the seventh consecutive year that UnitedHealth Group has been named number one in the insurance and managed care sector category. With over 4,800 Nevadan employees, UHG is the third largest non-gaming employer in the state.

The Landing Resort & Spa

Oyster, a comprehensive reviewer of hotels, has included The Landing Resort & Spa in its roster of the Best Hotels in California and Best Luxury Hotels in the United States. The Landing opened in the Lake Tahoe area in 2013.

Viratech Corp.

Viratech Corp. has acquired an additional 35,000,000 shares of common stock of Newswire, Inc., in exchange for all the issued and outstanding shares of Cancer.im, Inc.

Viratech is an open source mobile and social knowledge networking technology company, focused on creating Social Network Application Platforms (SNAPs) with operations in Reno,

One Nevada Credit Union

One Nevada presented a $5,000 donation to 39 North Downtown to support Engine 39.

Nevada Builders Alliance

New northern Nevada members of the Nevada Builders Alliance are:

Reno: Ticor Title.

Sparks: Arthur Door and Trim Inc., Arthur Products Inc., and Masterfield Construction, LLC.

Carson City: Empire Builders.

Gardnerville: Liberty Homes.

South Lake Tahoe: North Shore Clark Plumbing.

Elko: M and M Tile and Granite.

The Builders Alliance also announced it has moved to a new address at 1000 N. Division Street, Suite. 102, in Carson City.

Virginia City newspapers

Comstock Chronicle and Virginia City News newspapers will be merging. The Chronicle, which has been in the business for 30 years, and the News, started nine years ago, are joining forces with this month’s issue. Virginia City has about 800 residents.

Western Environmental Testing Laboratory

Western Environment Testing Laboratory (WETLAB) has been recognized with the Women-Owned Small Business certification.

The certification, granted by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, identifies small businesses that are at least 51 percent directly owned and controlled by one or more women.

The WOSB certification allows contracting officers of qualifying small businesses to meet goals set forth by the federal government, while competing solely with other WOSBs or economically disadvantages women-owned small businesses.

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association donated funds to support the Yorkey family.

In December 2015, Scott Yorkey’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Kyla, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Over the past nine years, the annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival at Northstar California Resort in partnership with the NLTRA has donated more than $50,000 to community causes, like the Yorkey family, and other local charities in need.


Ametherm released a new UL-approved circuit protection thermistor that helps to conserve power, save space, and lower costs for a wide variety of applications with industry-best hot resistance, current handling, and energy ratings.

The new circuit protection thermistor is available direct or through distributors such as Digi-Key and Mouser. Samples and production quantities of the devices are available, with factory lead times of six weeks. For more information or to request a sample, visit http://www.ametherm.com, or call 800-808-2434.

PDL Biopharma

PDL Biopharma, a company based in Incline Village, announced two presentations by John P. McLaughlin, PDL’s president and CEO, at investor conferences in March.

The first took place in Boston at the Cowen and Company 37th Annual Health Care Conference on March 8.

March 14 at noon, the other presentation will take place at the 29th Annual Roth Conference in Orange County, Calif. To access the live and archived webcast of the presentation, go to http://www.pdl.com and go to “Presentations and Events.”

The Abbi Agency

The Abbi Agency, a public relations, creative and digital engagement firm headquartered in Reno has announced the completion of three large-scale web development projects on the behalf of a selection of its commercial, municipal and nonprofit clients.

Among these web development projects are an overhauled multifunctional website for the City of Fallon; an e-commerce website for the Terra Vigna wine club; and an interactive, informational Healthy Young NV campaign website for Immunize Nevada.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa announced that in cooperation with the Reno Smash Community, it’s the first resort in the region to offer monthly eSports tournaments. Tournaments are offered in the Family Fun Center, which has been expanded to allow for ample space to accommodate more players.

Attendance for the first tournament, Super Smash Brothers, tripled anticipated turnout. eSports is a multiplayer video game played competitively either as individuals or teams. Next tournament will be on Saturday, March 25 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Reno Generator

On March 10, Carson Middle School’s Maker’s Club, visited the Reno Generator for the first time to craft and build their club’s logo. They were led by coaches Al Wakesnorus, Noble Studios CEO Jarrod Lopiccolo and STEM teacher Josh Billings,

The group, which consisted primarily of sixth-graders, have been meeting once a week after school for the last seven months, obtaining certifications for various tools and growing their building skills.

City of Reno

The City of Reno’s Finance Department has once again received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the current fiscal year budget.

The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, according to the GFOA.

Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers a nation-wide builder of luxury homes, is offering special incentives for new homebuyers through March 19. For details, visit TollBrothers.com/Reno.

Digiman Studio

Digiman Studio, a Reno-based business photography and videography company owned by Frank Haxton and Becky Murway, was named a finalist in the Nevada Business Magazine Family Owned Business Awards in the “Don’t forget to Share” category.


NCET and EDAWN have announced their 2017 tech award winners, which will be honored at a dinner on Thursday, March 30, in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

NCET Award winners are:

NCET President’s Award: Switch.

NCET Technology Hall of Fame: Server Technology, Inc.

Technology Company of the Year: Panasonic.

Technology Startup of the Year: Capstak, Inc.

Technologist of the Year: KC Mares, MegaWatt Consulting, Inc.

Technology Advocate of the Year: David Lewandowski, Fennemore Craig, P.C.

Rising Star of the Year – Professional Services (tie): Darryl DeRaedt, Spin Games LLC; and Danielle Christenson, Noble Studios.

Rising Star of the Year: Technical Services: Cristal Herrera, Renown Health.

Micro-Enterprise Technology Company of the Year: Peep No More.

Aerospace Company of the Year: AboveGeo.

Energy Company of the Year: Dragonfly Energy.

FinTech / Financial Services Company of the Year: PaySwag.

Food Manufacturer / Processing Company of the Year (tie): Boom Chicka Pop; and Flocchini Family Provisions.

Manufacturing Company of the Year: Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc.

Medical / Health Services Company of the Year: Blackbird.

Software Company of the Year: No-IP.

EDAWN Award winners were:

Mentor of the Year: Lorne Smith.

Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year: David Croasdell.

Startup of the Year: Bombora.

Entrepreneurial Program of the Year: Adams Hub.

Best Entrepreneurial Hub: The Innevation Center, University of Nevada, Reno.


Winners of the 14th Annual CANstruction event at Meadowood Mall were:

Best Use of Labels: PAC-CAN by GuiDenby.

Most Cans & Structural Ingenuity: Outfoxing Hunger in Our Community by Custom Ink.

Best Meal: Let’s Open the Door to Homes without Hunger: Kendyl Depoali Middle School.

Best Original Design: Most Important Meal of the Day by Harrah’s Reno.