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USDA's Grants Support Rural Economic Development: Application Deadline is June 30

CARSON CITY - Economic development authorities, nonprofits and towns in rural Nevada that want to support rural business or create a revolving loan fund for business may now apply for USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). An estimated $82,060 is available. Applications are due by June 30, 2014.

USDA rural business enterprise grants available

Economic development authorities, nonprofits and towns in rural Nevada that want to support rural business or create a revolving loan fund for business may now apply for USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant. An estimated $82,060 is available. Applications are due by June 30, 2014.

The purpose of the RBEG is to support the creation and growth of sustainable rural business opportunities and jobs. Eligible entities are public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, rural development authorities, and federally recognized tribes. Individual businesses are not eligible.

Column: Section 1244 stock loss is a big tax saver

We just recently helped a client close down and liquidate a corporation that was no longer wanted or needed. Since the stockholder had invested in the corporation stock when it was formed and it had suffered losses, the stock qualified for a special tax benefit as Section 1244 stock.

Carson City Chamber luncheon April 22 features Congressman Amodei

The public is invited to Carson City Chamber’s Soup’s On! luncheon on Tuesday, April 22 to hear Congressman Mark Amodei tell about the trials and tribulations of being a member of the U.S. Congress.

He will present his interpretation of the votes (or non-votes) that affect our everyday lives. Always an engaging and lively speaker, Amodei’s signature style is to not bore his audience. He is witty and down to earth, and we will get an earful.

What Works: Grow your business without as much green

The other day, I had a conversation with a client who had a tiny marketing budget. Although their product was great, they had a hard time getting the word out because they couldn't afford to advertise like they wanted. Advertising is important, but it’s not end end-all, be-all of business. There are three things you need to build a customer base, or what I’d like to call your future fan base.

1) A product or service worth talking about
2) An opportunity to expose people to that winning product or service

Little Monsters Children's Resale Shop Spring Sale!

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Repeats every day until Mon Apr 14 2014 .
April 12, 2014 - 10:00am
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April 13, 2014 - 10:00am
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April 14, 2014 - 10:00am

Little Monsters Children’s Resale Shop is having their first Annual Spring Sale this Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13.

Nevada Approves Tax Credit for Mall Cop 2

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada's economic director has approved $4.3 million in transferrable film tax credits for the production of "Mall Cop: Blart 2" in Las Vegas.

Nevada Food Exports Hit Record Levels

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million.

City National Bank gives Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada share of community grant

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada in Carson City was among 15 charitable organizations in four states to receive a portion of $15,000 from City National Bank.

The bank recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and awarded community grants to charities of choice. The bank will continue to select grants on a quarterly basis this year.

Carson City online boys clothing shop competes in Start up Nation's Moms in Business competition

Being cool and fitting in are two things many boys growing up want to fulfill. They want the cool shoes, awesome toys, best birthday parties, and more.

Here at The Boy's Store in Carson City, we have many trendy boys’ clothing made right here in the United States to have your children being the talk of the school. Watch your child smile and walk in confidence wearing clothing from boy brands like City Threads, Mulberribush, and Dogwood clothing.

Column: Haven't filed your tax return? There's still time to file for an extension

Well Howdy! Have you ever had something that you needed to do, but kept putting it off because you still had time? For many folks, getting their tax return prepared before April 15 is one of those things that keep getting put off.

Now we are less than 10 days from the due date of most 2013 Income Tax Returns. Perhaps you’re one of those people who get things done early and you’ve already filed, and maybe even gotten your refund too. But for those who haven’t filed yet, that sickening knot in the pit of your stomach is starting to make its presence felt.

Hound House Re-opens with New Owners in North Carson


Hi! We're the Hound House, originally owned by Dr. Euse from Silver Hills Veterinary who has retired. Luckily, his long-term customers, the Sorensens have re-established the boarding portion of the business. We are here to care for your dog while you're away, either short-term or long-term. You can count on us to make your get-away a more relaxing one knowing your dog is in good hands.

About the Sorensens:

Carson City's High Sierra Brewery to open taproom, brewery at Baldini's in Sparks

High Sierra Brewing is coming to Baldini’s Casino this summer. The Sparks gaming property and the Carson City-based brewer today announced a partnership that will result in a brewery and taproom opening at Baldini’s by late August.

Silver Springs Tops List of Best Nevada Home Buying Opportunities

Lyon County, Nevada was the fastest-growing county in the United States prior to the 2008 economic collapse took one of the biggest hits statewide in the foreclosure crisis. The state overall was one of the hardest hit nationally and the housing market is still in recovery.
A glimmer of hope was seen in 2013, as home values headed up while foreclosure rates headed down, according to a report from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

What Works: Spring cleaning your soul

Recently, I’ve made some sizable changes in my life. Call it “spring cleaning” of the soul, if you will. I’ve changed the way I socialize, who with, and why I do it in the first place.

I have said goodbye to people I thought would be in my life forever, people who made an indelible mark on who I am and people who were simply friends because we co-existed in the same place. Why did I do all this “cleaning?” I did it to make room for something better.

Commercial Real Estate firm NAI Alliance expands with ownership partners in Carson City

Reno-based commercial Real Estate company NAI Alliance has expanded with a branch ownership in Carson City.

Beginning Monday, the Carson City branch is owned and operated by brokers Andie Wilson and Brad Bonkowski. The partners will operate at their current location, 223 S. Division St., under a licensing agreement from the Reno office NAI Alliance Office.

Sportsman's Warehouse official opening attracts outdoor enthusiasts in droves

Sportsman’s Warehouse opened officially at Carson Mall Saturday, attracting hundreds of shoppers along with a few dignitaries for a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Carson City couple put their goals in motion by opening soccer retail store

With school, youth and adult league soccer all the rage throughout Northern Nevada, Carson City has become a destination for regional and state tournaments.

To meet demands of local players and traveling soccer teams, a new retail store, Soccer 4 You, has opened with soccer fanatics in mind. The store will celebrate its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 at 1976 East William Street. It is located in the same complex as Panda Kitchen and Carson City Florist.

Sportsman’s Warehouse to hold official Carson City grand opening, ribbon cutting Saturday

The long-awaited Sportsman’s Warehouse is going to hold a really big ribbon cutting this Saturday morning to “officially” open their new store located in the Carson Mall.

Though they have had a “soft” opening this past week, the official opening is on April 5. Executives from Sportsman’s corporate and the Carson City Board of Supervisors will be attending the event coordinated by the Carson City Chamber of Commerce beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also in attendance will be the following beauty queens:

Guest Service Gold Workshop Can Lead to Certification

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May 3, 2014 - 9:30am

Western Nevada College will offer a hospitality skills workshop on Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Carson City. Participants can learn guest service skills in the Guest Service Gold Workshop, to become a more valuable employee in today’s competitive job market.

Completion of the three-hour workshop can lead to a Certified Guest Service Professional designation. For employees in the hospitality industry, CGSP is recognized worldwide and is the highest designation of award-winning guest service.

Carson City Tattoo Artist’s Skills Run More Than Skin Deep

Artistically INKlined, the art shows that showcase the non-skin works of art of Carson City’s tattoo artists, will return to the summer wine walks in 2014.

Located at The Westside Pour House, formerly known as Mo & Sluggo’s, the show is a collection of multiple mediums on display from 1pm – 8pm.

Column: Paying options for long term nursing care

The cost of nursing home as of May 2013 is about $7,139 per month in Nevada. The cost of nursing services in the home by qualified caregivers can be that much or even more for 24 hour care.

Hopefully we won’t need that care or not for very long. However, it seems the average need is about three years of care.

If a veteran has low income and less than $80,000 in assets, war veterans may be eligible for up to $2,000 per month for home health care, a nursing home or assisted living. A look at www.veteranaid.org will give some information about that program.

Sausage Factory hits third season home run as official hot dog vendor for Reno Aces

With Thursday's Reno Aces opener, baseball fans will again line the stands for peanuts, beer and a hot dog made exclusively here in Carson City.

For the third consecutive season The Sausage Factory is the official hot dog and sausage for the Reno Aces. Some 4,500 pounds of product were sent off to Reno last week in preparation of Thursday's opening day.

Local Financial Advisor Eric Abowd Earns Chairman’s Club Award for Second Year In A Row

Carson City, NV — Eric Abowd, CEO and lead financial advisor at Abowd & Rose Financial Group, was recently awarded Chairman’s Club status from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

This is Abowd’s second year in a row qualifying for this elite award. Chairman’s Club recipients represent the top 10 annual producers of more than 5,000 agents nationwide and are considered the pinnacle of MassMutual’s sales force.

Nevada State Development Corporation helps Foster Machining move into new Carson City space

Nevada State Development Corporation partnered with Wells Fargo Bank to assist Foster Machining with an SBA 504 loan, allowing the machine shop to buy a new building at 5070 Sigstrom in Carson City.

Co-owner Scott Foster — who runs Foster Machining with his brother Timothy — said the company outgrew the 7,500 square-foot space it was renting, and turned to NSDC to buy a building that could more comfortably house its 20 employees and the shop and office space they needed.

What Works: Life's Blessings and Lessons

Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean said, “we met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”

Think about the people you have met over your lifetime, the relationships, the friendship, the “frenemies,” and outright enemies. Each and every one of them adds something, however small, that impacts how you address life.

FREE Employment Preparation Workshops

Event Date: 
Repeats every month until Fri Apr 25 2014 .
April 22, 2014 - 8:30am

JOIN, Inc. provides FREE Workshops monthly. The first day is on Lifeskills, Job Search and Networking; the second day is on prefecting your 60 Second Me; the third day is Resume building; and the last day is on Interviewing Skills. Update your skills with these workshops which are held monthly and are free to anyone interested. They are from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. Contact the Carson City JOIN office at 283-0125 ext 18 to sign up.

Sportsman's Warehouse set to open today

The new Sportsman's Warehouse store in the Carson Mall will be opening today, three days earlier than scheduled.

A worker at the store said at 10:15 today that they would be opening in one or two more hours.

The store was initially set to open on Monday.

Also, the newly relocated Dutch Brothers Coffee will be opening tomorrow at 5 a.m.

Paradise Salon Spa Wellness Ribbon Cutting

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell with owners Perry and Starr Nixdorf cut the ribbon for Paradise Salon Spa Wellness.

Nevada gaming revenue in February falls 14 percent, Carson City down 1.8 percent

Nevada casino gaming profits fell by nearly 14 percent in February, with Carson City area casinos seeing a 1.8 percent decrease, according to figures released Friday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Carson City area casinos, which include gaming establishments in Gardnerville, Minden and all other areas of Douglas County except Lake Tahoe, took in gaming revenue of $7,458,457 in February, compared to $7,598,406 in February 2013.

Chocolate Tasting Parties

Host a chocolate tasting party and earn free products! Contact me to schedule your party today! We will come to you, bring the chocolate and have tasting samples available for everyone at your location. It can be kept simple or we can host beer and chocolate tasting, wine and chocolate tasting, cheese and chocolate tasting, birthday parties, etc... Let us know what you want and we will set it up.

Every month there are different specials for the host and their guests.

Rebuilding of Winnie Lane McDonald's underway

I've been hearing whispers of this project for a while, and it looks like it's finally getting started. The McDonald's at Winnie and Carson is the oldest McDonald's in town. I don't know how long it's been there but it's definitely since the early 80s or the 70s. Maybe some Carson City old-timers would know. As such an old restaurant, it's starting to show its age and has been in bad need of a renovation. Sometimes, though, it's easier to just start from fresh.

Business Profile: Finding Paradise in Carson City

You could say Perry and Starr Nixdorf were jumping into the deep end of the pool when they decided to create Paradise Salon-Spa-Wellness, which celebrates its grand opening March 27-29.

It’s not just that they bought a building that is seven times larger than the previous salon space they rented on Winnie Lane. Or that they went from a staff of four to 19 independent contractors. Or that they expanded from doing hair and body piercing to just about every salon/spa service you could ask for.

Guild Mortgage opens Carson City branch

Guild Mortgage Company announced Wednesday the opening of a new location in Carson City. The new branch will be a satellite to the Zephyr Cove-based branch at Lake Tahoe.

Deborah Mae (Debbie) Humphrey, branch manager of the Zephyr Cove location, will also manage the new branch. Humphrey has more than 20 years of experience serving Carson Valley and is enthusiastic about expanding Guild's presence.

Douglas County to host April 4 job fair in Minden

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April 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Local businesses and job seekers can look forward to connecting opportunity with talent at the Carson Valley Job Opportunity Fair on April 4, 2014 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda, Minden.

With attendance of 33 employers and agencies at the same event a year ago, an even greater turnout is expected this time around.

Denise Castle, representing Douglas County’s Workforce Development Program, stresses that the key is ‘opportunity.’

Column: It is not too late to reduce taxes with a 2013 IRA contribution

Many individuals think the time to plan for 2013 year is past, and most of them are correct. The door to almost all tax saving moves or actions for 2013 closed on Dec. 31, 2013. However, there are some exceptions regarding IRA contributions and some retirement plan contributions.

Contributions to traditional (regular) IRAs for the tax year of 2013, can be made as late as April 15, 2014 and still be a 2013 deduction if certain rules are met.

What Works: Insecurity, fear and how not to ‘get over it’

(Editor's Note: This is the third What Works column by Carson City Business Coach Diane Dye Hansen. This column appears every Monday on Carson Now.)

Today, I want to talk to you about something that affects both business and life in general insecurity. There are many ways to feel insecure. We can feel insecure with ourselves, our talents, and our ability to achieve. Our jobs can make us feel insecure at times.

Working Women With Families Have Unique Retirement Needs

These days it’s common to find women who balance family life with active careers. That’s why it’s important for working women to take an active role in planning for retirement.
Females retiring at age 65 can expect to live another 19 years (three years longer than males retiring at the same age), but only 45 percent of women participate in a retirement plan. Those statistics may make women feel insecure about their future, but with proper planning, women can feel more confident about their retirement years.

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Column: 2014 tax numbers for vehicle driving

2014 standard business driving mileage rate is 56 cents per mile. IRS adjusted that down from the 56.5 cents per mile in 2013.

If the business had four or less vehicles, it is OK to use the mileage rate instead of actual expenses. However, each vehicle’s tax basis (cost) is to be reduced by the depreciation component – 22 cents per mile. That will be important when the vehicle is sold.

The mileage rate for medical travel and for moving expenses for 2014 is 22 cents per mile. That is reduced from the 2013 rate of 23 cents per mile.

What Works: Create Your Own Yellow Brick Road

(Editor's Note: This is the second What Works column by Carson City Business Coach Diane Dye Hansen. This column appears every Monday on Carson Now.)

I have a confession to make. I have been found guilty. I was guilty of over-extending myself. I was guilty of focusing on hindsight, which is always 20/20, and taking a big emotional battering ram to my ego. I deserved to be locked up for putting pressure on myself that was so great that I felt like nothing was working. Why? It’s because I’m a dreamer.

Popular Carson City High Sierra Brewing Company faces closure

Without substantial financial assistance, an award-winning Carson City microbrewery is scheduled to close by the end of March.
The High Sierra Brewing Company announced Wednesday that, barring a last minute partnership or investment, it would be closing its doors on March 29.

Carson City branch of AAA hosts March 20 spring fling; games, refreshments and prizes

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March 20, 2014 - 8:30am

Spring is a time of renewal. With that, the Carson City branch of AAA is hosting a spring fling at its offices at 2901 South Carson St. on March 20, the first day of the season.

Refreshments will be served, while games and prizes will be offered throughout the day. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Members and non-members are invited. Carson City’s new branch manager, Haldon Johnson, will be on hand for a meet and greet with his staff.

A century-old membership-based organization with more than 4 million members, AAA provides insurance and travel products and services.

High Sierra Brewery Co. closing downtown Carson City doors

High Sierra Brewing Co. will leave downtown near the end of March and enter the history books unless an investor turns up, the owner-operator said Wednesday.

Carson City e-cigarette retailer Nevada Vapor Supply celebrates grand opening Saturday

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March 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Nevada Vapor Supply, a new e-cigarette retailer in Carson City, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, March 15, from 4 to 9 p.m.

New to e-cigarettes? Come learn and see their line of started kits and supplies. The grand opening will feature music, food, drinks and discounts on products.

Nevada Vapor Supply is located at 206 N. Carson Street, across from Carson City Hall.

Job Fair at Casino Fandango set for Monday, March 17

Event Date: 
March 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Casino Fandango in Carson City will hold a job fair on Monday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffet Banquet Room. The casino, located at 3800 S Carson Street, is currently looking for fun, energetic, outgoing folks with an excellent work ethic to fill its current openings.

If you are at least 17 years of age and can pass a drug test and background screening, have the desire to show up on time wearing your best smile, then Casino Fandango wants to talk with you. (See the flier below.)

FREE Employment Preparation Workshops

Event Date: 
March 25, 2014 (All day)

JOIN's FREE workshops are the last week of every month. This month they will begin on Tuesday, March 25th through Friday, March 28th from 8:30 to 11:30 and are being held at The Salvation Army, 661 Colorado Street, Carson City. The first day will be on LifeSkills and Job Search; the second day is on selling yourself with your 60-Second Me; the third day is Resumes and Applications; the last day will is Interviewing. To sign up for these workshops, please contact JOIN at (775) 283-0125 ext 18.

Column: Some thoughts on long term care insurance

It is important for seniors to have a long term care plan. Many folks dread and avoid discussing this planning. They know about seven out of ten folks that reach age 65 will require some form of long term care during their lives. They hope it is not them.

Kit Carson Toastmasters Wins Area Speech Contests

Jim Klipp of Kit Carson Toastmasters in Carson City took top honors at both the International Speech Contest and the Table Topics Contest at the Area Level on March 8.

The International Speech Contests challenges each contestant to present their best five to seven minute speech. Each of the local clubs may select a representative to compete with the winner advancing to the next level. The finals will be held this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Column by Carson City business coach Diane Hansen debuts today on Carson Now

Editor's Note: Today Carson Now is excited to bring a weekly column, "What Works" by Carson City business coach Diane Dye Hansen.

The column will appear every Monday. Hansen is the Chief Inspiration Officer of What Works Coaching, a coaching firm that has helped people worldwide with their businesses, careers, mindsets, and profit margins. Diane brings to Carson City more than 17 years of experience with a wide array of clients, ranging from top corporations, motivated entrepreneurs and individuals hungry for a fresh start.

Here's her first column.

Horizon Casino at South Shore Lake Tahoe to close April 1

An era comes to an end on April 1 when the Horizon Casino Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe closes for renovations.

The resort was the one time local showcase of Elvis Presley and Liberace when the casino operated as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe.

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