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New Outreach Supervisor Joins Greater Nevada

Michelle Hale, Greater Nevada Credit Union Member Outreach Supervisor

Michelle Hale has been named Greater Nevada Credit Union’s new Member Outreach Supervisor. She will oversee both community relations and member outreach.

Her community relations responsibilities will entail acting as liaison between Greater Nevada and the organizations it supports, including the University of Nevada Marching Band and Wolf Pack Athletics, Special Olympics Nevada, and the Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity. She will also coordinate Greater Nevada’s financial literacy efforts through local schools and other groups.

Column: Documenting vehicle expenses

David H. Garza had vehicle expenses disallowed because he did not keep adequate records and evidence as Section 274(d) and the related regulations require.

He did not record the amount, time and business purpose of each business use of his truck. He worked as an outside sales representative for Time Warner Cable.

He claimed the vehicle expenses as employee business expenses on form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Time Warner Cable policy did not provide him with any reimbursement of his business driving.

What Works: Going with the flow

When you live in the stream of life, instead of fighting the current, you find a sense of peace. This is what I realized after a deer ran into my passenger side headlight this weekend on the way back from a little getaway.

Living the Good Life nightclub grand opening tonight

Event Date: 
July 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Living the Good Life, a new upscale nightclub on the corner of Adams and North Carson Street, is celebrating its grand opening tonight with live music and dancing.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and close when the party stops. Starting at 9 p.m. Dane Reinhart will be playing music and serving as DJ.

Statewide June gaming revenue climbs, Carson City and Lake Tahoe see slight decrease

Gaming revenue for Nevada casinos rose more than 14 percent in June, while Carson City and Lake Tahoe area figures fell some for the month, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board numbers released Friday.

Carson City area casinos, which include those in Minden, Gardnerville and all other areas of Douglas County except Stateline, report a 5.5 percent decrease in gaming revenue for June, taking in $7,934,128 compared to June 2013 where gaming profits were $8,396,690.

Nevada’s nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $906,904,294 in June 2014.

Column: Some U.S. corporations are moving their tax domiciles to avoid taxes

The Congressional Research Service, a policy research arm of Congress, recently told Congress 76 U.S. corporations have shifted their tax domiciles out of the United States to other countries since 1983 to avoid U.S. taxes.

Moving the tax domicile is known as an “inversion." It is still rare, but it is becoming more common. The Congressional Research Service said 47 such deals have been done in the last 10 years and more are in the works.

What Works: Not all who wander are lost

I spent last Saturday and Sunday at Wanderlust, an amazing yoga, music, and meditation festival held at Squaw Valley each year. I feel blessed to live in Carson City and able to access festivals like this. People fly in from all over the nation to attend Wanderlust and I get to drive up and bliss out during the day and then sleep in my own comfy bed at night.

Going to this festival each year always adds tools to my toolkit, which I give freely to my clients and to you, my dear readers, today.

Here are the top ten things I learned at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this year.

WheelHouse skate, apparel and supplement store celebrates grand opening Saturday

The spirit of enterprise soars Saturday in Carson City with the grand opening of The WheelHouse, a skate, apparel, bike and supplement shop dedicated to those who push themselves upward in all the right ways.

Developed by three budding entrepreneurs committed to two and four-wheel adventures, WheelHouse is a concept store that offers a variety of urban and skate apparel, skateboards and bikes, as well as health and nutrition supplements.

Column: When can we expect tax reform?

With Congress all tied up and failing to agree on almost anything, I wonder when we can expect Congress to reform our tax laws. Recently a tax writer (staff) for the U.S. Senate vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015.

It is long past time to reduce the corporation income tax rates. Senator Ron Wyden said rate reduction to 24 percent (from 35 percent) is possible by “eliminating loopholes.”

What Works: Are you being kind to yourself?

This weekend provided a lesson in self-kindness I will never forget. It started with a group hike at Upper Thomas Creek Trail.

Hiking with a group, I thought, would make the experience more enjoyable. Unfortunately, initially, it didn't. It wasn't because of the group. It was because of what went on in my head as a result. In an effort to try to keep up with more experienced hikers, I focused outside myself and pushed myself too hard to keep up.

Nevada Moves Up 18 Places in Ranking for Best States for Business

Among the best states for business, the Silver State ranks No. 29 overall, a new analysis shows.

Column: Time To Be Positive

In a recent trip out of town, I found myself forced to face an ugly truth. I was beginning to let all the negativity in the news move my subconscious mind away from living in the positive side. As a cancer survivor, I can tell you that thinking negatively is bad for your body.

As a business owner, the key to the success of my business, and anybody else’s too, is what attitude we set for everybody who works with us. Just like our personal body, a negative attitude in our business is also bad for our business. If we have a great attitude, surprise, others seem to have one too.

Lake Tahoe home sales down, but prices remain steady from January to June

Home sales throughout Lake Tahoe continued to slow throughout the first half of the year, while home prices remained steady, according to a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International. Despite an 18 percent decline in overall sales volume, the figures are still significantly higher than those of 2012.

Carson Station collects cash in July to Benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada have picked the Carson Station Hotel Casino in Carson City as its spotlight business of the month. This means for the entire month of July, General Manager Bruce Jabbour and his staff and their customers will be collecting money for a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada.

Terrie McNutt assumes Carson City Chamber helm

The Carson City Chamber was incorporated in 1945 and has just recently installed the 65th Chairman of the Board. Terrie McNutt, General Manager of the Silver Oak Executive Conference Center and Silver Oak Golf, was installed as chairman at the Chamber Annual Meeting, June 27.

She succeeds Gil Yanuck who now serves as the Immediate Past Chairman. McNutt is the eighth woman to serve as chairman since 1945. The first chairman, then called President, was Ella Broderick elected in 1948.

What Works: Labels, categories, and how they hold you back

Education and learning is in my blood. I just love it. So, it should be no surprise as soon as I got my certificate from the HarvardX course “Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Development” that I jumped into a new course on EdX.org called “Tangible Things.” Also taught by Harvard professors, this course challenges students to look beyond face value and dig deeper to find new truths about the objects in the world.

L.A. Bakery Grand Re-Opening

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell and Ali Arbabha, sales manager for L.A. Bakery, cut the ribbon for the bakery's grand re-opening.

Roesch completes specialized training to meet demands in luxury Lake Tahoe, Reno home market

Randy Roesch with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recently completed a luxury home marketing training offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, as well as a sales strategy study conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors in response to the growing need for high-level real estate marketing demands in Reno and Lake Tahoe markets.

Column: Changes being weighed regarding minister housing allowances

Ministers have a special tax benefit for the amount of Housing Allowance they receive. They can exclude from gross income for income tax purposes the rental value of homes furnished by churches as part of their compensation.

This is also allowed for the portion of a retired minister’s pension that is designated as a rental allowance by the national governing body of a religious denomination having complete control over the retirement fund.

What Works: To-do lists, priorities and just getting started

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” In my line of work, I see a lot of dreamers. These dreamers love to make to-do lists in their heads, or visualize a prosperous future. But some of them fall prey to a little something I call broken starter syndrome.

The passion is there. The vision is there. However, when it comes to actually stepping on the gas, they have one foot on the brake. Fear of making the wrong decision, not being able to get it all done, or facing the unknown keeps these dreamers paralyzed and stagnant.

Carson City-based Sausage Factory gourmet meats now available at Raley's

In time for summer and the July 4 holiday weekend, Carson City's own Sausage Factory now has its products in 14 Raley's supermarkets throughout Northern Nevada.

Shoppers can find 18 varieties of the gourmet sausage, made exclusively in Carson City, in the meat department of any of the grocery stores, said Sausage Factory President Joe Tonino.

"We're proud to be in such a high quality store here in Northern Nevada. Our product line matches well in their meat case," said Tonino.

Carson City Leadership Institute graduates class of 2014 tonight

Today is the official graduation ceremony of the Carson City Leadership Institute Class of 2014. They’ve spent 8 months of intensive study learning about Carson City and have made new friends and business acquaintances.

Friday night at the Chamber’s annual meeting, which is sold out, the class will unveil its unique and historic class project that has the souls of some very historic figures, including our founder Abram Curry, dancing on their graves.

May Nevada gaming earnings climbs to 8.1 percent, down 2.7 percent for Carson City area

Gaming profits in Nevada jumped 8.1 percent in May thanks to a healthy rebound at Lake Tahoe but fell 2.7 percent for the Carson City area, the Gaming Control Board reports Friday.

Casinos in Carson City and Carson Valley, including Minden, Gardnerville and Topaz had a gaming "win" of $8,618,391 for May compared to $8,858,762 during the same period in 2013.

Reimagining Carson City

Carson City has been reimagining itself for decades. The 70’s brought a concerted effort by city leaders to bring in new jobs by establishing the Carson City Industrial Airpark to attract clean, high-quality manufacturers to the airport area by offering low cost 99-year leases. The forethought paid off and, today, we have a robust manufacturing community providing many jobs.

MDVIP Personalized Healthcare Comes to Carson City

Merritt W. Dunlap, MD, AAFP, has affiliated with MDVIP, the leader in personalized healthcare with nearly 700 affiliates nationwide. MDVIP’s personalized healthcare program empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching with some of the finest primary care doctors in America. Dunlap is the first doctor in Northern Nevada to affiliate with MDVIP.

Ronald McDonald, Marilyn, and Elvis party it up at grand opening event

When Patricia Cabrera and her family walked through the doors Tuesday night, it was to a loud cheer from every crew member: “Welcome to McDonalds!”

Cabrera just so happened to be the first “official” customer of the new McDonalds on Winnie Lane and Carson Streets. She was among the 300 first customers, all of which received a free Big Mac per week for a year. Other prizes were given to customers as well: gift cards, coupons for free coffee, free ice cream cones. These gifts were the reason hundreds — well over that first 300 — lined up hours before the store officially opened at 6 p.m.

Best Taste winner Sassafras looking for a new home

Winning Best Taste for this year's Taste of Downtown is bittersweet for the owners of Sassafras, as their landlord has given them until the end of July to vacate that space.

"We are devastated, shocked, heartbroken," said Scott Doerr, who owns the business with partner and chef Tony Fish.

Doerr said they were presented with a termination of tenancy on June 16 by Double Eagle Cubed LLC, the entity that purchased the building from Magpie Properties, LLC last year.

Column: Bad advice may excuse penalty for estate return filed late

The courts may abate or cancel certain penalties for “reasonable cause” but it is difficult to define “reasonable cause.”

In the Estate of John R.H. Thouron, the attorney gave bad advice and the Estate relied on that advice. The attorney said the death tax return, form 706 was due nine months after death and that was right.

Foodies Bystro Serves Up Diverse Deliciousness

Business Name and Year Established: Foodies Bystro/Catering, Since 2011

Business Owner: Rupal Martinez

Business Address and Number: 449 W. King St., Carson City/ 775-720-8011

Services Provided: Food Service, Catering, Cooking Classes, Spice Sales etc.

What inspired you to go into business: To be creative and share knowledge

What do you love most about what you do: I get to cook and meet some very cool people.

What Works: Gratitude Brings Abundance

There are several places in this great area of ours that bring me peace and joy. These sacred places pump joy into my body faster than anything.

Elko-Area Mines Still Thrive Despite Continued Slide in Gold Prices

ELKO — Nevada’s mining industry might be taking a hit right now because of low gold prices, but walk through this city on any weekday about 6 a.m. and you wouldn't know it.

New McDonald's plays host to employees, friends, family

The McDonald's on Winnie Lane and Carson Street opened its doors early for a special crowd - the friends and families of its 70 new employees.

Sunday evening found the new facility packed full of customers (all of them somehow related to McDonald's employees) in preparation for the grand opening this upcoming Tuesday.

Carson City's Cracker Box restaurant honored for the second year by Trip Advisor

Carson City’s Cracker Box has received the Tripadvisor.com Award of Excellence for 2014. The award recognizes restaurants that consistently receive high ratings from travelers and that rank in the top performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide. The diner also received the award in 2013.

Jerry Massad, who has owned the Cracker Box for more than 34 years, says the award is the result of his great staff.

“I’m lucky to have a great team working at the Box” he said, adding, “They are the reason we’ve been in business as long as we have. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Nevada's initial unemployment claims continue steady downward trend

Initial May unemployment claims filed in Nevada fell to 12,524, a 23 percent drop compared to May 2013, the Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports Thursday.

Initial claims have fallen compared to the previous year for 18 straight months and in 51 of the past 54 months, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the state's unemployment division.

Column: Yes, you might pay no tax on capital gains

A few clients have been pleasantly surprised to find their long term capital gains were not taxed at all. That happens when the total taxable income, after deductions and exemptions, is low enough to not be taxed at more than 15 percent.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) is the source of this special tax benefit. And it also works for dividends that are “qualified” (paid by an operating company out of profits-subject to some special definitions).

Free Employment Preparation Workshops set for June 24-27

Event Date: 
June 24, 2014 - 8:30am

Free Employment Prep Workshops are being offered Tuesday, June 24 through Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Carson City JOIN office, 1925 N. Carson St., Carson City. Participants are asked to arrive at least five minutes early as the workshops begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m.

Session I (Tuesday) topic is "Life Skills/Job Search." The goal is to impart basic life, workplace, job search and employment preparation skills to ensure participant success during job acquisition and retention phases.

What Works: Rolling with the cycles of life and business

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love quotes. This weekend, I ran across this one by Walt Whitman. “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” It reminds me that life is cyclical and when the low cycles hit, we need to ask ourselves what we can learn from them to move forward.

Dove Chocolate Discoveries Expanding into Northern Nevada

Event Date: 
June 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

MINDEN, Nev., – DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™ has arrived in Northern Nevada and is looking to use the power of chocolate to transform lives. The young and growing company, backed by MARS, Incorporated – one of the world’s largest, iconic chocolate companies – is looking to expand its network of U.S.-based independent consultants to Northern Nevada.

The consultants sell exclusive Dove® brand chocolate and create entirely new ways to experience chocolate through in-home tasting parties and unique products like its Sweet ‘N’ Smoky Chocolate BBQ Sauce and Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Cocoa Rub.

IGT Stock Spikes Alongside Sale Report

Shares in International Game Technology, one of the biggest employers in Reno-Sparks, spiked earlier this week alongside a report that the slot machine maker has hired Morgan Stanley to help explore a possible sale.

Column: 'Rich' folks paid more tax in 2013

Some high earning individuals were surprised when they got their 2013 Individual Income Tax Return. They paid more taxes in 2013 than they did on the same income in 2012. Several different tax laws caused the higher federal income taxes.

The Itemized Deductions on Schedule A of form 1040 were reduced if single individuals had more than $250,000 of total income. Even their home mortgage interest and charitable deductions were reduced to less than they paid. Married couples saw the “phase down” of Itemized Deductions if their total income was $300,000 or more.

Cafe at Adele's Receives Two Top Honors, Other Carson Businesses Also Recognized

Café at Adele’s in Carson city recently received a Certificate of Excellence as one of TripAdvisor ‘s 2014 winners and was also recognized in the Don’t Forget to Share category, which recognizes a business that has made significant contributions to the community and prides itself on giving back, in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2014 Family-owned Businesses Awards, sponsored by Nevada State Bank.
TripAdvisor awards are given to businesses worldwide and are based on the quality of reviews and opinions they have earned in the preceding year.

What Works: Stepping outside of your comfort zone

Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” If you want to become known in the community, you must do something to become visible to those who are involved.

If you want to lose weight, you must shift your attitude and activities to create the change. If you want to make more money in business, you must adjust what you are doing (even if it’s finding a way to clone existing customers and magnify existing success). The point is you must do something you have never done before. This involves feeling a little bit of something icky — fear.

Carson City students win scholarships from Greater Nevada Credit Union

Carson City residents Ryan Doherty, Marcella Rico, and Maddison Saarem are three of 19 students recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship certificate from Greater Nevada Credit Union.

Ninety-three students throughout northern Nevada applied for the scholarship program, which GNCU has offered for the past 15 years. Doherty will be attending University of Redlands in California, Rico will be attending Western Nevada College, and Sareem will be attending University of Nevada, Reno.

Carson City leadership 'boot camps' designed to inspire change in organizations

Carson City area leaders in business, government and the nonprofit sector are encouraged to enroll in a series of workshops this month designed to inspire, energize and bring about positive, efficient paradigm changes to organizations.

Led by award-winning humanitarian and motivational speaker Ian Hill, the "boot camps" will be held June 16, 20 and 23 at the BRIC building, 108 E. Proctor Street in Carson City. Enrollment ranges from $199 to $249. A portion of proceeds will go to the Carson City Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Brewery Arts Center.

Golf Social Geared for Business Women

Every Friday through October 3, business women are invited to participate in a stress-free evening of non-competitive golf at Silver Oak Golf Course and Executive Retreat Center.

All skill levels - from pro to beginner - are invited, as this is about having fun in an environment that has no teams and no competition. Come alone or bring a friend and enjoy nine holes of play and a complimentary glass of wine.

Column: IRS telephone scammers target victims with threats

The IRS has warned repeatedly of a massive, sophisticated telephone scam. IRS warned of this scheme last October, then Feb. 27, 2014 and again March 20, 2014.

The scam is when victims are contacted by telephone and usually told they are entitled to big refunds or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to IRS.

What Works: Beating the post-vacation blues

Memorial Day came and went a couple of weekends ago and, although I was sick during the holiday, many others were thankfully healthy. Some used the opportunity for a three-day weekend to go get a little R&R in: go to the beach, take a break, spend time with friends and family, and unwind. It’s what happens on Tuesday, after we come back to the reality of our lives, businesses, ups and downs, that can be confusing — the post-vacation blues.

The Flying Pig Flea Market

Event Date: 
May 31, 2014 - 8:00am

The Flying Pig, Carson City’s Community Flea Market, is launching a fantastic summer series of events at Mills Park beginning Saturday, May 31. Up to 100 local vendors will gather in the shade of the popular Pony Express Pavilion, offering a huge selection of new, used, and repurposed treasures to delight bargain hunters and specialty shoppers alike.

GNCU Supports Carson High Safe Grad; more than $1,900 in donations raised

Greater Nevada Credit Union presented Carson High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association with a $1,940 check toward the PTSA’s annual Safe Grad event.

Julie Slocum, PTSA Safe Grad Volunteer Coordinator and GNCU Educational Branch Coordinator, accepted the donation Thursday at the GNCU Educational Branch on the CHS campus.

April gaming revenue climbs in Carson City, falls at Lake Tahoe

Carson City area casinos saw gaming revenues increase by 1.51 percent in April, according to figures released Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Casinos in Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville and all others except for those at Stateline Lake Tahoe that make up the Carson Valley area, report an overall gaming profit of $8,001,991 for the month of April compared to $7,883,290 in April 2013.

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