Several SBA Loan Requirements Eliminated

The U.S. Small Business Administration made significant changes in qualification for SBA 504 loans. The changes include elimination of “the personal resource test” and “the nine-month rule”. These modifications mean businesses will have an easier time qualifying for SBA loans, according to a recent statement by TMC Financing. “By eliminating the nine-month rule for expenditures, businesses that have… [More...]

Striking a Good Deal Takes Chemistry

For Ralph Planzo, selling cars is a science. The former chemist is methodical, yet sensitive. And his formula works more times than not.

For Ralph Planzo, selling cars is a science. The former chemist is methodical, yet sensitive. And his formula works more times than not. Planzo, whose father owned an upholstery shop, said he never thought he would go into sales. The Springfield, Mass., native moved to the West Coast in 1950. He attended Long Beach City… [More...]

Betting on Gaming in Nevada

Nevada and gaming go together like peanut butter and jelly, it has been Nevada’s foundation for so long it’s hard to think of one without the other.

Nevada and gaming go together like peanut butter and jelly. The industry has been Nevada’s foundation for so long it’s hard to think of one without the other. However, as gaming changes, Nevada has found itself adapting and learning to find new ways to earn revenue in a market that, it would appear, everyone wants… [More...]

What is your favorite place in Nevada?

Six Nevada executives answer the question: What is your favorite place in Nevada?

“My favorite place in Nevada is Red Rock Canyon. It is absolutely gorgeous and a great place to hike. Getting to enjoy some fresh air and nature’s beauty is a perfect way to spend any weekend.” Lea Carrasco-Zanini • Executive Director, Golden Rainbow – “My favorite place is Lake Tahoe.  I love the quietness, natural… [More...]

Flip a Switch, Turn on a Faucet: Nevada’s Utility Companies

Utilities in Nevada took a beating during the recession. Now the light at the end of the tunnel may be an indication that the economy is recovering.

Utilities in Nevada took a beating during the recession. Now the light at the end of the tunnel may be an indication that the economy is recovering. Utilities is a catchall phrase for services businesses and individuals use on a daily basis: water, power, natural gas. Most utilities are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission… [More...]

George Hickey to Celebrate 100th Birthday, Honored at Nevada Legislature

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Carson City, NV- Thursday, April 18th, George Hickey will celebrate his 100th birthday at the Nevada Legislature with his son, Assemblyman Pat Hickey. A native Nevadan, George Hickey was born in Gardnerville on the Hickey Homestead Ranch; his parents immigrated to the Carson Valley in the 1870’s. Later George served in WWII as a Master… [More...]

Healthcare Check-Up: Meeting the New Challenges

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There’s no shortage of uncertainty swirling around Nevada’s healthcare industry: from the challenges of the local and national economies to insurance regulations and the implications – even the contours and very existence — of Obamacare. The outlook, however, is decidedly optimistic. And with good reason. “One of the advantages of healthcare is that it’s been… [More...]

November 2012: Around the State

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Home Sales Rise in Lake Tahoe; Nevada Receives Second STEP Grant from SBA; Rose de Lima Campus Receives Advanced Certification [More...]

Hindu mantras opened Douglas County Commissioners meet for 1st time

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Douglas County Board of Commissioners began its meeting at Lake Tahoe (Stateline, Nevada) with Hindu invocation on August 16 for the first time since its 1861 formation, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture. Reno based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the County Board of Supervisors. After… [More...]

Keeping Our Heads Above Water: Nevada’s need to ensure quality and availability of nature’s sustaining resource

Most of us are used to having as much water as we need. We simply turn on the tap and out flows the water. However, those who work within the agencies overseeing water allocation must deal with the complex issues of what resources are available, how much is available and the price tag on ensuring… [More...]