Reno Housing Market

Reno’s Housing Future Hangs in the Balance

Directly southwest of Reno lies a cautionary tale for Northern Nevada. California is in the throes of a deep, and seemingly unsolvable, housing crisis. Home prices have skyrocketed so far out of reach of the middle class that 138,000 people fled the state in between July 2016 and July 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau…

Ameriprise - Steve Self

Is a Business Retirement Plan in Your Future?

 By Steve Self, special to bizNEVADA As a business owner, it’s exciting to reflect on the past year and prepare for all that’s ahead in 2019. Yet, with the calendar change comes the realization that the tax filing deadline may be just around the corner.  “Have I done all that I could to minimize my…

K.J. Smith, it's never too late to find your passion

K.J. Smith, A Knack for Uncovering the Truth

 By Craig A. Ruark Early in life, K.J. Smith never dreamed that at the age of 59, she would become a licensed private investigator (PI) and the president of a full-service background investigation company. In 1971, Living in Portland, Oregon, Smith found herself in the position of having to raise two young children by herself.…

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Mixing Family with Business

 By Craig A. Ruark The Cheese Board American Bistro & Catering Company has been a staple in Reno since 1981 and is a great example of a women-owned business. Debbie Branby started the Cheese Board from scratch (too use a cooking term) and over the next 36 years, built the restaurant and catering business into…

Is Your Business Ready For a Disaster?  Are You?

Is Your Business Ready For a Disaster?  Are You?

Special to bizNEVADA “When major disasters strike, you expect to see American Red Cross workers running shelters and delivering food to people in devastated neighborhoods,” Zanny Marsh, Executive Director of the Red Cross of Northern Nevada, said.  “Closer to home, Red Cross volunteers respond several times per week when Nevada fire departments ask them to…

Nevada Commission for Women

Nevada Commission for Women

 By Craig A. Ruark After nearly two decades of inactivity, the Sunset Subcommittee of the Interim Legislative Commission recommended to Governor Brian Sandoval that he reactivate the Commission for Women. The Governor supported the recommendation and in December of 2015, with Legislature approval, appointed ten members to sit on the Commission. Current appointed Commissioners are…

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When Passion Turns to Business

 By Craig A. Ruark Jennifer Gurecki is the founder and CEO of Coalition Snow, a manufacturer of ski and snowboard equipment, exclusively for women. She has been skiing for over 20 years, learning in Arizona during in the mid-90s. “When I was in college, I worked in the repair and rental shop at Arizona Snowbowl…