Still afraid to buy a franchise? Don’t close the door too fast

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Owning a franchise may seem like too big a risk to take on, and in some ways, it can be daunting. Owning any business can present challenges and fears, but there are several questions to ask before determining which, if any, franchise opportunities are right for you. That being said, after the tough questions are answered, franchise business ownership could prove to be a very satisfying and profitable venture.

2015 NCET Tech Award Winners

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We are very pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the NCET Tech Awards, the RGJ Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and the EDAWN Entrepreneurial Support Awards.
NCET also wishes to congratulate the 108 people and companies nominated for the 2015 NCET Tech Awards, which represents an amazing and impressive cross-section of our region’ and brightest technologists and technology companies.

Small Business Matchmaker event comes to UNR


The Nevada PTAC Procurement Outreach Program, in partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration, the Nevada SBDC, and the Nevada System of Higher Education, is presenting a Small Business Matchmaker event on Thursday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The People Behind the Power


Just inside Server Technology, Inc. in south Reno is an aerial map from decades ago. On it, Reno’s South Meadows — the company’s location — is seen as a desolate expanse. Double Diamond and Damonte Ranch are nothing but open space. “Our crystal ball was pretty effective,” laughs Brandon Ewing, STI president and co-founder, referring to the sheer growth characterizing the once-vacant stretch STI selected. “At the time of the picture, we were in the Silicon Valley, and rents had sky rocketed.”

Businesses should take a big-picture approach to marketing


As a small business owner, how do you determine where to spend your marketing dollars and uncover what strategies and tactics make the most sense for your business in such a rapidly changing industry where keeping up with your competitors has become not only confusing, but increasingly difficult?

Big data applications for small business innovation


Business leaders in the region will join the Northern Nevada Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP) on Thursday, March 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the application of Big Data concepts and tour the DRIVE6 3-D Virtual Reality Laboratory, one of only two such facilities in the nation. It is located on the campus of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Registration will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.