Startup Weekend – Nov 21

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The third annual Startup Weekend Reno is scheduled for for the weekend of November 21 at the Reno Aces Ballpark. Startup Weekends are 54-hour long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable, and where others can experience the startup process. Startup Weekend attendees have technical or design backgrounds while others have a variety of business backgrounds.

Take a Byte Out Of Crime: Preventing Cyber-Attacks – Oct 28

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Cyber-attacks seem to take place daily, affecting both large national companies and small local businesses. On October 28, you’re invited to join Senator Harry Reid, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and national, state, and local experts to learn how to protect YOUR small business from cyber-attacks. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from Law Enforcement and Consumer Protection Agencies, learn tips and techniques to prevent fraud, and learn how to create a Fraud Action Plan. The event is on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 1 – 3 pm in the Silver and Blue Room at the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno

Sramana Mitra: Entrepreneurship Does Not Equal Financing

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I am terribly irritated by the pervasive and continuously fanned misperception that Entrepreneurship equals Financing. It doesn’t. Entrepreneurship = Customers + Revenues + Profits. Financing is optional.
Exit is optional. The media is reinforcing the myth. Business schools are reinforcing the myth. And hence, they’re setting up entrepreneurs for failure. Too Early – A business can only become big if it can first get off the ground. The problem with perpetuating the myth is that most entrepreneurs try to raise money immediately and mostly bump around against solid walls.

4 easy steps to be successful with social media marketing

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Social media marketing is a time consuming process and many companies struggle with getting up to speed on industry knowledge, staying up with the trends and daily changes that occur on social media channels, and time and budget resources. Every day, we talk to brands that have the same challenges. There’s way too much to do in a day and as a small business owner, social media adds another full time job. Hiring an intern has proven to be successful only in certain areas. Having a strategy and a plan is normally a good first step towards identifying the business specific needs and deciding what resources will be required in order to execute the strategy successfully.

Commercial Leases 101

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and take your business to the next level: you are finally going to stop working out of your home and move into a commercial space complete with client parking, signage, and a lease. But what does this lease look like? Is it anything like renting a home? What are you really getting yourself into? Don’t panic, here are the basics. The most obvious elements of a commercial lease and those that are most similar to a residential lease are: physical description of the property (address), size, monthly rent, and the term (length of agreement). Additionally, there will be a few other less-familiar clauses that play an important role in negotiating a commercial lease.

Technology Trends in the Silver State

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The Silver State’s technology sector is a a young but burgeoning industry segment. Another major part of the sector constitutes large, established companies, such as IGT, a gaming machines manufacturer in the North and Switch, a data center in the South. The aggregate of these corporations makes Nevada’s major population regions technology hubs. Additionally, technology firms continue to move to the state which is increasingly becoming known as a haven for tech business.