City of Sparks gets jump on $1M solar project


Sparks’ efforts to go solar and lower its power bill is getting another jolt of funding, covering costs of a second sun-powered system at the city’s police department. The project costs nearly $1.1 million, but two rebates from NV Energy –make it cost effective for the city. Each rebate will provide $497,705 in project reimbursement. […]

NEVADA ECONOMY: Sandoval hunts for business


Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval said Monday that he already has been calling businesses around the country to induce them to move to Nevada and help reduce the state’s nation-leading 14.2 percent unemployment rate. While there are no takers to announce so far, Sandoval said "many, many are actively looking at relocating in Nevada." Read full story: […]

Money is available for small businesses, but it takes work

It’s true – there are more SBA loan funds available right now than in years past. This is mainly due to 1) a change in administrations, and 2) the fact that both TARP and the new small business law added funding for SBA lending. That said, the first thing to understand about SBA loans is […]

NCET’s Tech Wednesday – CyberKnife @ Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer-Dec 8

Please plan to join us at Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer on December 8th for NCET’s Tech Wednesday, Greater Reno-Tahoe’s premier technology and entrepreneurial networking event. The CyberKnife is the world’s first dedicated radiosurgery device for the body. Using image guidance technology and computer controlled robotics, the CyberKnife system can track and destroy tumors while […]

Q&A: Stephen Brown, director for UNLV’s CBER

      The housing market is going to take some time to recover, but the new director for the Center for Business & Economic Research at UNLV says it’s showing signs of improvement. Stephen Brown, who assumed the position in September, said he has some optimism because gaming revenues and visitor volume has increased. […]

Business Model Innovation and Venture Capital Assessment

I believe the Business model canvas, presented by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur in their book “Business Model Generation”, holds a very powerful way for Venture Capital to use in their assessments of promising ventures they are considering for investment. Traditional pitches to VC’s are loaded with financial numbers, providing crisp, well written business plans […]