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Business Owners Protected By DACA Still In Limbo

Sep 13, 2018
Karina Gonzalez

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According to the latest data from U.S. Immigration Services, there are more than 2,500 DACA recipients living in Northern and rural Nevada. Since its inception, the program has shielded recipients from deportation. But over the past year, the undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children have been living in legislative limbo after the Trump Administration rescinded the program. Yet some are doing their best to move forward despite the uncertainty, such as those who have started their own businesses. KUNR’s Karina Gonzalez has the story.

Lou Manna

1 Million Cups is seeking to strengthen Nevada's startup community by giving entrepreneurs a chance to share their ideas. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View Reports.

A view of a two-way road with a row of orange and yellow business buildings on the right side, and a car driving on the left side.
Google

A University of Nevada, Reno professor is working to understand why minority-owned businesses in Northern Nevada have less of a presence on Google Maps. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View reports.

 

Reno/Sparks And Latino Business Chambers Merge

Jul 11, 2018
A group of 8 men and women stand smiling, the man and woman in the middle of the group shake hands
Reno and Sparks Chamber of Commerce

After past differences, the Reno/Sparks and Latino business chambers are merging. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View reports.

Reno Facing Office Space Shortage

May 11, 2018
A lobby interior with a small staircase.
Sean M. Grady

A local development official says the low amount of Class A office space available is becoming an obstacle. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Nearly nine out of ten small business leaders across Nevada say the state’s economy is heading in the right direction. That’s according to an annual survey by Nevada State Bank. To break down that survey, KUNR News Director Michelle Billman talks to contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Youth Radio: Meet A High School Student Business Owner

Dec 28, 2017

With the price of college on the rise, high school students here in Reno are coming up with new and creative ways to save for college. Reno Youth Radio’s Kelsey Reynolds is looking into this trend.

I met Ally Bertani during an Instagram livestream about her business profile. I was instantly intrigued…a high school student business owner.

“I specialize in doing portraits for people,” she says. “I do senior portraits, photo shoots. One of my friends models, so I do all the photos for him, just stuff like that.”

Survey: Business Leaders Say Workforce Is Their Biggest Challenge

Mar 24, 2017
NNBW

A new survey of Nevada business leaders finds that they want more workforce and STEM training to take place within community colleges and the K-12 education system.

Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

ThisisReno.com

In recent years, the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC, has held numerous public meetings about redesigning portions of Virginia Street in Reno's MidTown District. Our reporter Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the latest update.

Virginia Street in MidTown is constrained by the roadway’s width and the need for ADA-accessible sidewalks, which has prompted plans to eliminate a center turn lane in favor of wider sidewalks.

Maury Centeno (second from right) owns Safety Glass, a shop for replacing broken windshields.
Natalie Van Hoozer

For many, entrepreneurship can be a difficult process. Now, imagine trying to start a business in a foreign country.  

In Reno, some Latina business owners say this journey has been challenging for them due to cultural differences and language barriers.

While a few of Maury Centeno’s employees sand down a windshield, she’s in the white-walled office next door typing away on her computer. She owns Safety Glass, a windshield replacement company in Reno.

Tiny Housing Grows In Downtown Reno

Jul 18, 2016
Rendering of the Tiny Ten housing community.
Haberae.com

A housing community called the Tiny Ten is coming to downtown Reno.

Local urban developers Kelly Rae and Pamela Haberman of HabeRae Properties knew they were on to something when they first started building tiny homes over a decade ago.

“The tiny homes are the future," Rae says, "as far as our millennials, our [baby] boomers or Generation X-ers that don’t want to live in an 1,800 to 3,000 square foot house out in the suburbs, who want to be near the urban core."

Library staff and community members gather for the concluding class of the first session of Startup School at the Washoe County South Valleys Library.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Libraries across the country are taking on new roles in today’s digital age. In Washoe County, libraries are offering programs like Startup School.

When we think of libraries, we often imagine stacks of books and study desks.

“It’s not just a house of books, there’s a lot more opportunity and more and more hands on stuff,” said Morgan Tiar, a Washoe County librarian and instructor for Startup School.

She’s in a meeting room where students like Colleen Lennox are discussing their products.

Every week during the summer about 3,000 people, mostly college students and families, make their way to Idlewild Park for “Food Truck Friday."

Children laugh and do cartwheels on the grass and lawn chairs are clustered in the shade of the trees. Live music floats over to the food trucks, which are parked in two long rows. Their windows are open and cooks hurry to serve twisting lines of customers. 

One of these customers is Christine Novicio, who has just ordered what is called a “Truck Burger”.

Holland and Hart Attorney Doug Flowers (left) invites Reno entrepreneurs to ask any questions they have at his annual event.
Natalie Van Hoozer

This is the second year for a series of meetings called 'Law on Tap' at the Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery in Reno. Here, local entrepreneurs can network and get free legal advice.

One of these entrepreneurs is University of Nevada, Reno, graduate Landon Gonzalez. He is in the early stages of creating his own outdoor apparel company and came to the event to learn how he can build his business from nothing.

U.S. Geological Survey

The Elko Mining Expo kicks off Wednesday in northeastern Nevada, drawing hundreds of mining companies, equipment manufacturers and other vendors.

The trade show will take place Thursday and Friday at the Elko Convention Center downtown.

Dana Bennett is the president of the Nevada Mining Association. She says depressed commodity prices for gold, silver and other metals have hobbled the industry in recent years.

UNR student Melissa Perez Rios, 21, plans to own a gym and restaurant in the future.
Natalie Van Hoozer

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno, is launching its Women’s Initiative. Reno Public Radio’s Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

A group recently gathered at the Innevation Center in downtown Reno to mark the start of the new project. It aims to connect local business owners with aspiring student entrepreneurs and build mentoring relationships.

Mike Higdon

We've seen a flood of business news this week with Reno Provisions shutting its doors and the announcement of a major retailer coming to the heart of Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with the Reno-Gazette Journal's Mike Higdon to get the inside scoop on downtown development in 2016.

Higdon says the closing of Reno Provisions, following a highly publicized E. coli outbreak, is a major blow to the foodie movement.

The Cube

A national startup competition is coming to Reno next month. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt reports that its goal is to support businesses that benefit women and families.

Hundreds of companies throughout the country are pitching their businesses at dozens of local events next month for a new competition called InnovateHER.

Julia Ritchey

  A group of local university students wrapped up their first Startup Weekend last night [Sunday], spending three days brainstorming and developing a business idea. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Startup Weekend lets developers, designers and marketers come together to practice their entrepreneurial chops.

Working in teams, participants are given just 54 hours to execute their idea, culminating in a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

Bryan McArdle of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada is one of the organizers.

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