Business briefly: McKee named CEO of NVAR

Teresa McKee

Teresa McKee

After serving for years as legal counsel and months as interim CEO of the Nevada Association of Realtors, Teresa McKee has been promoted to run the daily operations as the group’s CEO.

McKee has lived in the Reno area for more than 20 years. She received her law degree from Willamette University and her undergraduate degree from Carroll College. Last month, she was honored by ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, with its Certified Association Executive credential, the highest credential in the association management industry recognizing the top 5 percent of association executives nationwide.

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Small-business awards honorees announced

The Nevada district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration selected its small-business award honorees for this year. Winners will be recognized at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 22 at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jarrod Lopiccolo, Season Lopiccolo and Michael Thomas, owners and partners of Noble Studios, have been named SBA’s Small Business Persons of the Year for Nevada. They have also been invited to attend SBA’s National Small Business Week activities in Washington, D.C., May 12-16.

Noble Studios, which started in 2003 in Carson City as a two-person, home-based Web and marketing company, has become one of the region’s fastest-growing tech companies, according to a news release. It has grown from a small boutique digital agency to a multimillion-dollar company, the release states.

Other honorees include Minority Owned Business of the Year: Joyce Dawson; Sonitrol of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas; Women Owned Business of the Year: Donna Miller, Life Guard International — Flying ICU, Las Vegas; Family Owned Business of the Year: Dr. Troy and Lisa Aland, Aland Family Dentistry, Reno; Veteran Owned Business of the Year: Wilbur LasaneJr., Spit Shine, Las Vegas; Rural Business of the Year: Mark and Margaret Jackson, The Sierra Kombucha Company, Minden; Microenterprise Business of the Year: David Briggs and Nick Spriggs, 3DFC, Las Vegas; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: John Moran, Entrepreneurs Assembly, Reno.

Job quest campaign tops expectations

Nevada JobConnect’s week-long job quest campaign received 1,047 job openings in a variety of industries from entry to executive level jobs. The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s goal was to reach 500 job openings.

Nevada JobConnect hosted a campaign in Carson City, Douglas and Lyon counties to get more employers to list their job openings with the state’s One-Stop Employment Centers. Job Connect associates contacted more than 1,800 businesses. Ten business service associates in the Carson City area met with employers in hopes of developing partnerships that will lead to hiring opportunities for their companies.

Some of the services Nevada JobConnect offer employers include screening potential employees, on-site interviewing, and assistance with placement and training. Through the governor’s Silver State Works program, employers can benefit from financial incentives for hiring unemployed workers. For more information, go to JobConnect at 1929 N. Carson St., or call 775-684-0400 or go to


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