Month: March 2014

Reno Business Review

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After living in one location for a few years, you get a feel for businesses you like and dislike. I’ve had my fair share of good and bad experiences here in Reno and I’m going to describe a few of them. Consider this post to be an extended Yelp review.

Bizarre Guitar and Gun: 

gun_guitarOne half of this store is a guitar store, and the other half is a gun store. As soon as I heard that I was already in love. I bought my guitar amp there, a Fender Vintage Deluxe, and my gun, a Diamondback AR-15. The guitar store has a good selection of electric guitars, amps and accessories, but they didn’t have nearly as many acoustic guitar as Guitar Center. The staff consisted of older guys who have dedicated their lives to rock and roll. They looked the look and talked the talk. I found them to be helpful and friendly, but according to several Yelp reviews the owner can be rude. I can’t attest to this because I’ve never met him. Something unique about this store is “the vault” hidden in the basement. It’s essentially a guitar museum with autographed pictures and guitars from every musician ever, as well as some very unique guitars like an original 1954 Gibson Les Paul. That guitar alone is probably worth $300,000.  It’s a pretty unique collection that any musician can appreciate. (Photo Credit)

I’m not experienced enough with guns to comment on how the selection and quality compares to other stores. They certainly had a large enough selection of hand guns, rifles and shotguns to keep me entertained. The staff seemed very knowledgeable and they demonstrated how to properly clean my AR-15. They even suggested that I return if I run into any issues while cleaning it. Before I end this review, I want to be clear that the store isn’t extravagant when you walk in. There merchandise isn’t well organized and the store doesn’t feel particularly clean, but it has definitely has character, and I like that.

Canyon Cleaners:
Click the link above and you will see nothing but good Yelp reviews. They deserve it.  I work in south Reno and all of the dry cleaners I can find in that area charge about $4-$6 per shirt. The turn around time to receive my clothes is around 4 days. Canyon charges about $2 per shirt and they get it done in 2 days, or the next day if I request it. It’s a little shop run by a friendly Hispanic family. My clothes return looking great, and they’re open until about 6 pm which means I don’t have to leave work early to pick my clothes up. They’re located off of North McCarran next to Save Mart, which is a convenient distance from my home. If you live in South Reno, you may be out of luck with this gem.

Reno Motor Sports:
Usually I’m a pretty forgiving person, but I had TWO awful experiences here. First, they don’t verbally disclose or post signs explaining all sales are final, but they are! I bought a ton of gear including elbow pads that ended up being too small, and I tried to return them. After traveling back to the store I learned they don’t do returns, I can only receive store credit. That would have worked out if they had elbow pads in my size, but they didn’t. I was told a new shipment was coming next week. I called for the next 5 weeks, and each week I was told they were coming next week. Finally I bought pads online and they were delivered to my door. Since the price of elbow pads is minimal, it wasn’t really a big deal. However if that had been a more expensive, necessary item like a helmet, I would have been forced to either cease from riding or buy a new helmet at a different store. Who doesn’t do returns now days? I think it’s a sorry strategy to trap customers.

The next summer, I decided to give them a second chance. I accidentally broke the head off of both screws to my oil filter cap during an oil change. I dropped my bike off to have the screws backed out and replaced, and to have the air filter cleaned. I also requested to see if they could fix the mounts to my headlight, since it was loose. I was told I would get a call with an estimate and I had the employee write it on my work order to confirm this action. He estimated it would cost approximately $30 in labor.

I was called when the work order was completed, meaning I never received an estimate. When I got there the charge was $85! The break down was $60 for labor and $25 for parts. I had 2 screws replaced and they charged me $25 for parts. Those screws should have been made from the gold off of Obama’s toilet seat for that price. My work order should have taken about 20 mins to complete, which means $60 for labor is robbery. $20 of the $60 was charged for fixing the bulb in the headlight, but there was nothing wrong with the bulb to begin with. They claimed it was cutting out, or “flickering” when they fired it up, and they said they soldered the wires back together. (Remember I asked them to fix the mounts to my headlight.) When I calmly asked questions about the charges the girl behind the register got testy and defensive. I decided it’s not even worth it to argue and I payed. I like to support local business, but this is one I would advise to avoid.

Reno Bike Project:
This is an awesome non-profit. You can donate your bike and you can guarantee the parts will benefit others. If you need bike parts, they have an incredible supply along with several work stations and all of the necessary tools to tune your bicycle. Since my knowledge for fixing bikes is slim to none, I always ask the staff for help. They’re always friendly and helpful, and the cost for parts and labor is insanely cheap. The Bike Project is a good source to get involved with the biking community in Reno. They also have a few bikes for sale, but I wouldn’t suggest it as a good place to shop. The selection of bikes for sale is limited and I don’t remember the prices being cheaper than prices on craigslist. If you’re looking for a brand new bike, I would recommend going to a bike shop.

What have been some of your good/bad experiences with local businesses? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Will Reno Have A Growth Spurt?

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Isn’t that photo amazing? Of course it is, but unfortunately Reno is going to need more than good looks to attract and retain more people and businesses in this area. Even if a person read all of my prior blog posts and had an accurate idea about what the Reno area has to offer, it doesn’t necessarily mean they would consider living here. I will describe several avenues in which Reno can generate growth. It starts with creating more opportunity.

I think some people want Reno to stay small, but I think those people are silly. More people = more EVERYTHING: Economic growth, more businesses, more infrastructure, more to do, etc. Assuming we share the common goal of growing Reno, how do you accomplish that? It’s certainly not a simple task. Generally speaking, people go where they can find jobs and therefore I think more jobs will be the gateway to growth in Reno. In order to create more jobs, you need more businesses.

We already have the incentives in place to encourage businesses to relocate to the Reno area: Low business taxes, no income tax, low cost of living, high quality of life, etc. Not to mention the close proximity to the bay area and the ideal distribution location in correlation to the rest of the west coast. EDAWN has been the primary organization encouraging companies to come to the area, and they have done a great job. Companies relocating will bring jobs and I believe it will have a domino effect in job creation.

I’ll illustrate a hypothetical example to better emphasize my point: We are all crossing our fingers that Tesla will choose Reno as it’s home base for their battery factory. If Tesla moves to the area, they will bring about 6,500 employees. In addition to these positions, companies supporting Tesla will likely move to the area, creating more jobs. Tesla and the supporting companies will take advantage of the low business taxes and maximize their profits. Employees are able to increase their income since they no longer have to pay income tax, and their quality of life will increase since the cost of housing is relatively cheap, and they have access to world-class recreation. These business will support existing businesses in Reno and they will flourish. The employees who relocated will inform their family and friends about how great this area is, and Reno will gain the attention of more people. The fact that we only have 1 EDAWN-type organization is weird to me, as it seems crucial to the success of Reno’s growth.

In my opinion, another avenue that needs to be further developed is retention from UNR. You get kids coming from differing locations and many of them leave shortly after graduation. I can attest to this because I’ve had many friends move away to chase other opportunities. I think UNR needs to do more in connecting students to employers in the area. Students need the opportunity to get in front of employers more often. For example, until very recently there was virtually no direct connection between MBA students and the working community. I’m happy to be part of the Nevada Business connection Club NVBC which is a networking organization that will connect current MBA students to employers. Networking events are just one avenue: Setting up tours of businesses would be wonderful. Requiring students to take on real projects for local businesses would be great, but if there is too much risk involved, they could model their work from real projects and present their conclusions to employers. Employers could be invited more often to speak in class rooms, etc. Each department on campus would likely need its own strategy since a business student would connect differently with working professionals than a biology student. I’m sure there would be hurdles to overcome with these ideas, but they could be accomplished. Retaining the brightest minds coming out of the university would build a younger workforce which would serve as a long term investment to the area.

What do you think needs to happen for Reno to grow? Leave me a comment or tweet me and let me know!

 

My Bucket List: Recreation

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As I mentioned in another post, the recreation around the Reno area is amazing. It’s one of the things that separates this area from other places. There is almost an infinite amount to experience if you are willing to expand your list of hobbies. Below I have composed a list of unique things I would like to experience this summer, aka my summer bucket list. I chose unique things that many people are unaware of.

The Ice Caves: (Photo Credit)

icecavesSomewhere right outside of Truckee there are caves that lead deep into the Earth. From what I have heard, the entrance is a very tight, claustrophobic squeeze. Once you get past the entrance the caves open up into bigger taverns with huge iceicles lining some of the walls. Apparently it’s an adventure that requires some athletic ability and coordination, as it’s a dangerous trek. Headlamps are a must, as it’s typically pretty dark underground. These caves have been on my bucket list for a couple of years, but the problem is they are practically impossible to find since they are off the beaten path. You have to go with someone who can direct you and I have been unable to find a guide. If you’re interested in learning more, I found a couple of sites that described their adventures into the ice caves, including Elevated Image Photography and Travel Buddy. Here is a fairly amusing video of a visitor who discovered the caves.

Fly Geyser: (Photo Credit)

fly-geyser3 I just learned about this approximately one week ago from a post someone released on Facebook! You can see the list of “places you must see before you die” here. I know almost nothing about it and I don’t know of anyone who has been. It looks beautiful and it’s located in the black rock desert, which means you can knock out 2 cool places to visit with one trip. It’s amazing a close attraction happened to be on this list since it included destinations from all over the world. Apparently it was started a s a man made well, and it’s still located on private land. Therefore, I’m unsure how close you can legally get. I looked it up and read more about it here.

 

Pyramid Lake Geysers:

PyramidPyramid Lake is a unique place. First, the Truckee river flows east and drains into this lake which is unique since most rivers drain into the ocean. The lake is what remains of the ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered most of northern Nevada at the end of the last ice age. I believe the water is about 1/6 as salty as the ocean an unique species of fish live in there. I have camped there and climbed some of the rocks around the pyramid-shaped rock which gives the lake its name, as evident by the photo to the left. However I have never been to the far side, (northern end,) of the lake. In this area I heard there are geysers and hot springs all over the place. This area may be considered sacred and therefore off limits by the Native Americans who inhabited the area, and that is something I need to look into before I come storming in. I heard some of the hot springs are so hot that they will melt your skin off, so proceeding with caution is a necessity. Below is a video of a geyser at Pyramid Lake.

 

Boundary Peak: (Photo Credit)

Boundary_Peak_NevadaThis is the tallest peak in Nevada, standing at 13,147 feet. It’s located very close to the California border, east of Yosemite. The drive is almost 4 hours from Reno and I heard a vehicle that can handle dirt roads is necessary, as you will be driving off road until you reach your hiking point. Due to the elevation, this would be a perfect late summer activity. I don’t think the scenery is particularly amazing, but I think it would be a fun adventure and I want to stand on the highest point in Nevada. I will likely be camping there this August.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, leave me some feedback in a comment regarding the pros and cons.

 

 

Ski Resort Review

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Snowboarding has been my favorite hobby since the first time I strapped on a board in the winter of 2000-2001. I have been to every major resort in Tahoe over the years and therefore I have developed my opinions about the different mountains. I grew up riding Sierra at Tahoe, but I’m going to focus on the major resorts in North Lake Tahoe for this post. The criteria I evaluate a mountain on includes the terrain, park, the village and the overall feel.

1. Squaw Valley: 
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This mountain is huge: There are 3,600 acres of terrain across 6 peaks. With probably the gnarliest terrain in Tahoe, it’s no surprise some of the best riders in the world such as Shane McConkey have come out of Squaw Valley. For an example of the terrain, check out this video of the Chimney Sweep on the Palisades. Allow me to claim: I have attempted this line twice, but I can never keep it together on the landing. (There is also plenty of beginner terrain.) There is even a game you can play on the terrain at Squaw, and I would advise getting a copy of Squallywood to learn more. If a little kid tells you he’s the best skier on the mountain, he’s probably playing the game, and he just scored around 100 GNAR points. (This has actually happened to me.) Or you can watch the movie Gnar to gain a better understanding of the game. After playing, you will be able to name every chute, cliff and line on the mountain. To the left is a picture I took on top of Mainline pocket last April of 2013. 

Squaw2Squaw hired SPT to build their park, and it’s gotten pretty good in the last couple of years, but nothing extraordinary. There are a ton of restaurants and bars in the village, which will keep you occupied at the end of the day. This is also makes it a great place to bring a family. In the spring, they are the only mountain with a hot tub and pool, and they also have an ice skating rink at the High Camp lodge during the snowier months. I love this mountain and it’s definitely my favorite resort in Tahoe.  To the left is one of my favorite spots to air off of Granite Chief Peak. You can see the landing marks of my friends and I.

The downsides are that it gets very crowded on powder days: You have to get there an hour before the lifts open just to get a good spot in line. You have to hussle to the areas you want to hit because they will get tracked out fast. On storm days, upper mountain is closed due to avalanche danger, which contributes to longer lift lines on lower mountain. In low snow years, it’s not a good place to be because they don’t have the snow making capabilities other resorts have, and there is too much rugged terrain to cover. The mountain used to stay open until the end of May, making it the ultimate spring destination for Tahoe. Now a venture capitalist firm, KSL, is operating Squaw and they close around mid April, even during good snow years.

2. Alpine Meadows:
AlpineAlpine is very similar to Squaw, except it’s a little smaller. The mountains are back to back, so a lot of the terrain is very similar. It’s also owned and operated by KSL, which means their park has improved due to SPT’s expertise. There is very little snow making, which means it’s not the place to be in a very bad snow year. People choose Alpine over Squaw because it’s more laid back. On a powder day, you can hike the ridge from the summit chair and find fresh lines almost all day long. The village is a fraction of the size of Squaw’s, meaning it may be a better place if you want a smaller resort feel, but worse if you’re trying to entertain kids on a vacation. Although this mountain is also owned by KSL, and your season pass is valid at both Alpine and Squaw, Alpine always seems to stay open one week longer than Squaw each year. To the left is a friend’s picture of a section you can hike to from the Summit Chair.

 

 

3. Northstar:
After being bought by Vail resorts, Northstar has changed dramatically. It’s now a destination resort with a huge village, ice skating rink and a lot going on. Their park is definitely one of the best in Tahoe because it’s on a huge run and you can hit a ton of features. They have some of the best snow making in Tahoe, meaning it will be pretty well covered even in low snow years. I hate how long it takes to get on the hill: You now have to park in a lot that is usually very far away, then you take a bus to the village, then you walk through the village, then you ride the gondola to mid-mountain, then you take a chair up to a peak before you can start riding. Also, the mountain is pretty flat which makes it relatively boring on a powder day. The only place you can get moving fast is on LookOut Mountain, but you better be there first because it will be completely tracked by the 3rd run. Here is a run through the park with one of the best riders in the game, Torstein Horgmo.

4. Boreal:
BorealBoreal is tiny. I wonder if there are bigger resorts in the midwest? Although the mountain is small, Boreal has been brilliant in finding its niche, which is building a good park. Many of the best riders are flocking over there to take advantage of the skate park style terrain park, including myself. With a massive indoor Woodward training facility complete with trampolines, ramps into foam pits, etc, they’re catering to the younger crowd who is interested in progressing their tricks. They make a ton of snow and they are usually the first resort to open. Not to mention their passes are much cheaper than other resorts, at $239 for an unlimited pass. Check out their latest edit, and be sure to watch my boy Chirs Geisen who appears at 5:20. That cab 7 indy to stalefish is sick! My favorite part about Boreal is that they are open for night riding 7 days a week until 9pm. In the early winter months I usually head over there about once a week after work to get my snowboarding fix.

5. Sugarbowl: (Photo Credit)
sugar_bowl_skiingSome people would call Sugarbowl one of the few secrets left in Tahoe. Did I just blow it? It’s probably the least crowded of all the big resorts. The park isn’t anything special and I don’t think they have any snow making. On a  powder day, there is plenty of fun terrain to ride, although there are not as many chutes, cliffs, etc as Squaw or Alpine. The section you can see in the background of the photo is the Palisades but to my knowledge not many people hit lines through there. It’s a much better mountain overall than Northstar or Boreal. There is no village, meaning it has a small ski resort feel. I personally like that because I’m interested in riding, but if you’re planning a family vacation you may prefer one of the destination resorts.

6. Mt Rose: (Photo Credit)
mt_rose-chutesThis is the closest resort to Reno, and it’s only about 20 minutes from my office. Out of all the resorts in Tahoe, I have ridden there the least and it has been years since I have been there. The base is at about 8000ft, which is the summit of many other resorts. Therefore during a warm storm where it’s raining at the base of other mountains, Rose will be getting snow. I remember the terrain park as one of the worst in Tahoe and the terrain being pretty mediocre. I will admit, I have never ridden in the chutes and that may change my opinion about the terrain, as I’ve heard it can be awesome on a good day. There is no village at the base, but it’s so close to Reno that it’s not really necessary because you can easily stay in Reno and enjoy everything it has to offer.

What is your favorite mountain to ride and why? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Reno Real Estate

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When I tell people I’m in the mortgage industry, I often get questions like, “Is the housing market starting to rebound?” The short answer is yes. It has been rebounding rapidly and consistently for the past couple of years. I recently stumbled across this article that illustrated how Nevada is ranked as the #1 fastest growing state in terms of home prices. It has grown 22.2% in the past 12 months. To gain a better understanding of the market in Reno, I asked for an experienced agent’s opinion: Joe Wieczorek  [Why –zor-ek] from Dickson Realty:

Q: What do current inventory levels look like?

A: Inventory is extremely low. There are only 834 available properties, (homes without a pending offer) in all of Reno and Sparks!

Q: Considering the low inventory, how “hot” is the market right now, (how quickly are offers being accepted?)

A: It depends on the area and the pricing. If homes are priced at the comparable averages, they will usually be sold in a day or two. If homes are priced under the market value, multiple offers will come in immediately.

Q: What is generally the nature of most buyers you’re encountering? Investors, cash buyer’s from the Bay Area, first time homebuyers, etc?

A: The market has shifted from being dominantly investors to more owner occupiers. Most of the homes we are selling are to families upgrading or relocating to the area.

Q: What are your predictions regarding where the market is headed?

A: I think single family residence sales will continue to be strong: Buyers that short sold or foreclosed years ago are now being eligible to buy again and homeowners suddenly have more equity. Interest rates are still low, prices are still rebounding and there is still limited inventory which will prevent depreciating home values.

Q: Are there particular areas in Reno where you see equity rising faster?

A: Family friendly areas that were hit the hardest have risen the most!

If you have any further questions about the Real Estate market in Reno or you’re interested in purchasing a home, I would highly recommend speaking to Joe or checking out his website.
Office Phone: 775-850-7000
Mobile Phone: 775-335-5962
Email: joew@homeisnevada.com

For more information about the Real Estate market in Reno in February, I found Guy Johnson’s blog from Keller Williams to contain some very insightful information. Some the facts I found most interesting included: The median sales price is up 23.6% from last February. The Reno-Sparks median home sales price is now $100,000 higher than it was at rock bottom in January of 2012, when median prices were $135,000. Below is a table from Guy’s blog that illustrates the details of February sales In February.

sales price ($000′s) units sold cumulative %
0 – 99 12 3.2%
100 – 199 137 39.7%
200 – 299 115 70.4%
300 – 399 61 86.7%
400 – 499 19 91.7%
500 – 599 6 93.3%
600 – 699 9 95.7%
700 – 799 4 96.8%
800 – 899 3 97.6%
900 – 999 3 98.4%
1M+ 6 100%
total 340

For more information about the Real Estate market in Reno, you can check out this monthly video from the Reno Sparks Association of Realtors. This video highlights the trends from January. They also touch on some mortgage trends, but you should come talk to me if you have any questions about trends in that arena, as I feel the video makes things seem worse than they really are.  If you don’t find the information in this video useful, you will at least appreciate the background music. Do you find any of these stats surprising? Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Reno Night Life

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The night life in Reno is an interesting animal: Sometimes it’s ferocious and sometimes it’s tame. It’s often unpredictable. Since Reno is a smaller city, virtually all of the night life exists in downtown or midtown, and almost everything is within walking distance. Unlike Oregon, you can buy hard alcohol at any time of the day and unlike California, most of the bars close when the clientele leave. Best of all, you can easily get food at any time of the night.

Midtown and Downtown are distinctly different. Midtown is generally less crowded and the crowd is typically around the young professional age 25-35. Midtown consists of smaller bars such as St. James Infirmary, The Biggest Little City Club, Death and Taxes, Public House, Chapel, 1864 and more. Out of the bars I just named I like Death and Taxes for their unique cocktails, and St James Infirmary for the atmosphere. In the summer, St. James has a big deck on the second story that’s a prime location to hang with a group of friends.

St James. (Photo Credit)

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Downtown is where most of the nightlife is located. There are too many bars to discuss but choose your location wisely, as some places are complete dives full of people you don’t want to associate with. I usually end up frequenting the same locations: Old Bridge is right on the river and they serve beer from all over the world. You can play shuffle board or darts, and the crowd is usually of the young professional age. Imperial is usually one of the more crowded spots, and they have $2 cocktails after 10pm. They’re also a restaurant and you can order food at later hours. It’s kind of a college bar and therefore the crowd is younger. The bar called Bar is a medium size, but it can get crowded. You can go to play darts or pool and the age of that venue is mixed.

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There are only a handful of clubs in Reno, and my opinion about clubs is that they’re all terrible. In my opinion there is nothing fun about a cover fee, overly priced drinks, loud crappy music and dancing rather than talking as the primary way to communicate. Now that Rise is closed, the main clubs in Reno are Edge inside of the Peppermill, and Babinga inside the El Dorado. I have been to both and Edge is the largest/nicest club in Reno, to my knowledge.

When you’re hunger strikes after you have had a few drinks, you are surrounded by food, however most of it is unhealthy. Noble Pie Parlor serves incredible New York style pizza. You can go to China Diner for some dirty delicious Chinese food or Golden Flower for Pho. Also, all of the casinos serve food into the night and they have a ton of bars. I’m not familiar with what they have to offer because i rarely venture in there. Are there any gems I should know about in the casinos? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Networking in Reno

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Believe it or not, there are more networking organizations in Reno than bars. Okay, I made that up. However there are a ton of different organizations and I have attended most of the events in town. It’s hard to determine which events will meet your networking goals until you attend them and figure it out for yourself. To save you the time, I will provide a description of the primary events in town. You’re welcome.

WIN Breakfast, (Western Industrial Nevada:)
The Win Breakfast is held once a month in the Capri Ballroom at the Peppermill. To my knowledge that event is always held on a Friday morning at 7am and it’s a formal event, so you better wear a suit. At this event you eat breakfast and watch a keynote speaker. There are a lot of well known and respected business professionals at this event, but based on my experiences it’s unlikely you will have the opportunity to meet many of them. Most of the attendees at this event will already be engaged in conversations or sitting at their table. Working the room and meeting a large volume of people would be awkward, but it’s easy to meet everyone at your table. Cross your fingers that you sit at a good table. There are 2 ways to meet people at this event outside of your table: 1. Go with a well connected individual who can introduce you to everyone. 2. Bring a notepad and a pen. When individuals you would like to meet are introduced, write down their name and organization. Look them up when you get back to your office an email them. The cost for the event is $30 for non-members, $15 for members.

Breakthrough Networking:
This is my favorite networking event in Reno. First of all, it’s free because various companies sponsor the event each month. The first 100 people through the door get a drink ticket and there are appetizers for everyone. The event is casual and meeting people is incredibly easy. People from every different profession under the sun attend, and the conversations you start are more real than at other events, perhaps because there’s always a bar close by at these events. Their website contains videos from prior events, as well as a list of upcoming events.

EDAWN:
These events are similar to WIN Breakfasts in that they’re formal, and many important business personnel attend. In fact I would say EDAWN events attract the highest caliber of business professionals out of all the networking events in Reno. You may have to be a member to attend the events, and I’m able to attend them because my company International City Mortgage is a Gold Investor. As a Gold Investor, the costs is usually around $20 per person for the events. The events are held either at lunch or in the evening, and the nature of the events are pretty similar: There is time to network in the beginning, the main event consists of a presentation or speaker, there is usually food and drink involved and more networking opportunities exist after the events. Although you will often be seated at a table, these events are easier to meet people than the WIN breakfast. You can check out their schedule of events here. I attached a picture of an event I attended a few months ago:
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Young Professional Network (YPN:)
I have only been to one YPN event so far, but I liked it and I intend on attending more in the future. The event I attended was very similar to Breakthrough in that there was food and drink, and the setting was casual. These events are known as “Raise the Bar Social Mixers.” It was easy to meet people and the crowd is younger since the YPN’s target market is professionals under 40. However the organization has a variety of committees that hold events related to their cause. You can learn more about this organization from their website.

Nevada Business Connection:
This is a brand new networking group that I’m on the events committee chair for. The purpose of the group will be to connect current MBA students at UNR with alumni and other working professionals in Reno. The events will be free and they will be casual. Our first event is being held this Friday, 3/14, at Sodo from 7-9pm. Sodo is providing 1 free drink and appetizers. A flyer can be located here, and I will attach a screen shot of the flyer below. This is exciting because this will be the first official networking platform for MBA students. In the future we may have guest speakers or workshops, but this it’s going to be a casual meet and greet.
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1 Million Cups:
If you’re an entrepreneur who’s interested in meeting other like minded individuals in the community, this event is for you. Every event consists of a few presenters who share what they’re doing in the area. I have only been to 1/2 of 1 event because it isn’t related to my profession but I have been told the presentations and individuals are usually geared toward the tech world. This is a national organization and the event is held every Wednesday at 9am at Swill Coffee Shop in Reno.

There are a few other networking organizations I have participated in, such as PSN, BNI, L’uva Bella Wine Tasting and more. I will have to post about those at another time. There are also few I would like to attend such as Ignite Reno, and the Rotary Club, (first meeting tomorrow!) Are there any good networking organizations I missed and should be a part of? If so, please leave me a comment and let me know.

PSN, Iginte Reno, wine tasting, BNI, Rotary