How to start a business in Nevada | NCET Biz Tips - Reno Gazette Journal

How to start a business in Nevada | NCET Biz Tips - Reno Gazette JournalHow to start a business in Nevada | NCET Biz Tips - Reno Gazette JournalPosted: 18 Mar 2020 11:05 PM PDTDave ArcherPublished 10:44 p.m. PT March 18, 2020 CLOSE Subscribe:Stay in the know with a digital subscription to -- and get 3 months for just $3!NCET helps you explore business and technologyNevadans start several thousand new businesses each year. If you'd like to be one of them, NCET and the Reno Gazette Journal are pleased to introduce a new monthly column designed to help you start your business.Each month, our local business experts will explore a key part of the business planning and decision-making process as we walk through the areas that can make or break your business.Overall, these monthly columns will follow the same format used in creating a business plan. If you're a regular reader of NCET's columns, you've seen me standing firmly on this soapbox before. A business plan is th…

Community hosting benefit for longtime Bryan business owner - KBTX

Community hosting benefit for longtime Bryan business owner - KBTX

Community hosting benefit for longtime Bryan business owner - KBTX

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 08:45 PM PST

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Friends and family of a local business owner are coming together to host a benefit in his name.

Ronnie Dicharo, the owner of Sam's Shoe Service in Bryan, says because of recent health complications, he's been tight on money.

"I was closed here for at least two months straight - September and October. So I didn't have any income coming in," said Dicharo.

Dicharo's close friend Bill Bertrand decided he was going to step in and help by hosting a fundraiser. All the proceeds will go to Dicharo.

"We're going to be selling barbecue plates. They'll have a donation jar there. We're also setting up stuff for a silent auction and they can come and eat, bid on something, or just come by and let him know you're thinking of him," said Bertrand.

Bertrand says Dicharo would do the same thing for anyone who needed it.

"They're a caring, giving family and they care about the community. We don't mind doing it for him," said Bertrand.

The benefit is Saturday, February 15 starting at 12:00 p.m. at Sons of Hermann in Bryan. Bertrand says everyone is invited to attend, listen to music and have a good time. One of the items they'll be auctioning off is a guitar autographed by George Strait.

Local business owner gives away home - 14 News WFIE Evansville

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 03:23 PM PST

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Indy business owner confident community commitment to crime prevention is impactful - FOX 59 Indianapolis

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 08:24 PM PST

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A northeast side business co-owner who lives near the Subway where Ashok Kumar was killed one week ago says he knows a total community commitment to stopping crime works wonders.

Peter Courtney is a co-owner of Movable Feast, located on East 65th Street off of Binford Boulevard. He's served as a neighborhood advocate for BRAG -- Binford Redevelopment and Growth Inc. -- for years.

"What we've always done with BRAG is offer solutions, offer how we can help to IMPD, to the prosecutor's office, to businesses, to neighbors," Courtney said.

Courtney understands how his neighbors are feeling following the death of Kumar.

"People are hurt, people want to help, so I think you have a great resource up there with that church, Castleton United Methodist Church," Courtney said.

Castleton UMC organized a prayer vigil last Wednesday, which quickly turned into a community call for involvement in to reduce violent crime in Indianapolis.

"People are looking for a chance to help," Courtney explained. "People at a time like this are grieving and they're struck. It's like you feel your core is hit. This is a time to unite. This is a time to grieve for loss of life, which is tragic. But at the same time, we need to work together, pull together as one community."

Courtney said the solution is people staying aware of what is going on in their neighborhoods, offering assistance to police and sharing information among other businesses and neighborhoods. Courtney said he is confident the tide of crime can turn.

"Yeah you can," Courtney said cheerfully. "Yeah you can. I mean, you can't be Pollyanna and think you can eliminate it. You can reduce it. You can reduce it greatly. In that, you bring more pride in your neighborhood and your community."

According to IMPD's most recent numbers given to the public in January, the number of robbery cases decreased from 2018 to 2019.

How one local business owner went from creating milkshakes to wedding cakes -

Posted: 04 Feb 2020 08:57 AM PST

Kristal Bryant of K&J's Elegant Pastries in Alabaster has been featured by Southern Living magazine, the Travel Channel, and a host of news outlets throughout Alabama due to her "Kollasal" milkshakes that come topped with cookies, candy, or even a whole cupcake or cinnamon roll.

But K&J's is more than milkshakes. Offering 50 flavor combinations and eye-catching elaborate designs, Bryant's cakes—especially her wedding cakes—deserve to be in the spotlight.

"I love the shakes, I love everything about the business, but the cakes are my passion," Bryant says.

The Culinard graduate worked in restaurants for several years, and during that time started baking cakes out of her home as a side gig. "Working in restaurants, you're doing the same thing over and over," Bryant says. "Once I started dabbling in cakes, I saw that I could be super creative. I can express my artistic side a lot more."

Bryant opened her first shop on Kent Dairy Road in Alabaster in 2013, selling custom cakes as well as cupcakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

"The first couple of years were a struggle," Bryant says. She relied heavily on her husband's support. "Some days I would come home with $60 made the whole day."

Eventually, business picked up, and in 2017 Bryant moved her store to its current home at 236 First Street South in Alabaster. She added ice cream to the menu and started making her signature monster milkshakes.

A short feature about the milkshakes on brought a wave of new customers to the shop. Then, those customers shared pictures of their shakes on social media and milkshake mania began.

"The line was out the door and we had people all the way down the sidewalk," Bryant says. "We went from 10 to 15 customers a day to 300 people a day." The sudden boom in business was hard to handle. "I was thankful, but I used to leave like 'Oh my god what have I gotten myself into,'" she admits.

As a result of the milkshake craze, Bryant had to cut back on the work she loved most. She says at the time, she was only doing 15 cakes a week, when she typically did 40. Luckily, she had family she could turn to for help.

"Everybody pitched in," Bryant says. "My parents would come work. My in-laws were helping us clean at night." Her cousins, nieces, and nephews have helped out, too.

The help was fitting since Bryant has always considered K&J's Elegant Pastries a family business. It's in the name. "I'm the K and they're the Js," Bryant says of her husband Jonathan, who's part owner of the business, and her daughters Ja'Kaiya and Jaliyah.

More Than Milkshakes

Bryant's shop is calmer in the winter when milkshakes aren't as in-demand.

"I'm glad that it's settled down because now I can focus more on the cakes," Bryant says.

To ramp up business for her wedding and occasion cakes, Bryant displays beautifully decorated cakes in her shop. She does digital advertising and media appearances promoting her cakes and participates in cake tastings at bridal shows.

Bryant has orders for custom wedding cakes from cities throughout Alabama as well as Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. Though creating custom wedding cakes is Bryant's favorite work to do, she admits that it's not always easy.

"There is a lot of pressure," Bryant says. "It's going to advertise to 200 to 250 people, so it has to be on point."

Wedding cakes give Bryant a larger canvas and a chance to let her creativity loose. Last year, she and her team made a wedding cake that served 500 people. "It was a week-long process and it had over 4,000 sugar flowers," Bryant says. "That was a ton of work, but it was so much fun. And the bride said, 'You made my cake dreams come true.'"

Birmingham Bound

K&J's, which also runs a food truck, is set to open a second location this year in downtown Birmingham.

"That's been my dream because that's my hometown and that's where most of my customers are," Bryant says.

The success of K&J's keeps Bryant busy, but she's never too busy to help other women trying to break into the business, like fellow baker Monique Jones. "I've learned so much from her," says Jones, who met Bryant through Facebook.

Jones recently opened Double Sweetness Cakery in Center Point with her business partner Sheila Henderson. Jones says Bryant has helped her with cake design, business management, and more.

"When I reached out to her, she could have said, 'No, you're competition,'" Jones says. "But she's willing to help anyone. That's what I admire the most about her."

Bryant says when she was starting her business, she had a lot of questions and no one to turn to for answers. "For me to be that for somebody else when I know I was looking for that and didn't have it felt so good," she says.

Though Bryant plans to continue growing K&J's Elegant Pastries for years to come, she has another aspiration, too. "A dream of mine is to have a wedding cake boutique," she says. "Once I'm ready to retire I only want to do wedding cakes."


K&J's Elegant Pastries | 236 First Street South (Alabaster) | 205.663.4827 | Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. |

This story appears in Birmingham magazine's February 2020 issue. Subscribe today!

What Small Business Owners Should Know About Wrongful Termination Lawsuits - The Advocate

Posted: 04 Feb 2020 10:30 AM PST

Employment discrimination and wrongful terminations are one of the most common types of lawsuits filed against small businesses. These violations can sometimes occur due to process mismanagement or lack of understanding of relevant laws, but it's important for business owners to remember that intent doesn't necessarily matter in these cases.

As for the outcome? The average claim amount received by terminated employees is $37,200, according to, although in many cases, award amounts can range from $5,000 to $80,000. Many of these claims are settled by employers rather than challenged in court to avoid damage to the company's reputation. Employment Practice Insurance can help defray financial costs but cannot shield you from public embarrassment.

Avoiding a wrongful termination claim against your company can be challenging, especially when faced with so many regulations. Regulatory compliance, internal consistency and good resources are your best defense.

Applicable laws 

It's important to know that both state and federal laws may apply in a wrongful termination claim, and there's seldom consistency when it comes to state law. Further complicating the matter, a wrongful termination claim can be filed under several different federal laws.

Most claims are filed under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, which expressly prohibits discrimination against employees, but other laws and acts may also apply depending on the circumstances of the employee's dismissal. These include:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

With so many laws, rules and regulations that must be addressed, it's important for employers to have a system to manage compliance.

Types of claims  

An employee can file a wrongful termination claim based on discrimination due to race, religion, disability, age, pregnancy and more.  These lawsuits can also result from:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Disparate Treatment
  • Constructive (Provoked) Discharge, i.e. a  hostile work environment
  • Inconsistent Application of Company Policies
  • Retaliation

It's important to note that retaliation claims are on the rise. In 1997, these claims made up 22 percent of all workplace discrimination claims, but that number grew to almost 45 percent of workplace discrimination claims in 2017, according to a report by New York Public Radio. While these numbers are not tracked in terms of wrongful termination lawsuits, business owners must be aware of the risk of these claims in their dismissal process.

Preventative actions you can take  

There are many things you can do to try to avoid being sued as a result of firing an employee, but it all starts with your policies and procedures. Review these documents to determine if they are consistent with your actual practices. If not, adjust either the documents or your actions to establish consistency. While you're reviewing these documents, take time to confirm that they're compliant with state and federal employment laws.

Create a worksheet that includes all necessary steps to be taken during the termination process, including required documentation. If your policies include a probationary period or opportunity for corrective actions, be sure that the steps on this worksheet reflect these options. If a plan for corrective action is put into place, have the employee sign a statement that he or she understands that their performance is lacking and that they'll be dismissed if these issues are not improved.

Before terminating the employee's employment, have an impartial person, such as a human resources executive or other knowledgeable individual, review the documentation to attest that you have a legitimate business reason for the decision.

When you inform the employee that their employment is being terminated, be clear and make a short statement that he or she is being dismissed "for cause" but do not add any specifics. It could be an emotional meeting, but remember that staying professional can be key to reducing the risk of a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Resources to improve compliance and reduce risk

As a small business owner, you may not have the time or resources to become an expert in human resources, hour and wage, OSHA and other laws. For this reason, you may wish to use a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). When you create a relationship with a PEO, you receive, among other benefits, their expertise in both state and federal HR compliance. This includes everything from the interview process to voluntary or involuntary termination of employment.

Purchasing human resource software is another option to help manage a variety of issues, including termination of employment. There are several systems designed specifically for small businesses, but not all of them include regulatory compliance. Some even come with their own apps.

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