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October 30, 2012
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Starbucks roasting plant receives manufacturing award

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence has named the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant in Johnson Lane the 2012 recipient of its Manufacturing Excellence Award.

The plant produces and distributes 12 different kinds of coffee bags packed with either ground or whole-bean coffees. From there, the plant ships directly to Starbucks stores and food service locations.

"There is effective protocol for deploying key company goals and a regular practice of sending people from the plant to visit stores, growers and suppliers," said Paul Kuchuris, AME president. "They also change the themes of each weekly leadership meeting to focus on different areas like safety, action items, operational excellence and the like, and this has proven very effective for them."

AME's Manufacturing Excellence Awards honor North American manufacturing plants that "demonstrate significant progress in their journeys toward enterprise excellence through continuous improvement over a three-year period."

The award was presented during a ceremony Oct. 16 in Chicago.

For more information about AME, visit

Main Street Gardnerville continues its "cash mob" economic stimulus campaign to strengthen the local economy.

A cash mob is comparable to a flash mob, but instead of singing and dancing, cash mobbers join together and commit to spending $10-20 at a predetermined local business.

Cash mob businesses are selected via random drawing of Main Street members.

The town's first cash mob took place Oct. 6 at Fresh Ideas. The upcoming cash mob will take place at Candles 'N Crafts, 1540 Highway 395, Suite 2, during regular business hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 3.

Locals are asked to join the Facebook group "Main Street Gardnerville Cash Mob" then invite their friends to do the same.

"Help us spread the word by utilizing your social media contacts and friends to make an impact on our locally owned businesses," MSG Manager Paula Lochridge said in a press release.

According to the American Independent Business Alliance, when a consumer spends $100 in a locally owned business, $45 of it stays in the community.

When that same $100 is spent in a national chain store, only $13 stays local.

For more information, call 782-8027.

Startup Weekend, a national grassroots business-launching event, is coming to Reno for the first time Feb. 22-24.

Startup Weekend Reno will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources for a weekend of sharing ideas, forming teams and launching startups.

On the first night, attendees pitch their ideas in 60 seconds or less. The remainder of the weekend is spent in groups formulating the most popular ideas - often web and mobile applications - with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs.

It culminates with presentations in front of bankers, venture capitalists, and marketing and sales gurus, who provide critical feedback.

"GOED is proud to back this kind of innovative, grassroots effort that leads to real job creation. Roughly 80 percent of participants continue working with their team or startup after the weekend, and over 36 percent of participating groups are still going strong after three months," said GOED Executive Director Steve Hill.

Registration is open to everyone, though spots are limited. Register online at

For more information, email

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 30, 2012 05:05PM Published Oct 30, 2012 04:58PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.