Only months into their third year of business, the operators of the Genoa Country Store are in the position every small business owner wants to be in.“We bought a business that was losing money, and now it’s profitable,” said 35-year-old Genoa resident Derrick Van Der Jagt.Derrick’s wife Kierstin purchased the landmark store in the fall of 2010. Since then the couple have ramped up offerings and expanded market share.“We bought the store, but the deli is more our market area,” Derrick said. “We make sure we have the best ingredients we can, including certified Angus roast beef from Ranch No. 1 in Genoa. We have homemade soups all the time. It’s been working out well for us.”The store will be hosting a Valentine’s Day bash of sorts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9-10. The event has been organized by local artist Russel Ketenjian and will include chocolate, wine tasting, and guitar and oud playing, ballads and blues.There is no cover charge.The store is located at 2299 Main Street, Genoa. For more information, call 782-5974.
The Northern Nevada Development Authority is hosting a breakfast to introduce the 2013 Agriculture Report to the state. This report has involved dozens of individuals along with University of Nevada, Reno, and months of revisions to establish where Nevada is at and what the future holds. Gov. Brian Sandoval and State Director of Agriculture Jim Barbee will be sharing some of the vital information coming out of this report and how this $5.3 billion industry impacts every part of the state. The meeting is today at 7 a.m. in the Carson Nugget.Some highlights of the report: Clark County leads the state in agriculture production; Nevada imports most of the beef it consumes; Southern Nevada is the leader in consumption of agriculture.For information regarding copies of the report, contact Lee Bonner at email@example.com.
Minden resident Erika Evans has joined the team of stylists at Drago’s Salon & Day Spa in Minden.Evans performs cosmetology, hair coloring, cutting, styling, and make-up. She is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.The salon is located at 1667 Highway 395, Minden.For more information, call 782-5909.
Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 8 in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for 2013,” the firm’s 14th appearance on the list, according to four Carson Valley financial advisors.Currently, Edward Jones has 4,630 positions available throughout the country, mostly for financial advisor and branch office administrator. Each Edward Jones branch office includes one financial advisor and one branch office administrator who work one-on-one with clients in the communities where those clients live.To pick the 100 companies, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct an extensive employee survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s trust index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the institute’s culture audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.Edward Jones’ 12,000-plus financial advisors work with nearly 7 million clients to create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. The company website is www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.