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Ascent Douglas hosts photo and video contest

Staff Reports

The best way to share what it really means to live and work in Douglas County is by showing, not telling.

With that in mind, Ascent Douglas hosts the “Show Us Your Douglas County” photo and video contest now through May 26.

Anyone can submit photos or videos, even taken with their smartphone, and submit them for a chance at prizes including a mini video recorder, ski lift tickets or dining certificates.

Entries will be narrowed to the top 10 in each category, photo and video, then opened up to public vote online June 3-16.

For details, visit

Part of Douglas County’s Economic Vitality Plan, the Ascent Douglas County initiative has the planned intention of stimulating economic vitality in the county and marketing it as the preferred site for company relocations within the outdoor recreation and lifestyle manufacturers’ arena.

By utilizing and leveraging current marketing trends and focusing the efforts narrowly toward an outdoor recreation and lifestyle industry, Douglas County, with the support of the Northern Nevada Development Authority, will align itself toward its strengths while positioning itself as the leading region for business and lifestyle.

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City National Bank recently announced that it has jumped to the number three position in Nevada as one of the top Small Business Administration lenders through the first half of SBA fiscal year 2011.

This ranking is based on the total number of SBA loans approved and dollar amount booked from Oct. 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

At the end of March, City National approved 20 SBA loans totaling more than $6.1 million. This compares to a total of five SBA loans for $730,000 during the entire SBA fiscal year 2010 ending Sept. 30, 2010.

City National ranked 11th last year and 31st in 2009 for SBA loans approved and booked in Nevada. In the past two years, City National’s SBA lending activity has vaulted the bank 29 spots to the third largest SBA lender in Nevada.

“The numbers pretty much tell the story and how excited we are about the increased lending activity we’re enjoying in Nevada,” said Larry Charlton, Nevada regional executive for City National Bank. “Loan demand has increased significantly this year over the past two years combined, which reflects the growing confidence business owners have about the economy and its recovery.”

City National also disclosed today that its SBA 504 lending activity for the purchase of an owner-occupied property has increased as well and is showing signs of significant improvement over previous years. Through the first six months of SBA fiscal year 2011, City National has approved three SBA 504 loans totaling more than $2 million compared to no loans in fiscal year 2010. Bank-wide, which includes Nevada, California and New York, City National has approved 20 SBA 504 loans for more than $27 million.

“Business owners are taking advantage of today’s opportunities of attractive interest rates and affordable commercial real estate prices,” said Bruce Ford, vice president and business banking manager for City National. “The 504 product provides business owners some advantages over conventional loans, such as lower equity injection requirements, longer fixed-rate options and longer amortizations. We’re in a perfect economic situation right now that’s fueling the growing demand for this and other lending products.”

City National is a preferred lender with the SBA, which means it can underwrite any SBA loan product without having to go to the SBA for approval. In addition to the 7A and 504 loans, City National also offers the SBA Express and SBA Patriot Express Loan Programs. These are all streamlined lending programs that can be used for working capital, inventory, business acquisitions, equipment, real estate and debt refinancing.

For more information about City National’s SBA lending programs, visit any of the bank’s branch offices, call (775) 828-8101 in Northern Nevada, or visit

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation. It is backed by $21.6 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 79 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City.

The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $60.1 billion in client investment assets, including nearly $38 billion under direct management.

City National has 12 branch offices in Nevada, including eight in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has a loan production office at Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.

The first Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk is 4:30-8 p.m. May 19 in downtown Gardnerville.

Registration will be at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and Stratton Center from 4:30-8 p.m.

Cost is $10 for wrist band and $5 for 2011 wine glass.

Information, 782-8027.