conference attendance

Selecting the Right Employee for Conference Attendance

Conference attendee selection might be agonizing at your organization because 1) everyone wants to go, or; 2) it’s just the opposite and you resort to drawing straws and the short one is sent off. Budgets are tight, you’ve set goals as to what you want to accomplish and you want the most out of your resources — financial and human. What do you do? Work backwards. The secret is to have enough managerial insight to envision that ideal attendee’s behavior pre-, during and post-conference. When deciding who to represent your organization for conference attendance, select someone who just gets giddy over the end result that you want and the expectations set forth. Here’s how to picture them:

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Local Reno Company & Kawasaki Motors Corp Have Something in Common – Strength in Numbers

“Kawasaki Strong” was the theme for the National Dealer Business meeting in San Diego, September 5th-7th, 2013.  The Applied Companies in Reno Nevada participated in the meeting with Kawasaki Motors Corp through their division called Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company, or KDBC. KDBC is headquartered in Reno, Nevada and has a strategic business alliance with Kawasaki Motors Corp. With more than twenty years’ experience in insurance and professional employer services, KDBC offers an exclusive program to Kawasaki dealers around the country that helps small business owners save time, lower risk and increase the value of their organization.

Kawasaki has a strong legacy and heritage that no other Japanese OEM can even come close to matching. Bullet trains, cargo ships, subway cars, jets, robotics and a dynamic Powersports line-up just to mention a few.  They have strength in numbers, strength in innovative engineers, designer, factory team members, support team members and strong strategic business alliances with companies like KDBC.

Jim Annis, CEO of KDBC said, “Our clients sell “FUN”, and we handle the non-productive administrative functions that not only gives them more time but also protects their business interests.  We rolled out the KDBC program less than two years ago and we already have a presence in twenty five states.” “The response to the program has been phenomenal and we expect huge growth for the remainder of this year and through 2014,” says Annis.

About KDBC

Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company is an expert in insurance and professional employer services and offers an exclusive dealer program to save Kawasaki Dealers both time and money. They provide complete garage insurance protection, worker’s compensation coverage, employee benefits package, human resource management and payroll administration. They operate in all fifty states and headquarter in Reno Nevada. More information can be found on the Internet at,

About Kawasaki Motors Corp

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, Side x Sides, and personal watercraft through a network of more than 1,200 independent retailers, with an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.“, is recognized worldwide. For five decades, the Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at


Cindy Welch, Sales
Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company

Hot August Nights Employee Day

It’s that time of year again when nostalgia is king, chrome rules and hot cars are rumbling in the streets. Hot August Nights is THE classic car event hosting tens of thousands of visitors in northern Nevada. With all the excitement and interest generated and so many of our residents volunteering during the event, what a great opportunity to host a HAN Employee Day.

Pick a day during the week – Friday’s are always good – and welcome your staff to dress like its 1972 or older (the HAN car registration criteria). 1950’s attire is always popular. If anyone in the company has a classic car not registered in HAN, invite them to park in the company’s parking area in front of your building for a mini show and shine. Bring in burgers, fries and Coca-Cola for lunch, turn on some rock and roll and let your employees know how much you appreciate how they “show and shine” for the business.


If you need a tip on where to find men and women’s vintage fashions, try the locally owned Junkee Clothing Exchange. Owners Jessica and Troy Schneider have been in business five years as of May 2013. The recycled clothing and affordable antiques cover all types of costumes and centuries with a large focus on the 1920’s – 1990’s. Plan on spending lots of time going through the treasures located at 960 S. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, (775) 322-5865.

A Hot August Nights Employee Day is just one more way to make your establishment a great place to work by providing an opportunity for employees to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 16 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Invitation to Affordable Care Act Informational Meetings

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA, Health Insurance Reform, Health Care Reform, the federal health care law, or Obamacare (some Americans view this moniker as politically incorrect) you can’t live in America and avoid it any longer.

On January 1, 2014 ALL individuals, employed or not, must make a health insurance decision. The ramifications are significant. We encourage Nevadan’s to face this monumental change with their eyes wide open and avoid rumors. We’ve heard people say such things as, “I’m going to the State Exchange to get free health insurance” and “Bah! The government can’t enforce any health care rulings.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

In an effort to help employers become educated, The Applied Companies is holding ACA informational meetings during 2013. Our business is employment. It is imperative that we be on the cutting edge of this monumental change in how Nevada does business and we want to share our expertise with you.

Please click here to see our current meeting dates and location. What you do in 2013 impacts 2014. Join us – why face the ACA alone?

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 16 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.