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Have business model, will travel

When Kim Sarubbi and Sonia Petkewich, partners at Las Vegas-based Crescent Technology Solutions, bought out their third partner, they rebranded and retooled, aiming to offer an alternative to traditional staffing.

Taurean Consulting Group launched in September at the Holsum Lofts on West Charleston Boulevard as a woman-owned IT staffing and full-project solutions company serving hotel-casino operators, gaming manufacturers, financial institutions, health care companies and city and state governments.

“Our industry is looked at as transactional and that’s what we want to get away from,” Petkewich said. “We wanted the focus to be on making our clients happy and help our contractors and consultants with their goals.”

Petkewich said being based in Las Vegas has its perks.

“Nevada makes it easy to do business and we’ve made a lot of personal and professional relationships here,” she said. “Being in Las Vegas also gives us an advantage to be at our vendor and customers’ beck and call.”

Taurean Consulting Group opened its first new location, which Sarubbi will head, in Nashville, Tennessee, last month.

“Our growth strategy is to be on trend with rising hotbeds for technology and innovation,” Sarubbi said in a statement. “Nashville is attracting high-profile startups, which is driving a very exciting tech scene and our focus is to make Taurean Consulting Group an integral part of bringing top tech talent to Nashville companies.”

Taurean Consulting Group partnered with Sarubbi’s other Nashville venture, digital sign company Saddle Ranch Digital, to integrate content design, development and production.

“Kim has spent years within the staffing and digital media production industries so she brings that to the table,” Petkewich said. “They’re well-versed in digital content and media and are growing in the health care industry so we’re able to help them deepen their solutions. It’s a perfect match.”

Petkewich said Taurean Consulting Group hopes to launch in more markets nationwide, perhaps Texas and Oregon.

“We have a lot of people in other states reaching out to us and saying they’d like to help launch our brand in other markets,” she said. “We also have clients moving in and out of the market and they want trusted resources where they end up so we’ll do whatever we can to launch in other markets for them.”

Through its partnership with online educator ITU online, Taurean Consulting Group will work to enable professional success.

“It allows us to not only place people in certain roles, but to educate them to create career paths and make them more eligible for career growth in IT,” she said. “We want to create a place where candidates not only come to get a job but to drive their career.”

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