We Are Blessed to Live in America Today

Lyle Brennan

During the 2012 presidential campaign, both major parties competed to see who could paint the most negative picture of this country’s economy, society and future. This gave them a chance to blame their political enemies for the sorry state of affairs and show how their candidate was the only one who could pull us back… [More...]

Economic Development: Critical to Nevada

Economic Development: Critical to Nevada

When it comes to Nevada’s future, economic development is critical. Over the last 12 months, The Silver State has made strides on this front. Among other accomplishments, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) hired a leader in November 2011. This spring Gov. Brian Sandoval released “Moving Nevada Forward: A Plan for Excellence in Economic… [More...]

The Office Environment Evolves: Changing the Rules of the Workplace

The Office Environment Evolves: Changing the Rules of the Workplace

Given the organic changes taking place in business, why would anyone suppose that office environments would stay the same? In fact, they aren’t. Office evolution — cubicles and work stations that are smaller; more flexible spaces; more open common areas for collaboration and team work; a marked preference for natural light; greater use of green… [More...]

Industry Focus: Healthcare

Industry Focus: Healthcare in Nevada

Recently, executives representing healthcare in Nevada met at the Las Vegas offices of City National Bank to discuss changes to and the future of healthcare in the Silver State.

Left to right: Dr. Brian Lawenda, 21st Century Oncology; Dr. Benjamin Rodriguez, Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners; William Moore, Desert Radiologists; Larry Charlton, City National Bank; Doug Geinzer, Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition; Dr. Linda Johnson, Southwest Medical Associates; Mike Murphy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dr. Brian Murphy, Nathan Adelson Hospice; Mike Gorman, MedicWest/American Medical Response [More...]

Cash Flow & Collections: Making Accounts Receivable Perform for Your Business

Cash Flow & Collections: Making Accounts Receivable Perform for Your Business

Nobody likes to talk about money. Most of us were raised to feel it’s uncouth. For polite society, that’s not such a bad guideline. But for businesses trying to maintain the bottom line, talking about money is a necessity – as is asking for it from clients and making certain it gets paid. In the… [More...]

January 2013: Around the State

Around-the-State: Nevada

Home Prices Rising in Las Vegas According to recent statistics from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR), Southern Nevada home prices increased again in November. The median price of single-family homes sold was $146,000, up 4.3 percent from the $140,000 in October and up 16.8 percent from the same period last year. Alternatively, in… [More...]

Joseph R. Ganley: Hutchison & Steffen

Joseph R. Ganley, Hutchison & Steffen

Senior Partner Las Vegas Where is the greatest demand for legal services? Trust and estate litigation. Because of aging Baby Boomers and changes in tax laws, vast amounts of wealth are being transferred through these legal vehicles, and with those transfers come disputes. This area of practice is quickly becoming our busiest. We have a… [More...]

Valerie J. Cooney: Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans

Valerie J. Cooney, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans

Executive Director Carson City How did you first get into your profession? My father was an attorney in a small town in Northern California. I did not consider a career in law as I was growing up, but I knew I liked helping others. I spent several years after college working in various casinos in Lake… [More...]

John P. Desmond: Gordon Silver

John P. Desmond, Gordon Silver

Shareholder Reno What do you like most and least about your industry? My favorite part of our industry is being creative in trying to help solve problems for businesses that find themselves in a dispute. Litigation is very stressful and time consuming for businesses and getting problems resolved quickly is almost always in everyone’s best interest.… [More...]

Why It’s Morally Wrong to Expand Medicaid: Government should protect property, not redistribute it

Why is stealing wrong? Is it wrong because it’s illegal? Or is stealing wrong because individuals have a God-given or natural right to their own property? To some people, that’s like asking, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” — in other words, they think the answer is unknowable. But there’s an essential difference… [More...]

The Unintended Franchise: If It Quacks Like A Duck . . .

Are you operating a franchise system without realizing it? If you are licensing to others the right to use your trademark for a fee, the answer could be yes. Under both federal and some state laws, a business relationship may be a franchise — even if neither of the parties intended to create one. At… [More...]

Retail Summary: Third Quarter 2012

Nevada Commercial Real Estate Report: Third Quarter 2012

Las Vegas While the vacancy rate in the Las Vegas retail sector remains elevated, it posted both consecutive-quarterly and annual declines during the third quarter of 2012. The market reported a vacancy rate of 10.2 percent during the third quarter, down 0.3 percentage points when compared to the prior quarter (Q2 2012). Compared to a… [More...]

January 2013: Business Indicators

Business Indicators for U.S., Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies

The U.S. economy is showing signs of moderate improvement. Revised estimates of U.S. real GDP for third quarter 2012 show an annualized growth rate of 2.7 percent, up from the previous estimate of 2.0 percent. Most of the improvement can be attributed to a higher rate of inventory accumulation than previously estimated. U.S. nonfarm employment… [More...]

What is your hope for 2013?

Nevada Business Magazine - The Last Word - January 2013

Six executives share thoughts on what their hopes are for 2013:

Lea Carrasco-Zanini • Executive Director, Golden Rainbow; Barry Meyer • President, Tuff-N-Uff Productions, Inc.; Lexy Capp • Owner and Founder, Nannies & Housekeepers U.S.A; Brian Burton • President and CEO, Three Square Food Bank; Patty Kelley • 2013 President, Nevada Association of Realtors; Gene Galloway • President and CEO, Plaza Bank [More...]