Independence Day 2013: Freedom Fighters Wanted

It’s fitting to ask how much freedom U.S. citizens really have in 2013, and how much we have handed over to the federal government.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day this month, it’s fitting to ask how much freedom U.S. citizens really have in 2013, and how much we have handed over to the federal government. I won’t say the feds have taken our freedom away from us, because they’ve done so with our permission. Ever since the FDR administration, citizens have stopped insisting that the government adhere … [Read more...]

Made in Nevada: What Happens Here Goes Everywhere

Exports made in Nevada are growing healthily despite the lackadaisical economy.

America and the world want what Nevada’s got – and not just what’s on the Strip. Exports traveling from Nevada to points north, south, east and west are growing healthily despite the lackadaisical economy. Bolstered by visionary entrepreneurs, a solid workforce, smart tax policies and a state government that mostly knows when to help and when to get out of the way, the world … [Read more...]

Credit Unions in Nevada: They’re Coming Back

Many credit unions in Nevada are garnering profits, a welcome trend.

During the recession, Nevada’s Boulder Dam Credit Union (BDCU) moved from the black into the red, primarily due to loan losses, said President and CEO Eric Estes. It weathered the financial decline by shrinking assets and shares. After three and a half years in the doldrums, the credit union’s health began to turn around. BDCU now has been profitable for about 18 months, … [Read more...]

Industry Focus: Commercial Real Estate

Industry experts are beginning to see an uptick in Nevada commercial real estate. Executives recently discussed the market.

It’s likely that no industry has felt the recession as strongly as the commercial real estate industry. Yet, industry experts are beginning to see an uptick in the previously challenged market. Executives representing commercial real estate interests recently met at the Las Vegas offices of Stable Development to discuss the market. Connie Brennan, publisher of Nevada … [Read more...]

CCIM Southern Nevada: The Art of the Transaction

The CCIM Southern Nevada professional's CCIM designation is the mark of a professional and signifies elite status in the professional community.

More than 15,000 commercial real estate professionals have earned their Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, considered by many to be the master’s degree equivalent in the real estate world. The CCIM designation is the mark of a professional and signifies elite status in the professional community. Membership creates access to networking opportunities, … [Read more...]

July 2013: Around the State

Nevdada business news - July 2013: Around the State

AlphaVu Launches Nevada Operations AlphaVu LLC, a Washington, DC company that provides data mining and target messaging, has established a Las Vegas branch. The Nevada arm will serve as the operational base for the company’s growth into the southwest region.  AlphaVu-Nevada will open its doors next month in the Howard Hughes Center.  The company serves corporate, issue … [Read more...]

Kyle McCann, CFP®: Prutzman Wealth Management

Meet Kyle McCann, CFP®: Wealth Advisor, Prutzman Wealth Management

Wealth Advisor Reno How did you first get into your profession? My love for finance and the stock market began in high school. We played a virtual stock market game in a math class and I was hooked and I knew that this would be my career. After graduating college I took my first job in the industry with Fidelity Investments. After a few … [Read more...]

Theresa Fette: Provident Trust Group

Meet Theresa Fette: CEO, Provident Trust Group

CEO Las Vegas What would you want your legacy to future generations to be? My legacy is to leave behind a legacy of clients who feel that we provided a valued service and did it with their best interests always in mind. It is also very important for me to leave behind a legacy of employees, my team, who feel empowered to dream, but more … [Read more...]

Glenn H. Truitt, Esq.: Half Price Lawyers

Meet Glenn H. Truitt, Esq.: Managing Partner, Half Price Lawyers

Managing Partner Las Vegas What would you want your legacy for future generations to be? I would like to leave behind not just a practice, but a way to practice law. We have a fundamental obligation to use our abilities and education to help those unable to help themselves—and we can and must do a better job. I would like to inspire … [Read more...]

Mediation: A Litigation Alternative

Why mediation? Mediation can avoid the delays, high costs, uncertainty, the precedent setting effect and public spectacle of litigation.

“Real peace is not the absence of conflict. Rather it is that state where conflict is managed effectively, efficiently and respectfully.” – Unknown Conflict resolution can be viewed on a continuum, with negotiation on one end, and a decision(s) by a judge(s) on the other. In between lies mediation, which is facilitated negotiation and arbitration. The latter includes a third … [Read more...]

The New Business of Medical Marijuana in Nevada

The new medical marijuana industry will present both opportunities and risks for the serious-minded entrepreneur.

Medical Marijuana Establishments Medical Marijuana occupied substantial time and energy during the 77th Legislature in the form of Senate Bill 374. Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB 374 on June 12, 2013, and with the stroke of a pen created the framework for some new and unique business establishments in Nevada. Beginning New Years Day 2014, companies may begin servicing … [Read more...]

Closing the Digital Divide: Digital literacy is imperative for America’s economic future

Digital literacy is imperative for America’s economic future and possessing these skills is absolutely essential for accessing the jobs and education.

It’s likely that high level business executives, like those reading this article, have access to a broadband connection and are able to navigate to the very bowels of the Internet on their own computer or web enabled device any time they please. Step-away from this niche group momentarily and it’s not too shocking to learn that broadband adoption rates around the U.S. do not … [Read more...]

Nevada Real Estate & Development Report: July 2013

Nevada ReD Report July 2013: Commercial real estate and development - projects, sales, and leases.

Projects Las Vegas, 89101 Government Las Vegas’ new City Hall has been chosen as the 2013 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association. The eight-level, 308,000 SF building replaces the former City Hall that was constructed in 1971. The facility created office space for up to 570 staff members for the City of Las Vegas. The new structural design … [Read more...]

Retail Summary: First Quarter 2013

A look at the Nevada commercial real estate retail summary: First Quarter 2013.

Southern Nevada Vacancies in the retail sector reported a modest quarter-over-quarter increase to 9.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Although up 10 basis points (0.1 percent) compared to the prior quarter (Q4 2012), vacancies remain down 60 basis points (0.6 percent) from a year ago (Q1 2012). Two projects for specific users completed construction during the quarter, … [Read more...]

July 2013: Business Indicators

July 2013: Business Indicators - U.S., Nevada, Las Vegas, Reno

Revised estimates for first quarter 2013 show U.S. real GDP increasing at an annualized rate of 2.4 percent, an improvement over the 0.4 percent growth experienced in fourth quarter 2012. Federal government spending, net exports, and state and local government spending all made negative contributions. Personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, business … [Read more...]

How has social media impacted your daily life?

How has social media impacted your daily life?

“Social media is a constant part of my day. It’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep at night.” Nicole Rose Dion • Digital Communications, The Abbi Agency - “Social media has impacted my daily life by allowing me the opportunity to reach out to people I may not have otherwise been able to speak with or … [Read more...]