Home, Home on the Range: Where the Desert Tortoises Roam?

Cliven Bundy is a man on a mission. He’s been battling the federal government -- specifically, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Cliven Bundy is a man on a mission. He’s been battling the federal government — specifically, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — for more than 20 years, and he’s determined to win this David-and-Goliath battle. Bundy’s family has raised cattle on the land around Mesquite since the 1870s, and he now owns about 500… [More...]

Rural Nevada: Independent Spirit Alive and Well

Rural Nevada seems to be rebounding in most communities that were hit the hardest, and recovering in a very positive manner.

Nevada’s rural economies are microcosms of the state’s economy, each with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. While the rest of the country experienced the economic downturn, several of Nevada’s northeastern rural counties barely even blinked. As the economy dove and gold prices rose, mining counties like Elko are just now catching their breath as… [More...]

Medical Marvels

The 2013 Medical Marvels list wherein all of Nevada’s communities were encouraged to nominate their doctors for the exceptional work they do.

The healthcare industry has seen a vast amount of changes in a short time period leaving doctors working double time to catch up. This has only helped solidify the drive and passion of many of Nevada’s excellent healthcare providers. The following list highlights these doctors as ranked by the community and their peers. The 2013… [More...]

Legal Opinions 2013

Legal Opinions is an invaluable tool for business professionals and certainly an issue to keep on the shelf for future reference.

Attorneys, like doctors, have highly specialized skills that are in high demand, especially in today’s increasingly legalistic world. The following pages feature a special report that gives the reader the opportunity to receive legal advice at a fraction of the cost (in essence 100 percent off the lawyer’s normal rates). The following pages offer free… [More...]

Chapter 11 for Individuals: Three Key Differences from Business Reorganizations

Chapter 11 is primarily a vehicle for businesses to reorganize, but can also be utilized by individuals.

Chapter 11 is primarily a vehicle for businesses to reorganize, but can also be utilized by individuals (i) who have debts that exceed the limits for “wage earner” repayment plans under Chapter 13; and/or (ii) earn too much to be eligible for a Chapter 7 liquidation. For example, Chapter 13 is only available to debtors… [More...]

Estate Tax Changes Require Immediate Attention

Few people are aware that as a result of “fiscal cliff” negotiations Congress also enacted permanent changes to the federal estate tax and gift tax laws.

Many people likely recall Congress’ so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations at the end of 2012, which resulted in a great deal of commotion regarding changes to the income tax. Most of us have encountered these changes to some degree, but fewer people are probably aware that as a result of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations Congress also… [More...]

Campaign Finances — But I want to Give More! The Struggle between the First Amendment and Corruption

The Struggle between the First Amendment and Corruption in Campaign Finances

“I am not a crook.” In the wake of violations in the Watergate Scandal, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created in 1974 to oversee and enforce campaign finance regulations and the Federal Election Campaign Act was amended to limit campaign contributions.  Two years after the Watergate scandal, the US Supreme Court in the case… [More...]

Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

In preparing for the Affordable Care Act, businesses should start their compliance efforts by taking the following steps.

No issue in last five years has been as polarizing as health care reform. Baring a repeal of the law, however, ACA will forever change the way Americans obtain health insurance coverage, access health care services and view the health care system. For businesses, understanding and complying with ACA will soon become a reality of… [More...]

Legal Remedies to False On-Line Attacks by Customers or Clients

When unhappy customers post false online attacks, your reputation – and business – can suffer.

Your customers are talking about you – and the whole world is listening: “Total rip-off!” “Terrible customer relations.” “Completely botched it and charged me twice as much as quoted.” When unhappy customers post these types of comments (or worse) about your business on-line, your reputation – and business – can suffer. For most businesses, especially… [More...]

Homeowner’s Bill of Rights

On October 1, 2013, Nevada’s Senate Bill 321, or what is commonly referred to as the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights (HBR), went into effect.

On October 1, 2013, Nevada’s Senate Bill 321, or what is commonly referred to as the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights (HBR), went into effect. The HBR applies only to owner-occupied homes, and adds the following steps to the foreclosure process: No less than 30 days after a homeowner defaults, but at least 30 days before… [More...]

Industry Focus: Education

The Nevada education system has overcome a multitude of hurdles in recent years. Even so, the system still has a long way to go.

From kindergarten to college graduation, Nevada’s education system has overcome a multitude of hurdles in recent years. Even so, the system still has a long way to go. Coming together to discuss issues Nevada faces in regards to education, a combination of business leaders, economic development resources and leaders in education recently met at the… [More...]

Five Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Business Owner

It’s important, when considering becoming a business owner, to ask five important questions and have answers to each one.

Owning a small business in Nevada can be extremely rewarding, but the stakes are high. Only half of all new businesses survive five years or more, and about one-third survive 10 years or more, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Often entrepreneurs go into business with a good idea and a sharp focus on… [More...]

William R. Shranko: Yellow-Checker-Star Cab Co.

Meet William R. Shranko: Chief Operating Offficer, Yellow-Checker-Star Cab Co.

Chief Operating Office Las Vegas http://www.ycstrans.com/ What do you like most and least about your industry? Directing a work force of nearly two thousand employees from over 65 different countries. The least is overwhelmingly unfair news coverage. What would you want your legacy to future generations to be? That I trained and taught hundreds of… [More...]

Garrett Sutton: Corporate Direct, Inc. and Sutton Law Center, P.C.

Meet Garrett Sutton: President, Corporate Direct, Inc. and Sutton Law Center, P.C.

President Reno & Minden http://www.corporatedirect.com/ http://www.sutlaw.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I enjoyed learning about corporate law as a law student at Hastings College of the Law. After graduating I entered that field of practice. If you could take back one sentence you’ve ever spoken, what would it be? In second grade I made… [More...]

Jed Brookes Spendlove: PrimeLending

Meet Jed Brookes Spendlove: Branch Manager, PrimeLending

Branch Manager Reno http://www2.primelending.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I was working as a business consultant and a national title company hired me to jumpstart their company. What do you like most about your industry? I enjoy helping people make smart choices about home buying. What business advice would you give someone just… [More...]

Taxpayers Lose Big: Lawmakers Impose New Burdens

Nevada Gov. Sandoval and legislators passed numerous tax increases while pretending that they didn’t raise taxes.

Three years ago, both Brian Sandoval and Rory Reid ran for governor on a “no new taxes” platform. Last year, voters in five Nevada counties rejected six efforts to raise taxes — even though Barack Obama was at the top of the ticket, driving liberal voter turnout. Given the clear will of the voters throughout… [More...]

November 2013: Around the State

Read business news from around Nevada: November 2013.

FiveGen Sets Up Shop in the InNEVation Center A security and infrastructure company that offers application development, software solutions, cloud hosting and project management consulting, FiveGen has moved to the inNEVation Center by Switch SUPERNAP’s campus. FiveGen is the latest startup to move into the 65,000 square-foot facility which was started to foster economic diversification in… [More...]

Nevada Real Estate & Development Report: November 2013

Read the Nevada Real Estate and Development Report: November 2013 - Commercial real estate and development - projects, sales, and leases.

Projects Las Vegas, 89109 Tutor Perini Building Corp. has begun construction on the third phase of the Marriott’s Grand Chateau, the first vertical construction to occur on the Las Vegas Strip since 2008. Construction is projected for completion mid-2014, and will add 233 tower villas for a total of 643 units at the timeshare resort.… [More...]

Industrial Summary: Third Quarter 2013

Read the Nevada Industrial Summary: Second Quarter 2013 - summarizing the industrial commercial real estate market for Las Vegas and Reno/Sparks.

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas industrial market vacancy rate fell to 14.8 percent in the third quarter of 2013, which is the lowest it has been since the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the prior quarter (Q2 2013), vacancies are down 70 basis points (0.7 percentage points), while they have fallen 220 basis points… [More...]

November 2013: Business Indicators

Read Nevada business indicators: November 2013. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

Revised estimates for second quarter 2013 show U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent, an improvement over the 1.7 percent growth first reported. Federal government spending made negative contributions. Personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, business fixed investment, residential investment, and state and local government spending all made positive… [More...]

What are you most thankful for?

Six Nevada executives share what they are most thankful for.

“I’m thankful for our employees and their dedication to the community. They’ve donated more than $1 million to local charities in their communities as part of this year’s Fuel For Life giving campaign and it’s an honor to work with such caring people.” Laura Lopez Hobbs • Senior Vice President/Human Resources and Administration, Southwest Gas Corporation… [More...]