Nevada Taxes Reaching Deeper

In total, Governor Brian Sandoval’s plan would raise more than $1 billion in new taxes.

Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra once said it is deja vu all over again. He wasn’t wrong if he was describing Nevada politics and biennial efforts to create a tax code that can better withstand economic recessions. Nevada lawmakers have recently been debating another proposed tax increase geared towards adding funds to the state’s woeful educational system. In total, … [Read more...]

The Retail Market: Recovering with Measured Expectations

Real estate brokers and developers are dampening their expectations for the retail market in Nevada over the next couple of months and for the rest of 2015.

With a New Year upon us, real estate brokers and developers are dampening their expectations for the retail market in Nevada over the next couple of months and for the rest of 2015. Nevertheless, all of them see positive trends for the market and some reason to remain optimistic. “We are clearly in a recovery,” said Brendan Keating, principal with The Equity Group in Las … [Read more...]

Economic Forecast: 2015 Preview

This year’s predictions offer more good news, a trend that was reported in Nevada Business Magazine’s annual Economic Forecast last year.

Economists and industry analysts can, and will, argue over whether an economic recovery is as strong as numbers seem to indicate. However, they do agree the numbers show Nevada’s economy is on track to strengthen and add more jobs in 2015 because many of the impediments to faster growth have subsided. The unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in more than five … [Read more...]

Executive Education: New Pathways to Success

When UNR Extended Studies program held a series of leadership sessions for Barrick Gold, the event embodied new trends in executive education in Nevada.

When the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Extended Studies program held a series of leadership sessions for Barrick Gold, the event embodied new trends in executive education in Nevada. The 15 courses held over two months were shorter than the training once offered by business schools and colleges. Instead of theoretical discussions of leadership, the program covered … [Read more...]

Getting Out: The Financial Planning Features of a Business Exit Strategy

If an IPO is used as an exit strategy, it is important for ownership to begin planning for it right from the start and include it in the business plan.

Starting a business takes a large amount of planning. But after the business plan is completed, retail or office space is rented and employees are hired, many entrepreneurs have neglected one crucial question: When the time comes, how will they exit their business? When owners are immersed in the details of building a business, it’s difficult to imagine selling it or giving … [Read more...]

A Future of Change: Economic Development

At the top of the economic development wish list is unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, presenting one of the biggest opportunities for Nevada.

Nevada, because of its narrow focus on three industries, was devastated by the recession and eventually led the nation in foreclosures and unemployment. As both the director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and a resident of Nevada, Steve Hill believes there is a rising wave of economic development diversifying an outdated and vulnerable economy built on … [Read more...]