Carpetbaggers or Statesmen? Nevada Legislators, Fix this Ridiculous Flaw!

Apparently, Legislators care more about keeping power in their own hands than they do about the integrity of their members.

The November elections may be over, but many people still have a bad taste in their mouths when remembering how some politicians conducted themselves. The unrelenting barrage of negative campaign ads was bad enough, but we actually had two Democrats running for Assembly who didn’t even live in the districts in which they were running.… [More…]

Helping Nevada Schools: Holistic Approaches to Tough Problems

How does a company that wants to help Nevada schools and students get involved in a way that brings real results?

We in business rarely have any particular expertise as educators, but many of us know that something must be done to help our challenged schools. Governor Sandoval has declared the state’s leading challenge is our unacceptably low high school graduation rate. So how does a company that wants to help Nevada schools and students get… [More…]

Steering Towards Technology: Nevada’s DMV works to Improve Systems

The DMV last year launched MyDMV, which consolidates all of an individual’s license and registration information for convenient renewals and updates.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is in the midst of a technological revolution that will position the agency for the wave of innovation sweeping across the business and industry landscape. Advancements in personal computing and communications devices as well as the mobility of Nevada residents require that government agencies not only stay current on… [More…]

Around the State: December 2014

Read business news from around the state for December 2014.

Board of Regents Announce UNLV President Nevada’s Board of Regents have announced their selection for the next president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as Dr. Len Jessop. Replacing Neal Smatresk who was appointed in 2009, Dr. Jessop was selected after a national search and is currently the dean of the Eller College of… [More…]

Medicaid Expansion Pressures Nevada’s Poor, Doctors, State Budget

Addition of 281,000 to state dole creating long waits for doctor openings Last year, almost 25,000 Nevadans found their health plans canceled, thanks to the so-called Affordable Care Act. The ACA also caused a dramatic increase in the price of individual insurance plans — with Nevada having the largest premium increases in the entire country,… [More…]

Cecilia Lee: Cecilia Lee, Ltd.

Meet Cecilia Lee, Attorney at Law at Cecilia Lee, Ltd.

Attorney at Law Cecilia Lee, Ltd. http://www.cecilialee.net/ How did you first get into your profession? I began working as a paralegal in a law firm after I finished graduate school. I really enjoyed the work and decided to go to law school. What do you want your legacy to be? A career of helping people and businesses… [More…]

John McClain: The Dog and Pony Show

Meet John McClain, owner of The Dog and Pony Show.

Owner The Dog and Pony Show How did you first get into your profession? I started as a runner at an advertising agency, discovered the recording studios responsible for creating radio and tv spots and bothered them until they gave me a job sweeping up. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Try to… [More…]

Sherrie Hermann: Cal Pac Painting of Nevada

Meet Sherrie Hermann, President of Cal Pac Painting of Nevada.

President Cal Pac Painting of Nevada http://www.calpac.us/ How did you first get into your profession? I was working at Nabors Cadillac in Costa Mesa, California and a friend told me Cal Pac was hiring. I joined the company in 1984 as a secretary. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? It is… [More…]

Office Summary: Third Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas office market vacancy rate fell to 24.8 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Compared to the prior quarter, vacancies fell 0.4 percentage points. Meanwhile, the vacancy rate is down 0.7 percentage points compared to a year ago. While the office market vacancy rate remains significantly higher than its industrial… [More…]

Business Indicators: December 2014

Nevada Business Indicators: December 2014. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “advance” estimate for third quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent, lower than the 4.6 percent growth experienced in second quarter 2014. Personal consumption expenditures, nonresidential fixed investment, residential investment, federal government spending and state and local government spending made positive contributions. Net exports and… [More…]

What is Nevada’s Greatest Challenge Going Into 2015?

What is Nevada’s Greatest Challenge Going Into 2015?

“Our state’s greatest challenge is moving into yet again another year of not having a plan in place to facilitate the needs of our school district. Our state needs to attract and keep the best educators so that our students can flourish and stay in school creating a strong, smart work force for Nevada.” Michelle… [More…]

Sex Education in Clark County Schools: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

The sex education model currently used in the district focuses on abstinence, while giving older students information on contraception and safe sex.

Would you like your child or grandchild to be taught about vaginal intercourse, masturbation and homosexuality in kindergarten? How about a junior high student being instructed about orgasms and anal intercourse? If you think this couldn’t happen in Clark County schools, you’re mistaken. These very topics were discussed at closed-door meetings held by the Clark… [More…]

Giving Proper Attention to Your “Entrance Strategy”

Many businesses encounter difficulties, even debilitating conflicts, during their life cycle because not enough attention was paid to its entrance strategy.

Business people with great ideas want to move on them quickly and see them flourish in the marketplace. Even new businesses often keep their eyes on an aspirational prize: the “exit strategy”. However, many businesses encounter difficulties and sometimes even debilitating conflicts during their life cycle because not enough attention was paid to the company’s… [More…]

Five Ways to Avoid Litigation

Litigation is an expensive endeavor to all parties involved, not just financially, but also the lost opportunity costs associated.

The reality of today’s world is that we live in a litigious society. Litigation is an expensive endeavor to all parties involved, not just financially, but also the lost opportunity costs associated with the amount of time spent litigating the case rather than focusing on your business itself. The best way to avoid litigation is… [More…]

Embracing Due Diligence On Your Company

Your business will likely undergo a period between agreeing on a term sheet or letter of intent and signing a definitive agreement – the due diligence phase

Whether you seek third party investment in your company or want to sell it, your business will most likely undergo a period between agreeing on a term sheet or letter of intent and signing a definitive agreement – the due diligence phase. Many companies dread this, but as transactional lawyers who frequently represent companies raising… [More…]

Collections – What Rights Do Businesses Have To Collect What They Are Owed?

Collection agencies generally charge a contingency fee for collecting. While some attorneys may charge a contingency fee for collection work, many do not.

Getting paid for the goods and services you provide is vital to every business. For many business owners, collecting what is owed is the least pleasant part of their business. You entered the business world to sell a product or provide a service – not to chase receivables. Collection does not, however, have to be… [More…]

Does Your Case Warrant An Appellate Expert?

Very few appeals are successful. The appellate courts will assume that your trial was fair enough and that sufficient evidence justified the judgment.

You lost. After years of litigation—cumbersome discovery, numerous pre-trial motions, and a contentious trial—the jury ruled against you. You have important decisions to make. Accept the Result or Appeal? Statistically, very few appeals are successful. The appellate courts will assume that your trial was fair enough and that sufficient evidence justified the judgment. Consider accepting… [More…]

Small Business Succession Opportunities

Small businesses grow through the ingenuity of their owners, pride in a flourishing business can make identifying a succession plan difficult.

Small businesses grow through the ingenuity of their owners. An owner’s pride in a flourishing business can make identifying and implementing a succession plan difficult, but addressing succession planning can prevent disastrous outcomes. Recognizing The Result Of Failure To Plan. Many owners fail to plan for the inevitable life changes – retirement, incompetency, and death… [More…]

Mobile Gambling and the Implications of American Broadcasting Company, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.

Mobile gaming on smart phones and tablets is projected to be a $100 billion industry by 2017.

The United States Supreme Court’s interest in intellectual property cases has waxed and waned over the decades. Under Chief Justice Roberts, however, the Court has shown a renewed willingness to take on such matters, and the Court’s recent decision in American Broadcasting Company, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. (“ABC v. Aereo”), is just one example. Increasingly… [More…]

Getting a “Return on Investment” from Corporate Giving

Charitable giving not only helps create a more vibrant and healthy community, but it provides a benefit to donors in the form of a “return on investment.”

Businesses receive numerous requests each month to make donations to non-profit organizations and these requests increase during the holiday season. These donations are a necessity to help support the work of non-profit organizations and ultimately help build a stronger community. Currently in Southern Nevada, there are 275,000 children, seniors and families who live in poverty;… [More…]

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

An issue with far-reaching effects for businesses and HR professionals, the advent of medical marijuana in the workplace has led to a host of questions.

An issue with far-reaching effects for business owners and HR professionals, the advent of medical marijuana in the workplace has led to a host of questions on the subject. In an effort to answer some of those questions, a panel of experts recently convened to educate attendees on the topic. The breakfast was hosted by… [More…]

Maximize the Benefits of Electric Vehicles: It Starts at the State Policy Level

With Tesla propelling Nevada to the forefront of electric vehicle discussion, it is a good time to call attention to the benefits in Nevada.

With Tesla propelling Nevada to the forefront of electric vehicle discussion, it is a good time to call attention to the benefits of electric vehicles (EV) in Nevada and ask policymakers to help Nevadans reap those benefits. Here at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), students and faculty at the Center for Energy Research… [More…]