2015 Wish List: Eliminate Things That Don’t Make Cents

It’s a time to set goals and it’s a time of the best of intentions. This year, I’d like to take a moment to share my wish list for 2015.

For many people, the New Year is a time to make resolutions to improve themselves, their families and their careers. It’s a time to set goals and it’s a time of the best of intentions. This year, I’d like to take a moment to share my wish list for 2015. Stop the government-sector from being… [More…]

Monitoring Employees’ Computer Use in the Age of Encryption

The right to monitor the performance of an employee by monitoring computer use is recognized by most courts when the employer is a private, as opposed to a governmental, employer. Indeed, in some instances the right to monitor becomes a duty to monitor. Thus, an employer who receives a complaint of sexual harassment and fails… [More…]

Around the State: January 2015

Cox Activates 500 Wi-Fi Hotspots in Las Vegas Cox Las Vegas has launched the first of 500 hotspots that have been installed around the Las Vegas Valley. The launch came on the heels of a ribbon-cutting for a Henderson Cox Solutions store. The Las Vegas hotspots are part of a 300,000 nationwide hotspot network being… [More…]

What to Expect from Carson City in 2015:Republican Sweep Creates New Opportunities for Policy Reforms

The November wave that swept Republicans to victory not only solidified their control of the governor’s mansion but also saw them capture both chambers of the Nevada Legislature for the first time in 85 years. So now what? In the lifetime since Republicans last controlled the legislative process, liberal policies, decade after decade, have generated… [More…]

Kevin Ryan: Nevada Humane Society

Meet Kevin Ryan, CEO of Nevada Humane Society.

CEO http://www.nevadahumanesociety.org/ What do you want your legacy to be? I hope I can help the organization grow and help Nevada become a no-kill state. It is absolutely possible. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? A non-profit is a business, make no bones about it. Everything you do and everything you… [More…]

Alexandra Lourdes: Managing Partner Unlokt

Meet Alexandra Lourdes, co-founder of Managing Partner Unlokt.

Co-Founder Managing Partner http://unlokt.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, so that was unquestionably a strong influence on how I thought about business. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? The people you work with become your family. Don’t settle for just… [More…]

Joseph Miller: Fisher Sand & Gravel Company

Meet Joseph Miller, Nevada Area Manager and Project Manager at Fisher Sand & Gravel Company.

Nevada Area Manager Project Manager http://www.fisherind.com/ What do you wish you would have learned at the beginning of your career? To believe in myself more than I believed in anyone else. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Listen, learn and work your butt off. No one can teach you like… [More…]

Retail Summary: Third Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada In the third quarter of 2014, the Las Vegas retail market reported a vacancy rate of 9.1 percent. The latest period represents a decline of 0.1 percentage point compared to the prior quarter (Q2 2014). Compared to a year ago (Q3 2013), the retail vacancy rate has declined 0.3 percentage points. Anchored retail… [More…]

Business Indicators: January 2015

Business Indicators: January 2015

The “second” estimate for third quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 3.9 percent, higher than the 3.5 percent growth initially reported. In the revision, personal consumption expenditures and nonresidential fixed investment increased more than previously estimated, while private inventory investment decreased less. Residential investment, federal government spending,… [More…]

What Are Your Hopes for the New Year?

Six Nevada executives share what their hopes are going into the New Year.

“My resolution is to lose the same 5 pounds I resolved to lose last year.” Terry Fator | Headliner, The Mirage – – “My hope is that we can engage philanthropists, individuals and business leaders to join our mission in providing opportunity and choices for our students. Every adult has the power to make a… [More…]

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…]