Who is Ben Carson? Is This Guy a Real Deal?

You know who Hillary Clinton is and most of us know something about many of the Republican nominees running for President. But, do you Ben Carson?

Everyone knows who Hillary Clinton is and most of us know something about many of the Republican nominees running for President. But, do you know who Ben Carson is? As I began learning about him, I asked a number of people if they had ever heard of him. Most say they haven’t. Yet, at the time of this writing, National Election Polls have Ben Carson rated in the top five … [Read more...]

Terri Lightfoot: Nevada Health Partners

Meet Terri Lightfoot, CEO and Executive Director of Nevada Health Partners and Nevada Business Group on Health

CEO and Executive Director Nevada Health Partners and Nevada Business Group on Health http://www.nvbgh.org/ How did you first get into your profession? My first job in healthcare was a receptionist when people still paid their doctors with cash … or chickens. I left healthcare for the early part of my career and returned as a healthcare lobbyist in 1990 which led to … [Read more...]

Bryce Clutts: DC Building Group

Meet Bryce Clutts, President of DC Building Group

President DC Building Group http://buildwithdcbg.com/ What do you want your legacy to be? That I loved God, my wife and children before anything else. What is your pet peeve? Lack of accountability. Not doing what you said you were going to do. What is a little known fact about yourself? I am the youngest President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the AGC (Associated … [Read more...]

Ann Simmons Nicholson: The Simmons Group

Meet Ann Simmons Nicholson, President & CEO of The Simmons Group

Las Vegas President & CEO http://www.simmons-group.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I was working as director of operations for a fast food chain. The position responsibilities were divided up and I was given my choice. I choose HR and training and development. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Find a way … [Read more...]

Around the State: August 2015

Reno Ranks Among Best Cities for Recreation WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently conducted an in-depth analysis of this year’s best and worst cities for recreation. The study found that, of the 100 largest cities, Reno ranked 10th for best cities for recreation. The study looked at cities across 27 key metrics and the data set included figures such as parkland … [Read more...]

The Choice Union Members Don’t Know They Have: Why Employee Freedom Scares Union Bosses

Have you ever bought a new washer and dryer only to discover that the store down the street sold the same set for $750 less? It’s a frustrating experience to find out that you had better options than the ones you knew about. This is the situation that tens of thousands of Nevada union members unknowingly find themselves in. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics … [Read more...]

Legislative Review

The last legislative session in Nevada was one of the most productive the state has seen in recent years.

The last legislative session in Nevada was one of the most productive the state has seen in recent years. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the outcomes of that productivity and the work of the 78th Session will be discussed for years to come. With around 1,000 registered lobbyists and as many bills passed, 20 freshmen lawmakers and the state’s largest tax increase, … [Read more...]

Industrial Summary: Second Quarter 2015

Southern Nevada The overall vacancy rate for the Las Vegas Valley Industrial market in the second quarter was 6.2 percent, a drop of 0.5 points, from 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015. This decline equates to ten straight quarters of declining industrial vacancies. The strong growth in demand for industrial space, paired with resurgent construction and industrial … [Read more...]

Business Indicators: August 2015

Business Indicators: August 2015. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “third” estimate for first quarter 2015 shows U.S. real gross domestic product decreasing at an annualized rate of 0.2 percent, higher than the negative 0.7 percent growth previously reported in the “second” estimate. The revision consisted of a smaller decrease of exports and a larger increase in personal consumption expenditures. Federal government spending, changes in … [Read more...]

What is Your Personal Mission Statement?

Six Nevada executives share their personal mission statement.

“It is my mission in life to create wonderful long lasting personal relationships. To live with integrity, honesty & unconditional love; And to never lose sight of what is important; family.” Kathy O’Grady Watkins | Partner, Sutton Watkins Advertising & Marketing, Inc. “Make someone else’s life better by what you do.” Matthew T. Dushoff, Esq. | Shareholder Kolesar … [Read more...]

Charlie Abowd: Cafe at Adele’s

Meet Charlie Abowd, Chef & Owner at Cafe at Adele’s.

Carson City Chef & Owner http://www.adelesrestaurantandlounge.com/ How did you get into your profession? [I was] a fourth-generation, born into an immigrant family of farmers, restaurant owners and candy makers that had strong family values that surrounded the celebration of food. It was a natural path. What business advice would you give someone just starting in … [Read more...]

Mark Haley: Smart City Networks

Meet Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks

President Las Vegas http://www.smartcitynetworks.com/ When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A public accountant. Just kidding! I wanted to be a professional athlete. Baseball, hockey and then soccer. I didn’t quite make it, but I still enjoy the “thrill of victory” in my work life. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? I … [Read more...]

Joseph F. Dutra: Kimmie Candy Company

Meet Joseph F. Dutra, President & Owner of Kimmie Candy Company.

President & Owner Reno http://www.kimmiecandy.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I was a farmer and a friend who I had helped out financially decided he wanted to pay me back. So his solution was for me to buy a 40 foot container, of candy coated chocolate covered sunflower kernels that he would sell and pay back the money. He could not sell the 40,000 … [Read more...]

Around the State: July 2015

Final Phase of Carson City Freeway Begins The Nevada Department of Transportation has broken ground on the final leg of the Carson City Freeway project. The $42 million project completes I-580, connecting Carson City to Nevada’s freeway system and Reno. The final phase of the project will pave and open the last four miles of the freeway to traffic. The freeway is expected to … [Read more...]

SB 483: The Facts You Need

SB 483: Nevada's Tax Plan, The Facts You Need

When originally introduced, SB 483 was Governor Sandoval’s bill to make the sunset taxes from prior sessions permanent, to increase the cigarette tax and eliminate the pre-payment of the net proceeds of minerals tax. The bill was further amended by the Assembly to incorporate the Governor’s modified tax plan in the bill. At that point, the bill only required a Senate majority … [Read more...]

See a Doctor 24/7: Telemedicine Options Create Better Connectivity

Telemedicine is making healthcare more convenient allowing you to see a board certified, US-based doctor 24/7 from your computer, smart phone or tablet.

My family and I were on vacation in California earlier this year when our youngest suddenly came down with a nasty stomach bug in the middle of the night. Even just a year ago, our only options would’ve been to drive around an unfamiliar city to find an open urgent care or potentially spend hours in an ER waiting room. But thanks to the growth of telemedicine, my wife was … [Read more...]

Retail Summary: First Quarter 2015

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas Valley anchored retail vacancy rate rose 0.5 points from 11.4 percent in Q4 2014 to 11.9 percent in Q1 2015. At the end of Q1, vacancy rates ranged from 9.3 percent in Power Centers to 12.7 percent in both Community and Neighborhood Centers. The first quarter makes two consecutive quarters with a rising vacancy rate. Still, this increase is not … [Read more...]

Business Indicators: July 2015

Business Indicators: July 2015. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “second” estimate for first quarter 2015 shows U.S. real gross domestic product decreasing at an annualized rate of 0.7 percent, lower than the 0.2 percent growth previously reported in the “advance” estimate. The revision consisted of a less increase of personal consumption expenditure and inventory investment and a larger decrease of net exports from fourth quarter 2014 … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be an American?

Six Nevada executives share what it means to be an American.

“This country was built by immigrants and those who gave their lives for the opportunity to live the American Dream. As a Chinese immigrant, U.S. Veteran and entrepreneur, I feel a debt of gratitude to those who paved the way for free enterprise. I’m truly living the American Dream and am proud to be an American.” Sinan “Stanley” Hu | Founder LIUID “Being American means … [Read more...]