Watch Your Country Die or… Know Your Enemy!

If no one stops this persecution now, what will stop the Islamic State from making their way through Iraq and Syria to Israel and, eventually, to America?

Americans didn’t pay much attention to the rising power of radical Islam until the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks inside our borders, so it may seem like a relatively new phenomenon.  But Muslim terrorists have actually been killing Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims since before the U.S. was founded, and we fought two wars against them… [More...]

Nevada Division of Emergency Management: Preparing the Silver State

The mission of the NDEM is to coordinate efforts, protect lives and property, to prevent, respond to, recover from all threats, hazards and emergencies.

The mission of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management (NDEM) is to coordinate efforts, protect lives and property, to prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate all threats, hazards and emergencies. NDEM is part of the family of divisions belonging to the Department of Public Safety. When a disaster or emergency impacts a city, county… [More...]

An Educated Workforce Begins with Empowered Parents

Study Offers 33 Ways to Boost Nevada Students’ Achievement with No Net Increase in Spending One of the most dangerous phrases in the English language is, “Because we’ve always done it this way.” It’s a phrase that could cost a company millions of dollars in missed opportunities. But what if someone said it about a child:… [More...]

Cherie Jamason: Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Meet Cherie Jamason, President and CEO of Food Bank of Northern Nevada

President and CEO Reno http://fbnn.org/ How did you first get into your profession? When I moved to Nevada in 1987, I had the amazing opportunity to marry my employment with something of deep interest to me – working to end hunger as a volunteer - by coming to work at the Food Bank. It has been an… [More...]

Aaron Martinez: A.M. Engineering

Meet Aaron Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of A.M. Engineering.

Chief Executive Officer Elko http://www.amengineering.org/ When you were a kid, what did you want to be? I always wanted to build something. Ever since my mother purchased my first Erector Set with the battery operated drill, I’ve been hooked on how things work and come together. What business advice would you give someone just starting… [More...]

Melissa Jeanne Arias: Epicurean Charitable Foundation

Meet Melissa Jeanne Arias, Executive Director of Epicurean Charitable Foundation.

Executive Director Las Vegas http://ecflv.squarespace.com/ What is your pet peeve? Negativity! A positive attitude improves motivation in yourself and those around you. A positive attitude can make an amazing difference in the world. What is a little known fact about yourself? I was terrified of public speaking so I entered a pageant to conquer my… [More...]

September 2014: Around the State

Nevada Health Care Association Announces Restructuring Leadership at the Nevada Healthcare Association (NVHCA), which was established in 1974, has announced plans to restructure the organization into two divisions: the NVHCA and Nevada Assisted Living Centers (NVALC). The move is a direct result of NVHCA’s membership expansion which increasingly includes more assisted living facilities. Sunrun Expands… [More...]

Office Summary: Second Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas office vacancy rate declined in the second quarter of 2014 after increasing in the first quarter of the year. During the latest period, the sector reported a vacancy rate of 25.2 percent, which is down 0.4 percentage points from the prior quarter. Compared to a year ago, vacancies have fallen… [More...]

Business Indicators: September 2014

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

The “advance” estimate for second quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 4.0 percent, rebounding from the negative 2.1 percent growth experienced during first quarter 2014. Personal consumption expenditures, changes in private inventories, residential investment, non-residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending made positive contributions. Net… [More...]

Is the solution to improving education money or reform?

Is the solution to improving education money or reform?

“Neither…Any organization asking for additional funding should have a PLAN with how they anticipate using the funding to achieve the results they desire.  Then the source of the funding (the electorate or elected official) can make an educated funding decision.  Seems so simple…” Michael D. Bosma | CPA | The Bosma Group “Education is knowledge and… [More...]

Union Members Wake Up: And Smell the Reality

If you or a family member belong to a union, you might not know that the dues deducted from your hard-earned paycheck are funding causes you oppose or supporting groups with views exactly opposite of yours.

If you or a family member belong to a union, you might not know that the dues deducted from your hard-earned paycheck are funding causes you oppose or supporting groups with views exactly opposite of yours. Even if you do know it, is there anything you can do to stop it? Two recent Supreme Court… [More...]

Dusty Wunderlich: Bristlecone Holdings

Meet Dusty Wunderlich, CEO of Bristlecone Holdings

CEO Reno Bristlecone Holdings What do you like most and least about your industry? I enjoy the finance industry due to its diversity. Since finance spans across all industries this allows you to work with and learn about a broad range of businesses. The downside is that financing products and services tend to be looked… [More...]

Claudia Wines: Northeastern Nevada Museum

Meet Claudia Wines, Director of Northeastern Nevada Museum

Director Elko http://museumelko.org/ How did you first get into your profession? I was on the museum board of directors. I became the interim director until we could find a real one. That was 13 years ago and I’m still here. What is your pet peeve? People who hold grudges. Get mad and get over it.… [More...]

Jeffrey F. Barr, Esq.: Ashcraft & Barr | LLP

Meet Jeffrey F. Barr, Esq., Partner of Ashcraft & Barr | LLP

Partner Las Vegas http://ashcraftbarr.com/ If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? I would like to be remembered as a gregarious and caring husband, father and lawyer who served his family, friends and community with enthusiasm and joy. What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry? Be humble. Be… [More...]

A Piece of Nevada’s Pie: The View from Reno’s Mayoral Office

In November of this year, my term will end as Reno Mayor, a role I’ve served in for more than a decade. Naturally, I’ve fielded the “what are you most proud of?” questions a lot lately.

A good friend of mine, former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan, once told me: “Don’t try to get the whole pie. Get a piece of the pie. Maybe later you can get another piece of the pie.” That philosophy — that you’re only as good as the whole — is one that I’ve followed religiously during… [More...]

August 2014: Around the State

Read business news from around Nevada for August 2014.

RSCVA Sees Year-Over-Year Growth The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) concluded the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 with 163,259 room nights of future business for Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe. That number is a 49 percent increase from last year’s 110,000 room nights. According to the RSCVA, 63 percent of this year’s bookings are new business… [More...]

A Closer Look at Franchising

Many businesses view franchising as a low-cost way to expand their operations, while franchisees see an opportunity to work for themselves without the same level of vulnerability that’s associated with starting a new venture from scratch. While both answers are correct, the truth is that the franchise business model seems deceptively simple from the outside.… [More...]

Margin Tax Would Cause Destruction of 3,600+ Private-Sector Jobs

New Dynamic, General-Equilibrium Analysis Simulates Impact of Tax Proposal Although much has been said about the proposed margin tax on businesses that will appear as Question 3 on November’s ballot, there is a shocking lack of clarity about the actual impact of the tax on Nevada’s economy. There isn’t even agreement on an approximate amount… [More...]

Industrial Summary: Second Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas industrial market vacancy rate stood at 10.9 percent by the end of the second quarter of 2014. The latest period represents a decline of 0.9 percentage points when compared to the prior quarter. Compared to a year ago (Q2 2013), industrial vacancies in the Valley have fallen an even more… [More...]

Business Indicators: August 2014

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

The “third” estimate for first quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product decreasing at an annualized rate of 2.9 percent, lower than the negative 1.0 percent growth reported in the “second” estimate. The revision was due to the increase in personal consumption expenditures being smaller and the decline in exports being larger than previously… [More...]

What was your first car?

Six Nevada executives share what they had as their first car.

“My first car was a 1960 Comet Station Wagon. When I was 14 years old, there was a kind elderly lady that lived next door who couldn’t drive anymore. So I mowed her lawn, ran errands, etc. for her. As thanks she gifted me the car and I was one very happy 14-year-old unlicensed driver!”… [More...]

Clark County School District Waste: Throwing Our Money Away

Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District.

Am I the only one sick of this BS? Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District. These examples not only point out the quality of the district’s decision-making, but also make me wonder what other questionable expenses haven’t yet been discovered.… [More...]