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…]

November 2014: Around the State

Union Village Breaks Ground One of the world’s first integrated health villages, Union Village, has broken ground in Henderson. The Valley Health System has partnered with Union Village, LLC to create a master-planned hospital complex and health center that combines residential components, entertainment and retail, a senior community and a civic and culture arts center. The… [More…]

What Should “Revenue Reform” Look Like?

State Tax system could be Stabilized and Improved with Broader Consumption Tax Calls for “revenue reform” have long emanated from Carson City, where state lawmakers have complained that Nevada’s current tax code is outdated and no longer capable of supporting critical public services. Most often, these calls for “revenue reform” have served as little more… [More…]

Chris Ferrari: Ferrari Public Affairs

Meet Chris Ferrari, President of Ferrari Public Affairs

President Ferrari Public Affairs http://ferraripa.com/ How did you first get into your profession? A fraternity brother of mine helped me secure an internship in the 1995 Legislative Session, and I graduated from the University of Nevada in December of 1996. I then got a job as a junior legislative analyst for a full-time gig in the… [More…]

Denise A. Bradshaw, Esq.: Bradshaw Law LLC

Meet Denise A. Bradshaw, Esq., Owner and Founder of Bradshaw Law LLC.

Owner/Founder Elko http://bradshawlawnv.com/ How did you first get into your profession? After taking some paralegal courses right out of high school, I got a job as a legal receptionist in Reno. In pursuit of my dream, I attended Great Basin College at night, while working three jobs. After 8 years, I finally earned a four year… [More…]

Jeric Leavitt: Leavitt Insurance Agency

Meet Jeric Leavitt, the Producer and Co-Owner at Leavitt Insurance Agency

Producer, Co-Owner http://www.leavitt.com/ How did you first get into your profession? Ours is a family business started in the 1950’s that now has 120+ offices in 17 states. In college, I set out on another direction but found my way back and am glad that I did. What do you like most and least about your industry?… [More…]

Industrial Summary: Third Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada In the third quarter of 2014, the Las Vegas industrial market vacancy rate reached single digits for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008. The rate fell to 9.3 percent during the period, which is down 0.8 percentage points from the prior quarter (Q2 2014). Compared to a year ago, industrial… [More…]

Business Indicators: November 2014

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

The “third” estimate for second quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 4.6 percent, slightly higher than the 4.2 percent growth reported in the “second” estimate. The revision was due to the increases in nonresident fixed investment and exports being larger than previously estimated. U.S. nonfarm employment experienced… [More…]

What are you most thankful for?

Six Nevada executives share what they are most thankful for.

“Opportunity. My life is fortunately filled with constant and diverse opportunities, which appeases my deep curiosity, allows me to curate what’s next, to share my gifts and learn from other’s passions.” Beth Campbell, AIA | Principal and Managing Director, Gensler – “I am most thankful for the three B’s of a happy life: bacon, butter… [More…]

Business Leaders Unite: Educate Your Employees about Question 3 – The Margin Tax

One of the dangers of the Margin Tax is that so many business owners think it’s such bad policy that it will never pass.

One of the dangers of the Margin Tax is that so many business owners think it’s such bad policy that it will never pass. However, a recent poll suggests otherwise. In fact the poll, which was conducted before the Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative launched their mass-media campaign, showed a passage by nine… [More…]

Ensuring That All of Our Kids are Nevada Ready: Preparing the Silver State

As business leaders who are deeply engaged in education reform efforts as schools across the state have not performed at the level of our expectations.

As business leaders who are deeply engaged in education reform efforts through Nevada Succeeds and the Education Alliance of Washoe County, we know that our schools across the state have not performed at the level of our expectations. We spend significant efforts each day to ensure that all schools are receiving the support they need… [More…]

Minimum-Wage Hikes: The Path to Poverty for Poor People

Presumably, State Senator Tick Segerblom thinks his proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15-per-hour in Nevada would be beneficial. After all, it sounds appealing to double the pay of fast-food workers and other entry-level workers with one wave of the government’s mandate wand. As businessmen and women know firsthand, however, there’s a big difference… [More…]