Charlie Abowd: Cafe at Adele’s

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

Carson City Chef & Owner 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...]

Joseph F. Dutra: Kimmie Candy Company

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

President & Owner Reno 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...]

Mark Haley: Smart City Networks

Meet Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks

President Las Vegas 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...]

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...]

Killing is Not “Death with Dignity” – Beware the Slippery Slope

The sponsors of the so-called “death with dignity” bill have promised to bring it up again at the next session.

Did you know that a bill was introduced in the 2015 Nevada legislative session that would have allowed physicians to assist patients in committing suicide? Thankfully Sen. Joe Hardy, a doctor, made sure that SB 336 never made it out of committee. However, the sponsors of the so-called “death with dignity” bill have promised to bring it up again at the next session. We can’t … [Read more...]

Office of Military Legal Assistance: Securing Justice for the Armed Forces at Home

It is the country’s duty to protect our servicemen, to promote their freedom and to ensure justice for them.

As a former Navy JAG and professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, I take to heart a popular Latin inscription in the Navy: “Non sib sed patriae.” It means, “Not for self, but for country.” That selfless mentality forged the collective courage of our graduates and service members of all stripes. Our military have sacrificed throughout their service for our families, communities and … [Read more...]

Learning the Minimum Wage Lesson

Nevada doesn’t have to learn the hard way when it comes to raising the minimum wage It’s always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes before being affected by those mistakes personally. Seattle didn’t have this luxury when its city council voted last year to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the municipality with the highest minimum wage in the … [Read more...]

Eric Speer: Logical Position

Meet Eric Speer, General Manager at Logical Position.

General Manager Henderson How did you first get into your profession? I spent 11 years working in my family’s tree farming business. In 2009, the industry took a hit, so I took an opportunity as a salesperson for an online marketing startup. I was excited to get involved in an emerging industry with a lot of growth potential. When you … [Read more...]

Around the State: June 2015

U.S. Trade and Development Agency Partners with Nevada Industry Excellence Nevada Industry Excellence (NIE), a resource for manufacturing businesses, has partnered with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) through the Making Global Local program. The program connects companies to USTDA’s export promotion programs. ArrowData Receives FAA Approval to Operate Drones for … [Read more...]

Office Summary: First Quarter 2015

Southern Nevada Las Vegas Valley office vacancy rates during the first quarter of 2015 ranged from 16.5 percent for Class C space to 29.3 percent for Class A space. The overall vacancy rate was 21.7 percent, a slight rise above the 21.3 percent recorded in quarter four of 2014. Q1’s rise equates to the first increase in vacancy rate in 6 quarters. Completions for Q1 were … [Read more...]

Business Indicators: June 2015

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

The “advance” estimate for first quarter 2015 shows U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 0.2 percent. In fourth quarter 2014, real GDP increased by 2.2 percent. Personal consumption expenditures, federal government spending, changes in private inventories and residential investment made positive contributions. Non-residential fixed investment, … [Read more...]

What are Some of the Misconceptions that Non-Nevadans Have About People Who Live in Nevada?

Six Nevada executives share the misconceptions non-Nevadans have about living in Nevada.

“That we’re always playing blackjack in our free time. In reality, Nevada is blessed with tremendous outdoor activities, the year-round weather to enjoy them, and plenty of opportunities for cultural learning beyond the casino doors.” Rory T. Kay | Attorney, McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP (Hails from: Lincoln, NE) “It’s not just misconceptions as much as it is people thinking … [Read more...]