Best Companies to Work For: Taking Care of People

In the midst of the recession, some employees might have argued that a “Best Company to Work For” is whichever company gives them a job.

In the midst of the recession, some employees might have argued that a “Best Company to Work For” is whichever company gives them a job. While times have been tough for many Nevada businesses, as the state comes out of this recession, it is clear there are a number of companies who continue to go… [More...]

Executive Education: New Pathways to Success

When UNR Extended Studies program held a series of leadership sessions for Barrick Gold, the event embodied new trends in executive education in Nevada.

When the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Extended Studies program held a series of leadership sessions for Barrick Gold, the event embodied new trends in executive education in Nevada. The 15 courses held over two months were shorter than the training once offered by business schools and colleges. Instead of theoretical discussions of leadership, the… [More...]

Industry Focus: Public Servants

Public Servants executives across the state met at the Las Vegas offices of Gordon Silver to discuss the challenges in their industry.

A public servant is anyone who serves the people, from Nevada’s elected officials to those serving in our public agencies. What isn’t often evident is that many of them do a sometimes thankless job for little pay because they have a passion for service. From door-to-door campaigning to working to raise ever-increasing amounts of necessary… [More...]

Nevada’s Residential Market: A Season of Change

For the last two years, Nevada’s residential housing market has seen substantial rebound, with significant effect on prices.

For the last two years, Nevada’s residential housing market has seen substantial rebound, with significant effect on prices. Lowered median home prices have created low inventory and a seller’s market, which in turn impacted distressed properties and neighborhoods. “People are a lot smarter today, having learned from mistakes that occurred in the market; buyers are… [More...]

Elko Catches Up to Growth

While the rest of Nevada suffered the dramatic economic downturn and aftermath, the Greater Elko region boomed, primarily due to bustling mining operations.

While the rest of Nevada suffered the dramatic 2007 economic downturn and aftermath, the Greater Elko region boomed, primarily due to bustling mining operations resulting from a high gold price. In fact, over the last decade, the population there has burgeoned. The City of Elko alone went from about 10,000 to 20,000, with the broader… [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...]

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...]

Colliers International – Las Vegas Announces Listing of Downtown City Block

Colliers International – Las Vegas announced the listing of a 2.33-acre city block in the downtown Las Vegas area.

LAS VEGAS – Mike Mixer, executive managing director of Colliers International – Las Vegas, announced the listing of a 2.33-acre city block in the downtown Las Vegas area. The property, which is located just south of the Fremont East Entertainment District, is one of the last remaining downtown properties on the market. The area has been… [More...]

Baby’s Bounty to Host ‘Starry, Starry Night’ Fund Raiser at Tivoli Village’s Poppy Den

Baby’s Bounty will host a fund raiser at Tivoli Village’s Poppy Den, 440 South Rampart Boulevard, on September 18, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Baby’s Bounty will  host a fund raiser at Tivoli Village’s Poppy Den, 440 South Rampart Boulevard, on September 18, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $50, attendees will receive a signature cocktail and appetizers. Raffle opportunities will be available. The event will take place in Poppy Den’s upstairs lounge and patio, where guests… [More...]

Table 34 Las Vegas’ August Anniversary Menu Benefits Three Square Las Vegas

Table 34 Las Vegas is celebrating its anniversary by donating a portion of proceeds from each anniversary menu purchase to Three Square food bank.

Table 34 Las Vegas is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is donating a portion of proceeds from each anniversary menu purchase to Three Square food bank in the month of August. Chef Wes Kendrick’s August menu, which also includes selections from Table 34′s new vegan menu, includes options for $40.14 and $50.14, with $5 benefiting Three… [More...]

Local hospitality leader among top 25 young special events pros of 2014

Donnell Bayot is among the top 25 young special events professionals to watch in 2014, according to Special Events magazine.

LAS VEGAS – Donnell Bayot, director of academic affairs at The International School of Hospitality (TISOH), is among the top 25 young special events professionals to watch in 2014, according to Special Events magazine. The magazine recognizes Bayot, 33, for his work on “bringing a left-brain discipline to the right-brain creativity of events.” Bayot tops the list among… [More...]

Three-year-old POPPED Popcorn Shop Opens Southwest Store and Markets Franchises  

POPPED popcorn just celebrated the third anniversary of their 9480 S. Eastern Avenue location and opened a new store.

When three co-workers decided to leave the restaurant world and open a popcorn shop, friends said their business wouldn’t last. They were wrong. Jean-Francois Chavanel, Zelma Hulet and Oliver Morowati just celebrated the third anniversary of their 9480 S. Eastern Avenue location and opened a new POPPED popcorn shop location on the southwest side of… [More...]

Vegas PBS Announces Local Winner in PBS Kids Writers Contest

Vegas PBS announced local winner Oniana Boulware has been selected as a first place national winner in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Las Vegas Student Named Finalist in National Writing Contest Las Vegas – Vegas PBS announced local winner Oniana Boulware has been selected as a first place national winner in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest was designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Boulware, who is a student at Mabel Hoggard… [More...]

TMC Financing Secures $5 million SBA 504 Loan to Las Vegas Events Studio

TMC Financing, Clark County’s largest provider of SBA 504 loans, worked with JP Morgan Chase to finance a $5.02 million events studio for Fresh Wata.

TMC Financing, Clark County’s largest provider of SBA 504 loans, worked with JP Morgan Chase to finance a $5.02 million events studio for Fresh Wata. Ann Santiago served as TMC’s business development officer for the transaction and Leo Biedermann of Commerce/Cushman and Wakefield Alliance was the buyer’s broker. The financing package was used to purchase… [More...]

Nevada Health Care Association holds 2014 conference at crucial time – State, industry leaders address “Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality”

Daniel Mathis, president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA) said the association will be holding its annual conference at a pivotal time.

STATELINE, Nev. – Daniel Mathis, president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA) said the association will be holding its annual conference at a pivotal time when it convenes Aug. 10 through Aug. 13 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe casino and resort. The NVHCA is comprised of skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities throughout… [More...]