Anyone who watched Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at their May 20 press conference must have been struck by the contrast between the two men. Netanyahu led an elite combat unit and fought in the Yom Kippur War. He worked as a business consultant and as an executive for a furniture company and he has served his country for almost 30 years in several … [Read more...] about Obama’s Israel Policy: A Major Blunder
Archives for July 2011
Nevada has traditionally been a Mecca for small to medium sized businesses rather than a Mecca for Fortune 500 companies and, as the economy turns toward recovery, that traditional economic base should play an important role. Recovery from this recession will happen through small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready, able and willing to start up new companies in Nevada. … [Read more...] about What Can the Government Do for You?: Helping Business Thrive in Nevada
The benefits afforded to employees today are far different from those offered earlier this decade when the economy was strong. Similarly, those that will be offered five years from now will vary from those being provided today. “From an employer’s perspective, fewer employers are excited about offering benefits and taking a wait-and-see attitude,” said Bill Rosado, president … [Read more...] about Employee Benefits: Companies Get Creative
Nevada’s commercial real estate industry has been used as an example across the nation of how difficult things are for the sector as a whole. Even so, commercial real estate professionals that have survived thus far have indicated a hope for the future while recognizing that they expect a long recovery period. Recently, executives representing this struggling industry met at … [Read more...] about Industry Focus: Commercial Real Estate
In the past few years, the cost of building green came down and awareness of its benefits shot up. With years of education and experience now in hand, professionals in the design and building industries possess the savvy to do it better, faster and cheaper than ever. Now, if only someone would build something. The same themes of weak residential demand, oversaturated … [Read more...] about Green Building: We Have the Technology, We Still Can’t Build it
Achieving the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation does more than simply tell people throughout the commercial real estate industry you’re ready to play with the big boys. It actually makes you ready to play with the big boys. A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real … [Read more...] about CCIM: Invest in Your Future
Attorney & Shareholder Las Vegas Number of Employees: 50 Years in Nevada: 11 Years with Company: 9 What inspired you to get into your industry? I come from a family of business owners and executives. I enjoy working with business professionals to help them achieve their goals, grow their businesses and, when necessary, handle their litigation needs. How do you … [Read more...] about Robert J. Caldwell: Kolesar & Leatham, Chtd.
Nevada Conservation Corps Receives Federal Funding The Great Basin Institute’s Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) has received a national 2011 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant will fund 143 AmeriCorps member positions and bring $613,699 of federal funds into the state. The NCC is a statewide program that provides services … [Read more...] about July 2011: Around the State
Green building emerged as somewhat of a proactive or “feel good” movement. While some may dismiss “green” as a passing trend, regulators from local to federal levels are creating laws and regulations that will ensure green building is around to stay for at least the near future. Perhaps most significantly, recent EPA action will regulate nearly every commercial building by … [Read more...] about Green Building: Growing from Voluntary to Mandatory
For the first 108 days of the 2011 Nevada Legislative Session, Gov. Brian Sandoval defined the policy debate by being a strong advocate for Nevada’s taxpayers and business owners. On May 26 however, the Nevada Supreme Court correctly ruled that state government couldn’t take $62 million from the Clean Water Coalition and transfer that money to the state’s general fund. The … [Read more...] about Large Tax Increase Traded for Small Reforms: Tax Issues Define Legislative Session
Las Vegas Retail vacancies pushed upward after three consecutive quarters of decline. The vacancy rate jumped to 10.4 percent during the quarter, an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2010), but 0.3 percentage points less than the same period in the prior year (Q1 2010). Average asking rents continued their downward trend, slipping to $1.53 … [Read more...] about Retail Summary: First Quarter 2011
The pace of U.S. economic growth slowed noticeably in first quarter 2011, with real GDP growth dropping to 1.8 percent at an annualized rate—considerably weaker than the 3.1 percent figure posted for fourth quarter 2010. Providing evidence of continued economic weakness, U.S. non-farm employment rose by a meager 54,000 jobs (seasonally adjusted) in May. As a result of poor … [Read more...] about July 2011: Business Indicators
“That we can all work as a team, respect each other, and have a wonderful experience at the same time.” Stella Vittorio • President/Chief Atelier, Stella Vittorio Collection – Custom Design Handbags & Accessories “There are many qualities I admire in my co-workers, but the one that stands out is their support for each other on the job and helping clients achieve their … [Read more...] about What qualities do you most admire in your coworkers?