The November 2014 ballot will contain a proposal to amend the Nevada Constitution and create a court of appeals (appellate court). Those of you who have been reading my columns awhile know that 99 percent of the time I’m a passionate supporter of smaller government. However, this is one case where adding a layer of government actually makes sense. Currently, any case that’s … [Read more...] about Nevada Needs a Court of Appeals: Businesses Should Support 2014 Ballot Question
Archives for December 2013
When it comes to fortune telling, nothing is ever certain, but a handful of industry experts share their thoughts on Nevada’s economy in 2014. This year’s predictions offer more good news than has been reported in Nevada Business Magazine’s annual Economic Forecast in the last few years. While most business executives are proceeding with caution, they seem to agree the worst of … [Read more...] about Nevada’s 2014 Economic Forecast: The Way the Wind Blows…
Estate planning is one of those tasks everyone knows is important, but few do eagerly. After all, staring the Grim Reaper in the face to figure out how to distribute assets isn’t fun. However, postponing the decisions is a mistake. Jeffrey Burr, an attorney specializing in estate planning, explained many of the threats that lurk. “Just being unprepared” tops the list, he … [Read more...] about A Primer on Estate Planning: Be Prepared
Mining in Nevada is an industry that has been thriving despite the economic instability of the past several years. Nevertheless, the industry still faces many challenges ranging from public perception and workforce outlook to restoration and regulatory delays. Mining executives representing companies from the industry recently met at the Reno offices of City National Bank to … [Read more...] about Industry Focus: Mining
When Alexander Graham Bell, the founder of the Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T), embarked on a mission to teach speech and lip-reading to deaf people in the late 1800s, he helped sow the seeds of present day corporate philanthropy. Along with other business leaders of his day, such as J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford, Bell blended the idea of corporate citizenship with … [Read more...] about Corporate Philanthropy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
In Nevada, six constitutional officers comprise the state government’s executive branch. They are the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and state controller. All are elected to four-year terms and may serve a maximum of two terms. Next year, Nevadans will vote for all positions but governor. The primary obligation of these … [Read more...] about The Role and Responsibilities of State Officers
As Southern Nevada rebounds from the recession, it has become a community that is much more engaged and collaborative with the goal of making the Valley a better and more vibrant metropolis. Businesses, local governments and community organizations work together, now more than ever, to help improve, grow and diversify our economy. This spirit of collaboration, genuine love … [Read more...] about Fueling Our Future
Northeastern Nevada Division Leader Elko http://www.lpins.net/ How did you first get into your profession? I was a commercial bank executive and was actually soliciting LP when the tables turned and I found myself joining their team instead. What do you like most about your industry? I like that our business is relationship-based (my clients become a part of my … [Read more...] about Tina Perchetti: LP Insurance Services, Inc.
Founder/CEO Las Vegas http://www.cimmp.com/ How did you first get into your profession? I started my first business in retail at the age of 24. It was during this season that I learned I had a true passion for marketing. After selling this business, I focused on finishing my degree in business with an emphasis in marketing at UNLV. Right after graduation, I landed a … [Read more...] about Darcy K. Neighbors: CIM Marketing Partners
Senior Vice President Las Vegas http://www.tmcfinancing.com/ What do you like most about your industry? I like that my industry helps a lot of small businesses realize their ultimate dream of owning their own building and expanding. What do you like least about your industry? I don’t like the misconceptions about working with the government and Small Business … [Read more...] about Ann Santiago: TMC Financing
Projects Las Vegas, 89110 Government CORE Construction began building Fire Station 108 in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October 2013. The project was initially placed on hold due to economic conditions in 2009. Construction is projected for completion on August 21, 2014. The $6.7 million project will improve emergency response time in its area, as well … [Read more...] about Nevada Real Estate & Development Report: December 2013
Barclaycard to Open Customer Center in Henderson Barclaycard US, the payments business of Barclays in the United States, has announced plans to open a customer contact center in Henderson. The center is expected to add 400 new employees in 2014 with a total of 700 new employees expected by the end of 2015. Once fully operational, the center will employ 1,000 people and will be … [Read more...] about December 2013: Around the State
Southern Nevada The Las Vegas office vacancy rate declined for the second consecutive quarter, reaching 25.9 percent by the close of the third quarter of 2013. Although the latest period represents a decline of 40 basis points when compared to the prior quarter, vacancies remain elevated. Compared to a year ago, the vacancy rate is up 10 basis points. Despite no completions … [Read more...] about Office Summary: Third Quarter 2013
Advanced estimates for third quarter 2013 show U.S. real gross domestic product increasing at an annualized rate of 2.8 percent, a slight improvement over the 2.5 percent growth experienced in second quarter 2013. Federal government spending made negative contributions. Personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, business fixed investment, residential … [Read more...] about December 2013: Business Indicators
“Ever-growing judicial campaign finance coffers, endorsements from political groups and low voter turn-out in judicial elections all contribute to citizens’ lower confidence in the judiciary. Selecting our judges based on merit through a bipartisan commission and appointment process is crucial to a fair and impartial judiciary, and necessary to maintain our democratic … [Read more...] about Should judges be elected or appointed?