When the Governor announced the shutdown of businesses throughout Nevada in mid-March, it seems many among us were in a state of shock. As the new reality started to sink in and people developed new routines, an unexpected camaraderie started to take … [Read more...] about A Shout Out to the Helpers
Points to Ponder Before Taking the Plunge There are a number of places you can take quizzes to see if you would make a good entrepreneur. The Small Business Administration has one on its Web site (www.sba.gov/starting/indexsteps.html). … [Read more...] about So You Want to Be a Business Owner?
We’ve all been there. You’re sitting down, enjoying some quiet time with your family and your phone rings. You should just let it go to voicemail, but it could be important, so you answer. “Do you want to refinance your home? We can help,” the … [Read more...] about Please Don’t Call This Number Again: RoboCalls Are Out of Control
Still underway in Carson City, the 80th Legislative Session has been a doozy so far. With approximately 1,000 bills proposed between the Assembly and Senate there is much to be done before the session adjourns in early June. One thing Nevada … [Read more...] about How to Run Your Business: A Guide for Employers, Provided by the Government
For the past several years, and for as little as $150, you too could own the business of your dreams. Of course, you’ll need to steal it and, if you’re caught, it’s a felony violation. However, the possibility of arrest for a category-C felony hasn’t … [Read more...] about Theft Through Paperwork: SOS Filings and Business Fraud
Beginning this month, you will notice a new department in Nevada Business Magazine. Entitled “Game On”, this feature will cover the business of sports in the Silver State. Starting with a focus on the Vegas’ Golden Knights hockey team, “Game On” will … [Read more...] about The New “Game” Plan: Professional Sports in Nevada – Game On!
Passed during the 2015 legislative session in Nevada, the Commerce Tax, or Senate Bill 483, has been a sore spot for business owners over the past two years. It’s a frustrating tax for several reasons, not the least of which is, the year before, … [Read more...] about Commerce Tax Repeal: The Process Begins
Last year, business owners across Nevada were facing a serious challenge to employee compensation in the form of changes to the overtime rule. As it stands now, overtime is required for any employee working over 40 hours but provides an exemption for … [Read more...] about The Axe that Never Fell: Overtime Rule Permanently Invalidated
As the minimum wage debate resonates throughout Nevada, businesses are bracing for, what could be, a substantial increase in minimum wage. This year the state House and Senate separately passed two hastily drawn up laws to increase the minimum wage … [Read more...] about The War Wages On: Minimum Wage In Nevada
Assembly Bill (AB) 280, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D), among others, establishes a preference in bidding for Nevada companies on state contracts. This preference has been sorely needed as we’ve seen Nevadan’s tax dollars go to … [Read more...] about Great News: AB 280 Long Over Due
As a long-time Nevadan, I’ve always been proud to say our state is among the nation’s most business friendly. However, with recent legislative action, we’ve lost much of our edge and we can no longer tout Nevada as a beacon for new business. Take … [Read more...] about So Long Dave … And Other Nevada Companies
Education has been a hot-button topic for a long time in Nevada, and for good reason. It’s no secret that our educational system is failing by nationally measured metrics. You can chalk it up to non-involved parents, a high population of ESL students … [Read more...] about Partner: A Business Leader’s Role in Education
Has your company registered for the Commerce Tax? If so, you’ve obeyed the law, but you’ve also put yourself at risk unnecessarily. This tax was passed by the 2015 Legislature, supposedly to help fund education, and it applies to every company doing … [Read more...] about Intrusive and Unnecessary: Commerce Tax Registration
If you’re in business and you’ve ever tried to have a conversation with a tenured professor, you’ve quickly realized there’s a vast difference in their thought processes. While successful business folks are pragmatic in their approach to problem … [Read more...] about Businesses and Universities: The Great Divide
This issue marks the first in our 30th Anniversary year and, as I reflect on the last three decades, I am struck by the progress we’ve made. Remaining a statewide voice for business, the only such publication in Nevada, has been no easy feat. The … [Read more...] about Connecting the State: Nevada Business Magazine Turns Thirty
No one seems to take a stand on political and social issues anymore. They don’t want to make waves or offend anybody. Maybe they’re afraid of being bullied, or in the case of politicians, they’re afraid that speaking out on an issue may alienate some … [Read more...] about Where’s Our Backbone? Speak Up Nevada!
Most of you remember the fable that tells of a leader who showed up naked, yet was so powerful that no one said a word. Our Governor has shown strong leadership during our state’s worst economic crisis and enjoys high ratings among Nevadans. However, … [Read more...] about The Emperor Has No Clothes: Businesses Must Speak Out on Governor’s Tax Plan!