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Local entrepreneurs to make their pitches in ‘Shark Tank’-style competition
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Cox Communications’ second annual Get Started Las Vegas contest is scheduled to be held tonight in Rain nightclub at the Palms ...
Developing the next generation of female leaders
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
The CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada talks discusses the need for improved public transportation infrastructure in the Las Vegas Valley, as well as the area’s water needs and her organization’s emphasis on creating future leaders for America.
The Notes: Sept. 27-Oct. 3
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
In the Notes: Treasure Island, Miomni Gaming, Valley Bank of Nevada, WGU Nevada, Vegas PBS, Digital Lizard, Golden Tiki and more ...
Trust and teamwork lead to success
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Sam Nicholson’s firm, which manages commercial real estate development, construction and design, among other tasks, thrives because of a culture of trust and teamwork.
People on the Move: Sept. 27-Oct. 3
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
In the People: Melonie Ducre Johnson, James Hardest, Jim DeVries, Carol Bishop, Bonnie Levenberg, Brenda Coleman, Kristen Orthman, Dr. Stephanie Ashman, Heather Daines Harlan, Brett Surenne and more ...
Say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ at once
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
When Scheme Events launched in 2010 and started getting overrun with welcome bag orders, they decided a full, separate business made sense. So in 2013, Welcome Bag Shoppe was born to save clients the time and energy of stuffing bags.
Attorney to women in business: ‘Working hard is no longer enough to advance’
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
A co-managing parter of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck talks about hunger and education in Southern Nevada, the challenge of making time for family and work, and the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas’ food scene.
Business offers online shopping with a personal touch
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Director Shannon Follansbee hit the reset button on the business when Remark Media bought the company. The team streamlined the website and focused on creating a relaxed, luxury shopping experience for its customers ...
Industry rebounding, but let’s not go overboard
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
The vice president of leasing and sales at American Nevada Company, who also serves as Southern Nevada chapter president of NAIOP, talks about the status of commercial real estate in the Las Vegas Valley, his predictions for the future and two presidents he admires ...
The Notes: Commercial Real Estate, Sept. 13-19
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
In the Notes: DC Building Group, Roche Construction, Security Properties, Penta Building Group, Burke Construction Group and more ...
People on the Move: Sept. 13-19
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
In the People: Marvin Chandler, MOe Rayner, Jeff Wood, Eric Larkin, James Griffis, Chris Connell, Jennifer D'Alessio, Eddie Castaneda, Nicole Williams and more ...
Evolution is rapid, even for centuries-old business
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
The marketing manager for Madame Tussauds at the Venetian discusses the opening of the Hangover Experience and unveiling of a Miley Cyrus wax figure this year, the process of determining which celebrities to display in wax and his love of languages.
The Notes: Sept. 6-12
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
In the Notes: Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, McDonald Carano, PDQ, Starbucks, Lamar Advertising Co., Leavitt Group and more ...
People on the Move: Sept. 6-12
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
In the people: Drs. Neil Braunstein, Nicholas Tibaldi, Anita Henderson and Marguerite Braithwaite, Carly Scholten, Richard Bryan, John Mowbra, Marlyn Buckley, Danilo Reher, Melynda Montano, Joseph DeMaria and more ...
Celebrity endorsements have helped whimsical bakery rise to prominence
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
Allyson Ames opened her shop more than 10 years ago in California and brought the concept to Las Vegas this year. She had to make some adjustments for the weather, but she has hit her stride. Her business, Wonderland Bakery ...
Restaurateur has helped Las Vegas food scene evolve into culinary hot spot
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
The well-known restaurateur who recently opened Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin discusses what it takes to survive in the Las Vegas food industry, her commitment to charitable work and why she thinks Yelp has gone overboard.
‘Overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles is the foundation of a great company’
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Ken Goodrich is a Las Vegan who started his company at age 25 with little knowledge of business. He made his share of mistakes but, driven by a philosophy of making positive daily impacts, has persevered.
The Notes: Philanthropy, Aug. 30-Sept. 5
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
In the Notes: American Cancer Society Las Vegas, Three Square Food Bank, Amerigroup Nevada, NV Energy, McDonald's, Fremont Street Experience, Tronox, Cox Las Vegas, Port of Subs, David Bohnett Foundation, Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and more ...
Five-star education a short drive away
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Coral Academy of Science opened in Las Vegas in 2007, replicating the model of its Reno campus. The school since has grown to three campuses, with plans for further expansion and a growing waiting list of students.
For family jeweler, ‘there are no rules’
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Berger & Son Fine Jewelers is a family owned and operated business with more than 40 years of experience in Las Vegas.
Only serious students need apply, and this service can help
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
C. William Coakley focuses on turning highly motivated, good students into top-tier scholars prepared to excel in college. And it starts with a deep and abiding commitment to reading.
Fine dining honcho: ‘You are a student all of your life in this industry’
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
The president and managing partner of two Michelin-star Las Vegas restaurants talks about the way changes in the convention industry have affected his business, the importance of improving every day and his favorite places to eat off the Strip.
Cafe takes fresh approach to flavor
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
Jacqueline Lim and Magnolia Magat recently moved their restaurant, known for its bacon jam, to a larger location. Their unusual flavor combinations have earned a following among people who work in the food industry ...
Dramatic law career is just part of his story
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
A Las Vegas attorney whose life was part of the inspiration for the television series “The Defenders” talks about why he enjoys hosting radio shows, what he teaches at UNLV and how the legal community has changed ...
Community workshop is a place where woodworkers flex their creativity
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
The Community Tool Chest is a community woodshop with 6,500 square feet of warehouse and classroom space. Filled with professional woodworking tools and equipment, it is available for use by the general public ...
Tech company CEO strives to keep convention venues on the cutting edge
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Mark Haley is president of Smart City Networks, which provides telecommunications technology for events such as San Diego Comic-Con and companies such as Microsoft, McDonald’s and IBM ...
Commercial printer Digital Lizard expanding in Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The new building will transform the company's Las Vegas operations into a high-tech fulfillment center that customers can access online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Digital Lizard said Tuesday in a news release ...
Sommelier talks wine, science, baseball
Monday, July 27, 2015
Kim Wood, director of wine at Aria, was responsible for selecting the wine pairings at this year’s Vegas Uncork’d for a celebrity chef brunch at Bardot Brasserie and an all-star feast at Aria. Wood is a Johns Hopkins University-educated biomedical engineer but chose a career in the hospitality industry ...
Instrumental in city’s musical growth
Monday, July 27, 2015
Violin outlet specializes in all the needs of the bowed stringed instrument player. In addition to selling and renting violins, violas, cellos and basses, the store carries a large variety of strings and accessories, sheet music and handles major restorations ...
Health care executive: As industry changes, providers must adapt
Monday, July 20, 2015
Toni Corbin, vice president of operations at Southwest Medical Associates, has seen the health care industry change considerably over the past 24 years. Technology and competition have enhanced the experience in many ways, and Corbin has overseen the implementation of programs and projects that improve patients’ lives ...
Vegan chef dispelling stigma of ‘bland’ food
'It takes a little time, but yes it’s totally worth it'
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Vegan Meals by Mindy provides a unique service. On Wednesday night the menu is posted online and clients place orders via text. On Sunday, meals are cooked at a commissary kitchen and ready for pickup or delivery the following morning ...
Franchisee: ‘Listen, delegate ... and get your hands dirty’
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Michelle Shriver knows what it takes to land a job — and keep one. After rising to the position of senior vice president of Ameristar Casinos, she became regional developer at Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting, which works with companies nationwide to find workers in the hospitality industry ...
Helicopter company has metamorphosized into tourism giant
Sunday, July 12, 2015
This 50-year-old helicopter tour company flies over the entire Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon West ...
From cars to electronics, battery store makes everything run
Monday, July 6, 2015
Batteries Plus Bulbs provides local consumers and businesses access to more than 50,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories ranging from the common to the obscure ...
Aliante Gaming leader: Innovation adds to casino’s success
Monday, June 29, 2015
Terry Downey had retired after a long and successful career with Station Casinos. But he was talked back into working and became president and general manager of Aliante Gaming, which runs Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas ...
Salon’s business model: Empower professionals to work for themselves
Sunday, June 28, 2015
As a new concept in salon ownership, it took some time and creative marketing to help salon professionals understand how Sola is different from a traditional salon. Elegantly furnished, individually-sized stand-alone salon suites allow them to be their own boss ...
Attorney: ‘Proper trust and estate planning is extremely important’
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Dana Dwiggins became managing partner at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer at age 32. In addition to practicing law — focusing on probate and trust litigation, small-business litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianships, and trust and wills — she oversees all financial aspects of the firm ...
Any day can be April Fool’s with this prankster tourist attraction
Sunday, June 21, 2015
For fake wedding to fool family and friends, “I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding” can provide an Elvis officiant to conduct the ceremony, a ring exchange, a pronouncement and even a fake marriage license with all of the couple’s information. A variety of photos are taken during and after the ceremony against a green screen, and customers receive prints as well as electronic images that can be uploaded instantly...
Executive chef: ‘You have to always have the drive to be better’
Monday, June 15, 2015
Joshua Smith is executive chef at Bardot Brasserie at Aria. A Las Vegas native, Smith has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant business, including a stint at L20 in Chicago, which had two Michelin stars before it closed five months ago. Smith is responsible for developing the culinary program at Bardot Brasserie, which is Michael Mina’s first foray into traditional French cuisine on the Strip ...
Desert climate doesn’t stop local farm from growing, selling quality greens
Sunday, June 14, 2015
High Desert Farms is a local farm that sells microgreens within 24 hours of cutting them ...
‘Surround yourself with smart people who can challenge and inspire you’
Sunday, June 7, 2015
The executive managing director of Colliers International — Las Vegas talks about his firm’s success, the best business advice he’s received, his management style and his dream job.
Beard-grooming business is growing
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Dane Mentzer calls himself the chairman of the beard. His company creates men’s grooming goods such as beard oil, beard balm and whisker wax, as well as shaving implements for those who like or need to stay clean shaven.
Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
We reached out to more than 4,000 physicians and medical professionals in Southern Nevada. We asked them who they recommend in a variety of specialties and are proud to share with you the top names — those doctors who were recommended over and over again ...
Numbers can lie, but good economists won’t let them
Monday, June 1, 2015
As principal of RCG Economics in Las Vegas, John Restrepo says, "If you’re going to be a practicing researcher and analyst, and in my case an economist, you cannot under any circumstances be an advocate or spin numbers or deal in half-truths" ...
In on the ground floor of the drone industry
Sunday, May 31, 2015
ArrowData recently became the first company in Nevada to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate drones for news gathering ...
‘Vegas Modern’ developer talks architectural innovation, green building technology
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tyler Jones is founder and owner of Blue Heron, which developed Sky Terrace, a desert-themed luxury community of custom homes in Henderson. The homes are packed with electronics and offer over-the-top amenities, such as elevators, outdoor kitchens and entertainment rooms with 105-inch drop-down television screens. Jones launched Blue Heron in 2004 with his father, Steve Jones, who has been in the Southern Nevada real estate business since 1989 ...
From strawberries to s’mores, funnel cake business dishes out dessert in Las Vegas
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Funnel Cake Cafe is a mobile business specializing in gourmet funnel cakes, from the traditional strawberry and whip to the not-so-traditional bacon, banana split, peach cobbler, s’mores and more ...
What makes a successful restaurateur in Las Vegas? Ask the owner of Table 89
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sami Ladeki, owner and founder of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza + Grill, is a self-described student of food and how it affects the body. He frequently travels the country and world to keep abreast of trends to keep his restaurants’ offerings fresh and relevant. Ladeki is ...
Music recording studios must keep pace with changes in music industry
Monday, May 11, 2015
Back in the day, recording an album used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today, you can get an A-plus quality recording with Grammy-nominated talent attached and it will sound as if it had the platinum Warner Bros. sound, for a quarter of that price ...
Why one entrepreneur chose the mobile flooring business
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Susan Liu went from owning a restaurant to a general contractor for more than a decade. Now she provides flooring solutions a franchise owner of a mobile flooring business ...