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Flu Season Hits US: Seven Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Business and Employees

Written By:

Stephen Morris

The 2012-2013 flu season arrived earlier than usual. As the nation braces for increased flu activity, now is the time to prepare yourself, your business, and your employees. Not only is prevention important for physical health, it may impact your bottom line if your staff are out sick. Here are some tips to help you avoid illness and maintain business continuity.

Southern Nevada officials talk solidarity as legislative session looms

Written By:

Benjamin Spillman

Southern Nevada lawmakers held the political equivalent of a political pep rally with local government officials Thursday looking forward to the upcoming session of the state Legislature.

But even with broad agreement that southerners need to hang together for their economic and demographic advantages to hold sway in Carson City, there were signs it will take more than pleasantries over coffee and pastries to maintain solidarity.

Southern Nevada leaders join for monumental meeting

Written By:

Makayla Zurn

This morning there was a meeting of the minds with all of Southern Nevada's leaders.

From city and county officials to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Many are calling it a monumental step in the right direction. These elected officials met for a "first of its kind" discussion at UNLV.

"We wanted to have everybody at the table this time. We wanted to have everybody come together collectively, more efficiently, so we could move Southern Nevada forward," said Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Mark Your Calendar For This Year's Top Events, Conventions

Written By:

Richard N. Velotta

You hear it all the time in Southern Nevada: We have more happening on a good weekend here than most places have in a whole year.

Thanks to Las Vegas’ robust convention industry, meeting schedule and nonstop lineup of special events, calendars quickly fill up with happenings that keep the local economy pumping.

To make sure you don’t miss any, VEGAS INC compiled a calendar of some of the city’s most important conventions, special events, business meetings and government happenings.

Incoming chairman challenges Chamber members

Written By:

Hubble Smith

Jay Barrett Addresses Chamber Members

Las Vegas is making great strides at improving its education system and recruiting new business and preparing leaders for the future, moves that will help the community recover from the worst of economic times, the incoming chairman of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday.

The biggest challenge in the new year is to stay focused and keep up the energy to drive through obstacles that come up, said Jay Barrett, principal of JABarrett Co. financial advisers.

Las Vegas Chamber unveils new name, tech startup initiative

Written By:

Eli Segall

Jay Barrett Unveiling New Logo

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is changing its name and rolling out new efforts to help the valley’s budding startup businesses — and possibly sign them as members.

Now called the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the business association on Wednesday unveiled the new name and its “JumpStart Vegas” initiative.

Chamber officials will try to connect local tech entrepreneurs with lawyers, accountants and other chamber members who can help them with their business plans.

POLITICAL EYE: Business leaders fear consequences of 'fiscal cliff'

Executives from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce make their annual trip to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with Nevada lawmakers and federal officials.

Their message: Do whatever it takes to avoid sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts that would take effect early next year if Congress fails to strike a deal on the federal debt.

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce honored for education advocacy

Written By:

Trevon Milliard

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has received the Nevada Association of School Boards' executive committee friend of education award for being a vocal advocate for public school students.

Chamber President and CEO Kristin McMillan received the award Nov. 17 at the association's annual conference in Reno. It is the first time the association presented the award to an organization.

Who's got clout? A look at 10 movers and shakers who shape business in the valley

Written By:

Business Press Staff

Clout can be fleeting.

Especially in Las Vegas.

Times change quickly in Southern Nevada. During the boom period, gaming ruled as new megaresorts on the Strip fueled a booming economy.

The recession altered the status quo.

Gaming, in some sense, has taken a backseat to other types of development and job creation.

David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said there are two dimensions to clout: overall influence and the "what have you done for me lately" aspect.

Former Chicago mayor says government cooperation, transportation, environment key to Las Vegas’ success

Written By:

Eli Segall

The Las Vegas Valley can learn a lot from Richard M. Daley.

Daley was mayor of Chicago for more than two decades, turning it into one of the top cities in the world with strong businesses, culture and tourism. On Thursday, he flew to Las Vegas to explain how he did it and to offer advice about how Las Vegas can become more than just a destination for gamblers and conventioneers.

Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley offers economic development tips to Las Vegas

Written By:

Benjamin Spillman

Savvy politicians know politics is a game of addition, not subtraction.

And on Thursday in Las Vegas a member of one of America's savviest political families said the same holds true for economic development.

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said if Las Vegas wants to expand its global reach beyond the gambling and partying business, then political leaders need to forge alliances, not rivalries, with other cities, nations and even each other.

Young Executives: Nevada’s Future

Written By:

Doresa Banning

After finishing graduate school, Nevada resident, Adam Kramer, launched his own business, I Am America, which provided online video content for companies. Four years later, his wife landed an opportunity in Las Vegas, and the couple relocated to the city from Los Angeles. Kramer sold his business and found a job with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as the director of its Vegas Young Professionals group. Today, one and a half years later, at age 27, he remains in that role, which has expanded to include an additional component, assisting business startups.