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Some Las Vegas business owners upbeat on economy

Written By:

Marian Green

A recent national survey indicated growing pessimism among small-business owners about the economy, but interviews with a smattering of Las Vegas business owners yielded a sunnier outlook.

A survey released last week by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.

Chamber Awards Honor Small Businesses

Written By:

Chris Sieroty

A singing dentist, a 30-year veteran of the catering industry, the executive director of a nonprofit helping families with seriously ill children, and a guy who recycles cigarette butts.

This is not the cast of a reality television show but rather the four winners of 2012's Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Awards.

Business Power Luncheon featuring the Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Lunch

At the Business Power Luncheon featuring the Wounded Warrior Project, attendees heard from keynote speaker and Wounded Warrior, Retired Sergeant First Class Norbie Lara. Attendees also learned the benefits of hiring veterans at this moving and inspirational luncheon.

Helping others helps wounded veteran overcome challenges

Written By:

Keith Rogers

The Wounded Warrior Project emblem depicts the silhouette of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade over his shoulder.

The classic "fireman's carry" is one that retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norberto "Norbie" Lara knows well. He was carried from a battlefield near Baqubah, Iraq, after a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, exploded, blowing off his right arm while he rode in a patrol vehicle on June 19, 2004.

Putting veterans to work

As the country's economy struggles through the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, with a national real unemployment rate of 14.9 percent, remember this: Over the next five years, more than 1 million veterans are expected to leave the U.S. military and re-join the American workforce.

Most of these men and women answered the call to serve their country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but entered service before the Great Recession. Many thousands of them have survived serious injuries.

Longtime Las Vegas Civic Leader Robert Forbuss Dead at Age 64

Written By:

Hubble Smith

Robert Forbuss, a widely known Las Vegas businessman, educator and elected official, died Sunday after a long battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 64.

The Nevada native graduated from Bishop Gorman High School and earned degrees in public administration and political science from Long Beach State University.

He went back to Gorman as a teacher from 1972 to 1979 and served on the Clark County School Board for eight years. In 2006 an elementary school in southwest Las Vegas was named in his honor.

UNLV takes tech to class

Written By:

Caitlin McGarry

The Nevada Legislature last summer signed into law Assembly Bill 449, which mandated more aggressive economic diversification efforts and commissioned a Brookings Institution report on which areas those efforts should be directed.

Not surprisingly, the Brookings Mountain West division and its Metropolitan Policy Program pinpointed education as one of Nevada's weaknesses. To boost economic development in areas like information technology, Brookings recommended university and industry collaboration, particularly in areas like research and work force development.

National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 Announces New Speakers

Additions to the already impressive speaker lineup for the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 have been announced. Liquid Metal Battery Corporation CEO Philip Giudice will join Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Kristin McMillan and American filmmaker Chris Paine, whose most noted documentaries include Who Killed The Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car to help lead the nation's foremost conversation about clean energy options.

Additional newly confirmed speakers and panelists include:

Owners look to revitalize western valley shopping and office complex

Written By:

Conor Shine

After buying Village Square in late 2011, the shopping and office center’s new owners quickly set to work recruiting new tenants, adding 10 businesses since the start of the year.

Now the owners, Westport Capital Partners, are looking to build on that momentum by launching a wide-reaching renovation of the 240,000-square-foot complex near Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road in the western valley.

Water Rate Message from Kristin McMillan

Water Rate Message from Kristin McMillan

This is a video from Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kristin McMillan discussing the recent water rate hikes from the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the recent three-year, 50 percent rate credit that was approved for fire meters.

Some local businesses to see water bill decrease

Written By:

Craig Huber

Some Las Vegas Valley businesses will see a decrease in their monthly water bills.The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Thursday approved a measure that will grant businesses a 50 percent reduction. The SNWA voted to dip into the Rate Stabilization Fund to make up the difference.

Business rates went up a little more than three months ago, something numerous Valley business owners have been struggling with.

Blue in the Face with Customer Service

Written By:

Greta Seidman

Our Treat Package for the Day

July is National Blueberry Month. We didn't know that until this afternoon, when one of our member service providers stopped by with a delicious-smelling (and tasting) fresh blueberry pie, complete with everything we needed to enjoy it, like plates, napkins and forks (as well as some strategically-placed collateral). Our representative stopped by personally just to deliver this surprise and tell us "thank you" for our patronage. It was great timing, too --- what's better than a sweet afternoon snack?