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Nevadan at Work: Customer service representative's life experiences help him relate

Written By:

Kristy Totten

Donald Kidd

Helping others is central to Donald Kidd’s life.

From his calling as a minister at One Body in Christ Christian Church to his job as a call center representative at NV Energy, lending a hand comes naturally to Kidd, who is quick to acknowledge the help he’s had along the way.

In November, Kidd was honored by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce for going above and beyond in his work to ensure that a homeless family received power at their new home.

As the mayor and TV news crews stood by at the dedication ceremony, someone discovered the power wasn’t on.

Let's establish a UNLV medical school the right way

Written By:

Kristin McMillan


UNLV needs an allopathic, M.D.-granting medical school. The economic effects and benefits to the health of our community are compelling. So much is riding on a UNLV medical school that we need to take a breath, step back, and make sure we do this right — not just right away.

Read Incoming Chairman Bruce Spotleson's Speech from the Annual Installation Luncheon

Thank you all for joining us for our annual installation lunch, a celebration of both change and continuity.

I also want to thank Jay Barrett for letting me shadow him as he led our first full year as a “metro” chamber, an evolution that has already made us more effective.

I’m honored by this appointment. I first sipped the Chamber Kool-Ade at a luncheon like this one in 1996. Both our Valley and the Metro Chamber have grown and matured since then. And because of the work of my predecessors and our staff, the Chamber’s voice has gotten stronger.

The Metro Chamber Announces Move to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Metro Chamber at Smith Center

Dear Metro Chamber members:

It is with great pleasure to share with you the news that the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as our new home. 2013 Chairman Jay Barrett made the official announcement today at the Annual Installation Luncheon. There are still a few details to work out, but we are moving forward on a final agreement and want you to be among the first to know.

Small Business Saturday is This Week!

Written By:

Greta Beck-Seidman

Small Business Saturday logo

Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country, will take place on Saturday, November 30. In 2012, the estimated consumer spending on Small Business Saturday was $5.5 billion, with the event steadily growing in popularity and participants since its inception in 2010. This year, American Express is offering customized web ads, signage and other free materials to help get the word out that your business is participating in the initiative. For more information on how your business can participate in Small Business Saturday, visit

EDITORIAL: State's taxpayers can't afford expensive PERS

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada’s public employee pension fund is well-managed and actuarially sound when compared against those of other states, according to an independent review of the plan requested by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

UNLV, UNR close to plan that would create medical school in Southern Nevada

Written By:

Paul Takahashi

UNLV sign

The presidents of UNR and UNLV are close to signing a preliminary partnership agreement that could lead to a school in Southern Nevada that would mint medical doctors.

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich, UNR President Marc Johnson, University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean Tom Schwenk and UNLV President Neal Smatresk are expected to sign an agreement by the end of this week.

Las Vegas’ tech sector has come a long way over the past year but still has some maturing to do

Written By:

Eli Segall

Startup Weekend - April

A year ago, Las Vegas’ tech sector was creating a lot of buzz but not many results.

Ideas were flying all over the place. Techies would concoct a business plan and work nonstop for a weekend building a website or software, then lose interest and let the concept fizzle. There was only one big pot of tech-focused investment cash, and out-of-state startups typically moved here only if they received money from it.

Today, Las Vegas’ geek scene is maturing, moving past its raw beginnings and gaining footing as a real industry.

Go, Rebels!

Happy Homecoming weekend to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels!

EDITORIAL: No openness in bargaining, no consequences

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

The precedent has been set. In the state’s already-skewed binding arbitration process, in which a lone outsider with no stake in the outcome settles contract disputes between local governments and their unions, compliance with the law is optional.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Calls on Jim Wheeler to Resign

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Las Vegas – Today, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding Nevada State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler:

Chamber, Nevada State Bank recognize businesses, nonprofits

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Nevada State Bank, on Thursday honored 25 local businesses and nonprofits for innovating in the marketplace, creating a better community and making customers happy.

The awards were presented at the annual Business Excellence Awards luncheon, which was held at Paris Las Vegas.

Recognition categories include Trailblazers, Innovators, Pacesetters, Groundbreakers and Cultivators.