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Metro Chamber Selects Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas as New Government Affairs Counsel

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After an extensive evaluation process, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected Jim Wadhams and the firm of Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas as its external government affairs counsel on state public policy issues.

As the largest business organization in Nevada, the Metro Chamber is active in representing our members at all levels of government. Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas will enhance the Metro Chamber’s in-house government affairs and public policy team, particularly during the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session.

Your Piece of the Pie: Procurement Opportunities for Nevada’s Small Businesses

As a small business owner, landing a large contract can truly make your fiscal year. Procurement opportunities, especially in Southern Nevada, represent a large piece of business, especially with our proximity to Nellis Air Force Base and the military community, as well as the global headquarters of several major gaming and hospitality corporations centered in our valley.

Self-Insured Health Insurance Plans: More Control, More Stability for your Bottom Line

Health insurance products traditionally known as “fully- insured” plans have long been the norm for most mid- sized businesses. Lesser known but still popular with larger companies is the “self-insured” model. With the impact of health insurance premiums hitting the bottom line of many mid-size businesses, employers have been searching for ways to control their health insurance costs without trimming employees’ benefit packages.


We have arrived. Last month, the Metro Chamber moved its offices to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. We listened to you, our partners, when you told us what you wanted from the Metro Chamber. And here we are, in the epicenter of government, businesses, arts and culture, education, healthcare, transportation and entrepreneurship – ready to help you and your business succeed and rise to the challenges of growing our economy, creating jobs and improving the quality of life.

New Policy Committees, New Ways to Engage the Issues

The Metro Chamber is pleased to announce the addition of two new policy committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as Insurance. These committees give members more opportunities to engage in important discussions on pressing issues that impact employers and the community. They offer members the ability to interact with policy makers at the highest levels of government who make decisions affecting businesses across the state and region.

Making Customer Service Count

Going above and beyond to exceed a customer’s expectation of your company isn’t just something that creates a sale. It leads to regular clientele, customer loyalty and a reputation that you simply can’t buy, as well as multiple transactions, referrals and recommendations. As the Metro Chamber and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority celebrate the annual Customer Service Excellence Luncheon this month, the pivotal holiday season is also quickly approaching.

Metro Chamber Relocates to the Heart of Downtown

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce officially opened its doors at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The Metro Chamber’s new offices reflect the feedback of the membership, who specifically wanted a location in the epicenter of business, government, arts and culture, education, healthcare, transportation, new entrepreneurs, regional revitalization and the other exciting developments that make this a pivotal and exciting moment for Southern Nevada.

Empowering the Next Generation

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
- Margaret Fuller

One of the most valuable services you can give the next generation is your knowledge. Throughout the last academic year, Vegas Young Professionals members supported UNLV Collegiate Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) by judging and mentoring their members during competition camps.

The ACA So Far

The 2015 health insurance open enrollment period for individuals and small group employers begins Saturday, November 15. Some employers still wonder whether they are required to offer health insurance to their employees. If your company has fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTE), you are not subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility sections of the law. However, most employers would agree that a good business strategy for recruiting and retaining excellent talent is offering a robust employee benefits package.

Nevadans Have Spoken: No on Question 3!

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Dear Las Vegas Metro Chamber Member:

Nevadans have spoken. Question 3 - the proposed Margin Tax Initiative - was resoundingly rejected by voters.

Sing-a-Long in Symphony Park

Sing-a-Long in Symphony Park

Las Vegas Metro Chamber colleagues joined with staff from The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum to sing “Home Means Nevada”, as part of a state-wide sing-a-long at 10:00 a.m. on October 30, 2014, to commemorate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce moves to Smith Center

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Richard N. Velotta


The vagabond Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce finally has a place to call home.

In a small celebration, chamber executives cut a ribbon for the opening of the 5,000-member business organization’s new home in the Boman Pavilion of the the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.