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  • A Member Publication Business Voice October 2009 | Volume 29 Number 10 Routing Slip Please share The Business Voice with others Celebrate Customer Service Excellence at October 23 Luncheon J oin the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce “One of the best things about the CSE program is and salute excellence in customer service at that it’s free, simple, and everyone can use it,” says What’s Inside the 2009 Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Robinson. “Companies can utilize CSE as an in-house Luncheon. Slated for October 23 at the Rio employee recognition program and individuals can All-Suite Hotel & Casino, this annual celebration use CSE ‘compliment cards’ to give a special thanks Federal anti-theft rules recognizes top performers in every industry. to people they come across who provide superior effective November 1 levels of service.” 3 “During a challenging economy, superior levels of customer service can make The annual Customer Learn how to do business the difference between a Service Luncheon is held in with Clark County company prospering, or celebration of and following 4 floundering,” says CSE National Customer Service committee chair, Doug Week, which is October 4-10. Train your employees to Robinson, of American Special bronze, silver and work with the hearing Family Insurance. “This gold certificates honoring the impaired luncheon is a celebratory levels of CSE achievement 6 event that rewards the are awarded at the luncheon. efforts of customer service During a program year, all Learn more about stars valley-wide. It’s a real nominations are tracked and Nevada’s renewable ‘feel good’ celebration that each nominee is invited to energy future lets us all take a step back the luncheon. 8 and acknowledge the truly great things that continue This year enterainment Gain insight on home-based to happen in our business will be provided by Penny business options community.” Lane. Register today for 14 the CSE luncheon on The Chamber’s CSE program Friday, October 23. The October Calendar of is a city-wide effort that encourages and rewards celebration is from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Events superior customer service. Operated in partnership Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Admission is $45 16 with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors per person, or $450 for a table of 10. Reserve your Authority (LVCVA), CSE provides a wide range seats by calling 702.641.5822 or register online at and much more... of opportunities for companies and individuals to www.lvchamber.com. Click on the events calendar acknowledge superior customer service levels. for more details. continued on page 30 Save the date Preview Las Vegas 2010 January 28, 2010 Thomas & Mack/ Cox Pavilion
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  • From My Desk “Red Flags” federal anti-identity theft provision goes into effect Nov 1 By Christopher Mathews, Lionel Sawyer & Collins I dentity theft continues to plague the nation, with and procedures to identify “red flags” of identity theft, a businesses and individuals reporting nationwide losses method to detect such red flags, procedures in the event running into the hundreds of millions of dollars each red flags are detected, and a method to re-evaluate the year. In 2003, Congress passed legislation requiring program as risks of the crime change. federal agencies to implement new regulations to detect and fight identity theft. In 2007, the Federal Trade “Red flags,” according to the FTC, are potential patterns, Commission (FTC) developed the “Red Flags Rule,” practices, or specific activities indicating the possibility requiring businesses and organizations to develop and of identity theft. When a red flag is detected, a company implement programs aimed at halting such theft. Failure to might notify the customer, close or refuse to open an comply before the rule’s November 1, 2009 implementation account, change a password, or notify law enforcement. date may result in the imposition of stiff civil penalties and There is no one-size-fits-all approach: the response must intrusive audit and compliance measures. be appropriate to the degree of risk posed. Businesses must tailor their programs to the size of their business Christopher Mathews The Red Flags Rule applies to financial institutions or and the risk of identity theft likely in their operations, and Lionel Sawyer & Collins any business that regularly permits deferment of payment ensure their employees are trained in the program and or provides goods or services and bills customers later, if actually put it into practice. A business must update its there is a “reasonably foreseeable risk” of identity theft. program as risks change or when the business undergoes Businesses covered by the Red Flags Rule must develop, a change such as restructuring, merger, or acquisition. implement, and administer a written identity theft prevention program that must be approved at the highest The Red Flags Rule represents a fundamental shift in the level of the company. The program must include policies prevention of identify theft, from passive data protection continued on page 30 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Member Services 2009 Board of Trustees Las Vegas Chamber Helpful Hints: Executive Committee: of Commerce Steve Hill Hugh Anderson Richard S. Worthington 702.641.5822 • Limit the number of releases you Chairman of the Board Anderson & Delutri @ Merrill Lynch The Molasky Group of Companies send to the single most important CalPortland Membership Sales 586.3855 happening in your organization. Kevin Orrock Kara Kelley Advertising Sales 586.3812 Fafie Moore The Howard Hughes Corporation President & CEO CSE 586.3839 • No advertisements will be printed Immediate Past Chairman Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs 586.3805 in the Member News section. Realty Executives of Nevada Michael Bonner InfoCenter 735.1616 • No phone numbers will be listed in Greenberg Traurig, LLC Member Health Benefits 586.3887 the Member News section, with the Kristin McMillan Public Relations 641.5822 exception of non-profit organizations. Chairman-Elect Kevin Burke VYP 735.2196 EMBARQ Burke and Associates, Inc. • Outdated material will not be Editorial Policy: published. The Las Vegas Chamber of Com- • Membership dues must be current Trustees: merce welcomes input, ideas and for submissions to be printed. Bob Ansara suggestions from our members. Ricardo’s of Las Vegas, Inc. Cornelius Eason Bruce Spotleson As with any periodical, we must • The Chamber reserves the right Greenspun Media Group adhere to strict deadlines and we to make the final edit on all Charles Atwood Robbie Graham reserve the right to edit all mate- submissions. The Smith Center for the NTC Global Holding Group Vicky VanMeetren rials submitted for publication. Performing Arts St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Commentaries that are marked as The Business Voice (USPS #717- Corey Jenkins San Martín Campus such do not necessarily reflect the 970) is published by The Las Vegas Jay Barrett SAVMOR Rent a Car opinion or position of the Cham- Chamber of Commerce. Marnell Corrao Associates, Inc. John Wilson ber, its trustees or employees. The 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 Bart Jones MedicWest Ambulance Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290 Chamber cannot guarantee the Bob Brown Merlin Contracting Las Vegas Review-Journal & Developing Nancy Wong validity or accuracy of the contents of paid advertisements. Questions Annual Subscription $25 Arcata Associates, Inc. or concerns about content of The Periodical postage paid at Las Vegas, NV Senator Richard Bryan Gina Polovina Lionel Sawyer & Collins Boyd Gaming Corporation Michele Tell Woodrow Business Voice can be addressed POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Preferred Public Relations, LLC to Vice President of Marketing, The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Tim Cashman Kevin Rabbitt Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 Foghorn Consulting GES Exposition Services Michael Yackira 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290 NV Energy 300, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Doris Charles Larry Singer Wells Fargo Bank Grubb & Ellis l Las Vegas October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 3
  • Chamber News Learn how to do business with Clark County Have you considered the possibility that your Member verification underway How to do business with business could be a provider of goods or services Please watch your mail for your Las Vegas Chamber of Clark County to Clark County? The Chamber can help you Commerce membership verification form. By completing Tuesday, October 13 learn what the county purchases and how the and returning this form by November 9, you will ensure 8:00 to 8:30 a. m. Registration & Networking purchasing process works. On October 13 the that your information is accurate in our annual Las Vegas 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Program Chamber will host a seminar titled “How Chamber of Commerce Buyer’s Guide and Membership EMBARQ ® Business and to Do Business with Clark County.” Clark Directory and in our on-line Business Directory. Update Conference Center at the County Purchasing Manager Yoli Jones will be company information, including category listings, e-mail Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce the presenter. address and website, to ensure we have the latest and most 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 up-to-date information regarding your business. If you have Las Vegas, NV 89119 Business development is the key to success in questions or have not received your verification form, please $20 for members any business. Chamber members will have contact Member Services at 702.641.5822. This event is for members only. an exciting opportunity to develop business opportunities with Clark County in 2010. The Small Business Excellence Awards, The BIZ Es recognized For more information, call Chamber members may apply to participate outstanding achievement in Southern Nevada. 702.641.5822, or visit in the Clark County Business Development & Exclusively sponsored by Nevada www.lvchamber.com Education Program at no cost. This in-depth State Bank the Small Business This event is sponsored by ADP and Chamber Insurance and Benefits, LLC. program will teach chamber members how to Excellence Awards (BIZ Es) were gain access to contracting opportunities with held on September 17 at the Rio Clark County. A recent class of 37 graduates All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Awards resulted in awarded contracts of $3.2 million. were given in five categories and two members were honored for Mark your calendars! Sneak Peek: November Power Lunch their dedication to the Chamber. Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Location: The Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino Cragin & Pike was recognized with the Centennial Award Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. provided by McCarthy Kasters CPAs, Ltd. for being the Speaker: Dr. Neal Smatresk, president of UNLV longest tenured member and their 100 years of service in the community. $50 for members with prepaid registration $65 for non members with prepaid registration Nevada State Bank was honored for their 50 years of $70 for all walk ins membership in the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Neal Smatresk Budgeting & Cash Flow Seminar Below is a list of the Small Business Excellence Award categories and the winners. Thursday, October 22 8:00 to 8:15 a.m. Registration & Networking Entrepreneur of the Year 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Program & Interactive Discussion Joseph Vassallo - Paragon Pools Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Room 313 David Entler, CPA, CMA Vice President – Finance Green Business of the Year Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Tangerine Office Systems Cost is $20 for members, $40 for non-members. Innovative Business of the Year This event is sponsored by Chamber Insurance and Sandler Training Benefits, LLC. Non-Profit of the Year This seminar is designed to help leaders of nonprofit orga- NCET - Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship nizations create budgeting and accountability processes that & Technology will guide their staff into achieving optimal results. Learn new ways of creating an environment where staff will contin- Small Business of the Year ually learn from the past and continually focus on achieving Imagine Marketing of Nevada Inc. the very best results in the future. Learn how a focus on cash flow forecasting will help you better plan the future direc- See the photo gallery page 22. For more information tion of your organization. Seating capacity is limited. Go to about the Small Business Excellence Awards go to www.lvchamber.com to register today or call 702.641.5822. www.lvchamber.com/programs/biz-e. n 4 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • How Does This 70-Year -Old Doctor Have The Body of a 30-Year-Old? The Life Center for Healthy Aging Affiliate of Cenegenics Medical Institute Jeffry Life, MD, PhD, announces the opening of The Life Center for Healthy Aging in Las Vegas! Find out more about the Life Center’s program, a unique and balanced combination of nutrition, exercise and hormone optimization. BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE: Improved Muscle Tone Decreased Body Fat Increased Energy Increased Sex Drive/Libido Jeffry Life, MD,PhD, Sharper Thinking after Cenegenics as featured in GQ Reduced Risk for Disease magazine. Photo is not digitally enhanced Improved Outlook On Life At the Life Center, patients are successful business people and professionals. In fact, 20% of Dr. Life’s patients worldwide are physicians and their families. Call today to speak with Dr. Jeffry Life or visit our website. Strictly confidential, no obligation. Register online to receive the GQ article and The Dr. Life, age 57, before Cenegenics Complete Guide to Healthy Aging. Call 702.953.1561 Register www.DrLife.com No Insurance and No Medicare Accepted “In business,the We know a thing or two thousand security of client about insurance. information is crucial. Shred-it removes the worry.” All the protection you know you need, plus some you might have overlooked. That’s the difference American Family expertise makes. For auto, home, Shred-it’s document destruction business, health, life and more, all under one roof,® services can help you meet your compliance obligations. call today. We can help you prevent identity theft and security breaches, and safeguard your clients’ privacy. Call today for your free Security Audit. 702.257.4733 702 25-Shred | shredit.com/lv American Family Mutual Insurance Company and its Subsidiaries Home Office – Madison, WI 53783 amfam.com © 2008 003094 – Rev. 2/08 October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 5
  • Business News Training employees how to work with hearing- impaired consumers can boost profits By Mark Finn, Founder, Hearing Loss Resource and Guidance Center of Nevada. I don’t know many business owners who will argue that have some form of hearing loss. Doing the math their regular customers, the ones who keep coming (statistically) and knowing the Las Vegas region and back, are essential for a steady cash flow. In today’s its population as well as I do, I have calculated that Las economic environment, it is essential to attain Vegas’ valley metropolitan area has more than 200,000 and retain as many customers as possible. It’s individuals who can be classified as “Significantly Hard of just common business sense. Hearing,” or SHOH. While these individuals have lost a bulk of their hearing, they speak well and do not use sign However, does your management team language. Mostly they function in society well, they blend realize there are consumers walking into in as an ordinary customer - in other words, they do not their businesses everyday who are looking “look” disabled. to form relationships and become that new “regular customer?” I’m talking about the Hearing loss is an invisible disability. This is why business hearing-impaired community of Las Vegas. owners need to educate their employees and make their Once serviced by understanding businesses, businesses accessible to a person with a hearing loss if these customers can become the most loyal they want to capture this niche market, which is growing customers any business will ever find. They rapidly as the boomer generation ages. It’s easy to see why are looking for businesses that understand a person with hearing loss would become a loyal customer and meet their needs. once one understands the psychological issue combined with the physical issue of not being able to hear. He or We know that close to 40 million Americans she wants to be a customer of a business that is attuned to continued on page 28 Let the Chamber bring Las Vegas into FOCUS I n November, participants in Focus Las Vegas get an The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce recognizes your insider’s look at what’s happening now in Southern new executives and their spouses and partners need to Nevada. Attendees will get a sneak peek at City Center, begin making connections and establishing a network The Smith’s Center for the Performing Arts and the Lou with the community quickly to make them successful and Ruvo/Cleveland Clinic before they open. The Las Vegas effective. Attending Focus Las Vegas is a great way to get Convention and Visitor Authority will provide tourism both executives and their significant others invested and trends and the impact on economic growth. Additionally, engaged with the local community. you will get information on the upcoming Governor’s race for 2010 and much more... Call today to find out how your new executive and spouse can attend this great program and begin making Focus Las Vegas is a cost effective and efficient way for connections in our local community. Special discount both new residents and recently-promoted professionals available through October 15. and their spouses and partners to gain the insight they need to successfully navigate and do business in Southern Focus Las Vegas is a concentrated executive enrichment Nevada. program for individuals who are committed to making Las Chamber members get Vegas a strong and thriving community. Participants enjoy a $150 discount if you an accelerated, two-day integration into and understanding register before October 15. of the inner workings of the Las Vegas Valley. Relocating is always The Focus Las Vegas sessions will be held Tuesday difficult. Adjusting to a November 3 and November 10, 2009, at the new job, new co-workers EMBARQ® Business and Conference Center at the Las and new surroundings can be hard enough on your new Vegas Chamber of Commerce. For more information executives without added complications on the home contact Member Services at 702.641.5822 or go to front. Spouses and partners face adjustments of their own. www.lvchamber.com/programs/focus. n Getting comfortable with a new city, making friends and establishing ties within a new community can be daunting. 6 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Save the Date ! Thursday, January 28, 2010 Thomas & Mack Center - Cox Pavilion n Engage with nearly 2,000 business professionals n Evolve your business tactics and strategies n Emerge with vital economic insight to power your success Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space available now. Call 702.586.3827 for details. Register early and save! Early bird discount tickets available now. For tickets call 702.641.5822 • www.previewlasvegas.com KL 092409 October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 7 Must be a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to exhibit at or sponsor Preview.
  • Green Initiative Industry experts weigh in on future of renewable energy in Nevada R enewable energy in Nevada has a number of often plants. This then has very controversial ramifications in debatable elements. The Las Vegas Chamber of terms of the rates that consumers will pay for their power Commerce asked two industry-savvy members to as the legislature continues to increase the requirement for weigh in on what are anticipated to be leading issues renewable generation sources in Nevada. on the renewable energy front in 2010 and beyond. Renewable sources are generally more expensive. My Kevin Carr, Siemans Energy understanding is that the renewable growth is being, to a I am not an employee of NV Energy. Rather, they are large extent, subsidized at this time in order to make it more a customer of Siemans. Therefore, this is my basic competitive. Of course, when the assistance runs out or is interpretation of the current situation as a vendor that is discontinued, there is a lot of concern that the rate payer part of the industry. will take a huge hit financially. Unfortunately, some are concerned that these types of ramifications are not being The Nevada Legislature continues to pass legislation that communicated or discussed openly enough at this point. requires that the local regulated utility, NV Energy, increase the percentage of renewable power generation that it Emily Huffman, NV Energy provides to its customers, typically in the form of wind, NV Energy is strongly committed to both large and small- solar, or geothermal power. The renewable requirement that scale renewable energy developments. We currently have NV Energy must meet is the RPS, or Renewable Portfolio contracts for more than 500 megawatts of renewable Standard. The RPS is defined as the percentage of total retail energy. We also are investing directly in new company- kilowatt hour sales that NV Energy must provide through owned renewable projects. renewable power generation. In 1997, Nevada became one of the first states to set a The new RPS guidelines require that 20 percent of NV standard for investor-owned electric utilities to generate Energy’s total retail kilowatt-hour sales be provided by power from renewable resources. The legislature–mandated renewable sources by 2015. Then, the renewable portfolio Renewable Portfolio Standard has been increased several standard increases to a requirement of 25 percent of total times since then, and is one of the country’s most aggressive. retail kilowatt hour sales from renewable generation It calls for continually increasing the percentage of renewable sources by 2025. It’s important to mention that there is a energy in NV Energy’s supply mix. In 2008, NV Energy was provision that enables NV Energy to meet up to 25 percent able to meet the Standard. As the Standard increases, the of the RPS requirement through conservation and efficiency company has plans to bring on more renewable projects so that renewable energy will make up at least 25 percent of power sold to customers by 2025. Currently, 27 renewable energy plants help power NV Energy customer needs. Those renewable plants include a wide range of geothermal, improvements to the existing system, as opposed to adding solar, wind, waste heat recovery, hydro and biomass sources. new renewable generation sources. NV Energy is a leading renewable energy provider. Across As a result of this aggressive increase in renewable the nation, NV Energy ranks 1st in geothermal watts requirements, NV Energy is going out to the market twice per person and 3rd in solar power capacity. Three new a year to solicit offers from renewable energy developers geothermal plants totaling 120 megawatts are under for renewable projects. As of this year, the legislature is construction, adding to the 200 megawatts already in also enabling NV Energy to purchase renewable power operation. The 64 megawatt Nevada Solar One plant is the from a renewable source located outside of the state of largest solar energy facility built in the last 15 years, and the Nevada in order to meet RPS requirement. What this all 14 megawatt Nellis plant is the largest photovoltaic solar amounts to is a steep increase in the reliance of renewable facility in the Western Hemisphere. In partnership with RES power generation sources in Nevada, and an overall decline Americas, NV Energy is co-developing a 200-megawatt in the reliance and use of the existing fossil fuel power wind project near Jackpot, Nevada. Called the China continued on page 28 8 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Business Education “Go Ahead – Get a Life!” Keys to Finding the Balance in Your Life” D o you feel like you’re on a never-ending treadmill better to say, ‘No, I am not able to take that on right now’ with little balance in your life? The Las Vegas than to say ‘yes’ and drag through the project resenting Chamber of Commerce October 7 Business every second of it. As someone has said, ‘no’ is a complete Education Series (BES) will help you learn how sentence. When someone asks if you can take on a new to relax and reprogram in today’s chaotic world. Betty project or chair a committee, get in the habit of saying, ‘I Mahalik, a veteran life and business coach, will help you really need to check my schedule and see if that is going gain perspective on exactly what balance is and isn’t and to work.’ That buys you time to consider if this is the right how to find the right balance between your work and activity for you to take on at this time. I also recommend your life. doing an annual audit to analyze if the organizations and activities you’re involved in still fit your values. Just think Q. How difficult is it in today’s about it: If you eliminate one activity that takes two hours stressful economy to maintain a Business Education Series work/life balance? a week, that adds up to more than 100 hours a year. What could you do with an extra two hours a week? Betty Mahalik A. “It’s more stressful not Also, there’s thinking you have to do everything yourself - only in today’s economy, but usually a thin disguise for perfectionism or being a control Wednesday, October 7 given our 24/7 lifestyles and freak. You DON’T have to do everything yourself. If you’re Program: “Go Ahead – Get a communication devices, we self-employed and don’t enjoy doing invoices or keeping the Life!” Keys to Finding the often have the feeling that books, hire someone who loves that kind of work. Most we’re always ‘on call. That’s likely your time is worth more than the $30-$40 an hour Balance in Your life why I advocate that people you might pay, say a virtual assistant, so the ‘investment’ will If you’ve ever felt like the create clear boundaries around pay off. If you work 8-5 and have activities that leave little plate juggler at the circus, their time. Decide when to turn time for house-cleaning, either delegate (and train) children Betty Mahalik it all off. Have ‘sacred’ time then this BES program is for you! if you have them, or hire professionals to assist you.” where you are not available. Betty Mahalik will teach you: Put yourself on the ‘to do’ list Q. How can people “de-stress” and find harmony in • How to identify and eliminate your energy drains and don’t allow someone else’s today’s often stress-provoking world? • ow to prioritize your activities around what’s most H priorities to automatically be important rather than what’s most urgent yours. We have to teach people A. “It’s essential to have a ‘personal self-care’ strategy that when they can have access to us you practice consistently. Stress experts advise that you have • eys to bringing greater harmony, peace and K and when we’re unavailable.” three types of stress-management strategies, based on the enjoyment to your life premise that it’s not the stress that’s damaging - it’s the lack • ow to use technology to calm you down, rather than H Q. What are the most common of recovery time. If we allow no recovery time, we eventually speed you up obstacles people face in trying suffer illness, depression or other problems. to establish and maintain a Location: EMBARQ® Business and Conference Center at harmonious lifestyle at home We need short-term recovery activities that we do on a the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 and at work? daily basis: exercise, meditation, walking, journaling, being with friends, etc. Medium-range recovery includes weekend Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 A. “Trying to do too much, recreation, hobbies and activities you can do just for the at Town Square and that goes for children’s fun of it. Finally, the long-range recovery activities are the Time: Registration & Breakfast: 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. activities. There is research vacations. It always amazes me when I coach clients to hear Program: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. that shows children who are their answers to these questions: Networking: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. over-programmed and over- Cost: $35 per member with prepaid registration scheduled eventually push • What do you do everyday just for you? $50 per non member with prepaid back. They want to be kids • What do you do for fun or to relax? registration and have free time. The 80-20 • hen was the last time you took a real vacation, W $5 additional for all week of event rule applies here: 80 percent of without dragging along the crackberry, laptop or the benefits in your life derive other ‘electronic leash?’ $55 for all walk-ins from 20 percent of the activities As adults, we have to take the initiative to do these things. To register: www.lvchamber.com or call 702.641.5822. you do. What are your ‘top 20 No one will give us permission.” percent?’ Another obstacle is not being To register for the Chamber’s upcoming BES session, able to say ‘no’ - thinking that go to www.lvchamber.com or call Member Services at if I don’t say ‘yes’ someone will think less of me. It’s much 702.641.5822 n 10 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
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  • Biz Alerts Beware of metal thieves targeting Valley B eware of a new target on businesses: metal theft • Air conditioning coils from construction yards and construction sites. • Copper condensation lines The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department • Copper tubing (LVMPD) Construction Theft Detail has • Pool heaters two detectives currently investigating the Metal theft issue, including criminal investigations with regular inspections of local recycle yards. The LVMPD is also partnering with agencies These materials can be difficult to identify due to their common appearance; however the LVMPD urges that when marked, these items have the ability to be traced in California and other states to get the word back to an owner. A common approach is to mark with out on stolen material. spray paint in two or more colors. If a theft occurs, these colors can be noted in the crime report and, thus, can be According to the LVMPD, one of the biggest used to locate the material. issues for the department is the ability to identify stolen material brought into a recycle If you need any further information regarding this or yard. Common materials often include: any other programs by the LVMPD Construction Theft Detail, please call 702.828.3574. n Nevada Secretary of State’s office taking over business licensing functions E ffective October 1, 2009, Nevada Secretary of The change in the administration of the State Business State Ross Miller’s office will be responsible for License will enable businesses to apply, pay the license issuing the State Business License. The business fee, and be issued a state business license online at license is required of all entities who are conducting www.nvsos.gov. Online payment options will be business in this state. expanded to included debit card, e-check, credit card or a trust account. Business entities formed under Title The 2009 Legislature approved AB 146, which 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes that are required to transfers the authority to issue annual State Business file an Initial or Annual List of officers will file for their Licenses and collect the State Business License fee from annual State Business License at the time the Annual the Department of Taxation to the Secretary of State. List is filed. The business’ annual $200 business license Secretary of State Ross Miller says his goal is to make fee may be prorated based on when their current State Nevada the gold standard for business services in the Business License expires. Other businesses, such as sole country. proprietorships and partnerships, will file with the Secretary of State for a renewal of their existing license “The consolidation of the business license program no later than the date of expiration or apply for a with the other services my office provides is the first license when they begin conducting business in Nevada. step toward creating an online portal service like no other state offers,” Miller said. “We will be reaching For more information, call 775.684.5708 or visit out far and wide into the business community to let www.nvsos.gov. n them know of these improvements. We look forward to better serving Nevada businesses.” Tourism-friendly bill gaining ground T he Nevada-friendly Travel Promotion Act is finally would create a government agency to promote the United gaining some traction, thanks in large part to current States abroad, and would be funded by a $10 per-person fee and former Nevada lawmakers, most notably for visitors entering the country. Provisions of the bill would United States Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, provide a much-needed boost to Nevada’s tourism industry. and former Congressman Jon Porter. The bill passed a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate mid-September and is For more information visit www.lvchamber.com or call expected to be taken up by the House later this year. The bill Government Affairs at 702.641.5822 n 12 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Chamber’s new “Green Roots” initiative encourages and supports business conservation efforts W ant to be “greener,” but unsure of how to go about making your • A ll important terms for each level item are defined. business more environmentally-savvy without a lot of time and expense? • A ll resources for how to achieve each item are provided as a “one stop shop” for the convenience of our members. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is • L evel items with potential rebates or incentives are indicated with a introducing a new tiered dollar sign. program, “Green Roots,” that gives members the • M embers can document their progress through online forms. Members tools and resources to who complete each level will be listed in a special “Green Roots launch, cultivate and Business” category and will get an appropriate Green Roots Level expand the green efforts icon as recognition next to their company listing in the Chamber’s of their businesses. You online directory. can start slow or accelerate your green pace with this self-audited program. Here’s how it works: This new program is designed to help Chamber members save money, become good corporate stewards, and contribute to the overall environmental health • G reen “levels” have been established, starting with easy, low or no- of Southern Nevada. cost steps that any business of any size can accomplish. Members are encouraged to complete at least 80 percent of all applicable For more information on how you can be involved, visit level items. www.lvchamber.com/programs/green or contact Lauren Boitel at 702.586.3893. n Save 10-30% on your processing fees Heartland Payment Systems offers: • A consultative business partner who can help you navigate the complexity of managing your card acceptance. • One of the highest levels of local/ personalized service in the marketplace today that has company employees versus independent contractors. • Local Face-to-Face relationship managers and servicing managers who are knowledgeable about the industries we serve. • Excellent customer service via a Help Desk available 24/7/365. Call Les Harris at Heartland Payment Systems, 702.982.5838 to provide a free no obligation analysis of your statement for PAY M E N T S Y S T E M S TM credit card and or e-mail at leslie.harris@e-hps.com or www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com/leslieharris. October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 13
  • Business News Home Alone: Do you have what it takes to be a home-based business owner? By Dave Archer, CEO, NCET - Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology D id you know that in a recent Census poll, more you face a double-whammy: you could risk losing both than 10 percent of Nevadans indicated they are your home, and your business. A carefully thought-out self-employed? Self-employment, and the advent business plan and budget is an essential pre-startup tool. of home-based business, is growing nationwide, and as a business-friendly, entrepreneurial-minded state, Nevada is Do you have the space available to conduct a professional leading the way. Over the next few months I’ll be sharing enterprise? One of the toughest things home-based some insight into what it takes to launch, run and grow business owners face working from home is in keeping a successful home-based business. This installment will their business and personal lives separate. This means serve as a self-assessment. Do you have what it takes? having dedicated office space, specified work hours, and having a plan for handling distractions, such as children, Probably one of the pets and everyday household responsibilities. Also, if most challenging things you’ll be meeting clients or vendors, you’ll have to ensure for an aspiring small this is permissible in your neighborhood. business owner to do is to conduct an honest Do you envision having employees work for you, or self-assessment. This is clients visit you at your home office? If this is something a crucial part of your that’s a strategic part of your overall business plan, you pre-start-up agenda. need to make sure you consider zoning, insurance and It’s not enough that you neighborhood association rules. Far too many home- have a great idea. Start based businesses have been thwarted when they launch by asking yourself the their business, only to learn they must severely limit foot following: and vehicle traffic and on-site parking to comply with local zoning rules and regulations. You will also want Are you a self-starter? to check your homeowners’ insurance policy as to what You really need to kind of liability coverage you need when having clients or think hard about this employees in your home. one. Can you truly set an agenda for yourself Can you wear more than one hat at a time? Most small every day to complete business owners juggle multiple responsibilities, some of the necessary tasks at hand without anyone else holding which may not be your strong suits. As a sole proprietor, you accountable? If you think being a home-based you’ll likely start out being responsible for tasks including business owner means working sporadically and never billing, accounting, inventory, sales and customer service, getting out of your pajamas, think again; most successful in addition to the everyday business operations. If you home-based business owners log many more hours than don’t feel qualified to assume all of these roles, factor they ever did at a traditional job. in the costs associated with out-sourcing these key responsibilities. Are you happy working alone? Working in a quiet home office may seem like a dream come true at first, but if Do you have a Plan B? In today’s economy, it’s not you’re a people-person and thrive on outside stimuli, enough to have one contingency plan; you need several. you may feel isolated working alone. You can temper the Many home-based business owners launch and grow their isolation by joining trade and networking groups, but it’s businesses while they’re still employed by someone else. important to consider whether you’ll really miss the break This approach serves as a safety net, providing you with room chats and cubicle mates. essentials such as a steady income, health insurance and retirement benefits – all things you’ll need to provide for How strong is your financial picture? Many home-based yourself when you become self-employed. businesses today are being founded by people who have been down-sized, laid off, or forced from retirement due NCET, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and to dwindling portfolios. While a home-based business Technology, helps Nevadans start and grow businesses helps you avoid traditional costs associated with renting and connects them to the resources they need to succeed. office space, you will still incur start-up and operating Visit www.NCET.org for more information. n costs, and it may take some time before you start seeing a steady stream of income. If your finances get into trouble, 14 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Create a “human firewall” and protect your data Let the Chamber By F. Gary Alu, CISSP bring Las Vegas T into Focus he rapid evolution of social engineering has made it impossible to protect our information assets with technology solutions, security policies, and operational procedures with one single solution. Deployment and management of technology can go a long way toward protecting data as it moves in and out of our organization over the private and public network but can do little to prevent social engineering (Phishing and Pharming) exploits. Just as we educate our people regarding the correct and safe use of building access controls, we must also bring them up-to-speed on cybersecurity for the workplace and home. Education is the first step to establishing a security- aware community and building a “Human Firewall.” So where do we start? Begin with small steps to make sure there is a genuine transfer of knowledge. Technology discussion can quickly Get information on the upcoming go off to the complex path and you politicial issues and cultural events may find yourself alone in the discussion. shaping the Las Vegas community. First employ best practices with regard to passwords, the simple mechanism we all employ to safeguard access to our data. Unfortunately Focus Las Vegas is a cost effective, we tend to take the “simple” too seriously. We avoid complex efficient way for new residents, passwords because it is annoying or difficult to remember. The name of our dog or birthday of a close relative is just not a good policy. We recently-promoted professionals and also have a tendency to use the same password on everything and never spouses and partners to gain insight change it. Take passwords seriously and give some thought to how and when they are used. Don’t make passwords easy to guess, don’t share they need to successfully navigate them with others, and change them often. the workings of this unique city. Then, educate your employees with some simple guidelines to safe Special discounts available if you browsing. Look for indications on browsers that show they have a secure connection. Look for a small icon of a closed padlock. Consider register before October 15. adding extended validation software in place that turns the URL field “green” when the connection is secure. The Focus Las Vegas sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 3 & 10 Passwords and better understanding of browser security are just a starting point. There are some outstanding resources available for IT Sponsored by: professionals, business owners and your staff. Use the links below for more information: • Education – http://www.educase.com • Business and Family – http://www.staysafeonline.org Call 702.641.5822, or go to • usiness and Professional – http://us-cert.gov, http://www.antiphishing.org B or http://www.verisign.com www.lvchamber.com for more information. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Be Aware and Be Safe! n October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 15
  • October Chamber Events 1 Green Initiative 3rd Quarter Sustainability Café FREE Mini Green Expo 8 9 Member-to-Member Marketing Expo When: Time: Location: Thursday, October 8 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce When: Thursday, October 1 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 at Town Square Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Details: Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to learn more about how the Chamber works for you. In addition to providing information 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 at Town Square about Chamber programs and benefits, this event is open to members Details: Take advantage of a brand new benefit at the Chamber! The Chamber Sponsored by: who would like to showcase their products & services to other Green Roots program is a one stop resource for increasing the members via table-top displays. Table top displays available for $100. sustainability of your business. Walk through the member tables at this RSVP by calling 702. 641.5822 or register online at mini green expo and get first hand, face-to-face, practical advice on www.lvchamber.com. Hosted by Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce how you can achieve a green business designation, increased exposure Navigators. and recognition in the Chamber’s online membership directory through participation in Green Roots. RSVP by calling 702. 641.5822 or 8 Sponsored by: Lauren Boitel at 702.586.3839 Vegas Young Professionals (VYP) Free Excursion 6 Business Survival: When: Thursday, October 8 A division of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Time: Group 1: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Group 2: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Are You Ready for the Red Flags Rule? Location: Zappos, 2280 Corporate Circle, Ste. 100, Henderson, 89074 FREE Seminar Details: Join VYP for a behind the scenes look at the Zappos.com headquarters! We will have two sessions, each complete with an When: Tuesday, October 6 exclusive discussion with the Zappos insights team. Cost for Time: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & networking this event is FREE! RSVP Required, VYP members only. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Program www.vegasyp.com, or call Joanna at 702.735.2196. Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Hosted by: 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 at Town Square Details: The new federal Red Flags Rule will affect the way virtually all businesses interact with consumers and with each other. The new regulation, set to go into effect November 1, 2009, will require companies to prepare and implement written plans to combat identity Vegas Young Professionals (VYP) 12 theft. Las Vegas attorney Chris Mathews of Lionel Sawyer & Collins will explain the new rule and strategies for implementing it into your Toastmasters business. RSVP by calling 702. 641.5822 or register online. When: Monday, October 12 Time: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Check-in & networking A division of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting Location: The Platinum Hotel, 211 E. Flamingo Rd. Details: Exceptional communication skills are vital to success in the business Business Survival: Counseling Sessions 7 world. VYP has created a Toastmasters group for its members to aid Presented by the Chamber and SCORE in the development of speaking, presentation and leadership skills. FREE one-on-one help sessions Open and free to all VYP members and guests. Email vyp@lvchamber.com if you plan to attend. RSVP is appreciated. When: Wednesday, October 7 Time: Appointments available at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. Hosted by: or 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. (one member per session) Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 at Town Square 13 Details: SCORE counselors will be on hand to provide FREE one-on-one Financial Seminar help sessions exclusively for Chamber members. Expert business How To Do Business with Clark County professionals will help you assess your business concerns and provide you with the advice, tools and resources you need to keep your When: Tuesday, October 13 business operating during this slow economy. There is no charge for Time: 8:00 - 8:30 am check in this service, though an appointment is required. Call Member Services 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. program at 702.641.5822. Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 7 Details: Learn how to increase your revenue by learning how to do Business Education Series business with Clark County. This informative session is designed When: Wednesday, October 7 to give you tools and information to help you navigate the bid Sponsored by: process and potentially help you increase your sales by doing Time: 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration & breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Program 9:00 - 9:30 a.m Networking business with Clark County. This event is for Chamber members Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce only. Cost: $20 per person. Speaker: Betty Mahalik Business Survival: Legal Solutions 13 Program: Go Ahead-Get a Life! Keys to Finding Balance in Your Life Details: If you’ve ever felt like the plate juggler at the circus, then this BES Presented by the Chamber and Holland & Hart program is for you! During this presentation Betty Mahalik, a veteran life and business coach, will help you gain perspective on exactly FREE one-on-one help sessions what balance is and isn’t and how to find the right balance between When: Tuesday, October 13 your work and your life. $35 for members with a guaranteed prepaid Time: Appointments available at 6:00-6:50 p.m. & 7:00-7:50 p.m. reservation, $50 for non members with a guaranteed prepaid (one member per session) Sponsored by: reservation, $55 for all walk-ins. Additional $5 for week of event. Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce RSVP by calling 702. 641.5822 or register online at Details: Attorneys from Holland & Hart’s Las Vegas office will be available to www.lvchamber.com provide free legal counseling to Chamber members on a variety of topics. There is no charge for this service, though an appointment is required. Call Jeanette Ratcliffe at 702.586.3843. 16 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • RSVP Policy The Chamber has an RSVP policy that encourages early registration for popular programs and allows our event partners adequate time to prepare for functions. Any reservation made the week of an event will now be subject to a $5 surcharge. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please call 702.641.5822 14 Chamber Voices Toastmasters When: Time: Wednesday, October 14 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Check-in & networking 22 Financial Seminar Budgeting & Cash Flow Management for Nonprofits When: Thursday, October 22 10:45 a.m. - Noon. Program Time: 8:00 - 8:15 am Check in and networking Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 8:15 - 9:30 am Program and discussion 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 at Town Square Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Details: Looking for a way to improve your communication skills in both your Details: T his course is designed to help leaders of nonprofit organizations personal and professional life? Membership in Toastmasters is just $45 Sponsored by: create budgeting and accountability processes that will guide their every six months. There is no charge for guests. staff into achieving optimal results. Cost: $20 per person. $35 non-members and walk-ins. 14 Customer Service Excellence Luncheon President’s Club and Board of Advisors Mixer When: Time: Location: Wednesday, October 14 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas Review Journal 23 When: Time: Location: Friday, October 23 11:00 am Gold Check-in, 11:30 am Check in, 12:00 - 1:15 Program The Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. 111 W. Bonanza Road, 89125 Details: Recipients of the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) award will Details: President’s Club and Board of Advisors members include the top be recognized for their superior levels of service. By invitation be recognized for their superior levels of service. By invitation executives and decision makers for their companies and are the two only, this complimentary event is open to CSE recipients and highest levels of Chamber membership. Take a tour of the printing press their guests. For more information on CSE, visit facilities and mingle in the “Tree Room” among massive rolls of paper. www.lvchamber.com/cse. Mixers are by invitation only. RSVP is required to attend this event. Sponsored by: Hosted by: 19 Vegas Young Professionals (VYP) Workshop Yoga, Wine & Chocolate 26 Vegas Young Professionals (VYP) Toastmasters See October 12 for time, location and details. 27 A division of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce When: Time: Monday, October 19 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Business Survival: Legal Solutions Location: Yoga Sanctuary FREE one-on-one help sessions 7915 W. Sahara Ste.101, Las Vegas, 89117 See October 13 for time, location and details. Details: Join VYP for a stress relief workshop, combining beginner yoga and breathing 28 exercises. Enjoy a wine tasting following the workshop if you plan to attend. Cost is $20 per person, $35 non members and walk-ins. For more details on New Member Breakfast Hosted by: how to register, visit the event page at www.vegasyp.com. When: Wednesday, October 28 29 Time: 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration & networking 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Program Location: Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant 4930 W. Flamingo Rd. Details: Learn more about how to make the most of your Chamber 20 Business Survival: Funding Workshop membership by attending a New Member Breakfast. This complimentary event, hosted by the Chamber Prospectors, Presented by the Chamber and SCORE and is by invitation only. When: Tuesday, October 20 Time: 8:00 - 8:15 am Registration Hosted by: Sponsored by: Audio visual provided by: 8:15 - 10:15 Program 10:15 - 10:45 am Networking Location: EMBARQ® Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Details: Alternatives to standard Bank Loans are used to start and grow 28 Chamber Voices Toastmasters businesses. SCORE will discuss alternative money sources and changes to SBA programs. Loan standards and the banks’ ability and desire to provide loans are changing – find out how to approach the banks See October 14 for time, location and details. currently lending. RSVP by calling 702. 641.5822 or register online 29 at www.lvchamber.com Vegas Young Professionals (VYP) Fusion Halloween Mixer 21 TBAN October Luncheon When: Thursday, October 29 A division of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. When: Wednesday, October 21 Location: TBD Time: 11:45 a.m. Registration & networking Details: Mix and mingle VYP-style at this month’s Fusion Mixer! Enjoy Noon - 1:20 p.m. Lunch & program complimentary appetizers and great drink specials, while Location: Cili Restaurant & Bar networking with more than 100 fellow young professionals. 5160 Las Vegas Blvd South at Bali Hai Golf Club Cost is $10 per VYP member; $15 per non-member. Details: Cost is $35 for prepaid reservations and $45 for walk-ins. Sponsored by: Online registration at www.vegasyp.com, or call Joanna at RSVP by calling 702.586.8689 or visit www.tban.us. 702.735.2196 October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 17
  • President’s Club Spotlights Board of Advisors Spotlights Chris Breed, CHA, RRP Southwest Regional Vice President Jim Chaisson, Jr. Desert Rose Resort Market President Chris Breed has more than 20 years in the vacation Desert Automotive Group ownership and hospitality industry. She recently relocated A Las Vegas native, Jim Chaisson, Jr. has been in the to Las Vegas to oversee the operations of the Desert Rose car business all his life – working his way from a Resort and its multi million-dollar renovation, which was porter, to Vice President of Chaisson Motor Cars and completed in the first quarter of 2008. Breed serves currently Market President of the Desert Auto Group. on numerous committees and associations for Shell The Desert Auto Group consists of 11 dealerships Vacations Club, and belongs to several local organizations. including Desert BMW and Mini of Las Vegas, Desert BMW of Henderson, Desert Audi, Desert Volkswagen, Desert Toyota, Desert Honda, Desert Nissan, Desert Lincoln Mercury, Desert Buick GMC Pontiac, Desert Randy J. Brown, CPA Pontiac GMC Buick in the Valley Auto Mall and Desert Director – Regulatory & Legislative Affairs Auto Group Collision. AT&T Nevada Randy Brown is the director of regulatory and legislative President’s Club Member affairs for AT&T. With more than 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Brown is responsible Bob Linden for regulatory, legislative, governmental, and community President affairs in Nevada. During his tenure with AT&T (formerly Shred-It Las Vegas SBC), Brown has held management positions in Bob Linden has been a Las Vegas Chamber of accounting, finance, regulatory and government affairs. Commerce member since 1999, when he started Brown is a member of the executive committee at the Shred-It Las Vegas. He is a President’s Club Children’s Cabinet and the Reno Sparks Chamber of member and is the 2009 president of the Chamber’s Commerce and former president of the University of Prospectors Board. Linden is past president of the Nevada Alumni Association. Chamber’s Business Council and has served on the Richard T. Crawford Customer Service Excellence and Business Education Owner Series Business Council committees. He also serves Green Valley Grocery-Corporate Office on the board and executive committee of United Way Richard “Rick” T. Crawford is the president and founder of Southern Nevada, where he chairs the Commitment of the following privately held companies: Midjit Market, to Education Community Impact Council. Inc., doing business as Green Valley Grocery, Crawford Oil, Inc., and Crawford Coin, Inc. There are currently 26 President’s Club Member Green Valley Grocery stores in operation. Crawford Oil sells Shell Oil products to a rapidly growing base of Thomas J. McCartney independent dealers. Crawford Oil is the largest Shell President and Chief Executive Officer wholesaler in Nevada. Crawford Coin, Inc. is a fully Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino licensed slot route operator in Nevada, operating more Thomas J. McCartney is president and chief than 200 gaming machines. executive officer for Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. A recognized leader in the casino and Mark Dukes hospitality industry, McCartney has more than 25 General Manager years of experience, including the past 12 years with Red Rock Harley-Davidson MGM Mirage in Las Vegas. McCartney graduated Red Rock Harley-Davidson is the premier Harley-Davidson from Post University in Waterbury, Conn. with an A.S. dealership featuring 104,000 square feet of Harley- degree in Hospitality Management. He is an active Davidson motorcycles, merchandise, genuine parts and member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) accessories. Red Rock Harley-Davidson is an authorized and is a member of the Starbucks National Advisory Harley-Davidson service center. Mark Dukes, general Board of Licensees. manager for Red Rock Harley-Davidson, has more than 24 years of experience in the motorcycle industry. He President’s Club Member relocated to Las Vegas in 2005 to take the position of sales manager at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson and was promoted to general manager a year later. He now manages all Karla Perez operational functions of Red Rock Harley-Davidson. CEO / Managing Director Valley Health System Mario C. Educate Karla Perez has worked in the Las Vegas health care President/Owner community for nearly 20 years, beginning her career On Stage Audio, Inc. in 1983 as a medical record clerk at Valley Hospital. Founded in 1985, On Stage Audio, Inc. (OSA) has offices A wide range of responsibilities throughout her career in Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Detroit. OSA is a full- has earned Perez 11 promotions in nearly 20 years, service sound and technical management company that culminating with her being named Spring Valley specializes in corporate industrial shows, special events, Hospital’s first CEO. Perez was named to the 2002 UHS and entertainment. OSA has been involved in many large- Chairman’s Council, a recognition reserved for the top scale projects including Super Bowl halftime shows, NBA CEOs in the company. Perez also received the 2002 All-Star games, World Cup Opening Ceremonies and the March of Dimes Nurses’ Choice Award. Detroit Auto Show. OSA has also handled corporate shows for companies including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, IBM, McDonalds, and Fox Broadcasting. President’s Club Member 18 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Stefan Gastager Douglas (Doug) P. Lea President President Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas Quality Mechanical Contractors, LLC Stefan Gastager visited Las Vegas in 2000 and decided to Doug Lea is president of Quality Mechanical Contractors, introduce high-quality Bavarian food, premium beer and LLC, one of the largest and fastest growing mechanical coziness - “Gemütlichkeit” - to the country at a location contractors in the nation. Quality specializes in plumbing, that would appeal to tourists and locals. Partners Klaus piping, industrial piping, HVAC and architectural metal. Gastager, Franz Krondorfer, and Anton Sinzger spent three Lea has overseen projects such as Paris Las Vegas, years making Hofbrauhaus a reality. They have created Venetian Hotel, Green Valley Ranch, Caesars Palace, an authentic replica of the Munich Hofbräuhaus that was Palms Resort Casino and McCarran Airport. Current originally commissioned in 1589 by King William V. projects include MGM City Center Central Plant Design, World Market Center, and UNLV’s Science Center. John Gerarde General Manager Richard MacDonald Maggiano’s Little Italy Artist John Gerarde takes pride in guest satisfaction at The Art of Richard MacDonald Maggiano’s Little Italy. The St. Mary’s University graduate Artist Richard MacDonald has achieved international has carried this passion through his work as a district distinction for his sculpture, paintings, and drawings, manager for ARAMARK and as the director of food and and has been the recipient of innumerable national beverage for Hilton Hotels. Overseeing every aspect and international awards. Celebrating realism and of restaurant operations, Mr. Gerarde strives to create the expressive power of figurative sculpture, his work a culture of fun and support for his employees, while harnesses the sensuous physicality of humanity’s heroic ensuring that every guest leaves Maggiano’s Little Italy spirit. His gallery is located in the lobby of “O” in Bellagio. with an incredible experience. Bob Hoffman Regional Manager Teresa Malm Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group Vice President of Marketing Bob Hoffman is the regional manager of Wells Fargo Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas Wealth Management Group in Southern Nevada. Teresa Malm is a seasoned gaming industry executive Previously, he had the same role running the Southern who began her career at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe where California Region. He has owned several companies she implemented the casino industry’s first bus loyalty including a publishing company, computer retailer and program and oversaw the day-to-day operation of the commercial development. Hoffman is a Life Underwriters players club, special events and direct marketing. Malm Training Council Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree now manages all facets of marketing for Fitzgeralds from California State University at Humboldt. He is Casino and Hotel and recently was appointed to the three- involved in Three Square and is a former board member person Executive Committee which is responsible for the of the International Humanity Foundation day-to-day operations of the casino and hotel. Corey Jenkins President and COO Amy Meyer SAVMOR Rent-A-Car President Las Vegas native Corey Jenkins, is President and COO Paul E. & Helen S. Meyer Foundation of Jenkins Enterprises, a closely held group of holdings The Paul E. & Helen S. Meyer Foundation, formed in 1994, including: SAVMOR Car Rental, Master Lease Plan, CJG gives educationally based grants and scholarships to area Investments and Dollar Rent A Car Utah. Jenkins is a students. Amy Meyer, granddaughter of the founders, graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, a member of the became the foundation’s president in 1999. Meyer’s Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, Young passion for disadvantaged and struggling youth led to the Presidents’ Organization; serves on the board of directors development of a new non-profit, the White Horse Youth of World Spark, Advisory Board of Public Education Ranch (WHY Ranch), that will offer free riding lessons Foundation, and is involved with Boys Town Nevada and using rescued horses to help build self-esteem and give Therapy Dogs Association. Jenkins also serves on the Las renewed hope to youth in Las Vegas. Vegas Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Larry Kifer CEO Josh Miller Lilack, Inc. President Larry Kifer’s prolific business career began at Central KeyState Corporate Management Telephone Company. He co-founded two publicly traded Josh Miller joined KeyState Corporate Management in telecommunications companies: TIE/communications 1993 and has served as president since 2004. KeyState and Techincom International. In 1990, Kifer purchased the provides corporate and captive management services in Algiers Hotel and served as chairman/CEO until its sale in Nevada and Delaware. Josh received his BA in economics 2004. He is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees for and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Kifer also serves serves on the boards of the Las Vegas Rotary and the on the board of directors for both the Desert Community Nevada Captive Insurance Association and is also involved Bank and Golden Rainbow. He is the past chairman for the in various community organizations in Southern Nevada. Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada. October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 19
  • To arrange your ribbon cutting, contact Georgia Allen Ribbon Cuttings at 702.586.3838 or email gallen@lvchamber.com. Amazing Grace Gallery is proud to announce the grand opening of Dyer’s Gourmet Popcorn LLC is proud to announce the grand its Auction Event. The gallery is located at 6360 S. Pecos Rd., Suite 8, opening of its flagship store located at 4075 S. Durango Dr., #105 A. Las Vegas, NV 89120. Please venture into the gallery to find a collection of art Dyer’s specializes in gourmet popcorn popped fresh daily. paintings and collections from around the world. 702.451.6136 702.629.2676 www.dyerpopcorn.com Merryhill School, part of Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., celebrated Montessori Visions Academy is proud to announce the celebration the opening of its newest location at 7605 Grand Teton. The preschool of its 10 year anniversary. MVA is a private Montessori school for ages can accommodate up to 188 students, ages six weeks to kindergarten. 2 ½ through 9th grade and is located at 3551 E. Sunset Rd. 702.451.9801 This is the seventh Merryhill School in Nevada. 702.242.9477 www.montessorivisions.com www.nobellearning.com. Nevada Real Estate Services is now Sellstate NRES. The corporate real The Las Vegas-Clark County Urban League announced the opening of its estate office is located at 2879 St. Rose Pkwy., Henderson. It has two other second Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) Nutritional Education Center. The offices in the valley with another coming soon. In addition, it has three offices new facility is located at 2340 E. Tropicana, Suite 37 and will serve families in in the Phoenix area and one in Reno. 702.450.2223 www.sellstatenres.com. the Tropicana and Eastern communities of Southern Nevada. 20 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Griffith United Methodist Preschool participated in an annual event to save Suite Summer Nights event was celebrated on August 28 at the Homewood our rainforest and endangered species. The children make and sell crafts to Suites Henderson in South Las Vegas. It is an extended stay branch of raise money and have adopted 99.92 acres of rainforest. The preschool accepts Hilton. Visit www.hendersonsouth.homewoodsuites.com or call 702.450.1045 for infants through preschoolers, an is located at 1701 E. Oakey Blvd. 702.382.7836 more information. www.griffithpreschool.org. Music Angels Foundation Founder/CEO Diana Love and Director of Operations TAC, a global leader in HVAC, energy and security solutions, Ernie Love celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony with Chris Wilson of the Las Vegas is now Schneider Electric. It is proud to announce a new Chamber of Commerce. 702.689.1735 www.offici almusicangelsfoundation.com location for its Las Vegas Branch at 5720 S. Arville St., Suite 108. 702.896.8300. www.schneider-electric.com/buildings. Kevin Kitchen Agency from American Family Insurance is proud to announce Wadddell & Reed Financial Advisors is pleased to announce its new location the grand opening of its Las Vegas location. The agency is located at 4075 in Summerlin at 9505 Hillwood Dr., Suite 150, LV, NV 89134. It is proud S. Durango Dr., #106, LV, NV 89147. It specializes in life, auto, home and to serve as financial advisors to the Las Vegas community. 702.736.3656 commercial insurance. 702.823.4315 www.kevinkitchen.com www.waddell.com October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 21
  • Photo Gallery August 26 Membership Power Lunch with United States Senator Harry Reid United States Steve Hill, Chairman of the Senator Harry Reid Board of Trustees of the Las speaks to Chamber Vegas Chamber of Commerce members regarding facilitated the question and state and national answer session at the August issues facing the Power Lunch with Senate business community. Majority Leader Reid Chairman Steve Hill and Mike Sexton of Nevada State Bank honor Circle of Excellence winner Doug Robinson of American Family Insurance and the Chamber’s Navigator of the quarter Joan McEntyre. September 17 Biz E Awards Lunch Special thanks to Bob Inman, McCarthy Kaster CPA’s, Ltd. for The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce would like to thank sponsoring the Centennial Award for Cragin & Pike Insurance at the Nevada State Bank for their exclusive sponsorship of the BIZ Es and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that provided “Stay & Small Business Excellence Awards, the BIZ Es and their Play” award packages to all the BIZ E winners including a (2) night continued commitment and dedication to the Las Vegas stay at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in a Hollywood Hip Room, Chamber of Commerce. (2) show tickets and (2) passes to the #1 Buffet in Las Vegas, the Spice Market Buffet. Kristin McMillan of EMBARQ and incoming Chairman of the Board of Trustee for the Chamber and Kara Kelley, CEO/President, Las Non-Profit of the Year winner Dave Vegas Chamber of Commerce present Mike Archer and Emily Sommerville accept Small Business of the Year honors went to Imagine Marketing of Sexton of Nevada State Bank with an award for the BIZ E for NCET, Nevada Center for Nevada, Inc. DJ Allen of Imagine is joined by Mike Sexton, Nevada their 50 years of Chamber membership. Entrepreneurship and Technology. State Bank, Kristin McMillan, EMBARQ and Robyn Peot, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to receive their BIZ E. Entrepreneur of the Year, Joseph Vassallo, Paragon Innovative Business of the Year honors went to Green Business of the Year at the BIZ Es went to Pools accepts his BIZ E from Kristin McMillan, Mike Sandler Training. Steve Brooks of Sandler accepts Tangerine Office Systems. Edy Seaver accepts the Sexton, Robyn Peot and Bob Inman. the BIZ E from Bob Inman, Robyn Peot, Mike Sexton BIZ E from Kristin McMillian, Mike Sexton, Robyn and Kristin McMillan. Peot and Bob Inman. 22 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
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  • New Members BWI Custom Woodworking Extra Space Storage Laura Hauck PLLC President’s Club President’s Club (Brian White, Inc.) Ben Jones Laura Hauck Brian White Cenegenics Medical Institute Farmer Boys Law Offices of Robert W. Freeman John Adams C2 Consulting, Inc. Sam Fangary Robert Freeman Mark Newburg Board of Advisors Board of Advisors Floor Tech Lentz and Bledsoe, CPA Campbell USA Tom Fullerton Ronald Egge Cloud Nine Entertainment Janice Campbell Kevin Michaels Foundation Research, Inc. Logistics Advocates, LLC The Ceiling Fan Company Inc. Patricia Hartley Tom Fischbach ICC Monitoring, Inc. Fanco David Drake Michael Bement Franks Fire Extinguisher Merli Concrete Pumping of NV Frank Mitchell Stefan Merli Premier Members Premier Members Central Pay Phone Services Marjorie Polly GetVegas.biz Music Angels Foundation Extra Space Storage Kurt Gilbert Diana Love Ben Jones Circle of Change Megan Sanders The Glass Company Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip New Members New Members John Calahan Bharti Gupta Clear Majestic A Storage On Wheels, Inc. Joe Juarez Hand Center of Nevada Nevada Color Litho Larry Holland James Vahey Darlene Coop Collett Electric Inc. Abe’s Photography Steve Ray Collett Headshots2u.com Nevada Corporate Communications Abe Feinsilber Rodd Buckle Dawn Merritt Consolidated Credit Services, Inc. All Protection Services Megan Linnabary Healthcore LLC Nevada Nephrology Consultants Sydney Ginsberg Matthew Hillegass Jill Kvalsten CountryWide Pro Serve AlphaGraphics Heating Cooling Plumbing Henry Vincent Trading and North Valley Fellowship, Inc. Bonnie Rosselli Shon Mitchell Consulting LLC Jeff Harris Lehua Vincent American Shredding Craft Construction Olympus Construction James Bell Teresa Nowak Houldsworth & Company Steve Ginsberg Alan Houldsworth American Sign Language Creative Home Services Ostler Homes Corporation Communication John Levecci HydraGear, Inc David Ostler Crystina Scott Carol Dodge DDI Wholesale, Inc. Phoenix Fire Protection, LLC Apple Management, Inc. Diane Hanson Ideal Tobacco Wholesale, Inc. Tim Myszkowski Jasmine Perez Roy Mouri Deck Systems NV Phoenix Recycling Technologies B & H Interiors Greg Munoz Integra Realty Resources Elizabeth Sockwell Penny Rodman Shelli Lowe Del Angel Banquet Hall Plus 6 Technologies BandVino Ray Shemouel Irwin L. Bomba, Rd. Mark Zanders Dillon La Bonte Irwin Bomba Desert Gastroenterology PRA Destination Management Bauman Rare Books at The Alex Fayad Jasmine Signs Francine Mc Kanna Shoppes at the Palazzo Yasmeen Harper David Bauman Design Showcase Interiors, Inc Precision Pump, Inc. Diane Whiting JMA Insurance Services, LLC Cathy Torrance Bevco, Inc. John Adams Gillian Forrester Dessy Burger’s/Steakhouse Premier Building Group, Inc Arthur Church Jolley Insurance Group Steve McCaffery Big Bundles Laundromat Vance Jolley & Cleaners DFC Enterprises LLC Prime Asset Management Lee Sin Charles Dupuis Kaplan & Associates Group, Inc Kirk Kaplan Steve Alexander BISA Insurance Services Inc. DiRaffaele Group Michael Flake Joseph DiRaffaele Las Vegas Medical Forum/Traci Primo Mobile Service Grossman MD PC Oscar Martinez Bogeys and Onyx Fine Dining Effective Solutions, LLC Traci Grossman Scott Goldberg Gail Clark Rancho Security Services, LLC Las Vegas Spa & Fitness Rickie Nicholas Bonnie RevelMatlaf, LLC. Emery Benefits, LLC Terry Lowe Bonnie RevelMatlaf Kris Emery Realty ONE Group Kelly Goodwin 24 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • HappyAnniversary What’s the secret to long-term success in the Southern Nevada Regal Property Mgmt. Ted’s Marble and Granite business community? Establishing long-term and personal Stephanie Swain Ted Nova relationships with other professionals. What’s the most effective way Regional Equipment Service Southwest Therapy Management Group, LLC to do that? Membership in the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Steve Linder Robert Burns Congratulations to the following companies celebrating RiverView LLV Thor Electrical membership anniversaries in October 2009. Nelson Hafen Lee Jones S. Nayyar MD PC The Tillerman Restaurant TWENTY+ YEARS TEN YEARS Karen Pollick Cragin & Pike Insurance- Competitive Components, Inc./Nevada Scott Mohlman DDS PC Matt Cook (84) Assembly Services Tony’s Pro Shop Nevada Beverage Co. (71) General Surgery Associates Seale and Beers, CPA’s Anthony Fiorentini Roberts Roof & Floor, Inc. Gill Theatrical Management, Inc. Bob Beers Lic. # 6040 & 6040A (66) HTA Plumbing & Mechanical - Tracuity Sepang Design USA Delia Diaz Larkin Plumbing (58) Lic. # 49199 Carol Finnie M.J. Christensen Diamond Lee & Associates Commercial United Solar Energy Inc. Centers (58) Real Estate Services Serenity Quest Foundation Ron Ghatak Sierra Pacific Resources (58) McMillan and Associates Insurance Pam DeLaney EMBARQ (58) Services, Inc. Veterans Security Wells Cargo, Inc. (58) Nevada Corporation Associates, Inc. Sierra Mobile Park Meeghan Lennon Wells Fargo Bank (58) Nevada P.E.P., Inc. Susan Olmsted W & W Enterprises Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center (47) Rosen, Robert S., M.D. PC Southern Nevada Pest Control Bill Worden Haycock Petroleum Co. (39) Salas & McQuigg Don Curnutt GLB Insurance Group of Nevada (33) Speed-O-Printing & Mailing Services Ted Wiens Tire & Auto Centers McGladrey & Pullen (33) Wingfield Nevada Group, The Summerlin Jewelers Kathy Mevius Becker Realty-Barry W. Becker (33) Wyndham Vacation Resorts Larry Minden Carlos Rodriguez Lake Mead Cruises (32) Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau T. James Truman & Associates Wholesale Builders Supply (32) WorldSource One, Inc. Tracy Truman The Boulevard Mall (31) FIVE YEARS David Crowell Employers Association of Southern ABC Real Estate School Taheri Chang, MD PC Nevada (30) Acacia Springs Joyce Chang KVBC TV 3, ‘Watching Out For You’ (30) Baldasarro Watches Cox Communications (29) Listen to Bogar Enterprises The Bootlegger Bistro (28) Eureka Casinos & Urban Group what Zee Medical (28) Hill Top House Supper Club (28) Eye Options Gaming Support USA, Inc Financial American Heart Association (26) Grisham Consulting Services, Inc Planners are Chapel of the Bells (26) Lilack, Inc. (24) Humitech of Las Vegas, LLC Huntington Jewelers, Inc saying American Medical Response (24) Industrial Metal Craft about your Briggs’ Business Services, Inc. (24) Joyce & Associates Nevada, Inc Chevron Corporation Policy, Krave Entertainment money Government & Public Affairs (24) Las Vegas Sports Central, Inc. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Maggiano’s Little Italy Martinez (24) Medical Diagnostic Technologies, Inc Business & Financial Talk with Nevada Title Company (23) Monte Lago Village Resort News, Traffic & Weather throughout the day Puliz Records Management Nelson Law Services (23) Nevada Meridian LLC plus Ray Lucia, Lou Dobbs, Phil Grande, Mike Huckabee, Wackenhut Services, Inc. (22) PROforma imPRINTS Andy Vierra & the Wall St Journal Reports Arizona Charlie’s Hotel & Casino (21) Ramco Masonry, Inc. Commercial Roofers, Inc. - Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Lic. #44534 (21) Rich Little Productions, Inc. Heritage Employment, Inc. (21) Thomas R Kroll, O.D. JMA (21) Trusted Financial & Insurance- Red Wing Shoes (21) Tuan Pham Wiener Communications Group (21) UPS Store #4119 Baskow & Associates, Inc. (20) Vanguard Media Group Wescon Contruction Ltd. FIFTEEN YEARS Westdent LLC Jani King of Las Vegas, Inc. Streaming on the web 24/7 970KNUU.com October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 25
  • President’s Club Member Member News Board of Advisors Member Coming Events fastest-growing private companies. operations; and Gavin Pepper as director of Coming Events hospitality and volunteer services. Pool & Spa News magazine honored Paragon Sam’s Club and Grand Canyon University Pools’ father and son design team as 2009 Music Angels Foundation has opened The Las Vegas Chamber host a free business networking breakfast Masters of Design for its Casita Spa project. its doors in Las Vegas. The foundation is of Commerce is proud to on Friday, October 9, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose provide members with a at Sam’s Club, 7100 West Arroyo Crossing John Deiss of Nespresso USA successfully mission is to assist people in the music place to publish their current (215 & Rainbow). RSVP: 1-866-406-6528. launched the new “Moment N” promotion industry with emergency medical, housing which resulted in 43 offices taking and food needs. announcements. Please follow University of Nevada Cooperative Extension advantage of the special offer. the submission guidelines presents “Desert Green XII” on October 22- Johnson Jacobson Wilcox promoted outlined at the bottom of 23, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. Nate Donald, mechanical engineer for Harris Alisha McClellan to accounting manager. In The event features seminars for landscape Consulting Engineers, has earned his addition, staff accountants Damiana Crimi page 3 under “Helpful Hints” professionals. www.desert-green.org. Professional Engineer licensure in the State and Kristin Davis have earned their Certified section. Submissions not of Nevada. Public Accountant (CPA) designation. following the guidelines may Easter Seals Southern Nevada hosts not be published. E-mail news its Great Pumpkin Run on October 30. Bill Wilson, assistant vice president of Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant is the first Participants are encouraged to dress up in Nevada State Development Corporation, restaurant in Nevada to introduce “pay at items to pr@lvchamber.com costume to run the 5k race and 1 mile walk. was awarded the Certified Commercial the table” technology, allowing guests to pay or fax to Public Relations at Investment Member (CCIM) designation by their bill without their credit card or debit pin 702.735.0320. The Springs Preserve hosts Dia de los the CCIM Institute, a leading commercial real transaction information leaving the table. Muertos on November 1, 3:00 – 9:00 estate association. p.m. The event will feature a variety of MassMedia Corporate Communications activities, tours, ethnic traditional food, live Mountain States Super Lawyers magazine hired Brittany Smith as assistant account entertainment and a display of altars. www. named Oshins & Associates lawyers Steve executive to help implement communication Do you want to get the springspreserve.org. Oshins and Richard Oshins as Super Lawyers in strategies and tactics for clients. most exposure for your Estate Planning & Probate, and Heidi Freeman, next special event, or Congratulations Congratulations Kristen Simmons and Katie Colombo as Rising Stars in Estate Planning & Probate. University of Southern Nevada College of Nursing is accepting applications for its publicity about your new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) grand opening or new Cragin & Pike Insurance celebrated its Steiner’s – A Nevada Style Pub was program at its Henderson campus. Classes product launch? 100th year of doing business in Las Vegas named a 2009 “Best of Citysearch” winner will begin in January 2010. with a special celebration at 5th Street in the Best After-Work Bar category. The Las Vegas Chamber of School in downtown Las Vegas. The company also received the Chamber’s Announcements Community Service Community Service Commerce Public Relations special Centennial Award sponsored by Announcements Department can help you McCarthy Kaster CPA’s, LTD. SHArchitecture designed the new interior Skydive Las Vegas recently upgraded its for the James Clubhouse Boys and Girls maximize your exposure by Twenty-two attorneys from McDonald skydiving center with a new 2009 Sigma Clubs of Las Vegas featuring a new color giving you a comprehensive Carano Wilson LLP were selected by their tandem skydiving systems, a new 2009 palette, energy efficient windows and doors, list of media contacts. This peers as Mountain States Super Lawyers for PAC-750XL skydiving airplane and new and tubular skylights. list includes key contacts at 2009. 2009 Chevy Express shuttle vans outfitted with DVD Video and GPS navigation systems. Community One Federal Credit Union all major Television, Radio and Staff auditors Kunie Sugiyama and Anna donated backpacks, school supplies and Print publications in Southern Miguel of Houldsworth, Russo & Co. have Las Vegas Handyman announces that Tony computers to R.O. Gibson Middle School. Nevada. earned their Certified Public Accountant Reed and Mike Sarafijanovic have joined the The items were collected at Community One (CPA) professional designation. company as senior craftsmen. branches across Las Vegas to provide students Chamber Members $69 with the tools necessary to succeed. Holland & Hart LLP was named the top Holly Madison has extended her run as “Bo natural resources law firm in the country by Peep” in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Jason’s Deli will donate 20 percent of food Non - Members $99 Best Lawyers in America. In addition, the Resort & Casino until September 2010. and beverage purchased October 12-18 and 2009 edition of Vault/MCCA Guide to Law November 9 – 15, to the Juvenile Diabetes Contact the Public Firm Diversity Programs ranked the firm Mingle Easy launched its new Mingle Easy Research Foundation International. Relations department at fourth among 277 major law firms in the plate that includes a universal beverage holder category of “highest percentage of women to accommodate all types of glassware to Boy’s Town Nevada received a $50,000 702.641.5822 or email at equity partners.” make networking at events easier. grant from the MGM Mirage Voice pr@lvchamber.com Foundation to support its In-Home Based The Remote Sensing Laboratory Aviation Windermere Prestige Properties Services department and serve an additional Program and its contractor National announces that Dolly Barton and Linda 15 families and 38 children in need. Security Technologies, LLC were awarded Coleman have joined the company as the Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation sales associates in the Green Valley office. Lake Las Vegas and Ritz-Carlton are Program Memorial Award. launching “Henderson Happy Hours” every Nevada Public Radio has named Dr. Thursday until December 31. Boys and More than half of Lionel Sawyer & Collins Shamoon Ahmad to its board of directors. Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada will shareholders were selected for inclusion in Dr. Ahmad is director of the Cancer Therapy receive 10 percent of all “Henderson Happy The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, one & Integrative Medicine Institute in Las Vegas. Hours” proceeds. of the preeminent legal referral guides in the United States. The firm was also ranked Nevada Cancer Institute hired several CORE Construction’s 5th annual “Christ- as the overall top law firm in Nevada by new faculty and staff members including mas in July” food drive raised more than Chambers USA, 2009 edition. William Bennett as chief financial officer; 8,000 canned goods and $800 in monetary Karen K. Fields, M.D. as Chief Medical donations for Catholic Charities of Southern Inc. magazine ranked Big Traffic Mass Officer; Rebecca Garrett, M.D. in the Medical Nevada. Media as No. 3696 on its third annual Oncology Department; Meredith Mullins, Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s M.B.A as senior vice president of research 26 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
  • Beyond Nevada Contractors Association awarded bays and a rental office area. a total of $13,500 through the David Papadopulo Memorial Scholarship to three Datanamics, Inc. has formed a strategic students majoring in civil engineering at the partnership with Innovation Technologies University of Nevada Las Vegas. Worldwide, Inc. to offer its hotel the lights, clients a cost-effective combination of On the Move On the Move modern technologies when addressing telecommunication systems. Prism Nightlife, LLC has relocated to 2800 Nevada State Bank is assisting the Beyond W. Sahara Ave., Ste. 7B. The company now Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation offers printing services as well as marketing (FDIC) by acting as payout agent in the and event production. resolution of Community Bank of Nevada. Crisci Builders relocated to its new office Jaynes Corporation completed a 52,000 the headlines building, Crisci Professional Plaza, located square foot tenant improvement project at 8845 W. Flamingo Road, Ste. 200. for Aristocrat Technologies that included an interior renovation and new office space. Projects and Deals Projects & Deals Soozi Jones Walker and Bobbi Miracle of Commercial Executives brokered several Cornerstone Company announces it commercial real estate transactions includ- has brokered several recent real estate ing a 60-month lease valued at $207,000, a transactions including a 60-month lease 72-month lease worth more than $137,000, worth $160,725; a 60-month lease totaling and a 60-month lease for $254,462. $95,564, and a 60-month lease valued at $442,500. Eliot Management Group opened its 25th office this year and is hiring and training Territory Incorporated announces three representatives across the country. new tenants in three of the company’s retail shopping centers across the Valley. Grubb & Ellis Las Vegas announces several recent transactions including a 10- Burke & Associates completed a new year lease valued at nearly $15 million, a Caterpillar Rental store in North Las Vegas 5-year lease of retail space worth $92,000, for Cashman Equipment Company. The and a 8-year lease for more than $312,000. $1.7 million project includes equipment Easter Seals Awarded Employment Grant Easter Seals Southern Nevada (ESSN) has recently been awarded an employment grant that names them as a provider to help place Adult and Dislocated Workers back into the workforce. a desert companion for the way we live now Overseeing the grant is Nevada Workforce Connections. The mission of ESSN is to create solutions that help people with disabilities become self-sufficient through education, community partnerships and direct services. Although ESSN is best known for its outstanding record in assisting people with disabilities, this grant will concentrate on helping get all Nevadans back to work. Las Vegas’ only city magazine dedicated to Nevada Workforce Connections develops a world class workforce through innovative coverage of Southern Nevada culture, travel market driven strategies that are relevant to Southern Nevada’s employers and job and dining. Stories, opinion and profiles seekers. with the in-depth style and intelligence ESSN has already begun placing job seekers into the program by conducting interviews of News 88.9 KNPR. Desert Companion that help identify job history, education or educational needs, qualifications and skill reaches 125,000 Southern Nevada readers sets. The grant allows for supportive services needed to assist prospective employees each issue. Powered by the unrivalled on in becoming “work ready”. There is no charge to job seekers or employers. air marketing of Nevada Public Radio. Businesses are urged to contact ESSN for free assistance in job placement services. Candidates are pre-screened by job developers to make sure that they meet the For sales and sponsorship information, qualifications for the open positions. please contact Christine Kiely at “This part of the grant is especially beneficial to the HR departments of our local Christine@nevadapublicradio.org businesses,” says Pam Lang, job developer for ESSN. “We send only candidates that or call 702.258.9895 we feel are a good fit, allowing us to save businesses time and money.” Employers may contact ESSN for assistance in finding qualified, work ready employees by calling job developers Pam Lang at 702.789.5435 or Sandy Trujillo at 702.789.5434. October 2009 | The Business Voice | Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 27
  • Hearing impaired consumers… continued from page 6 dealing with the hearing loss community. mouthing words (for lip-reading) in an effort to communicate does nothing but embarrass the individual Hearing loss often has a profound influence on the and make the patron want to run out the door and never personal and general well being of the individual who has come back. lost their hearing. They often live in a world of uncertainty, not exactly sure if they hear what is being said, or if Here is a quick way to help your employees become anything is being said at all. This is why visual clues are knowledgeable about hearing loss: so important from businesses and their employees. • Teach empathy by having employees place cotton in their ears and run a blowing hair dryer close by When I go into an unknown business, I am always • Speak in both normal and loud tones to the employees looking around for visual clues to find what I need. If I and then ask them how much they can hear or understand do have to ask for help, I want the employee to look at me to make sure I understood what they say. I don’t want Employees will quickly learn that shouting doesn’t to humiliate myself by telling my story to every individual make them understand any better. The key is in looking whom I encounter; I will tell people once I have been for visual clues and letting the individual extrapolate given the notion of “polite dignity.” for themselves; in other words, let the hearing loss individual fill in the blanks in their own way. If they don’t Making sure a customer is being heard and understood understand, they will ask. must be one thing every employee learns. They don’t have to stare at the individual or ask them if they heard, Another important thing for employees to understand is but they do need to pay attention to see if the person is how a Nevada Relay call works. If an employee answers responding. They need to help the customer state what a phone and doesn’t immediately hear a voice, remind he or she needs and to provide clear feedback as to what them to hang on for a moment while the automated products or services are available. One of the worst things system kicks in. Do not hang up on the caller, as he or she an employee can do is to assume that a customer can hear could be a potential hearing-impaired customer. Develop and start talking with their back turned to the individual. a system for how these calls are responded to. It’s so easy for an employee to be respectful and courteous, Give hearing-loss customers self respect and understanding while at the same time, measuring up a situation and - the idea of polite dignity - and you will have a loyal and knowing how to respond. Talking slowly and clearly with regular customer. These little steps can lead to a better face-to-face contact is essential to working with people bottom line and future for your business. n with hearing loss. Mark Finn is late-deafened and assisted by a Cochlear If an employee feels an individual is not hearing Implant. He is the founder of the non-profit Hearing Loss what they are saying, they can work to clarify any Resource and Guidance Center of Nevada. He also has uncertainties on the discussion. If an employee started a support group called Hearing Loss Association The Initiative represents a collaborative suspects that a customer is hard of hearing, raising of Las Vegas which is associated with the national effort between the Las Vegas Chamber of their voice, making extreme motions or excessively Hearing Loss Association of America. Commerce and the community to guide the city towards a greener Las Vegas. Our objective with this Initiative is to become Renewable energy in Nevada… continued from page 8 a one-stop resource for green business in Las Mountain Wind Project, this will be Nevada’s first for its customers at the lowest reasonable cost and in an Vegas. This includes keeping the community major wind development, and is expected to be environmentally-responsible manner. abreast of: operational by 2012. • Green News and Events By 2015, NV Energy expects to have spent more than $2 • Green Tips & Best Practices Additionally, NV Energy is currently soliciting billion on purchases and investments in new renewable • Incentives for Going Green proposals from renewable energy providers and energy and the required transmission lines that will be used • Greenwashing developers throughout our region. NV Energy has to meet the Renewable Portfolio Standard. • ommunity Spotlights on Sustainability C issued an RFP to interested parties with the intent Projects of securing electric power requirements and the To learn more about the Las Vegas Chamber of Commece associated portfolio energy credits from renewable Green Iniative go to www.lvchamber.com/programs/green • esources for Businesses Making R resources under terms and conditions favorable to NV or call 702.641.5822. n Green Efforts Energy’s customers. The views expressed in this article are opinions of the author This RFP is consistent with NV Energy’s objective and may not reflect the view of the Las Vegas Chamber of to obtain safe, reliable and adequate power supplies Commerce. 28 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
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  • Federal anti-identity theft provision… continued from page 3 and encryption to a more proactive approach. These or a strong policy that is insufficiently implemented, can regulations affect any business that provides goods spell trouble for the company under review, including or services without requiring payment in advance or hefty civil penalties or injunctions. Past FTC actions when the goods in identity theft-related cases have imposed fines in the or services are millions of dollars and required the violator to submit to provided. FTC -- and pay for -- third-party audits and monitoring for up enforcement to 20 years. actions in the realm of identity Businesses must ensure they are familiar with the Red theft have in the Flags Rule and in compliance when it goes into effect past included on November 1, 2009. The rule may affect many both a review of aspects of your business, including internal policies and the company’s information-sharing arrangements. Visit www.ftc.gov policies and the and search red flags. company’s actual implementation Contact Christopher Mathews at Lionel Sawyer and of those policies. Collins for more information.n A weak policy, Celebrate Customer Service… continued from front page Recognize “above and beyond” service at no cost pin and a commemorative photo is taken. Mayor Oscar Goodman and other local celebrities are Whether you want frequent attendees at recognition ceremonies where to recognize one in- they pose for pictures with receipents . There is no dividual or a whole cost in participating in the CSE Program for you or company of star per- the recipient. This turn key program is high in value formers, the Cham- but low in cost. As a final reward CSE recipients are ber’s Customer Service also invited to our annual CSE luncheon. Excellence program is available to any size business. Host Locations If you’re a large company and would like to create How it works or enhance a customer service program, the Chamber If you’d like to recognize someone for their superior can conduct CSE recognition ceremonies on-site. levels of service, there are three ways you can do it. These are referred to as “Host Locations” and may 1. Fill out the online nomination form at occur monthly, quarterly, etc. Host Locations require www.lvchamber.com/programs/cse program flexibility and the Chamber plays as large or small a role as requested. 2. Fax or e-mail commendation letters or e-mails, notes of phone compliments or recog- Levels of Achievement nitions that your employees have received to During a program year, all nominations are tracked scollins@lvchamber.com and the following levels of achievement can be reached: 3. Display Customer Service Excellence comment cards in your lobby or reception areas. Cards are • 3-5 nominations - Receive Bronze certificate available at the Chamber and are provided at no • 6-10 nominations - Receive Silver certificate cost to your business. Customers fill out the card and • 11 + nominations - Receive Gold certificate drop them in the mail. Postage is prepaid. For more information on how your company can get Once the Chamber receives your recognition request, involved with Customer Service Excellence, contact we’ll send a letter of congratulations to the recipient the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce at 702.641.5822 and invite them to our quarterly awards recognition for more details, go to onto www.lvchamber.com or ceremony. Recipients are presented with a certificate, e-mail scollins@lvchamber.com. n 30 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce | The Business Voice | October 2009
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