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  1. 1. THE LAS VEGAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE LVCHAMBER.COM APRIL 2011Business Voice Spring Clean BuSineSS Purge your PaPerwork Scr ub you r Mai ling liStS Ditc h you r olD Data Poli Sh you r cuStoM er Serv ice refreSh you r Mar keti ng SocialiZe your networkS
  2. 2. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 Chairman’s message Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290 702.641.5822 • 2011 Board of Trustees Executive Committee Michael J. Bonner S Chairman of the Board Greenberg Traurig, LLP pring is a time of renewal, a time to chart new courses, look Kristin McMillan for innovative ways to refresh your business objectives and Immediate Past Chairman CenturyLink move your company forward. Kevin Orrock Chairman-Elect The Howard Hughes Corporation The Chamber wants to be a partner in your company’s spring Hugh Anderson overhaul. Here are just a few examples on how you can utilize your Anderson & Delutri @ Merrill Lynch Chamber member benefits to help you breath new life into your Jay Barrett The Marnell Companies business: Kevin Burke Burke Construction Group, Inc. Generate Publicity: Steve Hill If ever there was a time to make sure your company is taking CalPortland advantage of every available promotional tool, it is now. The Vicky VanMeetren St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Chamber has several tools to help generate buzz about your business St. Martín Campus and drive new customers to your door. Send the Chamber your Nancy Wong Arcata Associates, Inc. latest company news to for inclusion in the Trustees Member News section of The Business Voice. Post a member Bob Ansara discount offer or a video advertisement for free in the Chamber’s Ricardo’s of Las Vegas, Inc. Michael J. Bonner Chairman of the Board Member Marketplace. Interested in social media? Check out the Bob Brown Las Vegas Review-Journal Chamber’s Business Education Series session “Marketing on the Edge” on April 12 to learn how Senator Richard Bryan to utilize Twitter and Facebook effectively. Lionel Sawyer & Collins Marilyn Burrows Polish Up Your Networking and Presentation Skills: Cox Communications How effective are your presentation and networking skills? You can polish all of your Tim Cashman Las Vegas Harley – Davidson interpersonal communication tools by joining the Chamber’s Toastmasters Club, “Chamber Doris Charles Voices.” Toastmasters will help you develop communication skills that you can use in both your Wells Fargo Bank Cornelius Eason professional and personal life. Alos, don’t miss the joint Chamber Vegas Young Professionals Workforce Connections mixer on April 28 to make new connections. Jonathan Halkyard Caesars Entertainment Corporation Access Free Expertise: Dallas Haun Nevada State Bank Sometimes you just need to sit down face-to-face with an experienced, knowledgeable business Corey Jenkins expert who can help you troubleshoot your current business conditions. The Chamber offers all SAVMOR Rent a Car members free one-hour private counseling sessions with a SCORE business counselor who will Bart Jones Merlin Contracting & Developing serve as your personal business coach. You do not have to be an “at risk” business to participate Russ Joyner in these sessions. In fact, using this member benefit could help you take a stable and successful Miracle Mile Shops business and make it even stronger. William (Bill) Nelson Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern Karla Perez Of course, the Chamber offers a host of other membership benefits, all designed with you in Valley Health System mind. If you would like to learn more about how to get the very most out of your membership Gina Polovina Boyd Gaming Corporation investment, please call the Chamber at 702.641.5822, or visit Larry Singer What’s inside Grubb & Ellis - Las Vegas Dr. Neal Smatresk University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bruce Spotleson 6 10 18 Greenspun Media Group Chamber Centennial re Chamber News Member News John Wilson Anniversaries MedicWest Ambulance Michele Tell Woodrow Preferred Public Relations, LLC 8 Cover Story: SPRING CLEAN 14 Spotlights 20 Ribbon Cuttings Volume 31 Number 4 BUSINESS! 16 Calendar of Events 22 New Members
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  5. 5. Chamber Centennial Chamber plays pivotal role shaping Vegas in 1940s The start of World War II and the World War II benefitted Las Vegas in other of Las Vegas. Kelch was quoted as saying, buildup of U.S. ally defenses ways as well. Tourism continued to grow “Everybody is going to have to do their proved to be of great benefit to Las as the war kept residents of nearby states share to help bring the tourists and con- Vegas’ economy. tinued prosperity to Las Vegas after the war.” The term “live wire” was given to In 1940, the U.S. Army determined Las Chamber members who made the com- Vegas would be an ideal site for a gunnery mitment to give between one and five training school. With the help of Senator percent of their annual gross receipts to Pat McCarran and Las Vegas Chamber of the group to help publicize Las Vegas. Commerce officials, a deal was brokered. When the Las Vegas Army Air Corps The Chamber originally hired a high- Gunnery School opened in 1941, it shared profile advertising agency, but then took space at what would become McCarran over promotional efforts, creating the Las International Airport. The development of Vegas News Bureau. the gunnery school led to a boost in con- from traveling far, so Las Vegas boosted Some of Las Vegas’ legendary figures en- struction around the base and an increase its reputation as a vacation destination. tered the picture in the 1940s, bringing in population. Additionally, Ria Langham Gable gave a with them the development of a number boost to Las Vegas’ “quickie divorce” laws At the same time, manganese deposits were of Las Vegas’ landmark gaming proper- when she arrived in 1938 to divorce Clark discovered in Nye County. Manganese ties. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened the Gable. Interestingly enough, the publicity ore can be converted to magnesium and Flamingo Hotel in 1946; The Thunderbird surrounding this high-profile couple not used to manufacture airplane parts and launched in 1948; and Guy McAfee, Art only garnered Las Vegas a reputation as Ham and Kell Houssels opened The a popular divorce spot, but as a wedding Golden Nugget in 1946. The 1940s even destination as well. saw the launch of still-popular Las Vegas The 1940s saw an evolution of the re- mainstays – the buffet was born inside the lationship between California and El Rancho Vegas in April 1941. Future Nevada. Gambling operators ousted from Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce execu- California made their way to Southern tive Herb McDonald launched the Chuck Nevada looking to make their fortunes in Wagon Buffet by lining up cold cuts along a legalized casino operations. Some of the bar top. biggest names in gaming history went on The decades saw the population triple, and to make their mark in Las Vegas, including it set the foundation for a vibrant future. build fire bombs. With financial assistance Sam Boyd, a former Las Vegas Chamber from the federal Reconstruction Finance of Commerce president, who developed a Corporation, Basic Magnesium plant number of well-known casino properties. was developed in what is now downtown Henderson. While the plant was only in In 1945, Chamber Chairman Maxwell operation from 1941-1944, 13,000 em- Kelch led efforts to create the early adver- ployees were drawn to the plant during tising collective that funded promotion of those years, and many went on to become Las Vegas. Kelch is credited with encour- permanent Southern Nevada residents. aging the idea that businesses had to band together to foster the ongoing evolution6 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice photos courtsey of the Las Vegas News Bureau
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  7. 7. Cover STory Data Do’s & Don’ts DO 4 Spring Use A seCURe ARCHive foR impoRtAnt dAtA, doCUments And pRojeCts Clean T N’ CLUtteR yoUR CompUteR witH DO needLess, UnUsed pRogRAms DO UpdAte pAsswoRds, seCURity BuSineSS settings And softwARe LiCenses DO edUCAte yoUR stAff on pRopeR CompUteR And onLine seCURity Time To purge, organize, updaTe and refreSh!3 There’s a reason spring cleaning is effective: It’s a time to start fresh, do away with what’s old and not working, and generally just make a clean slate of your home, your life and yes, even your business. Here are some ideas for re-invigorating your workplace: Tips to un-clutter cashflow your inbox: Simple Steps to Better 1. Back up important emails and then delete, delete, delete • get current on collections and unpaid bills • send out renewal statements 2. Act on, trash, or move emails to a “tickler” file every day • Review contracts and agreements 3. Have only one page of emails you can see without scrolling • Audit your accounts receivables and payables purge} • Use the latest small business accounting software socializeyour Networks your paperwork! • get “tweeting” on twitter and build a following • the more you’re “liked” on facebook, paper multiplies exponentially. it’s time to bite the bullet the greater your exposure • Recruit, collaborate and promote on Linked in and tackle your piles and files. Here’s how: • Be creative – write a blog and email it to your contacts • If you haven’t read it in a year, then get rid of it • don’t let your online networks or webpage get stale • Scan important docs into your PC • Pitch those Post-Its® and napkin notes RefResh • Leverage the Chamber’s many affordable or free marketing tools • Box up and store old files offsite Revamp • Revise outdated brochures, ads and direct mail • Shred confidential documents &Renew • Use new photos of your products, building and staff YouR • Cross-promote on the web, in social media and newsletters8 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice maRketing
  8. 8. “Spring is a scrub! scrub! step 1 pRint oUt eACH mAiLing List And go oveR it tHoRoUgHLy great time to scrub! step 2 veRify ContACt infoRmAtion foR eACH CUstomeR oR CLient yourclean out your mailing & step 3 deLete oUtdAted ContACts inbox.” contact step 4 CALL yoUR CUstomeRs to toUCH BAse And ConfiRm/UpdAte tHeiR infoRmAtion - Dave archer, ceO of the Nevada center for entrepreneurship lists step 5 Re-segment yoUR mAiLing Lists BAsed on CURRent mARket Conditions and Technology Trim The faT. geT in foCuS. STay CommiTTed. The more you learn, • evaluate your budget line-by-line to eliminate waste • take advantage of Chamber discounts to save money The more you’ll earn • Challenge employees to be more efficient and productive • Use the Chamber’s SCORE free business • Cut out duplication, redundant processes and needless steps counseling service • Create a mission statement that defines your goals and objectives and revise regulary • Attend the Chamber’s Business Education • Review your progress monthly and make necessary adjustments Series for fast and affordable training • Discover a world of free or low-cost training Clean houSe literally. options online • Use veteran employees to mentor and train newer employees give your office or work area a thorough cleaning from top to bottom Replace filters, disinfect keyboards and clean out the ‘fridge Use environmentally friendly cleaning products“ encourage employees to respect their work environment InvITe someone To your place of busIness so They can better underStand your busIness “ polish up needs and servIces. your customer service Quality customer service is key to - STEVENSON BROOKS, Sandler Training your company’s success, yet it doesn’tTake the Time for Face Time just “happen.” make quality service your organization’s prime directive. Sometimes good, old-fashioned face-to-face meetings are what’s give employees a refresher course necessary to move your business relationships to the next level. on customer service and courtesy. here’s how to get hands-on with your networking: take advantage of the Chamber’s • Hit the road and visit your customers in person Customer service excellence program • Attend Chamber networking events – bring lots of business cards to motivate and reward employees. • Invite potential customers to tour your place of business practice good customer service daily • A cup of coffee with a contact is worth a thousand emails • Build relationships one handshake at a time to improve your bottom line.
  9. 9. Chamber news Last chance chambEr hosts Earth Day to rEgistEr for iNc.’s GROWCO fEstivitiEs at toWN squarE busiNEss-buildiNg coNfErENcE ApRil 14 ApRil 6-8 The Chamber will join Republic Services, Evergreen Re- Inc. Magazine’s GROWCO: Grow Your Company cycling, Green Alliance and collaborative GREEN Ally or- Conference is a three-day national event created for business ganizations Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. for leaders who want to achieve sizable growth within their or- an Earth Day celebration at Town Square Las Vegas Park. ganization. Participants will discover unique insights from Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from several of Town a world-class lineup of speakers and break-out sessions to Square’s fabulous restaurants, along with two complimentary network with leaders of today’s top-performing companies. drink tickets provided by Blue Martini. The event will also Chamber members save $500 on registration. To register go showcase artwork submitted for the “Keep Las Vegas Beau- to tiful” contest. The evening will feature fun activities, door prizes, special guest appearances and music by local band, The WEDGE Brothers. The cost is $20 for pre-paid registra- busiNEss EducatioN sEriEs prEsENts tions; $25 the day of the event. Register at “Marketing on the Edge” Partnering Companies: ApRil 12 Social Media…New Media…Web 2.0…What do these terms mean? How is this new age of online communication revolutionizing the way we connect with our customers, em- ployees, investors, peers and the media? Presented by Paula Yakubik and Kassi Belz, “Marketing on the Edge” will teach you how to make this popular new medium work effectively for your business. The session is Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. See the Chamber Calendar on page 16 for details. Free busiNEss blENd mixEr coNNEcts VYP aNd Chamber members - aPril 28 The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Vegas Young Profession- and retail venues on the Strip. Members and non-members alike can als will host a free “Business Blend” joint mixer on Thursday, April enjoy an exclusive setting that’s perfect for making valuable business 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hol- connections. This exclusive VIP event includes food samples from lywood. Business Blend is a unique opportunity to mix and mingle Miracle Mile Shops restaurants, special offers and discounts from with both memberships in one of the hottest entertainment, dining shop retailers and the chance to win exciting raffle prizes. chambEr hoNors Farrow Smith is being recognized with the Chamber’s prestigious Circle of Farrow Smith Excellence Award. A Chamber member since 2007, Smith has been part of the Chamber Navigator committee for several years and served as the com- With CiRCle Of mittees 2010 chair. His dedication to acclimating new Chamber members exCellenCe AWARd to all of the benefits and services of their membership takes both time and commitment, and Smith has generously donated both over the years. Smith also chaired the Chambers Green Committee in 2010, and is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas.10 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
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  13. 13. sPotlights President’s Club Jay Barrett Francis George Joel Mann Donna Marcou-Stafford Kristin McMillan Scott Sibella Jay Barrett has embraced the digital Donna Marcou-Stafford ten-state Western region. Senior Financial officer revolution whole-heartedly. vice President of Active in the community, President’s Club and Board Member He started his career in Leisure Sales she is also involved on the Marnell Companies Cannes photographing tropicana Las vegas boards and committees in New Members During the past 30 years, celebrities during the Donna Marcou-Stafford is various civic and charitable The Marnell Companies yearly film festival for responsible for the overall organizations. Amibug Holdings, LLC has been involved in the Cinema Magazine. With the production of leisure sales Andy Gil planning, architecture, combination of traditional for Tropicana Las Vegas. Scott Sibella construction, and real and modern techniques, Prior to joining Tropicana, President and Chief GES, Global Experience estate development of George’s masterful she held the same position operating officer Specialists some of Las Vegas’ most command of light, film, with Planet Hollywood MGM Grand Las vegas David Clontz recognizable properties, and digital media helped Resort & Casino, working Scott Sibella is president John Hinkell including the Bellagio, the produce countless award- there for more than 10 and chief operating officer of Wynn and The M Resort. winning images. years, including the time MGM Grand Las Vegas, a AAA Jay Barrett serves on the Executive Committee Joel Mann period during pre-opening sales operations. Marcou- Four Diamond resort. He is responsible for overseeing executive level for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Musical Director, and Group Sales Manager Stafford was the recipient of the Starwood Hotels all operations at the 5,044- room property. Most recently New Members Board of Trustees and Bally’s Las vegas and Resorts prestigious he held the same position the Government Affairs While holding a bachelor of “Most Valuable Partner” at The Mirage where he Dunkin’ Donuts Committee, and has fine arts degree in theater award in recognition of her led a dramatic multi-year Dennis Hill dedicated a significant design from Emerson outstanding support and transformation of the iconic Laurie Sonesen amount of time and College, Joel Mann’s commitment to partnering hotel that once again raised Gilnara Rossi resources to a variety of career began on the East with the company’s global the bar for excellence Paul Manz professional, civic and Coast, performing with sales organization. on The Strip. A 20-year Steve Lockhart Ryan Brezina charitable organizations in his own band and serving veteran of the hospitality Annette Mead Southern Nevada. as musical director for industry, Sibella has held Caesars, Sands Hotel & Kristin McMillan distinguished executive Insert Coins Francis George Casino and Trump Plaza vice President – State management roles in Atlantic Christopher La Porte owner Hotel in Atlantic City. Mann external relations/ City and Las Vegas. Francis + Francis was part of the original Western region New Growth Commercial A French native, Francis production team that CenturyLink Real Estate Company George believes that reproduced the musical Kristin McMillan is the Bridget Richards photography is in a score from Jubilee! in the immediate past Chairman of Jason Lesley perpetual state of change. late 90s. Currently, Mann is the Las Vegas Chamber of With more than 30 years entertainment group sales Commerce. In her position Scooters Pub Sports Bar and Grill John Pohorsky of experience, George manager, specializing in with CenturyLink, McMillan Joseph Pohorsky appreciates the evolution developing the international leads the government photography has taken tourism market for Jubilee! affairs, legislative and through the years and regulatory teams in the14 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  14. 14. ed Berkle Executive LevelGeneral ManagerHouse of Blues Las vegasHouse of Blues is home tolive music and southern-inspired cuisine. GeneralManager Ed Berkle grew upin Ocean City, New Jersey,beginning his passion forfood and beverage when hisparents owned a restauranton the Boardwalk. Prior Ed Berkle Robert M. (Bob) Brown Richard T. Crawford Bret Holmes Steve Linderto House of Blues, he wasdirector of operationsfor ESPN Zones – DisneyRegional Entertainmentand Area Manager – EpcotRestaurants for Walt DisneyWorld Resorts.robert M. (Bob) BrownPublisherLas vegas review-JournalA 30-year newspaperindustry veteran, Robert M.(Bob) Brown is the Publisherof several local publications, David Moody John Repetti Jim Spinello John Wilcox Georges Maaloufincluding the Las VegasReview-Journal, Las VegasBusiness Press, and Las Bret Holmes Georges Maalouf John repetti Emergency Management’sVegas Health Magazine. President owner and Consultant Sr. vP, Director of Strategic Planning andBrown is currently on Advanced Management Maalouf Benefit operations for the Organizational Developmentthe board of directors of Group Nevada, LLC resources Downtown region and Franchise Services.Opportunity Village, The Advanced Management Maalouf Benefit Resources Fremont Hotel & Casino He helped establish theBetter Business Bureau Group Nevada, LLC is a is a locally owned and In 2003, John Repetti was County’s ethics guidelinesand Special Olympics of full-service real estate operated insurance promoted to the position of and was appointed to theNevada. He also serves on management company. brokerage and consulting senior vice president and Nevada Homeland Securitythe Board of Trustees for With more than ten years of firm specializing in director of operations for Commission by Governorthe Las Vegas Chamber of experience, he works with employee benefits. With the Boyd Gaming downtown Kenny Guinn.Commerce. property owners to achieve more than 16 years of region. He is also the optimal results. Holmes is industry experience, general manager of the John Wilcoxrichard t. Crawford president of the Nevada Maalouf has emerged as a Fremont Hotel & Casino. Senior vice PresidentPresident State Apartment Association foremost expert in the field. Repetti helps to oversee and regional BankingGreen valley Grocery and is a delegate for He is a lifelong Las Vegas the day-to-day operations ManagerRichard “Rick” T. Crawford the National Apartment resident, a graduate of UNLV of that facility, as well as City National Bankhas lived in Las Vegas since Association. and is active in a number being responsible for all John Wilcox joined City1971. He is the President of local charities and civic downtown Boyd Gaming National Bank in Octoberand Founder of Midjit Steve Linder organizations. properties. Repetti landed 2009. He oversees clientMarket, Inc. dba Green vice President, Director his first job as a dealer service and retention, andValley Grocery, Crawford Community Development David Moody at the California Hotel & business developmentOil, Inc. and Crawford Coin, HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. President and Ceo Casino in January 1976. at the eight Nevada CityInc. Crawford is active Chartered in 1993, HSBC First Security Bank National Bank offices. Asin numerous civic and Bank Nevada now serves of Nevada Jim Spinello a life-long resident of Lascharitable organizations, more than 15 million David Moody started his Local Government and Vegas, Wilcox has beenincluding chairman of Shell customers nationwide. banking career as a part- Public Affairs Director involved in many aspectsOil National Wholesalers Steve Linder joined HSBC time teller and collector r&r Partners of the community. He isCouncil and Nevada Retail Bank Nevada in 1987. He while attending school A former Nevada state also a past chairman ofNetwork Self Funded Group is a 1996 graduate of the at Southern Utah State assemblyman and public the Board of Trustees forand he was recently named Las Vegas Chamber of College. After graduating administrator, Jim Spinello the Las Vegas Chamber ofto the executive committee Commerce’s Leadership Las with a degree in business uses his knowledge of Commerce.of the Nevada Development Vegas program and serves education, he was hired Nevada state governmentAuthority. as a Chamber Prospector. by First Security Bank of to advocate on behalf of Utah as a mortgage loan R&R Partners’ government officer. Upon moving with and public affairs clients. his family to Las Vegas in Previously, as assistant 1989, Moody was the first director of administrative employee in Nevada for services for Clark County, First Security Bank of Utah. he oversaw the Office of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice April 2011 15
  15. 15. Events aPril 13 Wednesday Chamber Voices Toastmasters Looking for a way to improve your communication skills in both your personal and professional life? The Chamber Voices Toastmasters group is open to all members to aid in the development of speaking, presentation and leadership skills. 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. tWo eASy WAyS to reGiSter For CHAMBer eveNtS: CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Log on to and find your event on the Event Calendar, Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., or call Member Services at 702.641.5822. Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) $45 every six months. Guests always complimentary. rSvP PoLiCy The Chamber RSVP policy 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 be subject to a $5 surcharge, so please register early. 14 Thursday 6 Wednesday Earth Day Celebration Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from several of SCORE Counseling Town Square’s fabulous restaurants, along with two SCORE counselors will be on hand to provide FREE one-on-one help sessions complimentary drink tickets provided by Blue Martini. The exclusively for Chamber members. Expert business professionals will help provide event will also showcase artwork submitted for the “Keep advice, tools and resources to keep your business thriving in this slow economy. Las Vegas Beautiful” contest. 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m., One member per time slot. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Town Square Las Vegas Park 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) $20 for pre-paid registrations; $25 the day of the event. Complimentary, Chamber members only. 12 Tuesday Marketing on the Edge A Business Education Series Presentation Speakers: Paula Yakubik & Kassi Belz 19 Tuesday Social Media…New Media…Web 2.0…How is this new age of interacting and Free Legal Solutions for networking online revolutionizing the way we communicate to our clients/customers, Small Business employees, shareholders/investors, peers and the media? Learn the tools for reaching Attorneys from the law firm of Holland & Hart’s Las your customers in this new era and Vegas office will provide legal counseling to Las Vegas harness the power of public relations. Chamber of Commerce members. The firm’s lawyers will 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Check-in provide counseling on commercial business transactions, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Program employment matters, contract law, litigation, intellectual 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Networking property law, bankruptcy law and tax law, among other CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the areas. (These sessions will not address divorce, child Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, custody, Chapter 13 bankruptcy or home foreclosures.) 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Appointment times: 6:00 - 6:50 p.m., 7:00 - 7:50 p.m. Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) Two members per time slot. $30 for member prepaid registration, CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas $45 for non-member prepaid Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., registration. Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) Series Sponsor: Complimentary. Chamber members only. Advanced registration required.16 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  16. 16. 20 Wednesday EventsSCORE CounselingSCORE counselors will be on hand to provide FREE one-on-one helpsessions exclusively for Chamber members.9:00, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m., One member per time slot.CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, To RSVP foR VYP eVenTS ViSiT APRIL6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square)Complimentary, Chamber members only. 5 Tuesday VYP Morning Buzz 25 Monday Vegas Young Professionals Advisory VYP Toastmasters: Council members and Ambassadors Strip View Speakers27 Wednesday will be on hand to answer questions See Monday the 11th for details. for anyone interested in learningNew Member Breakfast more about VYP, the Valley’s largestStart your new Chamber membership off right at this exclusive event for business organization for youngall new members. Each participant will have the opportunity to introduce professionals. Hot coffee and athemselves and their business, and network in a friendly and upbeat delicious light breakfast will be served.atmosphere. Bring plenty of business cards! 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking CenturyLink™ Conference Center at7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Program the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce,CenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las VegasChamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) 28 ThursdaySte. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) Business Blend Complimentary A Joint Chamber andBy invitation only. Complimentary. VYP Mixer Mark your calendars for the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with Chamber and VYP members in an exclusive setting at the Miracle Mile27 11 Monday Shops inside Planet Hollywood. Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Chamber Voices Toastmasters VYP Toastmasters: Miracle Mile Shops at PlanetLooking for a way to improve your communication skills? This group is open Strip View Speakers Hollywood,to all members to aid presentation and leadership skills. Exceptional communication skills are 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 8910910:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. vital to success in the business world. Complimentary for Chamber & VYPCenturyLink™ Conference Center at the Las Vegas The VYP Toastmasters group is for all members. $15 for non-members.Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. S., members to aid in the developmentSte. 300, 89119 (at Town Square) of speaking, presentation and$45 every six months. Guests always complimentary. leadership skills. 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Networking 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting The Platinum Hotel, 211 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 8916928 Thursday $60 to join, $36 every six monthsBusiness BlendA Joint Chamber and Vegas YoungProfessionals MixerMark your calendars for the unique opportunity to mix and mingle withChamber and VYP members in an exclusive setting at the Miracle MileShops inside Planet Hollywood.6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood,3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 89109Complimentary for Chamber & VYP members. $15 for non-members. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice April 2011 17
  17. 17. member news President’s Club member • executive Level The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is proud to provide members with a place to publish their current announcements. Email news items to or fax to Public Relations at 702.735.0320. n Coming Events Colliers international – Las vegas raised $4,000 through its charity poker Las vegas Paving Corp. was named 2010 Contractor of the Year by the Nevada tournament for the Links for Life Contractors Association for completing University of Nevada Cooperative Foundation. the state’s first design-build road job six extension presents “The Nuts and Bolts months ahead of schedule. of Grant Writing” workshop on April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the n Congratulations A Body in Balance Pilates Studio Lifelong Learning Center; 8050 Paradise Cox Communications celebrated its fifth birthday with a Road. Call 702.257.5502 to register. was named to the weeklong celebration. 2011 DiversityInc JyD Project is hosting “Rally 4 Kids” Top 50 Companies Carole Fisher, president and chief “Rally for Education” at Town Square, for Diversity for its demonstrated use executive officer of the Nathan Adelson April 28- May 1. For details, visit of diversity best practices and measured Hospice, was named a 2011 Leadership results. inductee for the 6th Annual Women’s n Community Service Hall of Fame. the Firm Public relations & Marketing Alamo Capital CEO Nancy Mullally was Boys town Nevada’s In-Home Family celebrated its 18th year in business in recognized as a nominee for “Citizen Based services received a $370,000 grant March. of the Year” by the Danville Chamber from the Engelstad Foundation. of Commerce in California and U.S. Hughes Center in Las vegas received Congressman Jerry McNerney. City National Bank awarded 91 literacy the Industry Impact Award by NAIOP grants to Nevada, California and Southern Nevada. New York educators totaling more than $77,000. anniversaries n What’s the secret to long-term success in the Southern Nevada +20 Years 15 Years 5 Years business community? Establishing Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas 31 Benjamin Enterprises, LLC Advanced Medical Center long-term and personal relationships Greater Las Vegas Association Bridal Spectacular Events, Inc. Alpine Fixtures & Sheet Metal, Inc. with other professionals. What’s of REALTORS 30 Dwyer Engineering, Inc. Bekins A-1 Movers the most effective way to do that? Prestige Travel American Express, Inc. 30 Laser Printer Specialists, Inc. Camino Constructors, LLC Membership in the Las Vegas Chamber Workforce CONNECTIONS 30 Century 21 Express-Louis Levin of Commerce. Congratulations to the following Meadows Mall Snyder Realty-Pat Snyder Trophies of Las Vegas 25 25 25 10 Years DGE Productions, Inc. Diversified Communications Solutions, Inc., Ltd. companies celebrating membership Hamada of Japan 24 Davis Auto Wrecking Eagle Telcom, Inc. anniversaries in APRIL 2011. Russell Financial Services 24 Egtedar, Ascar, M. D. Law Office of Brian M. Fisher Community Action Against Rape 23 The Ferraro Group Lifeguards 2 U KB Home 23 Harmon & Davies, PC Lifesigns +40 Years Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc. 21 JSI Services Realty One Group - Livewire Electric, LLC Mary A Grant, OD Nitz, Walton & Heaton, Ltd. 45 Clear Channel Radio Las Vegas 21 Suzie Marquardt Quality Medical Imaging Friendly Ford 41 Doroshow Insurance, Inc. 21 STG Enterprises, Inc. - Lic. # S. Kenyon Transport, LLC Letizia Mass Media 20 0038997, 0038998 & 0038999 Seed & Grain Tech Nevada Broadcasters Association 20 Utah Shakespearean Festival Solterra Holdings Nevada, LLC The Skancke Company 20 Victoria Consulting Women’s Cancer Center Top Quality Maintenance 2018 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  18. 18. n Announcements We make IT easy. We make IT work.Moorea Katz and Joanna Myers joinedGreenberg traurig , LLP as associate attorneys. We guarantee IT.Urban environmental research, LLC namedDoug Webb as project manager.The Nevada Development Authority namedRichard “Rick” T. Crawford, founder andpresident of Green valley Grocery, to its Technology with a human touch.executive committee. 702.318.7700 • www.neteffect-it.comPaula Yakubik, managing partner of MassMediaCorporate Communications, was selected to thelocal board of trustees of St. Jude’s Ranch for are you ready to springChildren. from your lease? let us help you find the perfect location to enhanceJane Jensen Saint was named executive director the growth of your business!of the Foundation for relevant education relocation expansion representationabout the Law (Project reAL). Call 702.655.4115 today for a F R E E consultationJohnson Jacobson Wilcox announced thefollowing staff additions: Adrienne Morgan,Harmoney Ricley, William Hinsdale and RussellOberhelman. OVER 5 DECADES OFn Wheeling/Dealing TAX EXPERTISE.Grubb & ellis Las vegas represented the buyer in ACCEPTthe purchase of 6.2 acres of land valued at $1.9 NOTHING LESS.million. NEVER SETTLE FOR LESSSMAmerican Shooters launched a newwebsite, including an online store, at North District Office Phone: West District Office Phone: 702-877-0900 South District Office Phone: 702-898-1133 ©2010 HRB Tax Group, Inc.Commercial executives brokered a 36 monthlease of office space valued at $63,180. Follow us and become a fan! The Chamber is now on Twitter and Facebook. Links are available from our home page at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice April 2011 19
  19. 19. ribbon Cuttings Chamber Member Discount Offer * To arrange your ribbon cutting, contact Georgia Allen at 702.586.3838 or email C12 Group Goodie The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation proudly cuts the ribbon at their C12 Group Las Vegas celebrated its third year in business Las vegas two Shoes Preview Las Vegas 2011 exhibitor’s booth. Featured (l to r): Riley at Preview Las Vegas with a ribbon cutting. C12 Group is an Foundation Kelley, and co-founders Nikki and Tony Berti. To learn more about advisory group for Christian business owners and CEOs that is GTSF, please visit or call 702.617.4027. expanding locally. Call 702.656.9546 or visit Metro PCS MetroPCS is the fifth largest wireless carrier in the United States environmental Environmental Ink is one of the premier design and print and has more than 100 locations in Las Vegas. MetroPCS ink companies in Las Vegas. Competitive pricing, fast turnaround, offers no-contract wireless services with nationwide coverage and eco-friendly processes are its specialty. Call 702.798.7000 and a 4G LTE network to meet all your cell phone needs. Call or visit for more information. 702.632.5880 or visit Neteffect NetEffect has been providing business-class IT service to small variety Club “The Heart of Show Business” Variety Club has been in Las Vegas and medium-sized businesses throughout the Las Vegas valley since 1950. We fund and provide services to alleviate suffering since 2002. In February, they launched an exciting new cloud- and improve the quality of life of children who are mentally or based platform called MyGrid Anywhere Computing. Call 702. physically challenged, abused, sick, homeless or underprivileged. 318.7700 or visit Visit April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice
  20. 20. Early plaNNiNg givEs you amARketinG edGeAt Business expOWhen you’re an exhibitor at Business Expo What are the2011, you open your business to a wealth of benefits of earlymarketing opportunities you can capitalize registration?on with early planning. The sooner you The earlier you reserve your booth, thesecure your booth space, the sooner you can more time you have to maximize your Expouse this high-profile event as a marketing experiences.tool for your company! • Develop your collateral materials"Business Expo is an outstanding and design your booth to convey theopportunity to promote your business in a message you want potential customersworld-class location,” says Business Expo to see.2011 Chair Tanya Murray. “It’s an excellent • Promote your exhibit to potentialway to maximize your marketing dollars, customers through your companyespecially with the benefits that come with website, newsletter and e-mail. eXHiBit iNFoearly registration. You’ll be joining with 200 eXHiBitS oPeN NooN - 5:00 P.M.other exhibitors to experience the finest of • Invite past and current clients, StANDArD 10 x 10 booth: $525Las Vegas business." customers and colleagues to attend StANDArD DoUBLe 10 x 20 booth: $825 Expo and visit your booth. PreMiUM 10 x 10 booth: $700What makes PreMiUM DoUBLe 10 x 20 booth: $1,000expo unique? hoW can i make the NoN-ProFit 10 x 10 booth: $400Only Chamber members can exhibit at most of exhibitingExpo, yet attendance is open to the at expo? Admission: $10.00 Andentire business community, giving Many Expo exhibitors conduct prize your business cArd.Chamber members an advantage over drawings and offer give-away items duringtheir competition. the event, which brings potential customers Purchase ticket(s) by visiting to their booth not just once, but twice!Who attends expo? or Savvy exhibitors set appointments with newNearly 2,000 executives, business calling 702.641.5822 and business leads on the spot and follow upprofessionals and decision makers from a asking for member services. as soon as possible. When you registerwide range of industries valley-wide attend early, you have more time to plan theseExpo. Some come to learn more about special opportunities andothers come to Expo looking for specific Learn more about the advantages ofvendors capable of providing the products or becoming a Business Expo exhibitor,services their company needs. sponsor or to purchase tickets by visiting Business expO 2011 or by calling 702.641.5822 and asking for WednesdAy, June 22 WoRld maRKeT cenTeR Member Services. laS VegaS- Building c, 495 S. gRand cenTRal PKWY. Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice April 2011 21
  21. 21. “It Factor” Marketing new members Clean Energy Project Las Vegas Business Services MedEd Support Professional NursingStephan Degen Lydia Ball Corey Massey Services Corp. Consultant Services, Inc. Kim Baer Kenneth ChapmanAaron Aviation, Inc. Creative Real Estate Las VegasWarren Kaplan Associates Gourmet Catering Michael Ashe, Inc. Michael Wiemhoff Project REAL Farmers Insurancemembers Todd Philbrook Jane Jensen SaintAburiya Raku Michael Ashe(EndoGourmet, Inc.) DCI Photography, LLC Lathrop & Gage LLPMiki Endo Randy Adger ProLogis Aaron Bradford MIH Solutions Jim Rodrigues Linnes ChesterAcres 4.0 Dental Cooperative Law office ofKrista Reiner Sharon George Pure Barre Clay R Treese Mohave Aviation Emily Johnson Clay Treese Barbara Baker Lauren O’NanAET Environmental Draskovich BuildingEdward Domanico Robert Draskovich Mohave Valley Raceway Legal Solutions Push 2 Go Valerie Hart Carter Michael O’ReillyAmerican Building Express Scripts, Inc. Cynthia ReedMaintenance Janitorial Michael Lujan Monarch Sky QuiznosService Lewis Stages Samarra Johnson Dana Warring Eddie HernandezVince Citrino F R Solutions, Inc. Sheri Utley National Insurance Lindo Michoacan Schalk & Associates, LLCAmerican Monster Heating Consultants, Incorporated Tom Schalk& Cooling, Inc. Factor, LLC Centennial Antoinette Diaz Modrok Todd Bunker Mark BerryNatalie Haag Security Source Logic Works, LLC Norton Consulting & Rick MorganAmerican Patriot Solar Flip Flop Shops Investigations Rick CrespiCommunity, LLC Mandalay Bay PI #633 & 633A Scott Santy Silver State CardiologyZeb Nagy Layban Green Jose Aquino Logistics & TransportationAmerigroup G and P Consultants, LLC Services, Inc. Dennis Butler Randy Rolfsness Nuclear and Hydrogeologic Simplicity TravelCommunity Care Support Services, LLC Dan KitchensEric Lloyd Roger Henning Georgiou Consulting Loper Enterprises Byron Georgiou Charles Loper Skydive Las VegasnewApache RV Pathway Specialty Brent BucknerTwo Bears Medina Gibbons Trading, LLC Macau Health Spa Compounds Michael Gibbons Rollin Gardner Kenton Crowley Southern Nevada MedicalAppliance Repair Experts Industry CoalitionMichael Gorden Giorgi Ventures, Inc. Mac’s Delivery Paul’s Extermination, Inc. Sue Ullrich Carl Giorgi Service, Inc. Paul RodriguezArizona Professional Tom Maguiness SouthWest ElectritechMedical Services, LLC Goold, Patterson, Platinum Home Services, LLCCheryl Salmon / Pollack Ales & Day Marko R. Inc. Contracting Mortgage Corp Jeffrey Patterson Marko Radosavljevic Howard Herndo Dave FedelBella Grande Entrances, Steve’s Frozen ChillersLLC Grace Community Church Mayfield, Gruber & Sheets Premier Mortgage LendingCharles Varney David Graham Harvey Gruber of Nevada Rick Piette Nicaio PerezBody and Soul Wellness GRoWCo McGovern & Greene LLP Pro Venture StaffingMarianna Szoke Megan Burns Craig Greene continued on page 24 Brian ResendesBT Media, LLC GWE Consulting, Inc.Vitali Ihantovich Keith Jones Editorial Policy:Buffalo Builders, Inc. HitechsRichard Rogas Hisham Ahmed The Business Voice is a member newsletter of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce welcomes input, ideas and suggestions from our members. As withBurly Mini Dumps, LLC The Hope Group, Inc. any periodical, we must adhere to strict deadlines and we reserve the right to edit all materials submitted forMarcus Bately Jerianne Hope publication. Commentaries that are marked as such do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of the Chamber, its trustees or employees. The Chamber cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of the contents Inner Circle Corp, LLC of paid advertisements. Questions or concerns about content of The Business Voice can be addressed to ViceCardiovascular Surgery President of Marketing, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 300, Las Vegas,Associates Charlene (Char) Scott NV 89119.Chip Rattigan J.S.H. Enterprises The business Voice (usPs #717-970) is published by The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.Cartridge World Joseph Hutchings 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 300 Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290Sham Mehta Jubilee Annual Subscription $25CB Consulting, LLC Jerry Englehardt Periodical postage paid at Las Vegas, NVCarol Beyer POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Ste. 30022 April 2011 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice Las Vegas, NV 89119-3290
  22. 22. NV Energy has a total of 1,240 megawatts of renewable energy inproduction or under development. And there’s more on the way. Thatmeans more wind, solar and geothermal for Nevada. Pretty green for theSilver State.The future of energy. It’s right in our backyard. Learn more at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Voice April 2011 23