Tag, You’re In! Event Badges Go High Tech


Who hasn’t wanted to go backstage at a concert? Or stand on the sidelines of a major sporting event? Admission credentials are issued at every significant event to identify the areas attendees can access. Many of these badges for concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences are created at Reno-based Access™ Event Solutions. From satin printed stick-ons to laminated clip-ons to custom shapes to wristbands, customization options abound. Some badges are works of art—meant to help create the atmosphere of the event and later become a commemorative souvenir.

Spotting an Accidental Franchise (and Why It Matters to You)


Imagine you own a successful business with retail locations in several Southern California cities offering desserts in a unique fun-filled party atmosphere operating under the name Dessert Dreams. A Chicago investor vacationing with his family visits one of your locations and enthusiastically proposes entering into an agreement with you to help you open locations in Illinois and a location near his brother-in-lawʼs home in Northern California. He offers to pay $20,000 per location, as well as ongoing royalties for the right to use your business name and system of operation. Everyone wins, right? Not so fast.

Southwest Regional Angel Summit – Oct 24 – Tucson


Register today for the Angel Capital Association’s 2014 SW Regional Angel Summit — the regions’ largest gathering of angel investors. Join your peers and industry leaders from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah to share best practices, hear keynotes and panelists, and participate in roundtables on hot topics for angel investors. Staying on top of the latest trends in today’s rapidly shifting early stage environment is vital to finding the best opportunities and achieving great returns. The event will culminate in angel group nominated “Best in Region” company presentations.

Governor’s Conference on Small Business – Sep 19


The 3rd annual Governor’s Conference on Small Business, hosted by the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, is a comprehensive small business resource event designed for entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow an existing business. Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts during six informative and interactive panel discussions and can interface with 100+ service providers, development authorities and government entities at the Business Resource Expo.

NCET’s Fall Preview for Small Businesses


As a child, I looked forward with great anticipation to TV Guide’s Fall Preview of new and returning shows. With that in mind, I once again present NCET’s Fall Preview of new and returning programs and events designed to help our small businesses and entrepreneurs. Events include National Clean Energy Summit, Crowdfunding Basics Workshop, Governor’s Conference on Small Business, NCET Small Business Expo and TEDxUniversityofNevada.

Being a Business Mentor – What Does it Mean?


In the world of professional sports, even the greatest athletes have coaches. They need someone to observe their performance as well as the state of the game, competition and rules in order to maximize the athlete’s ability to succeed. In the world of big business, you find successful people surrounding themselves with others that know more than they do in a particular area or subject, as well as having a solid board of directors or advisors that have experience or knowledge that are missing in the senior executive. This combination of information flowing from two directions can truly make a business leader more influential, efficient and profitable. That works well for large, public companies, but what about the entrepreneur or small business owner?