Just prior to the effective date of December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s final rule updating overtime regulations, was blocked by a federal judge in Texas. The final rule makes significant changes to salary threshold requirements for overtime pay for employees.
The Adams Hub for Innovation, and its new space The Studio, are working to diversify Carson City’s economy. Steve Neighbors, trustee, Hop & Mae Adams Foundation, which founded the downtown business incubator, said Carson City suffers from being a government town in which many workers live elsewhere. “We’re trying to change the mix of the economy and one way to do that is through the Adams Hub,” said Neighbors.
Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE) helps businesses in the manufacturing, construction and mining industries to become premier industry leaders in the Nevada market. They provide services and access to resources that enhance growth, improve processes, and increase profitability. NVIE’s field staff have an average of 28 years in industry leadership positions. Their extended staff of third party experts help bring timely and focused services to companies based on their specific needs and goals.
NCET has launched a new job board designed to connect Nevada professionals with companies seeking assistance. The NCET job board can be utilized for any Nevada job — part-time or full-time, and from any sector. While NCET focuses on technology and entrepreneurship, the jobs don’t have to be tech, entrepreneur or startup in nature.
By now, most people are familiar with “The Cloud”. You use Apps for your smartphone; send and receive email and text messages; and, download movies to your television. However, moving your business operations to a cloud-based environment is a bit more complex but it can also save you money and improve overall Information Technology (IT) performance.
I think we can agree that positive word-of-mouth is one of the best marketing tools any business can have. To get this to work, you need what I like to call “war stories” that are affirming. These are customer experiences about doing business with you that are so compelling they want to share the story with their friends and colleagues. For that to happen, you truly need to have over-the-top customer service that consistently exceeds expectations. When I owned my printing franchise, we used an over-the-top guarantee with the tag line: It’s Right, It’s On Time or It’s Free. If the customer was not 100 percent happy with the job, we reprinted it for them and gave it to them for free. The same was true if we missed their due date; it was free.
The combination of a lower unemployment rate and increased number of jobs means employers now need to focus on retaining employees. As opportunities abound, employees are enticed to leave. High turnover rates aren’t good for business — one employee turning over can cost a company close to $50,000 in recruiting, training and lost productivity costs.