A new study by Nevada banking companies adds weight to previous discussions about the need to upgrade the workforce and STEM education in the schools, as well as what makes Nevada a great place to do business. First Independent Bank and Bank of Nevada, both divisions of Western Alliance Bank, last week released the Nevada Business Leader Survey. The banks commissioned WestGroup Research to conduct the survey, which took place in January.
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.
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.
With the NCET Small Business Expo just around the corner, here are some tips on how you can get the most from a visit to a trade show. Trade shows are like short boot camps for business. Everything that you can use to start or grow your business is right there – potential partners, providers of goods and services, funding sources, mentors, and much more. But you need a strategy to get the most out of a trade show. You can’t just show up and expect to absorb business-changing concepts. Here are four tips you can use to make sure that you get the most out of the next trade show you attend.
After Congress killed $200,000 in federal funding to the nonprofit, NCET .streamlined its name and built a cadre of two dozen volunteers to take on work once handled by paid staff. The results: NCET expects to produce an ambitious schedule of 38 events this year, and its paid membership has been growing at a one- member-per-day clip in recent weeks.
Businesses in rural Nevada and in economically-distressed parts of the state’s cities will have a new funding source to look to in 2014. Seven community development entities — CDEs, for short — authorized under the Nevada New Markets Tax Credit Program will have $200 million to loan, the bulk of which they are obligated to […]
A state investment fund designed to boost education’s coffers has made its second investment. The Silver State Opportunities Fund has invested $5 million in Huntington Capital Fund III, a mezzanine fund, a type of private equity fund that makes higher-risk, higher-return investments in smaller companies. The Huntington fund recently finished its first closing with a […]