ZZZ - GMG - VEGAS INC 2011-2014

November 26, 2012

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NOVEMBER 26, 2012 / YOUR BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS WEEKLY SPECIAL FOCUS TECHNOLOGY AT WORK This month, VEGAS INC examines the local tech industry and its impact on the economy. DISCOVERING NEVADA, OFF THE BEATEN PATH By Richard N. Velotta senior staff writer W hen Claudia Vecchio accepted the job as director of the state Depart- ment of Tourism and Cultural Affairs a year ago, she knew she was entering uncharted territory. The state had just combined its tour- ism, arts, museums and Native Ameri- can culture departments into one of- fice because of a budget crunch. It was anybody's guess how well would fit. the parts SWIPE IT: Angela Wallace shows the Square app she uses to process debit and credit card payments at her Lil' Brown Sugar's Cupcake Cafe in Henderson. SAM MORRIS APPlicable to business 13 apps every businessperson should know By VEGAS INC Staff LaSalle. It ballooned by 23 percent. ¶ Much of the city's success can be attributed to local entrepre- neurs building tech companies and developing new products, many of which are making their way to computers and smartphones. L SEE BUSINESS APPS, PAGE 14 as Vegas is beginning to find its footing as a tech hub. ¶ The valley ranked seventh in a recent study of high-tech office markets, and the local tech workforce was the second-fastest growing in the country last year, according to a study by commercial realty brokerage firm Jones Lang Vecchio came from the tourism industry, having headed Destination Integration, a Dallas company that promotes tourism and economic de- velopment for midsize communities. She previously directed the Ohio Divi- sion of Travel and Tourism. Vecchio, who is based in Carson City, spent a year familiarizing herself with the state and the entities that comprise her department. During a recent visit to Las Vegas, she reflected on what she has learned: SEE VECCHIO, PAGE 16 INSIDE TODAY IN THE GAME | P. 6 UNLV's gaming lab gives students a hands-on lesson in casino management WELCOME, COWBOYS | P. 20 The profitable National Finals Rodeo heads back to Las Vegas next week THE LIST | P. 22 Small Business Administration lenders Making sure it's secure.™ | 26 NOVEMBER 2012 | 702-25 SHRED www.shredit.com/LasVegas 702-257-4733 1

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