Despite their worries, most entrepreneurs in Sin City are relatively upbeat about the future of their businesses, and of Vegas itself. "It can be hard to plan for the future, and the city is definitely becoming very competitive, but what other cities in America wouldn't want this type of growth?" asks Olson. What's more, Olson notes, Goodman and other leaders are working hard to address quality of life issues. Though libertarian Nevada historically favors weak governments, Goodman and his aggressive lieutenants have developed clean-air initiatives, and the mayor has dedicated his term to redeveloping the city's downtown into a cultural center. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Board of Education has embarked upon the most aggressive school-building campaign in the country.
Many believe the city's inherent advantages--an entrepreneurial spirit, no taxes and a warm climate--almost guarantee a positive future. "Even now," says Bishop, "with Vegas' economy slowing, if I call someone in Nebraska in December and suggest they come to Vegas where we're barbecuing at Christmas time, to take a job or open a business, they'll listen to me."
Vegas arrivals suggest that businesspeople considering moving to
Sin City use several strategies.|
- Bishop Air Service
(702) 565-9800, www.bishopair.com
- Exquisite Impressions
(800) 959-BUDS, www.flowers2u.com
- Mass Media/Vanguard
- Nevada Small Business Development Center
(702) 734-7575, www.nsbdc.org
- Olson/Ballard Communications
(702) 836-3000, www.ballardpr.com
(877) 947-0112, www.pictographics.net