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City Hopes Money will Lure More Businesses Downtown

City Hopes Money will Lure More Businesses Downtown

The city of Las Vegas is launching a new program to help bring more businesses to downtown and get them into existing buildings.

The Quick Start program will reimburse qualified applicants up to $50,000 toward the cost of fixing up older buildings in redevelopment areas to bring them up to current building and fire codes. The cost of bringing old buildings up to current standards can be one of the biggest expenses for a business. The city hopes the program will not only bring more businesses to the area, but also rehabilitate buildings that are currently empty or in disrepair.

Businesses must qualify for the help, and they must contribute to the efforts. For every dollar the city contributes, the business must put in $4. The money needs to be put toward code compliance, infrastructure issues and review fees.

Start-Up Companies Compete for Investor Money


Ten companies hoping to get the money they need to jump start their businesses will be pitching their ideas to a group of judges at Crowdstart-Vegas Friday night.

The 10 finalists were chosen from more than 200 startups that entered the contest 8 weeks ago. The finalists hope to win $500,000 investment money from Crowdfunded. The group specializes in getting money using crowdfunding, which is getting small amounts of money from a large pool of investors.

The finalists are:


  • BakeSpace
  • Chexplore
  • Gabuduck
  • LaunchKey
  • NeedTo
  • PoliticIt
  • ShareTown
  • tabeso
  • Text Me Tix
  • ThrdPlace

The company pitches will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Plaza Hotel. The decision will be announced at 7:30 p.m. 

Lingerie-Wearing Hair Stylists Take Their Work Seriously

Lingerie-Wearing Hair Stylists Take Their Work Seriously

Another salon takes a crack at the "more than hair styling" business approach.

Exposed is the eye candy salon at the Plaza, where sexy hairstylists cut, color and style hair while wearing lingerie. Although female clients schedule appointments, the concept salon clearly is aimed at men.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden


An event focused on a downtown community garden is slated for Saturday evening.

Students in Clark County’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) internship program will host a senior and youth community fair from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N. Tonopah Drive.

The event will feature entertainment, a talent show, food and nutrition vendors, arts and crafts fair, carnival games and the unveiling of a new mural designed and painted by the students. Anyone interested in attending must bring paint supplies, gardening tools, or clear Christmas lights to donate in return for admission. The donated materials will be given to the community garden.

City Hopes to Speed Work with Weekend Inspections

City Hopes to Speed Work with Weekend Inspections


Two new city employees hope to relieve a lot of work-week burden for Las Vegas residents.

Beginning July 15, city residents and construction professionals will now be able to get water heater, water softener or patio inspections from the city of Las Vegas seven days a week. City officials assert they are the first in the state of Nevada to offer inspections on Saturdays and Sundays.

Previously, general contractors would have to wait several days to restart their work if their inspection wasn’t completed by a Friday. An average of 45-60 inspections were held up over the weekend.