First blockchain conference in Nevada: “Building the New Nevada on Trust Conference”

For the first time in Nevada tech giants, investors, policy makers and thought leaders in the blockchain world are meeting to determine the next steps in creating a blockchain-friendly state in the “Building the New Nevada on Trust Conference.” The conference focuses bringing together key stakeholders to establish a braintrust in the Silver State to hone in on security and transparency in government, policy and tech startups, and to learn…

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2015 MassMutual Business Owner Perspectives Study

Insights from America’s Economic Engine Business owners are the engine that drive the U.S. economy. The small business community in the U.S. is the third largest economy in the world, represents a total buying power of $2 trillion and has generated 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s. They are also your peers. The 2015 MassMutual Business Owner Perspectives Study takes the pulse of today’s business owners. The study,…

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NCET Tech Tips: Perfect Pitches

NCET explores business and technology. Over the last ten years, I’ve heard lots of pitches to angel investor groups and in business plan competitions. Here are four of the most common flaws I’ve encountered, and ways to avoid them. Get to the point You have a wonderful product or service. But you also have only 20 to 30 minutes for your pitch and Q&A. So, plan on spending only one…

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NCET Tech Tips: Social Media Automation

NCET explores business and technology We all know that social media has a massive impact on consumers world-wide. An effective social media campaign can generate buzz about your product offerings and create brand ambassadors who will influence others. It can also enhance your overall position in search. However, staying on top of posting to social media can often be difficult. This especially rings true for small to mid-sized businesses that…

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Your closely held company needs a buy-sell agreement

Your business is successful, things are going fine and then you come to work on Monday morning to find out that a tragic car accident claimed the life of one of your fellow owners. Or, one of your fellow owners comes into your office and tells you he and his wife are going through an ugly divorce. Your reaction, of course, is grief in the first instance and feeling bad for your colleague in the second instance. Many times, the second reaction doesn’t register — what is going to happen to the stock or other equity that was held by your fellow owner in either instance? There are any number of things that can go wrong in a business with multiple owners that can keep any of the owners up at night. A buy-sell agreement (they come in many forms and with different names) can help everyone sleep better at night.