Women-owned businesses have fared well nationally during the past six years. We catch up with three local entrepreneurs whose successful ventures have encouraged them to expand their businesses and help other women break into the business world.
These days, businesses have to get creative to attract and retain quality workers. Simple pay raises aren’t always an option, and don’t always do the trick. So many are coming up with other ways to entice employees, such as flexible work hours, the ability to work from home and rewards for doing volunteer work.
It’s essential to have a plan when managing your wealth, whether it be personal or corporate. Luckily, the Las Vegas Valley is home to a plethora of financial executives ready to help. From tax attorneys and CPAs to wealth advisers and loan specialists, experts can help people and businesses figure out solutions to their financial quandaries.
When Pamela Washington first arrived to Las Vegas, she ran a one-woman show. She was chief executive officer, sales manager, bookkeeper, receptionist and janitor for her cleaning startup, A-1 Janitorial. Today, the company is a local industry leader, with close to 50 employees and strong profits.
Through a combination of a boldness and caution, Theresa Fette has crafted one of Southern Nevada’s numerous success stories by women and minority business owners and executives. Two years after moving to Las Vegas as a partner in the tax law firm of Fette, Helquist and Park, she and her business partner Jason Helquist seized an opportunity to acquire Provident Trust Group, a company that focuses on tax and trust services and asset custody. “The timing of that whole thing was just right,” Fette said. “It had some problems at the time and basically just needed new leadership and some new ideas.”
In a small sampling of Las Vegas companies, some extraordinary employee benefits quickly become apparent. Those range from pet insurance, the ability to purchase major household appliances interest-free through payroll deduction, Weight Watchers and smoking cessation programs, and even an on-site lactation room for new mothers who are breastfeeding.
There are many faces in the finance world. There are the bank and credit union officials who hold onto money and try to make it grow and the wealth managers and financial planners who invest money and advise how best to spend it.
When it comes to crunching numbers for your business, there are plenty of certified public accountants in Southern Nevada to lend you a hand. CPAs provide a variety of accounting services to both businesses and individuals. They can help make sure your taxes are filed properly, handle your financial records and prepare your financial reports. Many serve as consultants to nonprofit groups, government agencies and corporations.