Updated: Oct 14, 2019
By Mary Beth Sewald, President and CEO, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
One of the key benefits of belonging to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber is knowing that the Chamber will look out for your business at all levels of government. We know that business people have a lot on their plates already and don't have the time or resources to monitor legislation, meet with lawmakers, or testify on proposals. And yet, the decisions made by government every day directly impact your business.
That's why the Las Vegas Chamber takes its responsibility as the Voice of Business very seriously. The Chamber looks out for our members at all levels of government by sharing the impacts potential legislation will have on our members' ability to meet payroll, create and retain jobs, and operate a viable business.
As the Nevada Legislature meets this spring, the Las Vegas Chamber's Government Affairs team is 430 miles away at our state's capitol in Carson City every single day throughout the 120-day session. Every day, the Chamber tracks bills impacting businesses, job creation, and the economy. We meet with lawmakers; testify on how legislation will help or harm our businesses, and we stay vigilant about proposals that may impact employers and entrepreneurs like you.
Our work doesn't stop there - we are also focused on legislation that helps our entire community grow and thrive. The Las Vegas Chamber is a long-time advocate for legislation that will enhance education at every level in our state. The Chamber is a supporter of K-12 education programs that will improve classroom performance; medical education including the UNLV School of Medicine that will increase the number of doctors and health care providers in Nevada; and reforming higher education to be more aligned with workforce needs. These issues are important to transform our community into a World Class City.
The Las Vegas Chamber is the only chamber of commerce in Nevada that represents our business community in Washington, D.C. every day. The Chamber continues to be a strong voice on infrastructure funding, particularly building Interstate 11 to Phoenix; travel and tourism issues to strengthen our core sector; water and public lands issues; and opposing the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. And the Chamber is working with the US Department of Labor as it rolls out new Association Retirement Plans, giving small businesses more affordable options for offering retirement plans to their employees.
The Chamber also engages in issues in local government, especially when it comes to regulations, fees, and business licenses. Our job is to make sure that local government agencies are there to help - not hinder- your ability to do business.
Engage with other businesses through the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and make the Voice of Business even stronger. If you are already a member of the Las Vegas Chamber, there are many resources available to you. And if you are not a member already, we invite you to become part of the network of businesses that are connected through the Las Vegas Chamber. Please contact us at 702-641-5822 or LVChamber.com.
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