Nevada State Bank was proud to be the exclusive Education Station sponsor at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Expo. The annual trade show, held this year on June 15 at Cashman Center, attracted about 1,500 attendees and more than 100 exhibit booths. Designed to look like a “pop-up” community, the Business Expo utilized street signs in the exhibit aisles with names like Networking Way and Mingle Way, as well as interactive stations to engage both exhibitors and attendees.

New to Business Expo 2016 were education sessions branded as “Chamber University,” sponsored by Nevada State Bank. Local professionals leading the discussions shared tools, best practices, and ways for business owners to grow their companies and stay competitive. The sessions were held every 30 minutes in meeting spaces themed as the School House and the Library.

Topics for some Chamber University sessions were chosen in response to Nevada State Bank’s 2016 Small Business Survey. As part of its ongoing commitment to helping Nevada companies thrive and grow, the bank surveyed more than 400 small business owners and decision-makers throughout the state. They asked a number of questions to get valuable insights into what Nevada business people think about important issues and how they plan to deal with them. Their responses helped the Chamber decide which topics would be most valuable to attendees at the Business Expo.

At the beginning of the Expo, chamber officials and Nevada State Bank executives hosted a ceremonial “School Bell Ringing” (ribbon cutting) in the School House meeting space. Throughout the day, attendees at the School House and the Library heard in-depth discussions on business topics, led by moderators who introduced the topics and facilitated the discussions. Sessions included: How to Become Certified as an Emerging Small Business; Hiring and Retaining Quality Employees; Extended Tax Laws and the Affordable Care Act; What Nevada Employers Need to Know about Employee Background Checks; and Protecting Your Business from Cyber Crime.

Megan Comfort, Vice President Small Business Lending, Nevada State Bank, led one of the School House sessions, presenting valuable information for small businesses on lending, improving cash flow, and financing options. Comfort oversees statewide Small Business Administration (SBA) and small business lending for the bank. She also manages the bank’s team of small business relationship managers in southern Nevada. She has served in lending and SBA positions throughout her career, including SBA/small business loan production team lead, and SBA loan resource officer.

“Nevada State Bank is proud of our association with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and of our sponsorship of the new education sessions,” said Terry Shirey, president and COO of the bank. “Our 2016 Small Business Survey showed us areas of concern for Nevada business people, and it’s our hope that these sessions addressed some of those concerns and provided information that local companies can use to succeed and grow.”


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