Starting her own business was a double win for Randi Hecht.
At her corporate gig, Hecht said, men often showed up late or spent time texting on the job, with no visible penalties.
It created a rift between female employees and management and turned out to be a structure Hecht said didn’t work.

At Houdini’s Magic Shop, shelves are jam packed with the unusual.
Geno Munari opened the first Houdini’s Magic Shop in 1992 at the MGM Grand Adventure Theme Park after thinking the former Las Vegas haunt would be a good place to sell magic.
Today, he owns five Las Vegas locations, plus one in San Francisco and one in Disneyland.

Mike Ballard loves sports, and at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas he was an undersized player known as “The Spear” on the high school football team for the time he made an illegal spearing move when tackling an offensive player.
But Ballard, a married father of four living in Henderson, still has some competitive juices, and that’s exemplified in his opening of a new data storage business called Cobalt Data Centers at 7710 W. Cheyenne Ave. in Las Vegas.
“This is where the cloud lives,” Ballard said.

More than half a decade after Southern Nevada’s economy hit the skids, it’s still tough for small businesses to rustle up funding.
Consider the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, which shows that loan-approval rates at big, national banks rose to 15.9 percent in February.
The restrictions are very tight,” said Luke Hoffman, an investor who’s funded small companies including a mortgage company, real estate brokerage, nightclub and show-ticket brokerage.

Penn National is not the first commercial casino company to jump into the Indian gaming market.
Tribal gaming operations and Nevada casino operators are finding coexistence.
On April 5, Penn National said it would partner with the Jamul Indian Village of San Diego to build a $360 million hotel-casino on tribal land roughly 20 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Dubai police will have a second luxury car at their disposal.
After buying a Lamborghini last week, officials said a Ferrari will go on patrol this week.
Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai’s police chief, said the luxury sports cars are meant to reflect the city’s affluent reputation.

Datacard Group, a company focusing on secure ID and card personalization solutions, announced that they will be participating at the CARTES America, Secure Connexions taking place April 23-25, at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
According to a release, in its second year, the business event is designed to promote smart technologies in the North American market.
Datacard Group said it will be showcasing its platform of integrated products and solutions that enable Secure Issuance Anywhere, which provides customers the flexibility to securely issue cards and credentials anytime, anywhere.

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