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New Businesses Could Mean Economy Is Growing

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The Chamber is a regional chamber of commerce made up of businesses, individuals and various organizations in northern Nevada.

Tuesday, they announced 32 new businesses joined their membership in September.

Len Stevens is the executive director of The Chamber. He said these new numbers show a couple of things. One, we are beginning to see an uptick of new businesses. However, it also shows businesses don't have the budget to market themselves.

"I think a lot of businesses, especially during times when it's not easy to do business without advertising and networking and getting out of the office are looking for bit of help. Doing those types of things have become paramount to a lot of businesses and we provide a venue that makes that opportunity possible."

Stevens said many of the businesses in the midtown and downtown areas like Lulu's and the new Rise nightclub have recently jumped onboard.

He said The Chamber has more than 2,200 members they work with to help show them how to promote themselves creatively and without much cost.

They hold luncheons, more than 100 events and programs throughout the year to help connect business leaders in northern Nevada to not only each other, but the demographic they are trying to reach.

Stevens meets with many business owners and they are telling him business is starting to pick up again and consumers are more willing to buy.

I asked him to give me his overall assessment of our local economy.

"I think there are days, like everyone else, when you can say, boy, I can really see the needle moving. Then there are other days when it stands still. So, it's going to be a little while, there's no doubt about it."

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Written by Chris Ciarlo

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