CARSON CITY News & Views CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1900 S. Carson Street 775.882.1565 www.CarsonCityChamber.com Sunday, September 26, 2010 Before the Internet, there was the Sears catalogue By Ronni Hannaman not to pay Nevada sales taxes on internet purchas- es, many do not. Remember how we all loved to receive Even the successful Costco has an online com- the Sears catalogue, especially the 300- ponent that is less expensive than the stocked warehouse goods and the shipping is free. Small page Christmas Wish Book? You marked retailers like the Body Shop offer online specials what you wanted and sent in the order not found in their mall stores. Lands End and Newport News have successfully form along with your check and the attracted loyal mailman delivered the goods Internet and cata- logue shoppers for directly to your door. This was years supplementing very convenient for the one-car their revenues in areas where they do household and in the 50’s that not have stores. Sears Wet Sweat instructor Pam McNeil leads an and J.C. Penney’s was the norm. When the credit enthusiastic class at the Carson City Aquatic Center. allow catalogue pur- card became popular, you called chases to be picked up at their local stores. Fitness on in your catalogue order. Because of the many shopping choices now available, our minds In my research for this article, I couldn’t find any evidence of a hue and cry from local retailers when the first Sears Wish many local brick and mortar busi- nesses are calling “foul!” The play- By Ronni Hannaman ing field for customers is not level, Book was published in 1933, but then, they say. The cost of a brick and shopping was a social event for families T hese days, it seems just about every maga- mortar establishment far exceeds the zine you pick up or lifestyle story you read who generally went into town on the weekends to cost of operating a distribution ware- centers on fitness. We’re not fit enough they enjoy the shopping experience where one could house or even a box store. all say, and then go on to tell us the latest in fitness touch the merchandise before buying it. E-Commerce is becoming more and more com- craze that is going to make us all Cinderella or Department stores featured artistic displays and monplace. Nielsen predicts that US online shop- Prince Charming. some of the nicest restaurants in town where, dur- pers will double to 132 million in the next five Admittedly, with all our hormone laden foods ing the week, well-dressed women enjoyed lunch years. Women make up the bulk of Internet shop- and our penchant to eat larger portions than we while socializing and shopping with friends. pers (63%), and in a recent study it was found that should, many of us are getting a bit on the heavy 19% of Internet users shop online once per week side, especially as we age. Not to mention our How shopping has changed! and this number is expected to continue to grow, increasingly immobile lifestyle. We spend so much First it was shopping malls that took customers especially in families with children. time in front of some screen or another typing, away from the downtown shopping core and then The love of Internet shopping is not a passing viewing, listening. We don’t even need to get up came warehouse type shopping where everything fancy, according to Nielsen. It’s easier to compare any more to answer the phone. It’s right in our you could possibly need was contained under one prices from your home than traveling between pocket. Our calorie intake far exceeds calories large roof. Price Club (now Costco) became the stores and while word-of-mouth is always a great burned due to lack of physical activity and when norm while small stores went the way of the seller, the Internet provides reviews as well with this happens – well, the body just has to store that dinosaur. Gone were the dazzling displays in favor 60% of the buyers stating they would tweet or excess food somewhere and it’s usually right in the of shelves full of boxed items. Walmart became Facebook their findings, good or bad. our centers. the largest retailer in the world and the advent of Who are the Internet sales leaders? Amazon, The solution? The hardest is cutting down on the box store was born. Walmart and Target. food intake if you like food. It’s tough to be hungry Then the shopping channel came to your living We say we want more local shopping, yet know- all the time and constant nibbling to keep blood room. These channels continue to grow and offer ing the life span of a small business is limited, one sugar under control doesn’t seem to help much, visuals and slick professional sales commentators wonders if it makes fiscal sense for the boutique plus the nibbles have calories too. Drink plenty of that have their own following and loyal customers. type stores to operate in today’s shopping environ- water? Good idea, but how many can really down Shopping channels are a bit more entertaining and ment. The question remains, how are local busi- all that water each day without feeling bloated. interactive than buying over the Internet, but the nesses going to develop loyal customers who pre- The upside is lots of trips to the bathroom which damage to local business is the same. fer to touch the merchandise and be greeted by a has to burn some calories! Today, the biggest competition for local retailers friendly employee? Can small business compete The healthy way (other than less food intake) is is Internet shopping. Gone is the social aspect of in merchandise pricing? to exercise. Though not a four-letter word, the shopping favoring instead the single soul in front Bottom line: If we want more local business that word exercise becomes a four-letter word to many. of the computer making purchasing decisions. If will pay taxes, decrease unemployment, enhance It takes time. It hurts. It doesn’t transform the the photo appeals and the price is right, a pur- our quality of life and provide us with a pleasant body fast enough. All excuses not to be taken seri- chase is made by the click of a mouse into the shopping experience, we need to support those ously. Internet shopping cart. What may have taken who have taken the plunge into the scary world of We have a few solutions for you to take serious- hours of shopping time, now takes but a few min- retail and support them fully. ly that won’t break your budget and will be fun utes and the merchandise, like catalogue shop- Don’t let Internet, catalogue or television shop- and could have a major effect on your body and ping, is delivered directly to your door or mailbox. ping keep you from meeting and supporting your mind. ...continued on page C6 Often the shipping is free, and although it is illegal local merchant. Shop locally and often! ■ Sunday, September 26, 2010 CarsonCityChamber.com C H A M B E R N E W S • C5 CHAMBER BUSINESS COMMENTARY Bits & Pieces California dreamin’ no more carsoncitychamber.com 775.882.1565 By Tom Donohue, California’s economic woes is simple—economic Have you perused our new website? President and CEO, growth. To help Californians achieve this goal, the Take a moment to log on to carsoncitychamber.com to U.S. Chamber of Commerce see how we are promoting our city. Watch the video and U.S. Chamber has issued the Golden State Action then download and forward it on to your family and Plan (uschamber.com/ca), a series of policy rec- C alifornia has long captured America’s imagination. Home to nearly 1 in 8 Americans and 1 of ommendations to improve the business climate, spur growth, and create desperately needed jobs. friends to show them the wonderful community in which we live. Just about any information you would need regarding our city can be found on the new site. Use it While the report focuses on a broad range of often and better yet, make us your home page! the world’s 10 largest economies, The site was developed by OPV 1st Page of Carson the Golden State is where the rest of the nation federal and state issues, allow me to focus on two City. looked to get a glimpse of the future. That’s still specific areas: spending and taxes. true today, but for a much different reason. The California has a spending problem. Government Travel deposit deadlines looming California of years past—a dynamic mix of innova- expenditures account for 18.3% of gross state If you plan to travel with us, you’ll need to make your tion, growth, and opportunity—has faded. In its product, according to the Pacific Research commitment now for some great trips: Exotic Dubai place is a state that could soon look more like Institute—only three other states spend more. To deposit is due October 1 with final payment by 10/22 and departure on 1/22/11. Mysterious China deposit is Greece. get bulging deficits due October 1 with final payment due 12/1 for the March The July unemployment under control for 21 departure. It it’s a trip to tropical Costa Rica, the rate in California was 12.3%— good—and to ensure deposit is due 11/9. And, those who want a French Even if you don’t live in funding for core Riviera Experience, your deposit is due November 28. higher than every other state except Michigan and Nevada. California, what happens there functions like educa- Don’t miss out! These are great trips by great tour oper- tion—legislators ators taking you to wonderful places in our world. Log on The budget deficit is a stagger- will matter to you. This is to www.carsoncitychamber.com (see spotlight section, ing $19.1 billion. Tax rates are must make genuine among the highest in the because our nation cannot spending reductions. Around the World with the Chamber) for itineraries or call us at 882-1565 for a free brochure. nation, and the regulatory fully recover unless and until Failure to do so Traveling with the Chamber is hassle free and you’ll be burden is acknowledged as means higher taxes, traveling with people from the area. Don’t miss out. Call California does. less economic activi- us today. among the heaviest. Taken together, these factors have ty, and the threat of put the state on the edge of economic free fall. bankruptcy. Nevada Day Parade is Oct. 30 Yes, this year, take the kids trick or treating on Sunday Even if you don’t live in California, what hap- Some argue that higher taxes will solve the night, October 31! Kids are again invited to the pens there will matter to you. This is because our Golden State’s woes, but they should think again. Governor’s Mansion which is already decked out for nation cannot fully recover unless and until California already has the nation’s highest general Halloween. California does. Fortunately, the best solution to sales tax, the fourth highest income tax, and the This will be a great weekend for the entire family. ninth highest corporate tax. These rates have Nevada Day parade is on October 30 and trick or treating pushed businesses—and good-paying jobs—out of the next night! ARE YOU the state. This burden also makes it harder for families to buy a home, send a child to college, or Look for your copy of the new GAMBLING invest for retirement. To drive economic activity, IN FOCUS magazine on Oct. 1 legislators need to change course and reduce The Chamber publishes its Carson taxes. bi-annual magazine each fall City n Focu What’s happening in California is a cautionary and spring. Look for your copy A Publ ication Of the car son City Chambe r of Com Fall/Wi nter 2010 s of the fall/winter 2010 edition merce /2011 tale for the rest of America. If other states follow in your home copy of the California’s path—as they have in the past—they, Nevada Appeal this Friday, too, will face tremendous economic challenges. October 1. We’re featuring some great stories on the But if the Golden State and the rest of the nation “other Carson City.” If you The other Carson Cit y embrace free enterprise, we could be California need more copies, come by And once there were ranches Dreamin’ once again. ■ Lone Moun a place of tain Cemeter y: the Chamber. And, do sup- histor y How Nevad INSIDE: a Day came port those businesses that to be Complet Chambe Busines e Carson r of Com City merce s Directo ry made this publication pos- sible. Staying Vigilant Against Gangs Luncheon Got a gift card you haven’t used yet? New Federal Reserve rules provide important protec- Carson City Chamber of Commerce When: October 11, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm tions when you purchase or use gift cards. Key changes Where: Carson Nugget – Second Floor that apply to store gift cards and credit card gift cards, sold on or after August 22, 2010 include a five-year term WITH YOUR BACKUP MEDIA? What: An update on gangs and their effect on in which the card can be used. If the card expires but our community. Are we doing all we can? still has monies on it, it may be good up to seven years if The information on your computers is vital to your business. This is one event you won’t want to miss to you request a replacement card. Any fees associated That’s why you back it up, right? So, where do you store learn what we are doing to keep our communi- with a gift card must be clearly designated. Lack of use those backups so that they are protected but are still ty safe from gangs. within a year, may generate a fee. But, who keeps a gift accessible when you need them? card for five years? 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Also, the beauty of early voting is that once you’ve voted, you can tune out! Nevada State Job Bank announces improvements for employers and for job seekers The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has announced a new, improved Nevada State Job Bank. By simply logging on to their website at www.jobcentral.com/nv, businesses can post job open- ings, review resumes and promote employment opportu- nities. This is a free service. Job seekers, too, will bene- fit from this improved site allowing them to post resumes and search for jobs. Mayor Crowell greets UK tour operators Mayor Robert Crowell (center) and his wife Susan were on hand to greet tour operators from England and Scotland and the Concerned about gangs and their Nevada Commission on Tourism staff during their recent overnight visit to Carson City. The group was hosted by NCOT and Travel 2 of Kent, England. They visited Virginia City, Reno and Carson City and stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn & effect on our community? Unfortunately, Carson City is not immune to the Suites. While here, they rode the V&T train, dined at Ole Ole at the Gold Dust West and attended the air races. From left: impact of gangs on our youth and our community. 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