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Here’s a business opportunity, Las Vegas.

Apparently, the College of Southern Nevada looks for vendors continually. So, if you’re a local business in need of a new partnership, what are you waiting for?

“CSN is this community’s college and we want our goods and services to come from this community,” Rolando Mosqueda, the college’s purchasing director, said in a statement.

Local businesses that are interested should contact the CSN Office of Diversity at 702-651-4272 or

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If you’re a retailer looking for insight into consumer trends and future behavior, this might be the conference for you.

Global Shop comes to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center March 18-20. The expo, open to trade only, will feature an educational track and trade show. The latter will feature 624 retail graphic suppliers from across the country. Container Store Chairman and CEO Kip Tindell will deliver the keynote address March 18. Cost to attend starts at $35.

On the trade show floor, vendors will show off their latest retail gadgets, including Las Vegas company Super Color Digital, which will debut its Pro Light Box. The device can be programmed to change to any hue of the spectrum for any given duration of time, creating a customizable product backdrop.

For more information about the conference, visit

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Remember Las Vegas’ Beatlemania moment?

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing here, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is looking for locals who have a great story from when Beatlemania swept Las Vegas. The Fab Four played for about 16,000 people during two sold-out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Aug. 20, 1964, their only Las Vegas stop.

The band landed at what is now known as McCarran International Airport to thousands of screaming fans and made their way to the Sahara, where they stayed the night before their concerts.

The authority seeks help from people who witnessed this historic event either by attending the concert, working at the airport or Sahara, or lining the streets as the band drove by. Your story will be documented and shared for generations to come.

If you have something to share, contact the Las Vegas News Bureau at or 702-735-3611.

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The American Resort Development Association is coming.

The group plans to host its annual convention from April 6 to 10 at The Venetian. During the event, an estimated 3,000 attendees will learn about the next generation of products, customers, business models and distribution sources for the timeshare industry. Registration is still open for those looking to attend. For more information, visit

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Next year, Las Vegas will host the best of the best.

The city will be home to the Reem Accra FEI World Cup Dressage Final and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the Thomas &Mack Center April 15-19, 2015, making it the fourth time Las Vegas has hosted the only global championships for the two Olympic disciplines, according to Dressage-News.

It will have been six years since the events have come to Las Vegas.

But the city almost didn’t get the business. According to Dressage-News, the FEI initially turned Vegas down and awarded the contract to Guadalajara, Mexico. The latter won’t be able to get the required facilities ready in time for the events, so the group returned to the Las Vegas bid.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.