The first week of January offers an increase in jobs in Las Vegas with one of the largest conventions, the 2015 International CES – coming to Southern Nevada from Jan. 6-9. The show, owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association, features over 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology services and products. The 2014 International CES was the largest in show history, with a record 2 million net square feet of exhibit space for over 3,200 exhibitors and over 150,000 industry attendees, including 35,000 from outside the United States.

“One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way this week as we experienced the future,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CEA in a press release about the 2014 CES.

While the show itself begins Jan. 6, many companies are coming early. Startup Debut will host an independent showcase event focusing on early-stage start-ups, many of whom actually launch at the event, as well as innovations from fast-growing companies like Liquipel (2012’s Popular Science gadget of the year, which launched at Startup Debut 2012).

Startup Grind will host a CES wrap party with guest speakers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Dr. Jim Thomson and Zach Miles. Thomson serves as special advisor to the president for regional development. Miles serves as the executive director of economic development and technology transfer for UNLV’s Division of Research and Economic Development. Miles also serves as the director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV.

Michael Terpin—CEO of Transform PR and SocialRadius, and the creator of the MarketWired press release service – will lead the discussion with Thomson and Miles about their successful careers.

The list of jobs, both temporary and permanent, covers the entire spectrum. From manual labor to designing the booths to technical support, thousands of people will be needed to service the attendees, exhibitors and media at the show. Peripheral services including hospitality, food and beverage, transportation, clerical, photography and videography will be needed. Along with immediate needs, there are opportunities to connect with others for employment within a corporation, or partner with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on

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