Republican presidential candidates will gather tonight in Las Vegas for their fifth debate. In eight hours of previous debates, the candidates and moderators have only uttered the words “entrepreneur,” “entrepreneurial,” and “entrepreneurship” in three instances on the main stage. No one has mentioned “startups” at all.

The Las Vegas economy shows why this matters: New businesses, which represent only 12 percent of firms in the metro area and 3 percent of total employment, created 20 percent of the region’s new jobs in 2013. Entrepreneurs are doing their part to bring Las Vegas’ economy back to life.

By: Steve Glickman and John Lettieri, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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