While economic recovery debates rage on in our nation’s capital, local business owners, led by business startup expert Scott Letourneau the CEO of Nevada Corporate Planners, have decided to help U.S. military veterans create their own recovery. Letourneau has challenged his fellow business leaders to offer their best pricing and free support to veterans who own a business or want to start one. They’re also hosting a free Veteran’s Training Event on Friday,  November 22nd  where veterans can access all of these startup service discounts and get free mentoring from entrepreneurial experts.

“Veterans can’t use bumper stickers or car magnets to fund their dreams or feed their families,” Letourneau said. “The point of this challenge is to get all of us who have benefitted from their service to band together to make it easier for veterans who want to start or grow a business to make their way back into the civilian economy.”

Southern Nevada entrepreneurs who offer small business services or support products are encouraged to contact Scott Letourneau directly to have their offers included on the Veteran’s Training Day website. “The response has been inspiring,” Letourneau said. “There’s still room for business owners who want to join the challenge and give back to our veterans in the form of bigger discounts or services in kind. Instead of just saying thanks, we ought to be giving them a head start in the system they helped to defend.”

Citibank, ADP, actionCOACH, Durham Jones & Pinegar and PR specialist Bruce Merrin have already joined Letourneau’s Nevada Corporate Planners as participants. Veterans who want to know more about the November 20th training event can get all the details at http://www.nvinc.com/supportourveterans.htm. Business owners who want to take part in the challenge with special discounts or free services for veterans can contact Scott Letourneau directly at scott@nvinc.com or visit the website for the latest information.

About NCP
Scott Letourneau founded Nevada Corporate Planners, Inc. (www.Incorporate WithConfidence.com) in 1997. He has helped over 6,000 business owners with business startup and get off to a fast start to profits. Scott is also a busy lecturer, consultant, and author. He is an Amex Open contributor and a contributing author to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Start Your Own Information Marketing Business.

Bruce Merrin Celeb Spkrs Books Jerry Tarkanian at Henderson Hyundai Superstore Sep 13 5-7 p.m.

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers Books Jerry Tarkanian For Personal AppearanceAt Henderson Hyundai Superstore Friday September 13 From 5-7 p.m.

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers has booked Jerry Tarkanian For a personal appearance at Henderson Hyundai Superstore, 460 N. Boulder Highway, Friday, September 13, 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited for this special Event “Tribute to TARK!”

Jerry Tarkanian was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept 8.  He coached the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 19 years, from 1973-1992.  His teams were famous for their up tempo and aggressive style, captivating fans worldwide.  His overall record is 509-105, an amazing .829 winning percentage.  He led 4 teams to the NCAA Final 4, and his UNLV 1990 team won the National Championship!  In that game UNLV trounced Duke 103-73!

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers, headquartered in Las Vegas, is celebrating Its  40 year anniversary.  They have booked Jerry Tarkanian for dozens of speaking engagements and personal appearances. Bruce also got the movie role for Tarkanian in “Honeymoon In Las Vegas” starring James Caan, Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.  “Tark recently told me that his film appearance was an unforgettable experience that he treasures, and he has remained close friends with James Caan,” says Merrin.

Merrin booked  the Henderson Hyundai Superstore appearance with Cole  Cloninger, the VP at the auto dealership.


Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Bureau Books Fran Drescher For Speaking Engagement October 12 In Pomona, California for PVHMC

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Bureau Books Fran
Drescher For Speaking Engagement October 12 In Pomona, California for

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Bureau, www.celebrityspeakersentertainment.com, celebrating its 40 year anniversary, has booked award winning actress Fran Drescher for a speaking engagement October 12, in Pomona, California, for the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation. Fran was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performances in the hit TV series, “The Nanny”

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Bureau has also just booked Jerry TARK Tarkanian for a personal appearance at Henderson Hyundai on Friday September 13; Wayne Allyn Root for a keynote presentation for the CPA Marketing Genius LLC Group in Las Vegas on November 8; Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey for a personal appearance in Canton, Ohio on December 21; and Grammy Award winner Tommy Allsup, the original lead guitarist for Buddy Holly, for a concert at Tommy Rockers in Las Vegas in mid-October.

The company has booked every Past President since President Ronald Reagan and books prominent sports stars, motivational and inspirational speakers, best selling authors and newsmakers!  Recent bookings include actor William Shatner at the Dolphin Court Resort in Orlando, FL and Dr. Wayne Dyer in Palm Beach, FL.

Merrin’s family moved to Las Vegas in 1956.  Merrin’s dad, Dan Merrin was the Exec VP and Genenral Manager of the Flamingo Hotel, and attended the monthly owners meetings.  Bruce went to John C Fremont Jr. High in Las Vegas, played on the Las Vegas Laundry Bombers Little League baseball team, and his best friend was Bob Miller, the future two term Governor of Nevada!!!!

Merrin graduated from the UCLA Film School.  After working at MGM Studios for 1 year, he joined his mom’s legendary Hollywood PR Firm at General Service Studios.  For 3 years he learned the business from his beloved mom.  “I owe all my success to my mom.  She is a blessing in my life,” states Merrin.

Fran Drescher

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment, www.celebrityspeakersentertainment.com, is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this week. The company was born when Bruce took his client, legendary actor Michael Landon, to Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” at NBC in Burbank. After Michael’s appearance, Johnny Carson came to Landon’s dressing room and invited Michael Landon and Bruce to his Malibu home.

While enjoying dinner at Johnny Carson’s luxurious home on the beach, Carson suggested that Bruce begin a Celebrity Speakers Bureau. “I’ll be your first client,” quipped Carson. “I’ll be your second client,” added Landon. Thus, Bruce Launched his famous company that evening. The next day he added Ed McMahon, co-host of the Carson Show, and Freddie deCordova, the Executive Producer as new clients!

“It has been a dream come true to book so many people whom I have admired and respected. We have booked every Past President of the United States since President Ronald Reagan, most of the sports superstars, all of the famous astronauts, top newsmakers and best selling authors and motivational and inspirational speakers. The first sports star I booked was Jackie Robinson. That was an honor and privilege,” Merrin states.

Recently Merrin booked actor William Shatner for a major insurance association at the Dolphin Court Resort in Orlando; Dr Wayne Dyer for a large corporation in Palm Beach, Fl.; Steve Garvey, Mike Ditka and Jamaal Silk Wilkes for a Las Vegas convention event; and Cheryl Landon for a medical group in California.

“My favorite booking in Nevada was for the City of Mesquite. They wanted to stage an all day event that would attract worldwide attention. I booked President Gerald Ford, Bruce Jenner, Cheryl Landon, F-16 Pilot Scott O’Grady and Rich Little. I received a glowing letter stating that this extravaganza put Mesquite on the map!!!! I was so impressed with President Ford. After he concluded his presentation, secret service staff rushed to the stage to whisk him away. Many people in the audience were asking President Ford questions. So he brushed the secret service off, and stayed for a full hour answering all of the questions. What a class act,” Merrin comments.

The most embarrassing booking in the company’s 40 year history occurred with one of the original 7 astronauts. He was booked to address a worldwide gathering of McDonnel Douglas Aircraft top executives at their annual meeting. The astronaut was seated with the President and the Vice President, and the Chairman of the Board introduced the astronaut. As he approached the podium, the audience noticed his wobbly walk. In less than 60 seconds, when the astronaut began his speech, he was asked to leave!!!!

Merrin attended UCLA and graduated from the famous Film School. During that time, the UCLA Bruins were winning NCAA Basketball Championships guided by Coach John Wooden. He led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA titles. Coach Wooden preached his “Pryamid of Success” to his players.

Merrin booked Coach Wooden for over 100 paid speaking engagements, and Merrin shares that Wooden truly impacted his life with his wisdom and his humble attitude. Merrin has a photo of him with Coach Wooden hanging proudly on a wall in his office, accompanied by a hand written letter on John Wooden stationery with thesewords: “Dear Bruce, Although it is a very simple word and if often used without true feeling, when it is used with sincerity, no collection of words can be more expressive or meaningful than—-THANKS!!!! Sincerely, John Wooden.

Merrin has had the pleasure to book LASSIE for paid appearances. Merrin’s family had many collies when he was growing up as a kid! On one booking, LASSIE had to fly with Bruce to San Francisco on American Airliines. Lassie satNext to Merrin on First Class, and you can imagine the startled look on the passengers as they boarded the plane. Merrin also cherishes a photo of him with Lassie taken at the famous Lassie Ranch in California with trainer Rudd Weatherwax.

During Merrin’s first year, he booked Michael Landon, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and Freddie deCordova for a spectacular event staged at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu for Free Arts for Abused Children. “It touched my heart that I was blessed to work with superstars who believed in me at such a young age!!!” Merrin says.

Merrin has been a Las Vegas resident for 23 years. He lives in The Lakes. He is the President of the Stirling Club Business Network Group. He has also served as a Captain of 3 different Nevada State Championship tennis teams.

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers specializes in booking its clients for corporate and association events worldwide. www.celebrityspeakersentertainment.com

Bruce Merrin and Ellie Smith
Bruce Merrin and Ellie Smith