The Notes: Jan. 28, 2013

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    • The nation’s second-largest real estate broker, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has formed a joint venture with Prudential Real Estate’s parent company, Brookfield Asset Management, to create Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The new franchise joins the existing brands and affiliate networks of Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate.

    • Bombard Renewable Energy, of Las Vegas, was named one of the “2012 Top 100 Solar Contractors” by Solar Power World magazine. Bombard was No. 13 on the list.

    • Alligator Soup at Village Square was named the “2012 Best Wedding Invitations” company by Las Vegas Bride Magazine. The store recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

    • Two businesses, Glamorous Doodads and Laid Back Lux, opened on Main Street downtown, just north of West Charleston Boulevard. Glamorous Doodads specializes in wine carriers, accessories and hand-crafted jewelry. Laid Back Lux is an interior design firm founded on the premise that everyone, regardless of budget, can have a home worthy of showing off.

    • KLAS-TV was awarded a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for its in-depth news series “Desert Underwater.” The investigative series examined Nevada’s housing and foreclosure crisis. The duPont-Columbia award is regarded as one of the most prestigious in broadcast and digital journalism.

    • NEWave, a gaming industry software supplier, deployed three programs for Aliante Gaming LLC at the Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas: Title 31 Manager, Records Manager and Check Prove software. NEWave now serves 89 Nevada casinos.

    • Luxury Optical Holdings opened its 15th boutique in the Las Vegas Valley. The store is at the Appian Way Shops at Caesars Palace. It offers designer eyewear to tourists and locals and staffs a licensed optician.