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New area code brings headaches for small businesses

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LAS VEGAS -- The days of seven-digit dialing in Nevada are about to end. Starting Saturday, you will have to start dialing 702 before every local number.

In June, Clark County will be getting a new area code. All new numbers will get the prefix 725. The switchover is causing headaches for some small business owners who will have to roll out extra cash to make sure their clients keep coming back.

Marv Glusac, owner of Treemendous nursery off East Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue, spends a lot of money every month bringing in exotic plants and flowers from California and Arizona, but his expenses could soon be going up starting with putting up a new sign in front of his business.

"Probably $500 to a $1,000," Glusac said.

The reason, his telephone number on the sign does not have an area code listed and starting in May, you will be required dial a 10-digit number area code and phone number.

"I would say it's one of the most important things I could think about," Glusac said.

Glusac is not alone, there are plenty of business signs around the Las Vegas valley with no area codes listed. The problem is the same for advertisements in the yellow pages.

Juergen Barbusca with Cox Communications says small businesses may have the hardest time transitioning with 10-digit dialing because of changes they need to make to reflect either the 702 or the new 725 prefix.

"Traditional signage, business cards, letterheads, catalogue information, social media platforms," Barbusca said.

It is not just about phones, business equipment from fax to credit card machines with phone numbers may need to be updated.

For Glusac, he says he is glad he didn't have spend extra money putting the area code on the one thing he hands out the most: his business cards.

"I am glad it's on there, I wish I put it on the sign," Glusac.

By the way, if you already have a 702 number, that is not going to change. The 725 area code will only be assigned to new numbers in June.

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