During my time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of small businesses because they play a vital role in the economy by spurring innovation, job creation, and competition. I will continue to support small businesses because the economic recovery of Nevada and our nation depends on their success. I am committed to fostering an economic environment that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit. To that end, I hope you find the business resources below helpful.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Your local SBA office can provide free business counseling, government contracting assistance, and financial assistance.
Nevada Small Business Development Centers
NSBDC is an economic development resource with a network of facilities throughout the state that provide businesses with the expertise and training they need to succeed. The centers offer an array of services, including regulatory compliance assistance and analysis of economic, environmental, and demographic data. You can find your local center here.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. With over 13,000 volunteers and the support of the SBA, SCORE delivers services at no charge or at a very low cost. You can find your local SCORE chapter here.
Women’s Business Center
The SBA’s Women’s Business Centers comprise a network of nearly 100 educational centers devoted to assisting women as they start and grown small businesses. The Women’s Business Center in Nevada provides a wide array of training and counseling, as well as capital through the Nevada Microenterprise Initiative.
Minority Business Development Agency
Operated by the New Ventures Capital Development Company, the MDBA Business Center located in Las Vegas, Nevada works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS provides businesses with the information and assistance they need to comply with the U.S. tax code. Your local Taxpayer Assistance Center can help you with a personal tax problem.
SelectUSA showcases the United States as the world’s premier business location. The site highlights the advantages of doing business in America and industry snapshots illustrate the diverse and competitive landscape of major U.S. industries. A clickable map provides a direct link to individual states’ resources and a searchable guide lists federal programs and services for businesses, such as grants, loans, loan guarantees, and tax incentives.
President Obama established BusinessUSA to offer a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire. BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help.
U.S. Patent and Trade Office
The USPTO is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The USPTO provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for intellectual property (IP) and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.
Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Nevada GOED provides a range of resources, from contracting assistance to financing through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, a state grant program created by the Small Business Jobs Act that I supported in 2010.
Nevada Investment and Trade Revenue Opportunities (NITRO)
NITRO is a strategic initiative between the SBA and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development to increase exports from Nevada. NITRO provides information about programs, services, and resources that can help business reach new markets.
Export Assistance Centers
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Commerce Department is the lead federal agency to help promote and develop U.S. exports. Local Export Assistance Centers are dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized Nevada companies tap into international markets.
Center for Veterans Enterprise
The Center for Veterans Enterprise allows veteran-owned businesses to register as such, and assists veterans with starting or expanding a small business.
Veterans Business Outreach Nevada Sub Center
The Veterans Business Outreach Nevada Sub Center located in Reno, Nevada offers a variety of services to Veterans, DVBE, Reservist and Guard Members in their initiatives to start, cultivate, and expand a business initiative
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Within each Federal Executive Agency, the goal of the OSDBU is to advocate for and manage the small business utilization programs for their agency. Click here for a list of federal OSDBU offices.
Resource Guides for Nevada Businesses