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Small Business Resource Links

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Below is a list of links or information sources that may assist a business in growth and development:

  • SBA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
  • SBA Online Training – The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a variety of online courses, publications and other forms of technical assistance.  Courses are self-paced and take about 30 minutes to complete.  A brief online registration is required.
  • SBA Business Loan Programs – Whether you are just starting a small business or expanding to take advantage of new opportunities, your business needs the right financing at the right time in order to succeed. Working closely with a wide range of lending partners across the country, SBA has developed a number of financial programs that address the various needs of small businesses. Please note that SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses. Those grant programs that SBA does offer are primarily designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance.
  • SBA Office of Advocacy – The voice for small business in the federal government and the source for small business statistics.
  • Southern Nevada Resource Links – This booklet contains valuable links and contact information for 16 resource partners who assist small businesses in the development, growth and sustainability of their businesses.
  • IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center – Whether opening a business, closing a business, or staying current with laws and procedures, let this site help make your tax responsibilities less taxing each year.
  • SilverFlume, Nevada’s One-stop business portal – Nevada’s online one-stop business portal consolidates the forms and information needed to start and run your company. SilverFlume eliminates redundancy and improves accountability by collecting your information one time and using that information in transactions with the appropriate agencies. SilverFlume allows you to concentrate on growing and operating a successful company.
  • Government Contracting Opportunities with Procurement Outreach Program – The Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is part of a nationwide network of business counselors committed to helping Nevada businesses improve upon their marketing skills for both prime contract as well as sub-contract opportunities across all types of government agencies – federal, state and local.
  • is a source of information… the site is a gateway for anyone looking for information on the “vitality of the Hispanic community” in Nevada. This innovative portal allows you to find information on Hispanic data (for example search for Hispanic demographic data in Nevada), purchase a Hispanic business lists for either Reno or Las Vegas, profile Hispanic businesses throughout the state, ask for help and look for business resources, read important news, find export/import links, among other things.
  • Will it fly? – Avoid the cost of failure. With expert prep modules designed to speed up knowledge transfer and support users at their time of need, provides a quick way to find out if you are ready to perform according to best practices for important business tasks.
  • Nevada Inventors Association – By helping others with this thing called a “patent”, they share and learn, with your ideas and their ideas, they offer privacy, testimony and witness, trust, confidentiality (don’t trust anyone), respect, experience, successes and failures, and in turn the result the NIA helps this world one inventor at a time…. At times they can consider themselves a small think tank and group of pioneers, performers, doers, testers, bit twiddlers, thinkers, engineers, socializers, reporters, farmers, business owners, leaders, and denizens, etc.
  • NIREC | Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) is a nonprofit public-private partnership that integrates researchers, experienced entrepreneurs, business executives, and financial capital to identify, fund and accelerate the development of renewable energy technologies.
  • Nevada Small Business Development Center
  • Nevada State Data Center – A cooperative effort of the U.S. Census Bureau and the states to improve public access to census statistics and information. The objectives of the program are twofold: to provide access to and extend the use of Census Bureau statistical resources, and to provide training and technical assistance in accessing and using the data.
  • Nevada State Demographer’s Office – Produces the official estimates of persons living in cities,counties, and townships in the state, and forecasts county, city and township populations.
  • State of Nevada Law Library – Provides online access to Nevada’s Revised Statutes, Administrative Code, and the Nevada Register
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Loan and grant programs for rural businesses.
  • Nevada Department of Business & Industry – The Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office manages a number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs, access to capital, constituent services, new market tax credits and fraud prevention and education. Our Business Resource Center is a one-stop online portal dedicated to providing easy access to the most comprehensive statewide resources, information and education that businesses need to succeed. Visit to explore these Business Resource Center features and more: The Learning Center, Access to Capital Directory, Resource Directory, Video and Article Libraries and a calendar of events.
  • Directory of Small Business Loan Programs in Nevada – is the largest resource of non-traditional sources for Washoe small business financing programs including; business development loans, micro loans, revolving loans, low interest loans, incentive loans and loan guarantees. These funds are available primarily through economic development agencies, state & federal government and not-for-profits.
  • Nevada Development Capital Corporation – The SBA 504 Loan Program provides an opportunity for business owners to purchase commercial real estate and long-term equipment at reasonable rates and terms.
  • Nevada Commission on Economic Development – The NCED’s mission is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy, enriching the quality of life for Nevada citizens by stimulating business expansion and retention, encouraging entrepreneurial enterprise, attracting new businesses and facilitating community development to enable economic growth and prosperity.Links to economic development agencies throughout the state are available on their website.
  • Rural Nevada Development Corporation – Headquartered in Ely, Nevada, RNDC is 501(c)3 non-profit development corporation that provides business loans for start-up and expanding business in the fifteen counties of Rural Nevada as well as the rural portions of Clark and Washoe Counties and the twenty-seven Indian Tribes of Nevada.
  • IRS Business Tax Center – Offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses.

Statistical Information

Women's Resources

Minority Resources

Las Vegas/Southern Nevada Resources

Rural Resources

Northern Nevada Resources

Western Nevada Resources

Nevada Statewide Resources

National Resources

Incorporated Cities Business Licensing
City of Henderson Business Licensing
City of Las Vegas Business Licensing  
City of North Las Vegas Business Licensing  
City of Boulder City 
City of Mesquite

Training and Information

State of Nevada Dept. of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations

Research & Industrial Outreach
Center for Business & Economic Research 
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

Economic Business Development and Training Resources
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)  

Small Business Development and Training Resources  
Nevada Small Business Development Center  (NSBDC)
Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC) - After the Business License
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE Southern Nevada Chapter 
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Nevada Chambers of Commerce 

Nevada Department of Transportation, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Program

Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Other  Economic Development Resource Links
Nevada Development Authorities
Secretary of State

Blind Business Enterprises Resources and Information

Blind Business Enterprise Program Training

Randolph Sheppard Vending Facility Program for the Blind

20 U.S.C 107

41 C.F.R. 101-20.2

Randolph Sheppard Vending Facility Program – Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

NRS 446

NRS 426.675 - Business Enterprise Account for Persons Who Are Blind

Business Enterprises of Nevada (BEN)

Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired

Food Establishment Permits in Nevada - Regulation

Food Establishment Permits in Clark County

Food Establishment Permits in Carson City

Permit Resources

Food Handler Permits Clark County

Food Handler Permits Carson/Douglas Counties

Food Establishment Resource Library