Nevada Small Business Development Center
The Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC) is a state-wide program housed within the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Business that offers essential services to businesses across the state of Nevada. The Nevada SBDC’s mission is to guide and assist Nevadans who are starting and growing their businesses, with objectives to increase business starts, create and retain jobs, and increase access to capital. They also offer counseling services that are free and confidential to small business owners.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous impact on “non-essential” businesses who have had to close to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Nevada SBDC is currently fielding roughly 500 calls per week from small businesses looking for information on Coronavirus Act Relief Emergency funding such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The Nevada SBDC is also providing critical advising to small businesses on how to navigate the challenges facing them during these unprecedented times.
The Nevada SBDC needs to hire temporary additional staff to help, due to the unprecedented number of businesses affected during the COVID-19 crisis. Your support to this fund will go directly to funding these student positions.
The Nevada SBDC hires College of Business students to assist with business plans, financial projections, operation plans, marketing, and any other support they can provide businesses throughout Nevada. These paid part-time positions offer applied learning with real businesses that will equip students with the skills they will need as future entrepreneurs and working professionals. There is no better learning opportunity for these students as they help businesses develop strategies for recovery once the “stay at home” order is lifted.