The Nevada Small Business Development Center, (www.nevadasbdc.org or phone: 800-240-7094) established in 1985, delivers a wide variety of technical assistance to Nevada’s businesses and governmental entities through a 12-office statewide network. This economic and community development collaborative is one in a large national network of over 900 centers, funded by the U.S. SBA and leveraged with Nevada’s universities, colleges, and state and local partners. Typical services include help with business start-up and growth, including legal formation, obtaining financing, writing a business plan, marketing, researching, recordkeeping, understanding cash flow, buying and selling a business, improving customer service, setting up websites, technology development, importing/exporting, and using social media. Nevada SBDC counselors mentor and assist businesses long term, as well as facilitate mutually beneficial relationships for businesses, for example, connecting buyers with suppliers and matching businesses with complementing services. SBDC counselors also advocate, challenge, and help with planning and operational decisions, so small businesses have a support team.
In 2014, the Nevada SBDC provided in-depth assistance to 1,384 clients throughout the state, helping to create and retain 467 jobs, start 136 new businesses, and secure $18.8 million in capital formation. The Nevada SBDC program has seen continued success based on the fact that over 60% of all new jobs continue to be created by small businesses. This year, 2015, is our 30th anniversary. It’s important to note that our counseling services are free.
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