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Business Resources

The Washoe County Library System has a wide variety of resources to help your business, from print materials to free access to online resources, including Reference USA, lynda.com and Learning Express. In addition to our latest research databases listed below, you will find a list of local business resources and organizations to help you get your business plans off the ground. Not finding what you need?  Call any of our 12 branches and let us help you.

Business Source Elite logo

Business Source Elite Includes full-text articles from business newspapers and magazines, including Harvard Business Review, MacWorld, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and nearly 500 peer-reviewed publications.

Legal Information Center logo

Legal Information Reference Center Find assistance on legal matters of all kinds. Includes full text for many top consumer legal reference books; thousands of legal forms; legal information about businesses and corporations, patents, copyrights and trademarks, business taxes, and more.

Lynda logo

Lynda.com Premiere online learning resources for business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Reference USA logo

Reference USA Includes instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million US businesses and 235 million US residents to find new business opportunities, research companies, conduct market research, create business plans, and much more.

Regional Business News logo

Regional Business News Includes full-text coverage of regional business journals, newspapers, and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas in the United States.

Reno Gazette-Journal logo

Reno Gazette-Journal Search and browse recent and historical articles. Digital access includes text archives (1999-present), digital microfilm (2009-present) and historic Reno newspapers (1870s-1977). 

Bridgewire                                                       

Bridgewire is a member-funded makerspace/hackerspace/workshop in Sparks, Nevada, serving the Reno-Sparks area. Bridgewire is open 24/7 to all members with “Open Space Night” every Thursday from 6-9pm—or by appointment.

The Chamber                                                

The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in northern Nevada and a voice for business in Washoe County. It focuses on advocacy on behalf of all businesses, information and education for members and connectivity with members and consumers.

Cube @ Midtown                                                                 

The Center for Unique Business Enterprises, or Cube, is a Reno Nevada based Startup Accelerator, Business Incubator, and Startup Community Center.

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada            

EDAWN is committed to recruiting and expanding quality companies that have a positive economic impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Tahoe. EDAWN provides advice and guidance on business incentives and assistance programs.

Entrepreneurship Nevada                                           

EN supports Entrepreneurial Organizations and individuals by fostering communication, collaboration and education.

Entrepreneurs Organization                           

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. Check out the Reno Chapter of EO.

The Generator                                              

The Generator is an inclusive art space, maker space and community space in greater Reno/Sparks for anyone who wants to make art and be part of a creative community.

Nevada Governor’s Office on Economic Development and Global Business Development                                                                

GOED’s mission is to maintain a diverse economic base, ensure a healthy economy through quality jobs and competitive wages, and provide a quality of life that attracts and retains businesses. GOED programs are designed to remove barriers and help businesses achieve success. Whether your company is entering the global market for the first time or you’re an experienced exporter, GOED will provide the help you need to grow your business and market your products and services to national and international audiences.

Innevation Center                                                                

The Innevation Center is a collaborative space created to stimulate invention, entrepreneurialism, small business and startups. The Center features co-working areas and a makerspace for members, as well as conference rooms and closed office spaces for rent. There’s access to seed funding, business mentorship and networking opportunities.

Made in Nevada                                                        

MIN is an association of business, agriculture and governmental entities working together to develop awareness and to promote the purchase of products manufactured and crafted in Nevada. Made in Nevada businesses are listed on the MIN Website, giving you the ability to connect to people seeking information about the products you offer.

Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

NMI provides tools to assist businesses in overcoming barriers they may face in starting or expanding a company. NMI offers business training, business loans and great networking opportunities.

Nevada Small Business Development Center                 

NSBDC provides an abundance of free and low-cost information, assistance, counseling and training for Nevada businesses.

Nevada Industry Excellence                        

NVIE works directly with Nevada companies to strengthen their global competitiveness by providing information, decision support and implementation assistance in adopting new, more advanced technologies, techniques and best business practices. NVIE helps companies to streamline operations, apply the most up-to-date and sophisticated technology, provide managerial assistance and train the workforce.

Procurement Outreach Program                             

This division of the State of Nevada works to increase the flow of contract dollars to Nevada businesses by providing the necessary training and technical assistance to find, bid on and acquire federal, state and local contracts.

Reno Collective                                                                     

With freelancing and remote work becoming increasingly popular for creative and technical talent, Reno Collective provides a collaborative workspace for your business needs.

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority                                    

The RSCVA acts as a marketing organization for the county to promote convention and tourism business. RSCVA owns and operates several facilities designed to draw out-of-town visitors.

Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op             

This organization supports Nevada based locally owned businesses to help economic recovery, create local jobs for local people, retain and grow local businesses, promote sustainability and prosperity for all of Nevada.

Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency

TMRPA addresses land-use planning, natural resource management, infrastructure and service provision within Washoe County.

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is a grassroots, nonprofit organization. TMT’s vision is to continually improve the quality of life in the Truckee Meadows.

Entrepreneurs Assembly                                                         

EA helps entrepreneurs create and grow their business with virtual incubators. EA’s effective facilitation processes and working sessions incorporate best business practices, educational leadership, mentoring and peer-learning, resulting in new and more productive businesses.

1 Million Cups                                                                       

This free program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. 1 Million Cups is now in more than 160 communities across the country working with entrepreneurs and giving them the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

US Small Business Administration; Small Business Innovation Research; Small Business Technology Transfer Program     

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses, and provides SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs to help businesses succeed. SBIR and STTR are two similar federal grant programs designed to involve small, but high technology companies in meeting the needs of eleven federal agencies. $2.3 billion is available each year, and each of the agencies issues its priorities and the instructions for submitting proposals at least once a year.

SCORE  

SCORE mentors give free small business and startup advice and show you how to start a business from your business idea and avoid some of the main pitfalls. SCORE also provides tools such as business plan templates and the best in small business education, as well as one-on-one mentoring. Over 40 volunteer counselors are available to help you.

Society for Human Resource Management                                 

SHRM provides a centralized list of resources to prepare, train and connect Nevada job seekers with Nevada employers.

US Department of Agriculture                                           

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues. Along with many other programs, the USDA provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers, businesses and cooperatives located in rural communities to purchase renewable energy systems and make other energy efficiency improvements, to increase the economic viability of biomass projects and to finance energy technology.

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