Elko, Nev. – The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with other government entities, higher education institutions, business leaders and start-up resources in a new statewide initiative to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada’s smaller cities and towns.
A Rural Entrepreneurship Workshop will be held on Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Great Basin College campus in Elko with remote connections through Nevada’s smaller cities and towns. The new initiative will create a resource hub to coordinate and elevate the innovation and entrepreneurship efforts of Rural Nevadans.
“By creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem in rural Nevada, we will foster new business ideas that can turn into successful enterprises,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “There are unique challenges and opportunities that exist for startups in our state’s small towns. This statewide partnership will help create conditions for success of our Rural Nevada entrepreneurs.”
The partnership of GOED, the Great Basin College, StartUpNV, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, University of Nevada, Reno, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, Audacity Fund, the Nevada Small Business Development center and Nevada Cooperative Extension will support a network that will develop an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to enhance successful business development across Nevada.
“As more small towns take steps to grow innovative economies, it’s important that we share the resources that are available in Nevada,” said Patricia Herzog, GOED’s Director of Rural and Community Development. “Today’s startups can quickly become the companies of tomorrow taking root in Nevada.”
The event on Nov. 7 will allow resources from around the state to be available in every small city and town in Nevada.
“The Rural Nevada Entrepreneurship Program will bridge the urban, rural divide and develop a statewide business incubator program,” said Maggie Saling of StartUpNV, a nonprofit startup incubator. “We want to support emerging entrepreneurs we have in Nevada by providing them with the information, mentoring and access to funding they need.”
For more information about the Rural Entrepreneurship Workshop and remote locations, please visit: https://bit.ly/2JGEtdf
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and the Governor’s Office to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at diversifynevada.com.