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Assistance for Local Companies

Assistance for Local Companies


Carson City prides itself on being “business friendly.” One of the ways we prove this is that it’s easy to talk to a real person—either via the phone or email. That way, your specific questions and concerns can be addressed by a knowledgeable and helpful person.

Community Development Block Grants
The Carson City Revolving Loan Fund program assists Nevada small businesses in obtaining "gap" financing to complete their business expansion projects. Loans may be used for any business expansion need, especially purchases of machinery, equipment, inventory, and working capital. Up to $100,000 is available to Nevada businesses that cannot secure 100 percent financing from commercial lenders. The rates and terms are tailored to the particular needs of the business, with rates generally below prime and terms amortized up to 15 years. The program requires the sponsorship of local government and must meet state program job-creation requirements, including the hiring and training of persons from low- to moderate-income households. Contact us to learn more.

Minority/Woman/Locally Owned Business Certification
There are several programs available to Carson City businesses and potential businesses to assist in becoming certified as a minority, woman or locally owned busienss, as well as loan assistance for other businesses:
Nevada Microenterprise Initiative (NMI)
NMI is a private non-profit community development financial institution founded in 1991. It provides business tools to assist you in overcoming barriers that you may face in starting or expanding your business.
Community Business Resource Center (CBRC) loans 
CBRC is a comprehensive source of information on business-related services and provides information, loans and technical services to existing and potential businesses in rural Nevada communities.
Small Business Development Center
The Nevada Small Business Development Center provides free and low-cost business counseling to both new and existing businesses out of the Chamber of Commerce offices in Carson City. This service makes it even more convenient for area businesses to obtain the information they need for success without making a drive to the main SBDC office on the University of Nevada, Reno campus

Workforce Recruitment and Training
There are a number of private Head Hunters and placement and temporary placement assistance businesses in northern Nevada, as well as other organizations that can assist businesses in locating and training qualified workers. Learn more...
Carson City Business Organizations and Merchants Associations
Carson City boasts an extensive network of organizations and associations. In fact, nearly every national organization offers a northern Nevada Association. The following is a partial list of associations:
• Builders Association of Western Nevada, (775) 882-4353

• Business Networking International, (775) 883-3313

• Carson City Elks Lodge #2177, (775) 882-2177

• Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce, (775) 882-1565

• Nevada Manufacturers Association, (775) 882-6662

• Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, (775) 883-3577

• Northern Nevada Development Authority, (775) 883-0494

• Retail Association of Nevada, (775) 882-1700
Rotary Club of Carson City  / Rotary District 5190
• Soroptimist International of Carson City, (775) 687-0202

• Capital Business Network, (775) 315-4388

• Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition,

International Businesses

The foreign trade zone in Northern Nevada, #126, allows Carson City business firms to bring foreign goods or raw materials for manufacturing and/or assembling into the United States without formal customs entry or payment of customs duties and government excise taxes until the products leave the zone. For more information about foreign trade in Carson City, please contact the Northern Nevada Foreign Trade Zone:

Northern Nevada -
Foreign Trade Zone #126
1095 Spice Island Driv
Suite 100
Sparks, NV 89431
Tel: 775-331-80
Fax: 775-331-6745

Carson City’s Redevelopment Districts