95°F
weather icon Clear

Extension offers strategy session for small business

University of Nevada, Reno Extension will offer a free online town hall Wednesday, Dec. 16, to provide small businesses with a recap of the major business developments of 2020 and the adjustments for the new year business owners might need to consider as a result.

Business owners are encouraged to come prepared to share their unmet business needs as well as their business successes. The English-language session will be at 9 a.m., and the Spanish-language session will be at 2:30 p.m.

“Especially now, as businesses look to starting the new year, they need to be mindful of all that’s transpired this year – changes in consumer behavior, regulations, loans – as they plan for next year,” said Buddy Borden, economic development specialist with the Extension’s Business Development Program. “We think it can spur some thought and discussion resulting in them making some small adjustments that can help their bottom line in the new year.”

Borden says that besides the panel of experts from government and various organizations sharing information at this “2020 Small-Business Recap” town hall, participants will be encouraged to share what they have learned this year, as well as what needs have and haven’t been met.

“One of the purposes of these town halls is to provide a networking opportunity, even amid COVID, so that small-business owners can brainstorm and share helpful information with each other,” Borden said. “And, as we wrap up this year, we also want to hear from business owners on which needs are being met and which aren’t, and what’s working and what isn’t, so that we can help relay this information and maybe make some changes to make things run smoother and fill some of the gaps.”

Panelists on hand for the 9 a.m., English-language session will include Nevada Department of Business and Industry Deputy Director Marcel Schaerer, Prestamos senior business adviser Noe Gonzalez, StartupNV/AngelNV founder Jeff Saling, DreamSpring community lending officer Jeremy McVeety, Nevada workers compensation enforcement chief Angelia Yilas, Extension business development instructors Reyna Mendez and Juan Salas and Extension research associate Mike Bindrup.

Panelists on hand for the 2:30 p.m., Spanish-language session will include Small Business Administration outreach/marketing specialist Alfred Cedeno, Nevada Department of Business and Industry ombudsman of consumer affairs for minorities Mirian Hickerson, DreamSpring loan officer Jessica Lubbe, Yilas, Mendez, Salas and Bindrup.

The town halls usually run about an hour. To register for the 9 a.m., English-language town hall, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dMeTPeCNSaaHyppfZBEOLg

For the 2:30 p.m., Spanish-language town hall, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C4to-QcIQwqM_cm4a31WKg

Extension has been offering a “Coping with COVID-19” series of online town halls and webinars for small businesses since April. For more information, go to the Extension Business Development Program website at extension.unr.edu/busdev. There are also other resources at the website to assist businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, email Borden at bordenb@unr.edu

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Fearing slaughter of wild horses, lawmakers seek to halt adoption program

Outraged lawmakers are saying a wild horse adoption program should be halted and an investigation should be conducted following a report that some of the horses were sold to buyers and slaughtered for meat.

Nye County green-lights $7.45 million in energy upgrades through performance contract

Following three years of gearing up for a large-scale energy conservation project, Nye County has now entered into a performance contract with Siemens Industry, Inc. that aims to provide an array of upgrades and improvements intended to reduce energy costs.

Pahrump Music Festival declared a huge success

Whenever an organization ventures into putting on a new community event in Pahrump, the outcome of that new endeavor is always up in the air and it is nearly impossible to say just how things will turn out. However, for organizers of the Pahrump Music Festival, there was never any doubt that this event was going to draw a huge crowd and those expectations were borne out this past weekend.

Charity fundraiser set for Sunday

As stated on its social media site, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas is to create and support programs that directly improve the health, education, and well-being of children in communities throughout the country.

Animal abuse suspect arrested in Nye County

A man traveling to Pahrump from Reno is facing an animal abuse charge following his arrest on Friday, June 4.

Pahrump Valley’s veterans honored at appreciation BBQ

The first weekend of June was a sweltering one, with high temperatures making venturing forth a bit of a daunting task but for many members of the local veteran community and their friends, family and supporters, the weather did not stop them from heading out on Saturday to enjoy a few hours of food, fun and camaraderie during the annual Veterans Appreciation Barbecue.

Most minor traffic violations decriminalized in Nevada

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday signed a bill into law that decriminalizes most minor traffic offenses , classifying them instead as civil infractions.

Bill introduced in Senate to boost tourism sector

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., introduced bipartisan legislation in June that supports the travel and tourism industry.

Accidental overdoses increase in Nevada

Accidental overdoses increased in double-digit percentages in the state through part of 2019 and 2020, according to data released by the state.