Economic Development

Clark County Business Overview

Businesses which relocate or expand to Nevada are often amazed at how easy it is to start up and operate their business here. 

Nevada has been consistently one of the top 10 most business friendly states with excellent tax advantages* such as:

  • No corporate or personal income tax
  • No inventory tax
  • No franchise tax
  • No unitary tax
  • No special intangible tax

*see Taxes & Incentives for more detail 

Nevada also has an abundance of reasonably priced real estate.  To search for the perfect property for your company, visit Nevada Site Locator.

Return to TopBusiness Resources

Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno
This program provides free assistance to help minimize waste and comply with State and federal hazardous waste and air regulations.

Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) was established in 1975 to make available academic expertise in research projects that assist in the development of the Nevada economy, with special emphasis on the Southern Nevada business community. The center also aims to assist state and local agencies and private-sector enterprises in the collection and analysis of economic and market data in a way that contributes to the diversification and growth of the Southern Nevada economy. An important part of CBER's ongoing work is to collect, analyze and disseminate data on Nevada's businesses and economy.

Nevada Industry Excellence
Nevada Industry Excellence (formerly MAP) assists businesses in the manufacturing, construction and mining industries to become the premier industry leaders in the Nevada market. That’s because Nevada Industry Excellence enables businesses to be flexible and responsive in a rapidly changing marketplace, by providing the expert resources and programs to improve processes, increase efficiencies and productivity.

Nevada Small Business Administration

SBA provides assistances primarily through Access to Capital (Business Financing), Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training), Government Contracting (Federal Procurement) and Advocacy (Voice for Small Business).

Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC)
The Nevada Small Business Development Center is a statewide business assistance outreach program of the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Business. We provide a wide variety of technical assistance to support Nevada Business.

Business Success Center

The Business Success Center was started for people that want to learn how to start a business or to assist existing owners expand.  They provide free counseling to support entrepreneaurs and economic development in Southern Nevada.

Nevada Tech Transfer
In a cooperative effort with USC ETTC NASA's Far West Regional Technology Transfer, the center assists inventors and entrepreneurs applying for SBIR funding through the Federal government and identification of other possible loan sources.

SCORE Southern Nevada Chapter | Northern Nevada Chapter

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry

The Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office manages a number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses, homeowners and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs, access to capital, housing retention programs, constituent services and fraud prevention and education.

Return to TopFinancial Resources

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds
Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRBs) are a type of tax-exempt municipal bond/public debt instrument.  Proceeds are utilized by private manufacturing companies interested in locating a facility in Nevada or expanding an existing Nevada-based business.

Nevada Small Business Administration

SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing.

Silver State Opportunities Fund

The Nevada Silver State Opportunities Fund (SSOF) manages $50 million of capital dedicated to investing in compelling businesses located in Nevada, looking to expand in Nevada, or seeking to relocate to Nevada.

State Small Business Credit Initiative

Access to capital funding is available through two new programs for small businesses in Nevada so they can grow and diversify. Nevada has been awarded $13.8 million in federal capital funding to support our state’s Nevada Collateral Support Program and Nevada Microenterprise Initiative programs.

Nevada Collateral Support Program

The intent of the Nevada Collateral Support Program is to supply cash collateral accounts to Nevada financial institutions to enhance the collateral coverage of
borrowers.

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

To enhance the economic self-sufficiency and quality of life of low to moderate income individuals through entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to loans for new and expanding business throughout the State of Nevada.

Return to TopTax Rates

Tax Rate
Sales Tax 8.100
Property Tax* 3.0554

*2013-14 rate.  For more information, visit Taxes & Incentives.

Return to TopClark County's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code # of Employees
Clark County School District Las Vegas Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 30,000 - 39,999
Clark County Las Vegas Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 8,500 - 8,999
MGM Grand Hotel/Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
Wynn Las Vegas LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
Bellagio LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
Aria Resort & Casino LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 7,500 - 7,999
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 7,000 - 7,499
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 6,000 - 6,499
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas Colleges & Universities 611310 5,000 - 5, 499
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Las Vegas Police Protection 922120 4,500 - 4,999
Venetian Casino Resorts LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,500 - 4,999
Mirage Casino Hotel Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,500 - 4,999
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,000 - 4,499
University Medical Center of S NV Las Vegas General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 3,500 - 3,999
The Palazzo Casino Resort Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,500 - 3,999
Encore Las Vegas Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,000 - 3,499
Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,000 - 3,499
Southwest Airlines Co Las Vegas Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 481111 3,000 - 3,499
City of Las Vegas Las Vegas Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 3,000 - 3,499
City of Henderson Henderson Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 3,000 - 3,499

Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), 2nd Quarter 2014

Return to TopMilitary Bases & Installations

Base/Installation Branch of Service City/
County
Total Civilian
Force
Active Duty
Personnel
Dependents
Creech Air Force Base Air Force Indian Springs/
Clark
868* 8186* 20,231*
Nellis Air Force Base Air Force Las Vegas/Clark

Source: Military Bases in Nevada, *Economic Impact Analysis Fiscal Year 2012

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with Headquarters in Clark County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Boyd Gaming 749 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
Caesars Entertainment   318 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sands 211 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
MGM Resorts International 287 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
NV Energy Berkshire Hathaway 718 Utility: Gas & Electric Las Vegas
Southwest Gas   983 Utility: Gas & Electric Las Vegas
Wynn Resorts   452 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas

Source: 2015 Fortune 500+ List

Fortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Clark County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Abbott Labs  
136
Pharmaceuticals Las Vegas
ABM Industries  
512
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas
Aecom Technology  
332
Engineering, Construction Las Vegas
Aetna  
57
Health Care: Insurance & Managed Care Henderson
Aflac  
125
Insurance: Life & Health Las Vegas
Agilent Technologies  
384
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  North Las Vegas
Airgas  
498
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
AIS Gallagher Risk Management Arthur J. Gallagher
706
Diversified Financials Las Vegas
Amazon.com  
35
Internet Services & Retailing Las Vegas
American International Group (AIG) Call Center  
40
Health Care: Insurance & Managed Care Las Vegas
American Tire Distributors  
616
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Anixter International  
420
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix)  
638
Education Las Vegas/Henderson
Applied Industrial Technologies  
852
Wholesalers: Diversified North Las Vegas
Apria Healthcare Group  
848
Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services Las Vegas/Henderson
Aramark  
209
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas
Armstrong World Industries  
779
Building Materials, Glass Las Vegas
Art Institute of Las Vegas Education Management Corp
837
Education Las Vegas
Automatic Data Processing (ADP)  
243
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas
NV Energy Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
4
  Las Vegas
Berry Plastics Corp Berry Plastics Group
528
Packaging, Containers Henderson
C.H. Robinson Worldwide  
220
Transportation and Logistics Las Vegas
Cardinal Health Distribution  
22
Wholesalers: Health Care Las Vegas
CarMax  
240
Automotive Retailing, Services Henderson/Las Vegas
CH2M Hill   
415
Engineering,Construction Henderson/Las Vegas
Cintas  
572
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas/N. Las Vegas/Henderson
Cisco Systems   
55
Network and Other Communications Equipment Las Vegas
Clean Harbors Environmental Services Clean Harbors
656
Waste Management North Las Vegas
Coca-Cola Bottling  
58
Beverages Las Vegas
Commercial Metals  
370
Metals Las Vegas
Con-Way Western Express Con-Way Freight
464
Transportation and Logistics North Las Vegas
Core-Mark Distributors Core-Mark Holding
346
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Las Vegas
Costco Wholesale  
19
Specialty Retailers: Other Las Vegas/Henderson
Cummins Rocky Mountain Cummins Inc
168
Construction and Farm Machinery Henderson
D.R. Horton  
418
Homebuilders Las Vegas
Dentsply International  
735
Medical Products & Equipment Las Vegas
DeVry University DeVry Education Group
978
Education Henderson
Ecolab  
213
Chemicals Las Vegas
Emcor Services Nevada Emcor Group
407
Engineering, Construction Las Vegas
FedEx Freight FedEx Corp
64
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Las Vegas
Flowserve Corp  
501
Industrial Machinery Las Vegas
Genuine Parts Company  
205
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Genworth Financial Genworth Financial Securities Corp
291
Insurance: Life & Health Henderson
Global Payments Gaming Division Global Payments
867
Financial Data Services Las Vegas
Granite Construction Nevada Operations Granite Construction
900
Engineering,Construction Las Vegas
Graybar Electric  
449
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Honeywell International   
77
Aerospace and Defense Las Vegas
Hyatt Hotels  
584
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
Icahn Enterprises  
143
Motor Vehicles and Parts Henderson
International Business Machines (IBM)  
23
Information Technology Services Las Vegas
Itron  
984
Electronics, Electrical Equipment Henderson
J.B. Hunt Transport Services  
454
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
John Deere Dealers Deere & Company
80
Construction and Farm Machinery North Las Vegas/Las Vegas
Johnson Controls  
68
Motor Vehicles and Parts Las Vegas
KAR Auction Services  
918
Wholesalers: Diversified North Las Vegas
Kinder Morgan Terminals Kinder Morgan
206
Pipelines Las Vegas
Landstar System  
786
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
Lennar Corporation  
431
Homebuilders Henderson/Las Vegas
Lockheed Martin  
59
Aerospace and Defense Nellis AFB/Las Vegas
M Resort,The Penn National Gaming
740
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
Marriott International  
219
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
McKesson  
15
Wholesalers: Health Care Las Vegas
National Security Technologies Babcock & Wilcox
690
Industrial Machinery North Las Vegas/Nellis AFB
Navistar Parts Distribution Navistar International
259
Motor Vehicles and Parts Las Vegas
Netflix Distribution Center Netflix
563
Specialty Retailers: Other Las Vegas
Northrop Grumman  
122
Aerospace and Defense Nellis AFB/Las Vegas
Old Dominion Freight Line  
876
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
Paccar Leasing /  Parts Distribution  Paccar
169
Motor Vehicles and Parts North Las Vegas
Paychex Payroll Outsourcing Paychex
879
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas
Penske-Wynn Ferrari / Maserati Penske Automotive Group
194
Automotive Retailing, Services Las Vegas
Pepsi Bottling Group PepsiCo
43
Food Consumer Products Las Vegas
Pitney Bowes  
540
Computers, Office Equipment Las Vegas
Praxair Distribution Praxair
233
Chemicals North Las Vegas/Las Vegas/Henderson
Pulte Group  
446
Homebuilders Las Vegas
Qualcomm  
120
Network and Other Communications Equipment Las Vegas
Quanta Services  
396
Engineering,Construction Las Vegas
R.R. Donnelley & Sons  
268
Publishing, Printing Las Vegas
Raytheon  
126
Aerospace and Defense Las Vegas
Ryder Integrated Logistics Ryder System
406
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
Sanmina-Sci Corp Sanmina
432
Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components Las Vegas
Sonic Automotive  
309
Automotive Retailing, Services Las Vegas
Starwood Hotels & Resorts  
424
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
Stryker  
306
Medical Products & Equipment Las Vegas
Swift Transportation  
593
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
Sysco  
63
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Las Vegas
Terex Corporation  
358
Construction and Farm Machinery Las Vegas
Tetra Tech  
805
Engineering,Construction Las Vegas
TJX Distribution Center The TJX Companies
108
Specialty Retailers: Apparel North Las Vegas
Travel Centers of America  
339
Specialty Retailers: Other Las Vegas
Tutor Perini  
586
Engineering, Construction Henderson
Unisys  
664
Information Technology Services Las Vegas
United Parcel Service (UPS) - Hubs & Centers  
50
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Las Vegas
URS Corporation  
256
Engineering,Construction Las Vegas
W.W. Grainger  
295
Wholesalers: Diversified Henderson/Las Vegas
Werner Enterprises  
963
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
WESCO Distribution WESCO International
349
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Western Refining Wholesale Office Western Refining
281
Petroleum Refining Las Vegas
Wyndham Worldwide  
494
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Henderson/Las Vegas
YRC Freight YRC Worldwide
506
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 15  
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 46 349
$21,877,000
Utilities 48  
Construction 2,872 38,325
$1,857,100,000
Manufacturing 905 18,806
$893,488,000
Wholesale Trade 1,798 21,291
$1,106,475,000
Retail Trade 5,656 94,270
$2,531,655,000
Transportation & Warehousing 804 28,727
$1,125,922,000
Information 708 10,790
$561,297,000
Finance & Insurance 2,718 24,510
$1,293,246,000
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 2,704 19,461
$759,428,000
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 5,534 39,059
$2,357,863,000
Management of Companies & Enterprises 426 11,835
$1,089,746,000
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 2,741 54,949
$1,618,264,000
Educational Services 455 7,313
$254,742,000
Health Care & Social Assistance 4,346 68,513
$3,287,342,000
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 887 20,030
$709,124,000
Accomodation & Food Services 3,943 247,976
$7,460,580,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) 2,668 21,308
$580,948,000

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 15      
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 36 6   4
Utilities 7 4 4 33
Construction 2,326 344 94 108
Manufacturing 656 111 53 85
Wholesale Trade 1,159 208 130 301
Retail Trade 2,430 317 375 2,534
Transportation & Warehousing 497 73 56 178
Information 398 43 18 249
Finance & Insurance 1,364 166 154 1,034
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 1,956 156 128 464
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 4,661 287 116 470
Management of Companies & Enterprises 120 50 82 174
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 2,006 287 121 327
Educational Services 322 47 24 62
Health Care & Social Assistance 3,351 361 215 419
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 644 90 65 88
Accomodation & Food Services 1,822 628 333 1,160
Other Services (except Public Administration) 2,098 206 106 258

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to Top Impact Fees

For information on impact fees, please contact the Clark County Plan Submittal Department at 702.455.3600.