Economic Development

Douglas 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

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 7.100
Property Tax* 3.1436

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

Return to TopDouglas County's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code # of Employees
Harrah's Stateline Stateline Casino Hotels 721120 1,000 - 1,499
Douglas County School District Minden Elementary and Secondary Schools 611110 900 - 999
Harvey's Resort Hotel Casino Stateline Casino Hotels 721120 600 - 699
Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa Stateline Casino Hotels 721120 600 - 699
Bently Nevada Minden Industrial Process Variable Instruments 334513 600 - 699
Douglas County Minden Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 600 - 699
Carson Valley Inn Minden Casino Hotels 721120 300 - 399
Lakeside Inn & Casino Stateline Casino Hotels 721120 300 - 399
Wal-Mart Supercenter Gardnerville Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 452910 200 - 299
Carson Valley Medical Center Gardnerville General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 200 - 299
Ridge Resorts/Resorts West Stateline Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels 721110 200 - 299
Full Service Systems Corp Stateline Janitorial Services 561720 200 - 299
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Stateline Golf Courses & Country Clubs 713910 200 - 299
Starbucks Coffee Minden General Warehousing & Storage
Coffee & Tea Manufacturing
200 - 299
Lake Tahoe Zephyr Cove Food Service Contractors 722310 100 - 199
Legacy Specialties Inc Minden Residential Drywall Contractors 238311 100 - 199
Wyndham Vacation Ownership Zephyr Cove Hotels (except Casino Hotels) & Motels 721110 100 - 199

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

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Douglas County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
GE Energy (formerly Bently Nevada) General Electric
Diversified Financials Minden
Metrix Instrument Roper Industries
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Minden
Starbucks Roasting Plant Starbucks Coffee Company
Food Services Minden
Tractor Supply  
Specialty Retailers: Other Minden

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Gardnerville Ranchos, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 8  
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 4  
Utilities 3  
Construction 200 733
Manufacturing 67 1,548
Wholesale Trade 54 473
Retail Trade 174 1,831
Transportation & Warehousing 30  
Information 40 310
Finance & Insurance 103 375
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 124 578
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 237 713
Management of Companies & Enterprises 7 42
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 112 1,417
Educational Services 19 80
Health Care & Social Assistance 113 1,247
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 33 269
Accomodation & Food Services 118 5,304
Other Services (except Public Administration) 90 637

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Gardnerville Ranchos, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 8      
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 3 1    
Utilities 2 1    
Construction 193 5 2  
Manufacturing 52 11 4  
Wholesale Trade 40 12 1 1
Retail Trade 125 8 4 37
Transportation & Warehousing 28   1 1
Information 22 3 1 14
Finance & Insurance 65 3 5 30
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 100 7 3 14
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 220 8 4 5
Management of Companies & Enterprises 3 1   3
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 101 3 4 4
Educational Services 19      
Health Care & Social Assistance 86 5 3 19
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 27 4   2
Accomodation & Food Services 82 12 7 17
Other Services (except Public Administration) 78 6 3 3

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to Top Impact Fees

Currently, Douglas County does not have any commercial impact fees.