Economic Development

Esmeralda 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 6.850
Property Tax* 3.0195

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

Return to TopEsmeralda County's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code # of Employees
Mineral Ridge Gold LLC Silver Peak Gold Ore Mining 212221 80 - 89
Rockwood Lithium Inc Silver Peak Other Chemcial/Fertilizer Mineral Mining 212393 60 - 69
Esmeralda County - Goldfield & Silver Peak   Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 60 - 69
Sanroc Inc Silver Peak Highway, Street & Bridge Construction 237310 20 - 29
Esmeralda County School District Goldfield Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 20 - 29
Mineral Ridge Silver Peak Support Activities for Metal Mining 213114 20 - 29
Scorpio Gold US Coproration Silver Peak Gold Ore Mining 212221 10 - 19
Triple D Ranches LLC Dyer Hay Farming 11940 10 - 19
Grefco Minerals Inc Basalt All Other Nonmetallic Mineral Mining 212399 10 - 19
Timberline Drilling, Inc.   Support Activities for Metal Mining 213114 10 - 19
White Mountain Ranch Inc Dyer Other Technical Consulting Services 541690 10 - 19
Chaparros 911 LLC Silver Peak Commercial Machinery Repair/Maintenance 811310 5 - 9
Arden Salvage Company Fish Lake Valley Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers 423930 5 - 9
Columbus S M LLC   Gold Ore Mining 212221 5 - 9
Central Nevada Supply Dyer Nonresidential Plumbing/HVAC Contractors 238222 5 - 9

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

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Esmeralda County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Chemetall Foote Rockwood Holdings 655 Chemicals Silver Peak

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to Top Impact Fees

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