Economic Development

Lyon 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* 3.3553

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

Return to TopLyon County's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code Number of Employees
Lyon County School District Yerington Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 1,000 - 1,499 NVDC Inc. Fernley Electronic Shopping 454111 1,000 - 1,499
Lyon County Yerington Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 400 - 499
MSC Industrial Supply Co Fernley General Warehousing & Storage 493110 300 - 399
Wal-Mart Supercenter Fernley Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 452910 200 - 299
Production Pattern & Foundry Moundhouse Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 331524 200 - 299
South Lyon Medical Center Yerington General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 100 - 199
Lowe's HIW Inc Fernley Home Centers 444110 100 - 199
Nevada Automotive Testing Center Silver Springs Testing Laboratories 541380 100 - 199
Medallic Art Company Dayton Jewelry & Silverware Manufacturing 339910 100 - 199
Trex Company Inc Fernley Reconstituted Wood Product Manufacturing 321219 100 - 199
QG Printing Corp Fernley Commercial Gravure Printing 323111 100 - 199
Comstock Mining Inc. Silver City Silver Ore Mining 212222 100 - 199
Nevada Cement Company Fernley Cement Manufacturing 327310 100 - 199
Smith's Dayton Supermarkets & Other Grocery Stores 445110 100 - 199
Olam Spice and Vegetables Fernley Dried & Dehydrated Food Manufacturing 311423 90 - 99
Manpower Temporary Services Fernley Temporary Help Services 561320 90 - 99
Kemet Blue Powder Corporation Moundhouse Secondary Processing, Other Nonferrous 331492 90 - 99
Snyder Livestock Co Inc Yerington Other Vegetable and Melon Farming 111219 80 - 89
Webstaurant Store Inc Dayton General Warehousing and Storage 493110 80 - 89

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

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Lyon County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location  
Internet Services & Retailing Fernley
John Deere Dealers Deere & Company
Construction and Farm Machinery Yerington
MSC Industrial Supply
West Coast Fulfillment Center
MSC Industrial Direct
Wholesalers: Diversified Fernley
Publishing, Printing Fernley
Sherwin-Williams Distribution / Emulsion Plant The Sherwin-Williams Company
Chemicals Fernley

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Fernley, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 4 2 $280,000
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 8 45 $3,032,000
Utilities 6    
Construction 85 422 $16,469,000
Manufacturing 84 1,942 $96,842,000
Wholesale Trade 38   $16,878,000
Retail Trade 100 1,241 $29,821,000
Transportation & Warehousing 24    
Information 9    
Finance & Insurance 38 152 $5,175,000
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 37   $2,899,000
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 56 405 $14,311,000
Management of Companies & Enterprises 1    
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 49 434 $18,664,000
Educational Services 3    
Health Care & Social Assistance 42   $19,609,000
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 28 618 $12,513,000
Accomodation & Food Services 62 644 $9,052,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) 54 222 $5,735,000

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Fernley, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 4      
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 6     2
Utilities 2     4
Construction 79 5   1
Manufacturing 50 14 5 15
Wholesale Trade 33 3   2
Retail Trade 69 3   28
Transportation & Warehousing 17     7
Information 7     2
Finance & Insurance 21 4 3 10
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 34 2   1
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 50   3 3
Management of Companies & Enterprises       1
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 43 1   5
Educational Services 3      
Health Care & Social Assistance 24 4 10 4
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 13 8 4 3
Accomodation & Food Services 43 6 3 10
Other Services (except Public Administration) 51 1   2

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to Top Impact Fees

Lyon County has a road impact fee of $.25 per square foot. Any other fees are tied to a specific development proposal and may include a fee to change zoning, obtain a special use permit, subdivide land, or process a building plan review and obtain a permit. For more information contact the Lyon County Manager at 775.463.6531.