Economic Development

Washoe 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 7.725
Property Tax* 3.5689

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

Return to TopWashoe County's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code Number of Employees
Washoe County School District Reno Elementary and Secondary Schools 611110 8,500 - 8,999
University of Nevada-Reno Reno Colleges & Universities 611310 4,000 - 4,499
Renown Regional Medical Center Reno General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 2,500 - 2,999
Washoe County Comptroller Reno Executive and Legislative Offices Combined 921140 2,500 - 2,999
Peppermill Hotel Casino - Reno Reno Casino Hotels 721120 2,000 - 2,499
IGT Reno All Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 339999 1,500 - 1,999
Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno Casino Hotels 721120 1,500 - 1,999
Atlantis Casino Resort Reno Casino Hotels 721120 1,500 - 1,999
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno Casino Hotels 721120 1,500 - 1,999
Saint Mary's Reno General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 1,000 - 1,499
Eldorado Hotel & Casino Reno Casino Hotels 721120 1,000 - 1,499
City of Reno Reno Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 1,000 - 1,499
Circus Circus Casinos Inc. - Reno Reno Casino Hotels 721120 1,000 - 1,499
Sierra NV Healthcare System Reno General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 1,000 - 1,499
Sparks Nugget, Inc Sparks Casino Hotels 721120 1,000 - 1,499
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno Junior Colleges 611210 1,000 - 1,499
United Parcel Service Sparks Couriers 492110 900 - 999
West Business Solutions LLC Reno Telemarketing Bureaus 561422 700 - 799
Harrah's Reno Reno Casino Hotels 721120 600 - 699
SK Food Group Inc Reno Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 311412 600 - 699

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

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with Headquarters in Washoe County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
International Game Technology 874 Industrial Machinery Reno
Microsoft Licensing Microsoft Corporation 34 Computer Software Reno
U-Haul Amerco 822 Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno

Source: 2015 Fortune 500+ List

Fortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Washoe County

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
ABM Industries  
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks
Insurance: Life & Health Reno
Agilent Technologies  
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Reno
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Metals Sparks
Alere Medical  
Medical Products & Equipment Reno
American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center  
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
American Tire Distributors  
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno
Anixter International  
Wholesalers: Diversified Reno
Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix)  
Education Reno
Apple (Data Center)  
Computers, Office Equipment Sparks
Applied Industrial Technologies  
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Apria Healthcare Group  
Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services Reno/Sparks
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks
Arrow Electronics Distribution  
Wholesalers: Electronics & Office Equipment Reno
Barnes & Noble Distribution  
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
NV Energy Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
C.H. Robinson Worldwide  
Transportation and Logistics Reno
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Cardinal Health Distribution  
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno
Automotive Retailing, Services Reno
CH2M Hill   
Engineering,Construction Reno
Diversified Outsourcing Sparks
Cisco Systems   
Network and Other Communications Equipment Reno
Clean Harbors Environmental Services Clean Harbors
Waste Management Sparks
Coca-Cola Bottling  
Beverages Sparks
Food Consumer Products Sparks
Con-Way Western Express Con-Way Freight
Transportation and Logistics Sparks
Core-Mark Distributors Core-Mark Holding
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno
Costco Wholesale  
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno/Sparks
Cummins Rocky Mountain Cummins Inc
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks
D.R. Horton  
Homebuilders Reno
Dr Pepper/7-Up Bottling Co of the West Dr Pepper/Snapple Group
Beverages Reno
Dupont Western Distribution Center E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Chemicals Reno
Chemicals Reno
FedEx Freight FedEx Corp
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Sparks
General Motors Parts Distribution General Motors Corp
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
Granite Construction Nevada Operations Granite Construction
Engineering,Construction Sparks
Graybar Electric  
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Henry Schein Distribution Henry Schein Inc
Wholesalers: Health Care Sparks
Hidden Valley Ranch Clorox Products
Household and Personal Products Reno
Honeywell International   
Aerospace and Defense Sparks
Hyatt Hotels  
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno/Incline Village
Intuit Financial Services Intuit
Computer Software Reno
J.C. Penney West Coast Fulfillment Center J.C. Penney
General Merchandisers Reno
John Deere Dealers Deere & Company
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks
Kinder Morgan Terminals Kinder Morgan
Pipelines Sparks
Kmart Distribution Center Sears Holdings
General Merchandisers Sparks
Landstar System  
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno
Lennar Corporation  
Homebuilders Reno
Marriott International  
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno
Martin Marietta  
Building Materials, Glass Sparks
Masco Paint Manufacturing Masco
Home Equipment, Furnishings Sparks
Merck West Coast Order Fulfillment Center Merck & Co
Pharmaceuticals Reno
Old Dominion Freight Line  
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks
Oracle Corporation  
Computer Software Reno
Paccar Leasing /  Parts Distribution  Paccar
Motor Vehicles and Parts Sparks
Parker Hannifin / Veriflo  
Industrial Machinery Reno
Paychex Payroll Outsourcing Paychex
Diversified Outsourcing Reno
Pepsi Bottling Group PepsiCo
Food Consumer Products Reno
Performance Pipe Chevron
Petroleum Refining Reno
Pitney Bowes  
Computers, Office Equipment Reno
Praxair Distribution Praxair
Chemicals Sparks
R.R. Donnelley & Sons  
Publishing, Printing Reno
Reno Packaging & Supply Center Packaging Corp. of America
Packaging, Containers Reno
Ryder Integrated Logistics Ryder System
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno
Sally Beauty Supply Distribution Center Sally Beauty Holdings
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Sherwin-Williams Distribution / Emulsion Plant The Sherwin-Williams Company
Chemicals Reno
Swift Transportation  
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno
Tetra Tech  
Engineering,Construction Reno
Industrial Machinery Reno
Travel Centers of America  
Specialty Retailers: Other Sparks
United Parcel Service (UPS) - Hubs & Centers  
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Reno/Sparks
Urban Outfitters Distribution Center Urban Outfitters
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
W.W. Grainger  
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
WESCO Distribution WESCO International
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
West Corporation Call Center West Corporation
Diversified Outsourcing Reno
YRC Freight YRC Worldwide
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11   $1,116,000
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 63 436 $74,163,000
Utilities 22    
Construction 1,062 7,830 $401,304,000
Manufacturing 417 12,676 $711,815,000
Wholesale Trade 653 9,284 $462,211,000
Retail Trade 1,444 21,783 $587,613,000
Transportation & Warehousing 380 9,207 $369,115,000
Information 224 3,527 $216,594,000
Finance & Insurance 724 6,249 $368,795,000
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 662 3,190 $115,106,000
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 1,630 9,207 $546,509,000
Management of Companies & Enterprises 97 1,189 $119,432,000
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 778 14,046 $489,683,000
Educational Services 134 1,938 $53,792,000
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,192 22,337 $1,096,880,000
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 204 4,417 $94,401,000
Accomodation & Food Services 1,020 29,246 $610,004,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) 893 6,148 $175,512,000

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11      
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 51 4   6
Utilities 8 1 2 11
Construction 945 76 11 30
Manufacturing 263 68 40 46
Wholesale Trade 367 84 62 140
Retail Trade 817 111 20 496
Transportation & Warehousing 188 29 27 136
Information 110 8 6 100
Finance & Insurance 353 48 47 276
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 499 39 22 102
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 1,415 75 26 114
Management of Companies & Enterprises 32 13 16 36
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 562 66 21 129
Educational Services 99 22 3 10
Health Care & Social Assistance 898 118 44 132
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 139 29 14 22
Accomodation & Food Services 637 135 81 167
Other Services (except Public Administration) 759 60 19 55

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

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Washoe County Impact Fees