Economic Development

Northwestern Nevada 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

County Sales Tax Property Tax*
Humboldt County 6.850 2.4850
Lander County 7.100 3.3576
Pershing County 7.100 3.2018

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

Return to TopNorthwestern Nevada's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code Number of Employees
Cortez Gold Mines Crescent Valley Gold Ore Mining 212221 1,000 - 1,499
Humboldt County School District Winnemucca Elementary and Secondary Schools 611110 500 - 599
Newmont Mining Corporation Golconda Gold Ore Mining 212221 500 - 599
Newmont Mining Corporation Battle Mountain Gold Ore Mining 212221 400 - 499
Hycroft Resources & Dev Inc Winnemucca Gold Ore Mining 212221 400 - 499
Turquoise Ridge Joint Venture Golconda Gold Ore Mining 212221 400 - 499
Goldcorp Marigold Mining Co Valmy Gold Ore Mining 212221 300 - 399
Coeur Rochester Inc Lovelock Silver Ore Mining 212222 300 - 399
Wal-Mart Supercenter Winnemucca Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 452910 200 - 299
Humboldt General Hospital Winnemucca General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 200 - 299
Humboldt County Winnemucca Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 200 - 299
Department of Corrections Lovelock Correctional Institutions 922140 200 - 299

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

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Northwestern Nevada

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Wholesalers: Diversified Winnemucca
Baker Hughes  
Oil and Gas Equipment, Services Battle Mountain
Oil and Gas Equipment, Services Battle Mountain
Newmont Mining  
Mining, Crude-Oil Production Golconda/Valmy
Travel Centers of America  
Specialty Retailers: Other Mill City

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to Top Impact Fees

Currently, the counties within Northwestern Nevada do not have any commercial impact fees.