Economic Development

Western 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
borrowers.

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*
Carson City 7.475 3.5435
Churchill County 7.600 3.0220
Douglas County 7.100 3.1436
Lyon County 7.100 3.3553
Mineral County 6.850 3.6600
Storey County 7.600 3.4607
Washoe County 7.725 3.5689

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

Return to TopWestern Nevada'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
Lyon County School District Yerington Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 1,000 - 1,499
Amazon.com NVDC Inc. Fernley Electronic Shopping 454111 1,000 - 1,499
Harrah's Stateline Stateline Casino Hotels 721120 1,000 - 1,499
Carson Tahoe Hospital Carson City General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 622110 1,000 - 1,499
Carson City School District Carson City Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 1,000 - 1,499

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

Return to TopMilitary Bases & Installations

Base/Installation Branch of Service City/
County
Total Civilian
Force
Active Duty
Personnel
Dependents
Fallon Naval Air Station Navy Fallon/Churchill      

Source: Military Bases in Nevada

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with Headquarters in Western Nevada

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 Nevada

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
ABM Industries  
512
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks
Aflac  
125
Insurance: Life & Health Reno
Agilent Technologies  
384
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Reno
Airgas  
498
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Alcoa  
130
Metals Sparks
Alere Medical  
725
Medical Products & Equipment Reno
Amazon.com  
35
Internet Services & Retailing Fernley
American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center  
681
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
American Tire Distributors  
616
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
AmerisourceBergen  
28
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno
Anixter International  
420
Wholesalers: Diversified Reno
Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix)  
638
Education Reno
Apple (Data Center)  
5
Computers, Office Equipment Sparks
Applied Industrial Technologies  
852
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Apria Healthcare Group  
848
Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services Reno/Sparks
Aramark  
209
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks
Arrow Electronics Distribution  
138
Wholesalers: Electronics & Office Equipment Reno
Barnes & Noble Distribution  
381
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
NV Energy Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
4
  Reno
C.H. Robinson Worldwide  
220
Transportation and Logistics Reno
Cabela's  
646
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Cardinal Health Distribution  
22
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno
CarMax  
240
Automotive Retailing, Services Reno
CH2M Hill   
415
Engineering,Construction Reno
Cintas  
572
Diversified Outsourcing Sparks
Cisco Systems   
55
Network and Other Communications Equipment Reno
Clean Harbors Environmental Services Clean Harbors
656
Waste Management Sparks
Coca-Cola Bottling  
58
Beverages Sparks
ConAgra  
184
Food Consumer Products Sparks
Con-Way Western Express Con-Way Freight
464
Transportation and Logistics Sparks
Core-Mark Distributors Core-Mark Holding
346
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno
Costco Wholesale  
19
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno/Sparks/Carson City
Cummins Rocky Mountain Cummins Inc
168
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks
D.R. Horton  
418
Homebuilders Reno
Dr Pepper/7-Up Bottling Co of the West Dr Pepper/Snapple Group
430
Beverages Reno
Dupont Western Distribution Center E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
72
Chemicals Reno
Ecolab  
213
Chemicals Reno
FedEx Freight FedEx Corp
64
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Sparks
GE Energy (formerly Bently Nevada) General Electric
9
Diversified Financials Minden
General Motors Parts Distribution General Motors Corp
7
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
Granite Construction Nevada Operations Granite Construction
900
Engineering,Construction Sparks
Graybar Electric  
449
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Harley Davidson Financial Services Harley Davidson USA
433
Transportation Equipment Carson City
Henry Schein Distribution Henry Schein Inc
292
Wholesalers: Health Care Sparks
Hidden Valley Ranch Clorox Products
451
Household and Personal Products Reno
Honeywell International   
77
Aerospace and Defense Sparks
Hyatt Hotels  
584
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno/Incline Village
Intuit Financial Services Intuit
544
Computer Software Reno
J.C. Penney West Coast Fulfillment Center J.C. Penney
235
General Merchandisers Reno
John Deere Dealers Deere & Company
80
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks
Kennametal  
814
Industrial Machinery Fallon
Kinder Morgan Terminals Kinder Morgan
206
Pipelines Sparks
Kmart Distribution Center Sears Holdings
87
General Merchandisers Sparks
Landstar System  
786
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno
Lennar Corporation  
431
Homebuilders Reno
Marriott International  
219
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno
Martin Marietta  
923
Building Materials, Glass Sparks
Masco Paint Manufacturing Masco
323
Home Equipment, Furnishings Sparks
Merck West Coast Order Fulfillment Center Merck & Co
65
Pharmaceuticals Reno
Metrix Instrument Roper Industries
693
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Minden
MSC Industrial Supply
West Coast Fulfillment Center
MSC Industrial Direct
854
Wholesalers: Diversified Fernley
Northrop Grumman  
122
Aerospace and Defense Fallon
Old Dominion Freight Line  
876
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks
Oracle Corporation  
82
Computer Software Reno
Paccar Leasing /  Parts Distribution  Paccar
169
Motor Vehicles and Parts Sparks
Parker Hannifin / Veriflo  
217
Industrial Machinery Reno/Carson City
Paychex Payroll Outsourcing Paychex
879
Diversified Outsourcing Reno
PCC Structurals Precision Castparts
322
Aerospace and Defense Carson City
Pepsi Bottling Group PepsiCo
43
Food Consumer Products Reno
Performance Pipe Chevron
3
Petroleum Refining Reno
PetSmart Regional Distribution Center PetSmart, Inc.
376
Specialty Retailers: Other McCarran
Pitney Bowes  
540
Computers, Office Equipment Reno
PPG Industries West Coast Paint Manufacturing PPG Industries
190
Chemicals McCarran
Praxair Distribution Praxair
233
Chemicals Sparks
Quad/Graphics  
513
Publishing, Printing Fernley
R.R. Donnelley & Sons  
268
Publishing, Printing Reno
Reno Packaging & Supply Center Packaging Corp. of America
640
Packaging, Containers Reno
Ryder Integrated Logistics Ryder System
406
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno
Sally Beauty Supply Distribution Center Sally Beauty Holdings
643
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Sherwin-Williams Distribution / Emulsion Plant The Sherwin-Williams Company
278
Chemicals Reno/Fernley
Snap-On Tools Distribution Center Snap-On Incorporated
694
Industrial Machinery Carson City
Starbucks Roasting Plant Starbucks Coffee Company
196
Food Services Minden
Swift Transportation  
593
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks
Sysco  
63
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno
Tetra Tech  
805
Engineering,Construction Reno
Timken  
568
Industrial Machinery Reno
Tractor Supply  
480
Specialty Retailers: Other Carson City/Minden
Travel Centers of America  
339
Specialty Retailers: Other Sparks
United Parcel Service (UPS) - Hubs & Centers  
50
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Reno/Sparks
Urban Outfitters Distribution Center Urban Outfitters
715
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
URS Corporation  
256
Engineering,Construction Fallon Naval Air Station
Visteon  
351
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
W.W. Grainger  
295
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Wal-Mart
1
General Merchandisers McCarran
WESCO Distribution WESCO International
349
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks
West Corporation Call Center West Corporation
787
Diversified Outsourcing Reno
YRC Freight YRC Worldwide
506
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Carson City, Fallon, Gardnerville Ranchos, Fernley & Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 28 2
$1,511,000
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 86 554
$81,712,000
Utilities 45 94
$8,208,000
Construction 1,554 9,959
$496,368,000
Manufacturing 707 19,552
$1,065,344,000
Wholesale Trade 879 10,480
$533,537,000
Retail Trade 2,014 29,132
$786,444,000
Transportation & Warehousing 491 9,819
$402,244,000
Information 334 4,230
$253,590,000
Finance & Insurance 1,031 7,900
$447,370,000
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 977 4,298
$153,997,000
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 2,312 12,212
$682,827,000
Management of Companies & Enterprises 112 1,288
$125,670,000
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 1,061 16,030
$579,536,000
Educational Services 169 2,018
$56,756,000
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,611 28,119
$1,385,464,000
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 334 6,765
$152,206,000
Accomodation & Food Services 1,409 38,486
$801,566,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) 1,242 8,064
$228,867,000

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Carson City, Fallon, Gardnerville Ranchos, Fernley & Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 27 1    
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 66 9   9
Utilities 15 5 5 20
Construction 1,412 96 14 32
Manufacturing 457 121 57 72
Wholesale Trade 535 112 69 163
Retail Trade 1,199 146 31 638
Transportation & Warehousing 278 30 28 155
Information 181 14 10 129
Finance & Insurance 524 63 72 370
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 758 52 31 136
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 2,015 105 43 147
Management of Companies & Enterprises 38 14 18 42
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 847 79 29 156
Educational Services 132 22 3 12
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,192 158 70 191
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 224 50 28 32
Accomodation & Food Services 900 180 111 218
Other Services (except Public Administration) 1,064 76 24 78

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopImpact Fees

County Description Administering Agency
Carson No commercial impact fees
Churchill Each commercial project is evaluated on a case by case basis
Churchill County Planning
775.423.7627
Douglas No commercial impact fees  
Lyon 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. Lyon County Manager
775.463.6531
Mineral No commercial impact fees  
Storey No commercial impact fees  
Washoe Regional Road Impact Fee Schedule Regional Transportation Commission
775.348.0400