Strong applications will clearly articulate the following elements of their venture:
A Minimum Viable Product, as defined by Eric Reis (the author of Lean Startup), is a version of a new product or service (e.g., product design/sketch, wireframe, demo video, landing page) that will allow your team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.
If you are applying for a prize that requires an MVP, we encourage you to visit the following resources:
Clark County Business License
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. 3rd Floor Box 551810
Las Vegas, NV. 89155
Phone: (702) 455-4252
City of Las Vegas
495 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV. 89101
City of North Las Vegas
2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North North Las Vegas, NV. 89030
Phone: (702) 633-1520
City of Henderson
240 Water St. Henderson, NV. 89015
Phone: (702) 267-1730
401 California Ave. Boulder City, NV. 89005
Phone: (702) 293-9244
City of Mesquite
10 E. Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite, NV. 89027
Phone: (702) 346-2835 x 3305 6
This resource will indicate the jurisdiction in which the address entered is located. Enter an address and click ‘Validate’
The jurisdiction retrieved will be one of the following:
a. Clark County if the address is in unincorporated Clark County.
b. Las Vegas
c. North Las Vegas
e. other corresponding city’s name
State Business License: If you wish to start a business you need to obtain a business license through the State of Nevada, Secretary of State’s Office. You will first need to decide your business entity typically either a Sole Proprietor, General Partnership, LLC or Corporation. About 70% of small businesses open as an LLC. You may want to speak with an attorney prior to deciding which entity is best for you. The cost for a Sole Proprietor and General Partnership business license is $200.00 per year. An LLC and a 4 Corporation business license cost $400.00 per year. You can apply for your business license online at www.nvsilverflume.gov. You will need to create an account and then follow the steps. Go to www.nvsilverflume.gov select Start Your Business and then select Start Your Business (online wizard). SilverFlume is a great resource for starting a business. Please review their FAQ section, which answers many common questions of potential small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Special Permits: In addition to city and county licenses, certain types of occupations are required to obtain special state licenses. Below is a list of licensing agencies to contact for more information.
State Contractors Board
2310 Corporate Circle, Ste. 200 Henderson, NV. 89074
Phone: (702) 486-1100
Public Transportation Permits Nevada Transportation Service Authority
2290 South Jones Blvd., Ste. 110 Las Vegas, NV. 89146
Phone: (702) 486-3303
Eldercare/Other Care Related
Business State of Nevada, Department of Human Resources Bureau of Licensure
4220 South Maryland Pkwy., Ste. 810 Las Vegas, NV. 89119
Phone: (702) 486-6515
Childcare Licensing Information
4220 South Maryland Pkwy., Ste. 810, Bldg. D. Las Vegas, NV. 89119
Phone: (702) 486-6515
Air Quality Permits
Air Quality & Environmental Management Government Center, 1st Floor 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV. 89155
Phone: (702) 455-5942
Clark County Health District Plan Review
P.O. Box 3902 Las Vegas, NV. 89127
Phone: (702) 759-0588 7
Workers Compensation: If you decide to hire employees you will also be required to obtain Workers Compensation Insurance, contact your business insurance agent for further details or contact the Division of Industrial Relations at www.dirweb.state.nv.us/.
Along with Workers Compensation Insurance you will need to consider other insurance needs. If you plan to use your personal vehicle to operate your business you will need business insurance on your vehicle. I would recommend contacting an insurance broker for the requirements for your type of business.
Unemployment Insurance: You will need to pay unemployment insurance through the Nevada State Employment Security Division at (702) 486-0250 or online at http: detr.state.nv.us.
Labor Laws: You will be need to be in compliance with local state labor laws, for more information visit the Office of the Labor Commissioner at www.laborcommissioner.com or at (702) 486-2650.
Incentives for Employers: Silver State Works through Nevada JobConnect. Employers can get up to $2,000.00 per employee in incentive reimbursements or training allowances for new hires. For more 10 information visit www.silverstateworks.com or at (702) 486-0129 in Southern Nevada or (775) 284-9660 in Northern Nevada, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ecosystem Chart offers a high-level orientation to the categories of business resources available in the state. It highlights federal, state and local government resources, as well as private sector resources. View the chart as is, or download the PDF and click the interactive links while connected to the internet (the names of entities cited in the PDF are linked to their respective websites).
The Roadmap: Guide to Starting and Growing a Business in Nevada is an interactive PDF covering 15 essential topics for those thinking of starting and growing a business in Nevada. Download the Guide and use it while connected to the internet. Navigate the document by clicking topics on the included Road Map. Among other things, the Guide has a licensing page with a clickable state map to connect people to local and regional business resources. With hundreds of links, the Guide simplifies the process of learning what’s needed and who to talk to.
SBA: Since the agency was founded, SBA has expanded the help it provides. SBA’s programs now include help with management, as well as financial and federal contract procurement. SBA provides specialized outreach to women, minorities, and armed forces veterans. SBA loans are available to victims of natural disasters. The agency also offers specialized advice and support in international trade.
SBA was created to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy. We remain committed to that goal. In our 2022-2026 strategic plan, SBA describes:
Ascent: A learning platform for women entrepreneurs.
Ascent is divided into major topics called Journeys, developed by experts in women’s entrepreneurship. Choose any journey to start, skip the ones you already know.
Within each Journey, you’ll find Excursions with the tools you need to master a topic. Each excursion includes a time estimate for completion. You’re the boss of when and how to apply these tools to your business.
MBDA: The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises.
MBDA invests in a national network of MBDA Business Centers, Specialty Centers, and Grantees. Our programs offer customized business development and industry-focused services to provide greater access to capital, contracts and markets.
MBDA Pilot Projects:
The Department of Business & Industry is Nevada’s one-stop resource for starting, growing and regulating business in Nevada. B&I is a far-reaching organization supporting everything from small business funding, to first-time home buying, to mine safety.
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This workshop will provide an overview of the 2022 Black Ambition Prize competition and curated support services as well as answer questions from prospective applicants in the Black Ambition Prize track about the application process and eligibility criteria. This discussion will be recorded and posted on the Black Ambition website.