RGJ / UNR: The inside scoop on the makings of a new Reno

UNR.jpgAs our economy continues to recover, a variety of local organizations are making it easy for potential entrepreneurs to learn how to open a business, get the resources they need and find mentoring and coaching for the long run.

The best part: Almost all of these resources are free. Here’s the scoop:

Have a business idea but no prior knowledge in startups?

A good starting point would be checking out Entrepreneurship Nevada at www.enevada.org.

The website offers a list of resources that can help you find the organization, event or class that may best help you turn your idea into a reality. Also, see how other entrepreneurs are trying to “start up” by checking out 1 Million Cups, a weekly entrepreneurship meeting, held for one hour each Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Swill Coffee & Wine.

If your idea or business is a little further along where you are to the point of writing out a business plan or your business is already open and you need some help, check out the Nevada Small Business Development Center for NxLeveL Entrepreneur Training.

This intensive multi-session program delivers the knowledge needed to launch a new business or expand your current business. NxLevel also offers business advisers who not only offer guidance but can also help refine your business plan and business strategy, and help find financing opportunities.

Other entrepreneurs may have a solid business plan but are looking for general business advice and mentorship. Entrepreneurs Assembly or Reno SCORE may be the place to start for free for confidential business advice or mentoring.

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