Does your business have a product made in Nevada? If so, the Nevada Small Business Development Center would like to help you spread its awareness.
Made in Nevada, managed by the Nevada SBDC, is a nonprofit marketing and branding initiative that has proudly promoted Nevada-made products for more than 25 years. This program, a champion for Nevada-based manufacturers and artisans, is designed to promote goods that are grown, created, made or enhanced more than 51 percent in Nevada. The program encourages members of the community to support local businesses, which is vital to Nevada’s economy.
For businesses like Reno eNVy, whose business model is unique in the sense that they are not only selling products that have been finished in Nevada, but they are selling products specifically to Nevadans, Made in Nevada is an important part of their business.
“If we did not have the support of the local community, our business would not exist,” Scott Dunseath, owner of Reno eNVy, said. “We would not be able to hire employees and contribute to the economy and we would not be able to serve the community in the capacity of the Reno/Tahoe Visitors Center. Community support is the only reason we are in business.”
Made in Nevada currently represents small businesses as well as multiple manufacturing subsectors across the state. Membership opportunities are as low as $35 annually. A membership with Made in Nevada allows businesses to promote their goods with the Made in Nevada logo, letting buyers know they are purchasing locally sourced products. A membership with Made in Nevada also offers benefits such as participation in events, invitations to trade shows and exposure in the annual Nevada Spirit catalog, which is distributed to more than 15,000 people statewide.
“Being able to purchase Made in Nevada products that are locally made by our crafters and artisans, as well as giving these wonderful products as gifts, provides a real kindred spirit for the local communities as well as throughout the state and beyond,” Joanne Hill, president of Made in Nevada, said.
Support can also be shown by sponsoring the initiative. Current sponsors include The Flag Store, Silver Bighorn Company and the Nevada State Development Corporation. Sponsors also receive recognition in Nevada Spirit and on the Made in Nevada website.
Made in Nevada enthusiasts are encouraged to mark their calendar for the annual Made in Nevada Holiday Marketplace, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at The Flag Store in Sparks. The event will exhibit many different Made in Nevada products. Contact The Flag Store for more information at 775-355-0506.
For more information or to become a member or sponsor of Made in Nevada, visit MadeinNevada.org.
Alex Soeth is an MBA student in the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and serves as a business development adviser in the Nevada Small Business Development Center.