NCET Biz Tips: Unlock the keys to success at the NCET Small Business Expo

Lisa Cano Burkhead

Starting a small business takes determination, passion, and discipline. This is why Nevada small business owners are some of the most driven and resilient people I have ever met. However, even running a small business requires a lot of learning: there are licenses to obtain, new skills to learn, and sometimes a simple uncertainty about where to turn for information.

That’s why I’m so excited that the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is hosting its 16th Annual Small Business Expo in Reno on Friday, October 7th at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.


From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nevada entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn about the skills needed to run a successful small business. Best of all, admission is free with a business card.


Nevada is one of the best places to start a business. From our state’s low tax rate and cost of living to its supportive business environment and strong talent pool, Nevada stands tall in its support for small business owners.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s business structure statistics, new business applications have risen to a record high across the country — and Nevada is leading the way.


In the Silver State, a record-setting 67,500 business applications were submitted in 2021. The Census Bureau projects that nearly 4,700 new businesses will become employer businesses in Nevada in 2022.


Even as our state continues to rebound strongly from the pandemic, we know small business owners face challenges. Competition for skilled workers remains fierce. Supply chains are disrupted. However, there are state agencies and organizations in our state working tirelessly to ensure that our small businesses not only return to normal, but are stronger and more resilient than ever. NCET is one of those institutions.


The NCET Small Business Expo is where small businesses and entrepreneurs can tap into some of the best help, guidance and insights from other successful companies that have overcome the challenge.


More than 100 exhibitors will provide detailed information about products and services that can make a difference for small business owners and startup companies. Exhibitors range from business-oriented law and financial firms to web service providers and advertising agencies. Participants will find opportunities for networking and one-on-one conversations in an informal setting.
Most importantly, as an attendee, you have the opportunity to generate new business relationships and hear new ideas that can make a difference for your business.


Over the years, the NCET Small Business Expo has connected tens of thousands of small business owners with those who can help them grow.
As Nevada’s lieutenant governor, I wholeheartedly support small businesses and individuals who have taken on the challenge of building a better future for their families and our state. That’s why starting an Office of Small Business Advocacy under my office is one of my first priorities.


And, that’s why I support and applaud NCET for providing Northern Nevada entrepreneurs a place to positively impact their businesses this October.


I strongly encourage all aspiring and current business owners to experience the upcoming NCET Small Business Expo.


Lisa Cano Burkhead is the lieutenant governor for the state of Nevada. A lifelong educator, Lisa Cano Burkhead is Nevada’s 36th lieutenant governor. She launched the Office of Small Business Advocacy earlier this year, is a board member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and chairs the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Advisory Board on Outdoor Recreation.

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