RENO – The “Coping with COVID-19” town hall series produced by the University of Nevada, Reno Extension continues this month with free sessions featuring EmployNV and its Business Hubs. An English-language session will be held next Wednesday, Feb. 3, and a Spanish-language session will be held the following Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Buddy Borden, economic development specialist with Extension’s Business Development Program, said the information and services available to business owners and workers through EmployNV is comprehensive and particularly useful in recovering from last year’s business shutdowns.
“For small-business owners, there is a tremendous amount of data and assistance that can really help them recover and grow,” Borden said. “For individuals, it can help them target a long-term career, rather than just a short-term job.”
Resources available through EmployNV include data on the state’s labor market, to both employers and those seeking employment, statewide. The Extension also notes that EmployNV’s two Clark County Business Hubs “connect employers to free resources and access to the public workforce development system, which provides a wide range of tools, training and funding through federal programs. The Hubs are staffed with experts who know how to help employers navigate today’s complex business issues and unlock resources of which they may not be aware.”
The two town halls are complemented with free webinars as well. Complete details are below.
The town hall, “Meet EmployNV and its Business Hubs,” is at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, for English speakers; and at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, for Spanish speakers.
- From the Small Business Administration – Saul Ramos, deputy district director (English-languages session); and Alfredo Cedeño, outreach/marketing specialist (Spanish-language session)
- From the Nevada Department of Business & Industry – Marcel Schaerer, deputy district director
- From EmployNV Business Hub – Elizabeth McDaniels, business services ambassador
- From Extension – Reyna Mendez and Juan Salas, business development instructors; and Mike Bindrup, research associate
- For the Feb. 3, 9 a.m., English-language Meet EmployNV and its Business Hub town hall, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AP4YvFJkTiq_zEWURoODtw
- For the Feb. 10, 9 a.m., Spanish-language Meet EmployNV and its Business Hub town hall, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jkVaCMBaQemW9ryRWAeq1
The English-language webinar, “Facebook Business Basics,” is Friday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. Mendez will discuss:
- Creating your Facebook business page
- Exploring Facebook business basic settings
- Insight analysis
- The Facebook ad center – advantages and disadvantages of paid advertising
- Strategic tips to grow your fan page community
Register for the Feb. 5, 9 a.m., English-language Facebook Business Basics webinar, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x1qRCQjzTKWO250H3PD2fg
The Spanish-language webinar, “Business Entities and Taxes,” is Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m. Salas will discuss:
- How to start a business or a legal entity in Nevada
- The different tax structures at the federal level
- The advantages and disadvantages of tax rates
- The importance of deductible income and expenses
Register for the Feb. 12, 9 a.m., Spanish-language Business Entities and Taxes town hall, go to https://unrextension.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lFr7PjQIQR2YbT0G3-eoKA
Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event. For more information, go to the Extension Business Development Program website at extension.unr.edu/busdev. There are also other resources at the website to assist businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, email Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org.