Start a Business

Henderson is a great place to have a great idea, and the right place to bring your business concept to fruition, thanks to resources, connections and assistance—all in a city with a proven record helping successful local companies like K-2 Energy grow from the ground up.

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A powerful pro-business, pro-innovation environment:

The nation’s first state to green light autonomous vehicles, Nevada was also an early supporter of bitcoin, and in 2019 passed the “Nevada Sandbox Program,” Senate Bill 161, which exempts businesses that are testing innovative financial products and services from certain licensing and regulatory requirements. Your ideas and innovations are worth more in Henderson, where your new enterprise will be supported in a low-cost, low-tax environment with reduced regulation:

  • #4 Top Digital City Center for Digital Government
  • “Most Entrepreneur-Friendly State” SBE Council
  • Zero tax on personal and corporate income
  • #5 Lowest-cost state for doing business
  • 30% lower utility rates
  • Lowest property taxes In the region
Quick Facts
#4 Top Digital City Center for Digital Government
“Most Entrepreneur-Friendly State” SBE Council
Zero tax on personal and corporate income
#5 Lowest-cost state for doing business
30% lower utility rates
Lowest property taxes In the region

The will and the workforce to move from concept to reality:

Henderson has the right mix of experience and enthusiasm for new enterprise, with a diverse and growing population and a robust talent pipeline that promises to supply your operation now and in the future.

  • 1 million population within 50-minute radius
  • 1.8% annual population growth rate
  • 65.3% diversity Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Multi-racial
  • 92.6% High school degree or higher (Higher than Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles and Phoenix)
  • 41.7% ages 25 to 54 Prime productivity
  • 44% ages 20 to 38 Leading innovation
  • High-performing K-12 schools
  • 9 universities and institutions of higher learning
Quick Facts
1 million population within 50-minute radius
1.8% annual population growth rate
65.3% diversity Caucasian, African American, Hispanic,  Asian American and Multi-racial
92.6% High school degree or higher (Higher than Las Vegas, Reno,  Los Angeles and Phoenix)
41.7% ages 25 to 54 Prime productivity
44% ages 20 to 38 Leading innovation
High-performing K-12 schools
9 universities and institutions of higher learning

Better for building your business from the ground up:

Henderson’s Economic Development team is ready to provide assistance in property selection, site tours and more. Henderson’s well-appointed co-working space, Co-Operate on Water, could be the right option. Specialized Red Team support at the Development Services Center brings together seven city departments for a one-stop responsive permitting, plan check, inspection, and licensing process that helps your business move forward—and move into your new facility—swiftly and with ease.

5 million+ SF prime office space

15 million+ SF available in 3 different zones
Light manufacturing, research and development and warehouse/distribution

Connections that spark more success:

The Henderson Economic Development team is also ready to introduce you to sources of funding and to local business and community leaders for fruitful networking.

Guide to Starting and Growing a Business in Nevada:

This comprehensive guide, compiled by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, covers a dozen major topics of interest, including planning, funding, business licensing, certification and marketing. In addition to useful basic information, you’ll find clickable links to governmental, private and educational resources.

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Still thinking about your idea? Here’s help:

First, take a close look at yourself and your business idea. Evaluate your own potential as an entrepreneur and assess the viability of your business concept.

For more information:

  • SCORE Las Vegas offers a variety of materials and webinars/seminars providing key guidance on topics that include how to evaluate a new business idea.
  • SilverFlume, Nevada’s Business Portal, also offers a New Business Checklist.

Next step: A business plan, and to formulate a good one, you should dive deep into research, to learn all you can about your business sector. What are the special conditions of the market? Who are your customers? Who are your competitors?

For more information:

  • SCORE Las Vegas provides support through webinars as well as actual business plan templates. Or explore the SCORE Startup roadmap, a 12-module course that takes you from generating and evaluating an idea all the way through setting up your new business.

Where do you envision your business location? Will you set up shop in your home or in a co-working space? Will you lease or purchase business space?

For more information:

  • Co-Operate on Water: Henderson’s downtown co-working hub is an ideal space to start and grow your business, allowing you to connect with clients and conduct business in an attractive and highly functional office setting.
  • Henderson’s economic development staff can assist your location search with a useful overview of the city’s available space, sites and land.

What form of business ownership is right for your situation? Sole proprietor? Partnership? Nonprofit? Once you’ve determined your type of business, register it with the appropriate entity.

For information and assistance:

  • Nevada’s SilverFlume guide provides information about the differences in business types.
  • Find registration information, and register online at SilverFlume.
 

Capital is critical. Research and evaluate the types of funding that may be available to your new business, which could include grants as well as commercial and microloans or other financial instruments.

For more information:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration funding programs
  • Banks in the Southern Nevada region that specialize in small business lending include ??

Your first job as a future employer: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Also, it’s time now to research sources for recruitment and training.

For assistance:

  • Apply online for your EIN.
  • Check out Nevada JobConnect. Nevada’s Employment Security Division can supply screening and referral of candidates, or job seekers can contact your business directly through U.S. Jobs.

Register your business with the Nevada Department of Taxation, the Nevada Employment Commission and the Clark County Department of Tax Administration?

Assessment

First, take a close look at yourself and your business idea. Evaluate your own potential as an entrepreneur and assess the viability of your business concept.

For more information:

  • SCORE Las Vegas offers a variety of materials and webinars/seminars providing key guidance on topics that include how to evaluate a new business idea.
  • SilverFlume, Nevada’s Business Portal, also offers a New Business Checklist.

Plan

Next step: A business plan, and to formulate a good one, you should dive deep into research, to learn all you can about your business sector. What are the special conditions of the market? Who are your customers? Who are your competitors?

For more information:

  • SCORE Las Vegas provides support through webinars as well as actual business plan templates. Or explore the SCORE Startup roadmap, a 12-module course that takes you from generating and evaluating an idea all the way through setting up your new business.

Location

Where do you envision your business location? Will you set up shop in your home or in a co-working space? Will you lease or purchase business space?

For more information:

  • Co-Operate on Water: Henderson’s downtown co-working hub is an ideal space to start and grow your business, allowing you to connect with clients and conduct business in an attractive and highly functional office setting.
  • Henderson’s economic development staff can assist your location search with a useful overview of the city’s available space, sites and land.

Foundation

What form of business ownership is right for your situation? Sole proprietor? Partnership? Nonprofit? Once you’ve determined your type of business, register it with the appropriate entity.

For information and assistance:

  • Nevada’s SilverFlume guide provides information about the differences in business types.
  • Find registration information, and register online at SilverFlume.
 

Funding

Capital is critical. Research and evaluate the types of funding that may be available to your new business, which could include grants as well as commercial and microloans or other financial instruments.

For more information:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration funding programs
  • Banks in the Southern Nevada region that specialize in small business lending include ??

Talent

Your first job as a future employer: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Also, it’s time now to research sources for recruitment and training.

For assistance:

  • Apply online for your EIN.
  • Check out Nevada JobConnect. Nevada’s Employment Security Division can supply screening and referral of candidates, or job seekers can contact your business directly through U.S. Jobs.

Taxes

Register your business with the Nevada Department of Taxation, the Nevada Employment Commission and the Clark County Department of Tax Administration?

RESOURCES:

Here in the state of Nevada, pro-business attitudes lead to pro-business actions, such as the formation of entities like the Nevada Entrepreneur Network. And that’s only one of the many resources available to you and your organization.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Las Vegas: SBDC offers a wide range of services, from consulting and assistance in getting government contracts to entrepreneurial training and regional business and economic research. The Center also offers small business services designed for veteran-owned businesses.

Nevada Entrepreneur Network. Powered by Startup Space, Nevada’s first online entrepreneurial network was founded by the Small Business Development Center with the aid of a Google Impact grant, and offers an impressive depth of resources and avenues for vital business connections. 

Nevada State Data Center (SDC) helps you leverage one of the most precious assets any business can have: Data. A cooperative effort with the U.S. Census Bureau, the SDC offers training and technical assistance in working with U.S. Census data for a variety of purposes.

Nevada State Development Corporation This non-profit corporation, the state’s largest SBA 504 loan provider, has facilitated the flourishing growth of Nevada small business since 1981. The 504 loan program enables small business owners to purchase commercial real estate and finance long-term equipment at affordable rates. Loan applications are processed swiftly, with pre-approvals in windows as short as 24 hours.

SilverFlume is Nevada’s one-stop business portal and resource. All the forms and information necessary to start a Nevada business are here, and with all applications in a single location, redundancies are eliminated and accurate record keeping is made easier. 

Nevada Procurement Technical Center (PTC). An outreach of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the PTC puts the knowledge of experienced business counselors at your disposal, helping your enterprise open opportunities in prime contract and/or subcontracting across local, state and federal agencies.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). From business guides to funding programs to federal contracting assistance to online learning opportunities, the SBA offers an all-purpose support system for small business.

Nevada Department of Business & Industry As a cabinet-level entity, the Department is responsible for a wide array of programs and services, including many designed to assist small business, such as access to capital, new market tax credits, bond programs and more.


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