With today’s business environment complicated by COVID-19,University of Nevada, Reno Extension will offer free online town halls on 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.
EmployNV offers counseling services and a variety of online information, including data on the state’s labor market, to both employers and those seeking employment, statewide. Its two Business Hubs, in Clark County, 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. EmployNV is a joint effort of the state’s Department of Business & Industry, and Nevada Workforce Connections in the southern part of the state and Nevadaworks in the north.
“EmployNV offers a real comprehensive package of information and services,” said Buddy Borden, economic development specialist with Extension’s Business Development Program. “For small-business owners, there is a tremendous amount of data and assistance that can really help them recover and grow. For individuals, it can help them target a long-term career, rather than just a short-term job.”
In addition to the online town halls, Extension will also offer free webinars, an English-language session on Facebook for business on Feb. 5, and a Spanish-language session on taxes for businesses on Feb. 12. Extension has been offering a series of online town halls and webinars for small businesses, “Coping With COVID-19,” since April 2020, to help entrepreneurs and businesses plan strategically, adapt and succeed. Details on sessions for the next two weeks are as follows:
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. Panelists include:
- 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
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
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
Both the town halls and the webinars usually run about an hour. To register:
- The Feb. 3, 9 a.m., English-language Meet EmployNV and its Business Hub town hall.
- The Feb. 5, 9 a.m., English-language Facebook Business Basics webinar.
- The Feb. 10, 9 a.m., Spanish-language Meet EmployNV and its Business Hub town hall.
- The Feb. 12, 9 a.m., Spanish-language Business Entities and Taxes town hall.
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. There are also other resources at the website to assist businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, email Borden.