Purchasing Administrator
Your Small Biz Update
From Clark County Purchasing
October 1, 2020

Although COVID-related budget cuts and staff reductions have required SBOP to pause activities in recent months, we are pleased to announce that the Clark County Business Development Advisory Council (BDAC) will host the 3rd Annual SBOP Alumni and Friends Mixer, coming up in December. In past years the BDAC mixer has proven valuable to participating small suppliers and potential customers who connected in person and established business-growing relationships. This year, we will all gather online.

Special thanks to BDAC partner Leanna Jenkins of the Nevada Business Opportunity Fund, who has graciously volunteered to provide the online platform for this year's virtual BDAC mixer. At a time when the County’s financial and human resources must focus on meeting immediate needs of local residents, families, and frontline responders affected by COVID-19, our small business support partners are more important than ever. Be sure to watch your email inbox for mixer details.

One of the toughest challenges businesses face right now is rebuilding or growing teams adversely affected by the pandemic. If you are struggling to find and hire work-ready employees it may be time to explore free employment services designed to help.

In this issue of the Small Biz Update, you'll find updates on COVID-related small business grant funding. You'll learn how free public workforce development services can help you screen, train, hire, and perhaps even help to cover the cost of on-the-job training for new employees. Plus, there is a brand new Employ NV Business Hub where you can gain access to a variety of employer resources in one place.

As always, if you have questions about purchasing guidelines and procedures or feel our Purchasing team can be of assistance, please be sure to let us know. Email [email protected] or call (702) 455-2897.

To your success, 

Adriane Garcia, MPA, CPPB
Purchasing Administrator
Clark County Purchasing and Contracts

Tri-Chamber Small Business Stabilization Grant
Financial Support for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce, and Urban Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to provide financial support to small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have developed a grant assistance program using Federal CARES Act funds.

  • Up to $25,000 for companies with 5-20 employees
  • Up to $10,000 for companies with 1-4 employees

For working capital (rent, utilities, inventory, payroll, license fees, etc.) 

If you have questions or wish to apply contact any of the chambers below.

To inquire about applying through the Asian Chamber
Call 702-737-4300 or

To inquire about applying through the Latin Chamber

To inquire about applying through the Urban Chamber
Clark County's Small Business Retrofit Grant
There's Still Time to Apply

The Small Business Protective Retrofit Grant reimburses up to $5,000 (based on actual expenditures with receipts) for costs associated with COVID-19 related safety measures, such as facility modifications, personal protective equipment, screening tools, training, touchless technology, and more.  Approved applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted or December 13, 2020, whichever comes first.

Businesses that have received other federal, state or local COVID related grants or loans may apply. However, funding priority will be given the businesses that have received less than $25,000 total and based on availability of funds.

Need help with your grant application?

The Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNLV is available to assist local small businesses with their Clark County Small Business Grant applications.

To schedule an appointment and learn more about the services provided by the Nevada SBDC at UNLV, please click here or call 702-895-5019.

Employer Assistance to Help Your Team Recover
Free Workforce Development Services
Many businesses working to replace employees lost during the COVID-19 slowdown are finding they need more help than their traditional job recruitment agencies can provide. If you need additional help to rebuild or grow a team it may be time to seek free employer services through a public workforce development organization. In southern Nevada, free employer assistance is available through WIOA-funded service providers. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act) partners receive federal funding through the Local Workforce Development Board better known as Workforce Connections. 

Save Time and Money
WIOA providers can serve as your HR department or an extension of your HR team by helping you screen, recruit, hire, and train job-ready employees based on the specific needs of your organization. All free of charge. In many instances businesses are eligible to receive wage reimbursement to help employers cover the cost of on-the-job training during the new employee's first six months at work.

WIOA provides career development and employer services through its One-Stop Career Center. For more details about WIOA services to benefit employers you can download a business fact sheet here

To find a list of local WIOA funded partners on the Workforce Connections website, click here
Employ NV Business Hub - Multiple Resources
Employer Services & Economic Assistance Under One Roof
Mary Beth Sewald, Vegas Chamber President & CEO officially cuts the ribbon to open the new “Employ NV Business Hub” inside the Vegas Chamber on Friday, September 18, 2020. (L to R - Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections executive director; Jonathan Alvarez, Protective Force International CEO (Vegas Chamber member business who can benefit from resources);  Mary Beth Sewald, Vegas Chamber President & CEO;  Irene Bustamante Adams, Workforce Connections Deputy Director & Chief Strategy Officer; Tom Burns, Vegas Chamber Chairman of the Board.
Kathy Todd/Red 7 Communications
Local employers working to recover in the COVID era can now connect with WIOA and other workforce development professionals through the newly launched Employ NV Business Hub inside the Vegas Chamber at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100. The hub opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 18th. A second location is expected to open later this fall.

The Employ NV Business Hub is a collaborative effort with partners including Workforce Connections, Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Vegas Chamber, and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Workforce professionals are available at the center by appointment only from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to assist employers with challenges such as funding, training, hiring, talent development, and recruiting.

"We believe the new business hub will be pivotal in helping local businesses recover and thrive again," said Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections executive director. 

"The Employ NV Business Hub will connect employers to expertise that can identify and recruit the trained workers they need, as well as connect them with financial resources to give their business economic assistance,” said Mary Beth Sewald, president and CEO of the Vegas Chamber.

To schedule an appointment at Employ NV Business Hub call (702) 586-3808 or email [email protected]. For more information about available resources, visit

Special thanks to Kathy Todd of Red 7 Communications who provided content and photos for this article.

Business Building Events

Virtual Events

Pinpointing Your Brand and Target Market in the Wake of COVID-19
October 7, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Throughout this pandemic, many businesses have pivoted, pivoted back, or shifted their audience. Let’s talk about how to do that in a way that will keep your business moving forward!

Where’s the Contract? Harnessing Publicly-Available Business Intelligence and Data for Federal Government Contracting
October 21, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where’s the Contract is a no-charge monthly training program designed to put Nevada businesses on the path to securing government contracts and diversifying revenue sources.
Selling to government?
Simplify the process.
The Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Procurement Outreach Program (POP) provide free services to simplify the process of selling goods and services to government. These programs from the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development provide services free of charge.

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