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Business Beat: Farmers Markets A Lifeline During Pandemic, Reno Fintech Firms See Boost Last Year

The entrance of a farmers market. There’s a large sign that reads “Farmers Market Today” in the foreground. Several vendors have pop-up tents placed throughout the parking lot with various foods, including watermelons, cantelope, onions and more,
Kaleb Roedel
Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Shirley’s Farmers’ Market, located in the parking lot of Tamarack Junction Casino, on June 26 in Reno, Nev.";s:

Here’s the latest business news from around Northern Nevada, with Business Beat from the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Small Business Loan Program Seeing Increased Demand, Delays

As the economy continues to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic, many businesses are looking for lower-cost options to cover expenses. One option is an SBA 504 loan, but you might have to wait longer than usual.

The Nevada State Development Corporation is the state’s largest provider of SBA 504 loans, and its president says demand rose during the pandemic, especially once the federal government rolled out coronavirus relief programs, like the Payroll Protection Program.

The loans provide long-term financing for up to $5 million for real estate, equipment and other fixed assets.

Typically, the process takes three to five days, but now, it’s more like 20 working days.

Read more about the SBA 504 loan program at nnbw.com.

Farmers Markets Offered Lifeline For People, Producers During Pandemic

There weren’t a lot of places we could go safely during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but farmers markets offered people a way to get out of the house.

Shirley Sponsler has been managing farmers markets in Reno for nearly three decades. She told the Northern Nevada Business Weekly that farmers markets grew in popularity last year partly because of supply chain delays and panic buying from the pandemic.

Farmers markets were also a lifeline for local producers, who were without typical large orders from local restaurants.

Read more about farmers markets during the pandemic at nnbw.com.

Reno Fintech Firms See Increased Demand During Pandemic

Last year, many people turned to more digital services, like grocery delivery and online shopping, and that’s been good for Reno-based financial technology firms serving those needs.

One example is Zibo, which offers a banking and payment platform for independent landlords. It received millions in seed funding last year after the pandemic increased its use. The company expects to generate $1 million in revenue by the end of this year.

Read more about Reno financial technology firms at nnbw.com.

Kaleb Roedel is a KUNR contributor and reporter with the Northern Nevada Business Weekly. For more business news, check out the Northern Nevada Business Weekly at nnbw.com or in print on Wednesdays.

Kaleb is an award-winning journalist and KUNR’s Mountain West News Bureau reporter. His reporting covers issues related to the environment, wildlife and water in Nevada and the region.
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