Nevada small business

Virginia City Reopens, A 'Calculated Risk'

May 11, 2020
Liza McIlwee standing behind a bar counter with a face mask and holding sanitizer spray bottles.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

On Saturday, many retail businesses across the state reopened for the first time in 51 days, after having been shuttered due to nonessential business closures in mid-March. Brian Bahouth of The Sierra Nevada Ally visited Virginia City as several shops opened their doors.

A woman sitting at a table
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

A brothel owner in Wells, Nevada has been awarded a federal emergency loan to keep her brothel alive during the mandated shutdown of nonessential businesses to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But contributor Brian Bahouth of The Sierra Nevada Ally says that funding is not currently available.

Stevie Tavener said, "Finding different breathing patterns or different things we can do to stay present in the moment. Things are changing hourly, so we kind of just have to stay as present as possible and that's what I'm focusing on most."
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Many Nevadans working in the service industry, who have the opportunity to file for unemployment, are currently in the process of doing so after the mandated statewide closure of all non-essential businesses for 30 days. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to two Reno locals who have been impacted.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto introduces a small business resource guide at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has released a small business resource guide in both English and Spanish. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

Cortez Masto introduced the business guide to about 40 people at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce last week.

Chief Executive Magazine

Nevada ranks ninth overall for being business-friendly. That's according to a newly published survey of CEOs. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

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Nevada has seen steady economic recovery for the last five years, and now has the lowest unemployment rate since 2008. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Unemployment has fallen to 6.4 percent, down from a high of 13.7 percent in 2010. Jobs have increased for 60 straight months, and small business employment is up to nearly its pre-recession peak.

Bill Anderson is Nevada’s chief economist, and he says a lot of this growth comes from filling in those jobs that were lost during the recession.