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Secretary of State Talks Business With Area Entrepreneurs
Posted Date: 10/21/2009
Discussion centers on building Nevada Business Portal
and attracting new start-ups to Nevada

(Carson City, NV – October 21, 2009) – Secretary of State Ross Miller met with 20 members of the Reno-Tahoe Entrepreneurs’ Organization Tuesday to discuss how Nevada can attract more business, particularly entrepreneurs.

Secretary Miller said the Nevada Business Portal will give businesses one more reason to incorporate in Nevada. When fully developed, the Portal will serve as a one-stop business customer service center where clients can conduct all their transactions with state and local government. Businesses will submit the required information only once, rather than provide it to each state and local agency, and will pay for all licenses and registrations in a single transaction. Annual renewals will be conducted through the Portal, as well.

“While we always want to encourage more businesses to incorporate in Nevada, we also want more businesses to actually set up shop here, hire Nevadans to work for them, and contribute to their communities,” Secretary Miller said. “The members of the Entrepreneur’s Organization and I talked about how we can do that by working together to be as competitive as we can be.”

Secretary Miller said that small businesses tend to be the largest factor in bringing a state or region out of recession because they are better equipped to adjust to market conditions and
survive a downturn. He said traditional industries like gaming and construction will be slow to recover and so small business innovation will be the key to economic recovery. He encouraged the entrepreneurs to promote the web site that explains why Nevada is already a great place to do business.

“Yes, the state can always do more to attract new business, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Nevada is already consistently rated one of the most business-friendly states,” Secretary Miller said. “We have low taxes, low incorporation fees, lean state government, and a great transportation network. But if a business is looking for even more that that, like clean air, clean water, renewable energy and endless recreational opportunities, then Nevada is the only place for them.”

The Reno-Tahoe Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization was established in 2000 and has 28 members, who average just 41 years in age. The average member business conducts more than $7.5 million in annual sales and has 35 employees. World-wide, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization has more than 7,000 members who generate more than $100 billion in sales.