LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance today announced a powerful new tool to help grow local businesses.
Called BizCONNECT, the program is Southern Nevada’s first truly regional business retention and expansion program. So while local business owners are focusing on running their businesses, they can use the BizCONNECT network to access resources and connections in Southern Nevada that can help them grow, leading to more jobs and more capital investment that will help Southern Nevada’s economy.
This is a “one stop shop for businesses to access all of the public sector resources available to help them succeed,” said Jonas Peterson, LVGEA Chief Operating Officer, at a press conference announcing BizCONNECT at the Switch InNEVation Center on Thursday, September 8.
Through private, confidential meetings, the LVGEA and its partners are out in the community listening to the needs of businesses, solving problems, cutting red tape, and helping businesses grow their networks.
By bringing together regional public and private partners, BizCONNECT will address businesses’ problems while educating local and state leadership about the unmet needs of our regional business community. The goal of the program is to continually improve the local business environment so that companies will grow and create jobs, hence improving unemployment levels and circulating more money within the local economy.
BizCONNECT would not be possible without partnerships. The LVGEA has partnered with several local organizations to ensure standardized surveys and communications. Internally, the LVGEA has implemented a system for follow-ups with businesses to connect with customers and guarantee the same excellent service no matter which partner organization makes the BizCONNECT visit.
In addition to LVGEA staff, several BizCONNECT supporters and partners attended the rollout at the Innevation Center for the BizCONNECT launch. Various organizations were represented as BizCONNECT supports and partners including: the City of Las Vegas, the City of North Las Vegas, the City of Henderson, Clark County, the City of Boulder City, the Mesquite Regional Business, the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Nevada State College, the College of Southern Nevada, NV Energy, Southwest Gas, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Nevada Industry Excellence, Workforce Connections, Nevada Small Business Development Center and the Governor’s Office of Business and Industry.