Times are challenging for small business owners but help has arrived! A new employer-focused, small business resource center is now open at Sahara West Library, located at 9600 W. Sahara Ave. At the Employ NV Business Hub, small business owners (and those looking to start their own business) will find support, guidance, training, and financial services to help them recover and grow during this pandemic period.
The new Employ NV Business Hub is an impressive 2,650 square-foot multi-functional space located adjacent to the library’s art gallery. This exciting new business hub features conference spaces equipped with the latest technology; computers and Wifi for small business owners or start-ups; plus several unique areas to host employer and industry networking events and workshops.
Best of all, as soon as you enter the Employ NV Business Hub, you will be greeted by trained, on-site staff, who will talk with you about your needs and guide you to the resources that you need.
The sole purpose of this state-of-the-art space is to help local employers access a myriad of no-cost solutions offered through the publicly-funded workforce development system.
Many employers are not aware of the many free resources that they can access for recruiting, hiring, training, talent development, access to financial assistance, and more!
How Does The Business Hub Help?
This spacious new hub inside the Sahara West library will be the second and largest of two Employ NV Business Hubs in Southern Nevada. The first business hub opened inside the Vegas Chamber offices at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in September 2020.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we are proud to host this new Employ NV Business Hub,” said Fred James, acting executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. “This new service partnership expands the variety of resources available to local businesses as they look to start-up, expand, or navigate the disruptions of the pandemic.”
“We believe the new business hubs will be pivotal in helping local businesses recover and thrive again," said Workforce Connections executive director Jaime Cruz. Workforce Connections is the local workforce development board for Southern Nevada and has helped connect employers to short and long-term help throughout the pandemic. "The needs of businesses drive our board's decisions as we know their success determines job creation, opportunity, and economic growth for our region," said Cruz.
The Employ NV Business Hubs are a coordinated effort between Workforce Connections, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR), the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, the Vegas Chamber, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.
The business hubs can help employers connect to resources that are already available through the public workforce development system, such as on-the-job training opportunities.
The services employers can access at the hubs will be an essential asset to the LVGEA as it continues to recruit new businesses to Southern Nevada and helps existing businesses bounce back.
“As employers start hiring back, the Employ NV Business Hubs can assist with required skill acquisition for new employees,” said Jake McClelland, director of Workforce Development for the LVGEA. “The business hubs can reimburse employers for costs incurred on 'employer on-the-job-training' in an amount equal to half the new employee wages for the first few weeks of employment. This is just one example of how the hub's services directly impact the employer’s operating budget and increases their profitability.”
The goal of the business hubs is to provide employers with convenient, professional, and strategic assistance.
“We wanted employers to be able to go to one place in order to access the help they need to recover and thrive again,” said Cruz.
A Dynamic Partnership
The opening of the new Employ NV Business Hub inside the Sahara West Library is the latest evolution of a groundbreaking partnership between Workforce Connections and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.
The District currently hosts five of Workforce Connections’ One-Stop Career Centers, which focus on serving the needs of job seekers. The Employ NV Business Hub will now meet the needs of small businesses.