North Las Vegas helps small business owners with 'Jumpstart 2022'
North Las Vegas helps small business owners with ‘Jumpstart 2022’

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) —

The City of North Las Vegas wants to help small businesses get started. This is part of their “Small Business Connector” initiative called “Jumpstart 20-22”, which helps local entrepreneurs find the resources they need.

With a particular focus on North Las Vegas, Jumpstart 2022 was for those interested in start a business.

Starting your own business or start-up can be daunting, especially when you don’t have access to the right information and resources.

Their goal is to make those connections between professionals and business owners.

Carlos Meija is the Senior Business Development Advisor at the Nevada Small Business Development Center.

He says that whether your business is at the “idea stage” or an already successful business – looking to grow – North Las Vegas City Hall resources can help you.

“The role I play is to provide technical assistance, guidance, mentorship to the entrepreneur/small business community at whatever stage they are in. From starting, owning and exiting a company, I help them with all these steps and everything else,” Meija said.

So you might be thinking, I have this great idea, but it costs money.

Nic Steele, executive director of Access Community Capital, a loan administrator, says they have programs that offer small businesses an alternative to the standard PPP or small business loan.

“We are very different from your traditional financial institution. Our loans are mostly unsecured, so an individual can come in, they can tell us about the different loan products that we have available. Our loan rates are extremely competitive compared to a- three-year terms, and those rates are simply rates that aren’t available to small business owners, especially when they’re starting out in the early stages of business,” Steele said.

City of North Las Vegas officials say small businesses are what bring big money to the city and the community.

More companies, more jobs.

Mack Wiggins, is a business services consultant who works to connect small businesses with strong, reliable employees as they continue to grow. He says: “Employers and job seekers have a symbiotic relationship, so they work together, and we want to put the right people with the right employers, to make sure we take the time to find out what the seeker is looking for. job search and taking the time to find out what the employer is looking for and being able to network with both of them.”

The Small Business Connector has launched several small businesses, including that of local business owner JaDee Glover.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she and many others were left without work. She says she took a leap of faith and started her own business called “All Paperwork Services and Cash Back”.

”My company was born during the pandemic, so it was literally because of the pandemic that I decided to move forward. I wanted to help people navigate what they can do and how to turn into a legit business, so they can access all of these resources. A lot of people don’t think of themselves as a business, they think of themselves as a side hustle, or a hairdresser or a mechanic, and my job is to let them know that, no, you are a small business and put the paperwork behind you, to make sure,” Glover said.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown were guest speakers at the Small Business Connector event.

The North Las Vegas Connector started in October 2021 and has already helped 285 small businesses, of which 223 are minority business ventures, 157 women’s businesses, 30 veteran-owned businesses, and 137 based in North Las Vegas.

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