Find the leading banks, lenders, corporations, and charities in Nevada that provide either free small business grants and/or loans to minority owned small businesses, entrepreneurs, as well as women owned or run companies. A number of agencies listed below can provide financial assistance near you, along with support such as business coaching, mentoring, marketing help, and more. Small business grants as well as loans are available across Nevada, including in Las Vegas and Reno.
Applications are accepted from any small business owner or startup company in the state, however each program will allocate funds to disadvantaged businesses as well. This includes free grants for Latino, Black, Veteran, LGBTQ, disabled, and female owned businesses, among others. There are also banks, CDFIs, and lenders that give affordable, competitive loans to minority and women owned businesses in Nevada.
The financial support is given to BIPOC businesses (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) as well as MWBE owned businesses along with other assistance. Women can get mentoring from other female business leaders in Nevada. There is free advice for Black, Latina and minority owned companies. Or look into workshops, entrepreneurship classes, budgeting or financial project help and more.
Find business loans or free grants in Nevada
The list of programs, agencies, and resources below is updated daily. Any small to mid sized business, or startup company, can apply for a loan, grant, counseling, or financial help.
Ongoing and Year Round
Las Vegas and Clark County minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs, with a focus on Latino and Immigrant owned, can access free resources from the Clark County MBDA Business Center. The address is 6375 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146. A number of services and assistance programs are offered. Learn about free federal and state of Neva grants and low cost loans from banks, non-profits and lenders. There are business plan development resources, help with getting procurement contracts, information on small business financing and more. Phone 702-285-7003.
Disadvantaged businesses in Reno and Washoe County can access a wide variety of assistance from the Audacity Fund Reno. The non-profit works to help small business owners and women or minority entrepreneurs get the support they need. This includes everything from free grants to mentoring, networking opportunities, and general “education” on how to start or grow a small business. Get product planning help, accounting support, and other free advice. Donations to the Community Foundation of Western Nevada allow the financial aid to be paid out. Read more. https://www.audacityfundreno.com/
The Statewide StartUpNV is for entrepreneurs and start up companies, including minority, women, immigrant and veteran among others. They can help people start, fund, and grow a business. Get free mentoring, access to Angel Investors, or learn about low cost or 0% APR loans or free government grants. There are Bootcamp programs, Incubators, Business Accelerator programs and more. Learn about the Nevada non-profit here. https://startupnv.org/
Small businesses or entrepreneurs located in Reno can get grants from the city and/or the non-profit Audacity Institute. This particular program is only for businesses that are majority owned by a minority or female – there must be at minimum 51% ownership. At most, $20,000 is given to a qualified business. It is a grant so the money does not need to be paid back, and the funds can pay for inventory, working capital, rent, or other costs. Immigrants, Spanish speakers and others can apply as well, and call 775-470-7789 for applications.
By Jon McNamara