Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
College of Business
Business Building, Room 411
Reno, Nevada 89557-0032

Phone: (775) 784-1717


The Reno office of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC) houses the State Director and many of the Nevada SBDC's specialty programs.  The student intern department provides research and information to advisors throughout the state.

Full-time advising services are offered through the Reno office. The state office presents nearly 100 training events each year throughout the state. Statewide programs are coordinated from the Reno office with program delivery to all Nevada SBDC centers. Several research projects are developed, designed, and delivered with a multitude of partners and sponsors.

The state office is located in Room 411 of the Ansari Business Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. For more information about the Nevada SBDC services, or to make an appointment with a business advisor, please call (775) 784-1717 or email admin@nevadasbdc.org.

Reno Staff

Lisa Tolliver

Training Coordinator

ltolliver@unr.edu
Lisa Tolliver

Training Coordinator

Lisa Tolliver grew up in Las Vegas, earned her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Nevada, and completed her M.Ed in Higher Education from UNLV in 2019. Prior to joining us, she has served as a Recruiter and

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Las Vegas
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Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

karencoe@unr.edu
(775) 327-2340
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Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

Karen Coe, is the Operations Manager for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and the Project Manager for Made in Nevada. She has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2014 and works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno

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(775) 327-2340
Reno, NV

Jake Carrico

Northern Nevada Regional Manager

jcarric2@unr.edu
(775) 327-2335
Jake Carrico

Northern Nevada Regional Manager

Jake, Business Development Advisor, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2013. He works in the Reno office. Jake has experience in preparing financial projections and valuations for small businesses, conducting financial analyses, drafting and reviewing business plans, creating marketing

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(775) 327-2335
Reno, NV
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Chris Lynch

Director BEP

clynch@unr.edu
(775) 834-3687
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Chris Lynch

Director BEP

Chris, Director of the Nevada Business Environmental Program (BEP), has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2010. Mr. Lynch and his consulting team provide assistance to hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs annually on a broad range of issues including

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(775) 834-3687
Reno, NV
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Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

bonnen@unr.edu
(775) 784-1771
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Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

Brian is the Project Manager for the Center for Regional Studies where he has conducted a wide variety of mapping and analyses at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1994. Brian specializes in spatial analyses including site selection, market area,

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(775) 784-1771
Reno, NV
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Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

dukenishi@gmail.com
(775) 784-6879
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Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

Duke joined the Nevada SBDC in 2020 as a Consulting Director for the Black Rock Incubator and then as a Business Advisor in the University of Nevada, Reno office. Duke’s experience includes serial entrepreneurship, business management, international business, and business

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(775) 784-6879
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Winnie Dowling

State Director

wdowling@unr.edu
(775) 327-2334
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Winnie Dowling

State Director

Winnie, Deputy Director, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 1991. She works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Dowling has an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems. Ms. Dowling has specific experience

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(775) 327-2334
Reno
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Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

srentas@unr.edu
(775) 682-9133
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Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

Bio coming soon...

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(775) 682-9133
Reno
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Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

rodj@unr.edu
(775) 327-2339
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Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

Rod is the Senior Business Development Advisor for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC), located in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rod has been the Senior Business Development Advisor since he arrived to

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(775) 327-2339
Reno
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Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

eflorio@unr.edu
775-834-3674
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Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

Eric Florio joined the BEP in January as our new Air Quality Specialist Business Advisor.  Eric will work out
of BEP’s office in Reno and will provide air quality assistance statewide under our new contract with the
Nevada Division of

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775-834-3674
6100 Neil Road, Suite 200 Reno, Nevada 89511

Brad Scribner

Community Project Manager

bscribner@unr.edu
775-327-2335
Brad Scribner

Community Project Manager

Born and raised in Nevada, Brad graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2015 with a degree in Journalism. He is passionate about his work with small businesses, and loves nothing more than connecting, promoting, and supporting the entrepreneurs

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775-327-2335

Madison Shirley

Statewide Client Coordinator

mshirley@unr.edu
Madison Shirley

Statewide Client Coordinator

Madison, Statewide Client Coordinator, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2016 as an administrative intern and transitioned to a full-time role post-graduation. She graduated summa cum laude as the College of Liberal Arts Senior Scholar in 2022 with a

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Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

benjamint@unr.edu
775-682-9135
Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

Web Communications Specialist, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2005. He works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Mr. Tedore has specific experience with digital marketing, web development, social media, IT and graphic design. He previously

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775-682-9135
1664 N. Virginia St. Reno NV 89557