UNLV SBDC

UNLV Black Fire Innovation
8400 W. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Phone: (702) 895-5019

The UNLV office of the Nevada Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with UNLV Office of Economic Development, strives to make Las Vegas a better place to live, work and do business. Our main objective is the strengthening of the overall economy by promoting business development, which expands employment opportunities. The Nevada Small Business Development Center assists existing and new business enterprises by offering the following business advising services:

All Services are bilingual and include:

  • Professional business advising – practical, relevant advice to help business owners and prospective business owners
  • Microloans for businesses
  • Entrepreneurial training (including NxLeveL) in how to start, manage and grow businesses
  • Assistance in getting government contracts
  • Programs that support Nevada’s changing demographics, particularly women and minorities
  • Economic and demographic analyses – Current and accurate small-area data (using GIS as a tool) to research our region, used to help businesses select locations, understand market trends and predict growth
  • Environmental and energy-efficiency assistance for Nevada businesses and governmental entities – free, confidential and non-regulatory
  • Student support and learning opportunities
  • Technology-development assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, including researching and marketing new and innovative technologies
  • Nevada’s official population estimates and projections
  • Regional business and economic research for businesses, nonprofit agencies and governmental entities, to help make decisions about growth and development
  • Small business services focusing on veterans, Reservist and Guard members in their efforts to start or expand a veteran-owned small business initiative.

UNLV SBDC Staff

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Holland Wood

Business Development Advisor

holland.wood@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Holland Wood

Business Development Advisor

Holland Wood is a Small Business Advisor with the Nevada SBDC since 2020. His office is in the Blackfire Innovation Center, the first flagship tech hub in the 122-acre UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. During his 20+ year

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702-895-5019
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Rachel Flores

Small Business Advisor

rachel.flores@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Rachel Flores

Small Business Advisor

Rachel Flores serves as a Small Business Advisor at the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV. She has a background in marketing, communications and finance as well as a passion for building organizational systems.

Prior to joining the Nevada SBDC,

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702-895-5019
Las Vegas
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Jamie Schwartz

UNLV Blackfire Innovation, Director of Industry and Business Engagement

Jamie.Schwartz@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Jamie Schwartz

UNLV Blackfire Innovation, Director of Industry and Business Engagement

Lead Business Advisor for the SBDC and Las Vegas native, Jamie Schwartz, works at our BlackFire Innovation location in Las Vegas. With a background in business consulting, valuation analysis, financial analysis, banking, commercial real estate and business sales and acquisitions

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Lisa Gilbert

Training Coordinator

lgilbert@unr.edu
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Lisa Gilbert

Training Coordinator

Lisa Gilbert 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

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Las Vegas
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Albert Delgado

Business Development Advisor

Albert.delgado@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Albert Delgado

Business Development Advisor

Albert Delgado is a Business Development Advisor at the BlackFire Innovation location in Las Vegas. He has been involved with many facets of consumer and business lending and provides a background in banking, credit, financial literacy, cash flow, financial reports,

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702-895-5019
Blackfire Innovation Center
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Carlos Mejia Castillo

Business Development Advisor

carlos.mejiacastillo@unlv.edu
(702) 895-5019
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Carlos Mejia Castillo

Business Development Advisor

Carlos Mejia is a new Business Development Advisor in the Las Vegas office. He has been with the SBDC for over a year first, as an intern and has now transitioned into a full time position. Carlos recently graduated from

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