Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada Small Business Development Center
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 Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Geographic Information Services, Technology Transfer, the Nevada State Demographer, and the Nevada SBDC Resource Library are all located in the state office. The Director of Counseling, State Training Director, Director of Research and Assistant State Director call the Reno office home. The student intern department provides research and information to counselors throughout the state.

A new partnership formed in 1998 brought the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) office to the Nevada SBDC. SCORE counselors provide 2 hours of counseling services each day to new clients, freeing up the Nevada SBDC counselors for follow-up and expanded service to existing clients.

Full-time counseling services are offered through the Reno office, as well as part-time services provided to Carson City and Carson Valley. The state office presents nearly 100 training events each year in the Reno/Sparks, Carson City, and Carson Valley areas. Statewide programs are coordinated from the Reno office with program delivery to all Nevada SBDC centers, past examples include Y2K, Small Business Loan Expo, etc. 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 SCORE counselor or an SBDC management consultant, please call (775) 784-1717 or email admin@nevadasbdc.org.

Reno Staff

Ben Tedore

Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

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

Nancy Dahl

Client Intake Specialist

ndahl@unr.edu
(775) 784-1717
Nancy Dahl
Nancy Dahl

Client Intake Specialist

Nancy has worked at the Reno, Nevada SBDC office since 2006 in the capacity of ‘client specialist’. Nancy is the first point of contact for most clients and is responsible for discerning their needs and placing them with the appropriate

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(775) 784-1717
Sam Males

Sam Males

State Director

males@unr.edu
(775) 784-4820
Sam Males
Sam Males

State Director

Director of the Nevada Small Business Development center, manages 14 statewide offices that provide a wide array of technical assistance to Nevada’s businesses. In 1985, Males wrote the original NSBDC proposal to create the program within the College of Business.

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(775) 784-4820
Brian Bonnenfant

Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

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

Chris Lynch

Director BEP

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

Jake Carrico

Business Development Advisor

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

Business Development Advisor

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
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Karen Coe

Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

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

Operations Coordinator

Karen, Operations Coordinator, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2014. She works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Coe has specific experience with Human Resources, Neoserra, financial analysis, budgeting, grant writing, project management, office fun,

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(775) 327-2340
Reno, NV
Kayla Banda

Kayla Banda

Business Development Advisor

kaylabanda@unr.edu
Kayla Banda
Kayla Banda

Business Development Advisor

Kayla Banda joined the Nevada SBDC as a Marketing Intern in the Spring of 2017. After graduating with a BS in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an MBA, Kayla now works as a Business Development Advisor. She has specific experience with

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Winnie Dowling

Winnie Dowling

Deputy State Director

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

Deputy 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
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Sandra

Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

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

Business Development Advisor

Bio coming soon...

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(775) 682-9133
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Rod

Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

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

Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

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

Brad Scribner

Made in Nevada Associate Project Coordinator

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

Made in Nevada Associate Project Coordinator

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
Duke

Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

dukenishi@gmail.com
(775) 784-6879
Duke
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 business management, entrepreneurship, international business, and business consulting.

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(775) 784-6879