RENO, NV - Reno and Sparks have seen a small uptick in the number of people applying for business licenses. While city experts aren't sure why - they're hoping to capitalize on that excitement and make it easier than ever for people trying to start businesses here that would operate throughout the area.
"Every business counts," says Eileen Webb.
She should know. She's the president of Streamline Consulting. Webb just moved to Reno and plans to open shop here, but also have customers isn Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County. That's why she's thrilled to learn applying for all three of those licenses is now easier than ever.
"I'm going to go in and apply for a business license one time and I get it here at Reno, Sparks and in unincorporated Washoe County," says Webb.
Until this week, anyone who wanted to start a service-oriented business had to go to all three jurisdictions and fill out separate paperwork. But city officials hope that, by making this a one-stop process, more would-be entrepreneurs will make that jump.
"I'm a former business owner so I am very familiar with what it takes to go into business. It's very daunting. Especially if you've never done it before," says Chaump.
And it's not just going to benefit business owners. It will help the cities and county keep better track of who is licensed in their areas.
"All businesses need to be licensed and we need to know what they're doing and this way it encourages them because we make it easier for them to get the business license they need so that everybody understands what's going on in the business community," says Steve Driscoll, assistant city manager for the City of Sparks.
"I'm really impressed because it's going to make this area much more business friendly," says Eileen Webb.
There are two important points to make:
1. This one-stop processing only applies to service-oriented businesses.
2. When it comes to choosing which office a business owner will have to file the application at, it is the jurisdiction their home office will be located in.