Seventh annual Governor’s Conference on Business coming to Las Vegas October 18

Conference to highlight resources for business startup and growth, and how Nevada’s investment in urban mobility and smart technology is helping to shape our state’s future


Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
Las Vegas, NV - September 12, 2018

The Department of Business and Industry will host the seventh annual Governor’s Conference on Business October 18 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The event will feature a Business Resource Expo, five interactive breakout sessions, and an all-conference luncheon. The conference assists entrepreneurs, startups and established companies get connected to the information and resources they need to start or grow a business in Nevada.  

The Business Resource Expo will be open to attendees throughout the morning.  Exhibitors represent a wide variety of services and resources including lenders, nonprofit business mentoring, legal services, marketing and branding consultants, government agencies and more.  Registered attendees can visit the Microsoft booth for a free professional headshot. A list of participating exhibitors can be found on the conference website. Exhibitor opportunities are still available for companies looking to establish new leads and make connections will fellow business owners and entrepreneurs.

Morning breakout sessions include a three-part workshop series on the Road Map to Start or Grow Your Business in Nevada, which will provide a step-by-step approach to navigating the resources available to assist businesses in all phases. A panel featuring entrepreneurs that have participated in the Governor’s Conference Business Pitch Competition will provide invaluable information during Startup Insights from Past Pitch Competition Participants.  Urban Mobility and Smart Technology: On the Forefront will bring together industry leaders like Tina Quigley from RTC, Greg Belaus from AT&T, and Brett Kanda from the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to address Nevada’s investment in autonomous mobility and smart cities and what it means for the future of our state.

The conference culminates with an all-conference luncheon program.  Mark Shunock, creator of Mondays Dark and In-Arena Host for the Vegas Golden Knights, will serve as the program’s master of ceremonies.  Conference speakers will include C.J. Manthe, Director of the Department of Business and Industry, and Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Public Policy at Lyft, an on-demand transportation company.  The luncheon and day’s events will conclude with a keynote address by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, interested in hearing how Nevada’s investment in urban mobility and smart technologies is helping to shape our state’s infrastructure and impacting the economy, or want an easy way to network with other business professionals, the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Business has something for you.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 18, and visit today to register to attend.  Online registration closes October 15. Attendee: $50; Nonprofit exhibitor: $275; B2B exhibitor: $375

Conference Agenda:

7:30 am: Registration, continental breakfast, networking

7:30 am- noon:  Business Resource Expo

8:00 am- noon: Free professional headshots for attendees provided by Microsoft

8:00 am- noon: Breakout Sessions

8:00 am- The Road Map to Start or Grow a Business in Nevada: Getting Help

9:00 am- The Road Map to Start or Grow a Business in Nevada: Licensing and Certification

9:00 am- Startup Insights from Past Pitch Competition Participants

10:00 am- The Road Map to Start or Grow a Business in Nevada: Funding for Your Business

10:00 am- Urban Mobility and Start Technology: On the Forefront

12:00 pm: Conference Luncheon

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