Business Opportunity & Workforce Development Program Orientation Set for Tuesday
The Clark County Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) program is hosting a kickoff on Tuesday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., to provide small business owners and job seekers with an overview of the program, its eligibility requirements and its application process.
The meeting will be held at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension facility at 8050 Paradise Road near Windmill Lane. The Business Development program hosts two, four-month sessions a year to educate small business owners and job seekers about how to compete for contracts to provide goods and services to Clark County and its departments. The program is free of charge. The next BOWD session will be held Aug. 5 through Oct. 23.
“Clark County is dedicated to doing business with local, small businesses in our community,” said Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “This program is an opportunity for business owners to learn about what opportunities exist and to receive professional guidance on how to compete for contracts. It’s also an opportunity for unemployed and underemployed participants to be trained and matched with participating small businesses seeking to hire new employees.”
Each BOWD session typically has about 50 participants. Applications for the program are accepted on an ongoing basis through Akers & Associates, Inc., which administers the program for Clark County. Registration space is limited for each session. Individuals interested in attending Tuesday’s orientation are encouraged to RSVP in advance by calling (702) 724-1500 or emailing Info@akersinc.com.
The BOWD program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. To qualify a small business must have a business license, offer goods or services the County would purchase and complete an assessment that determines whether the organization fits into the basic, intermediate or advanced level of BOWD’s curriculum. Participating firms will attend weekly, bi-weekly or monthly classes, depending upon assigned curriculum levels. ###
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark County is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.