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Success Stories

Westside Cafe Reno, Nevada

Sandra Rentas, a business development advisor at the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC), was the first to offer the NxLeveL training course for aspiring business owners taught entirely in Spanish – a first of any SBDC in the country.

Jesus Anguiano, owner of Westside Café & Coffee Company in northwest Reno, took one of Rentas’s NxLeveL training courses.

“Being from another country, I didn’t even know the resources I learned about in this course exist, even after being in business for 16 years,” Anguiano said. “SBDC interns came to look at the restaurant and suggested changes to signage, our menu board, promotion through social media and even offered ideas for interior design. Social media really helped to increase the traffic to the restaurant. I’m also in the process of changing the legal structure of the business and greatly benefited from learning about the importance of having a will, trust and exit plan as a business owner.”

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Phyllis Johnson, Owner

“I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur and own my own company that provided accounting services for small businesses,” says Phyllis Johnson. That was what drove Phyllis Johnson to eventually leave her corporate job as a Director of Finance & Operations for a small company in Las Vegas and make the exciting and challenging leap into the entrepreneurial world, launching PKJ Consulting - Accounting & Operational Services for small businesses in March 2015.

Phyllis continues by saying “My passion is allowing other entrepreneurs to focus on their passion while PKJ Consulting takes care of their back end needs.”  Phyllis Johnson believes that her continuing education allows her to learn and grow as a person and also allows her to fully help other entrepreneurs. She holds a B.S in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting and Finance from Pepperdine University, a MBA from UNLV with a focus in Entrepreneurship Management, her Professional in Human Resources... Read More

Think Tank Loves Monday Mornings

Who loves Monday mornings? Noble Studios does. The reason they say is “Passion. It's more than loving what we do. It's about looking forward to a new week, working alongside people we call friends.”

This creative atmosphere, fostered by founders Season and Jarrod Lopiccolo brought this company from a small beginning to a strong, remarkable group of 38 driven, innovative minds that include entrepreneurs, strategists, creatives, developers and account managers.

The little company that started in Carson City, Nevada in 2003 as a two-person, home-based web and marketing company has become one of the region’s fastest growing tech companies. It’s grown from a small boutique digital agency to a multi-million dollar tech company with a client roster of global brands – Asics, Autodesk, Barnes & Noble, Cisco, Farmers Insurance, Ford, HTC, Wildfire by Google, Verizon and Paramount Pictures.

While still in his 20’s,... Read More

In 1999 Joe Machin and Brian Edwards opened a mobile repair shop. They started the company out of their homes with one truck and two employees – themselves. After a year on the road they opened their first repair facility, RO Truck & Equipment. The company rapidly grew to a fleet of seven trucks and 38 employees. SBA guaranteed financing helped to achieve that growth.

The company was focused around truck repair for the construction industry and in the aftermath of September 11 as construction slowed, business declined and revenues dropped. The partners responded by moving to a smaller location, reducing staff and overhead.

Then they refocused their efforts, diversifying the company while staying true to their core business. Brian and Joe found working on a bus is similar to truck repair and as they marketed to this new industry with its fleets of buses and limousines, their client base expanded. In response to repeated requests from their new customer base, they... Read More