Extension offers weekly online town halls and webinars to help small businesses

Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 15:42:38-04

MAY 19 UPDATE: Here's the information on the next round of webinars:

This is the sixth week of sessions, which includes:

  • This week’s town hall, Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m. for English speakers and at 2 p.m. for Spanish speakers. Panelists include:
  • Saul Ramos, Small Business Administration deputy director
  • Marcel F. Schaerer, Nevada Department of Business & Industry deputy director
  • Pilar Lyons, Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section safety trainer

Besides needing funds available for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, small-business owners need additional support and guidance, as well as opportunities to talk with other small-business owners.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering virtual question-and-answer “Coping With COVID-19 Town Halls” for small businesses every Wednesday, and webinars on specific topics for small businesses every Friday.

The town halls and the webinars will be offered in Spanish and English and are aimed at helping small businesses “pivot and adapt” during this challenging time.

During the Wednesday town halls, there is usually a short presentation on a given topic or a preview of the Friday class during the first 10 minutes. Then, the participants network with one another and drive the discussion, with a panel of professionals and educators helping them troubleshoot challenges they are encountering.

This week’s town hall is at 9 a.m. for English speakers and at 2 p.m. for Spanish speakers, on Wednesday, April 22.

This week’s webinar, “The Canvas Model: How to Deliver Value to your Customers,” is at 9 a.m. for English speakers and at 2 p.m. for Spanish speakers, on Friday, April 24.

Both the town halls and the webinars usually run about an hour.

To register or for more information, go to the Extension Business Development Program website at