KUNR's Small Business Series

Every dollar spent at a local business is a greater return to the community, creating jobs and increasing spending.  In the business world, this concept is known as the “multiplier effect.”  Reno Public Radio’s news team profiles five small businesses changing the local economy and culture in Northern Nevada.

Reno's MidTown District: One Young Bar Owner's Story

Feb 13, 2015
Alexa Ard

When KJ Flippen took over as the owner of the Zephyr Bar in 2011, it was in his words, "a dive." Today, it's a thriving lounge located in the heart of MidTown. Flippen talks with Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli about the Z-Bar's transformation and what it's like to be a young entrepreneur.
 

Alexa Ard

Tech entrepreneurs are calling a stretch of First Street in downtown Reno Startup Row. Nate Pearson is one of them. His company TrainerRoad makes an app to help cyclists train for races. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with him for our series on local small business leaders.

Neal Cobb

As Reno has changed over the decades, so have the small businesses that set up shop here. No one knows this better than local historian Alicia Barber. 

Photo by Alexa Ard

Women-owned businesses in Nevada are growing faster in number and employment than other companies, according to a  2013 American Express studyJimmy Beans Wool started as a small yarn business in 2002 by knitting enthusiast Laura Zander. Last year, the company’s revenue exceeded $8 million.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talks with Zander.

Photo by Alexa Ard

Tesla and other big companies get most of the attention in Northern Nevada, but, actually, small business accounts for more than 40 percent of the state’s employment. Reno Chef Mark Estee, who owns Campo and the newly opened Provisions, is one of those job creators.  Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray sat down with Estee to learn more.