Made in NV – Shop Local

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Reno Envy/Home Means Nevada Co. is one local company whose products, such as this T-shirt, can be found on the new Shop Made in Nevada website

Made in Nevada launches e-commerce website.

 

Made in Nevada combines entrepreneurship, small business, and Nevada into one solidified, economy-boosting movement.

According to associate project coordinator Bradford Scribner, it is “The Silver State’s longest-running, statewide, small-business marketing cooperative and gains all its power from the incredible Battle Born businesses that call this state home.”

An extension of the Small Business Development Center of Nevada, what once was simply a business development resource and information hub for tourists is now a full-blown e-commerce website. Yes, like most savvy for-profit organizations around the globe, Shop Made in Nevada, the Made in Nevada small business e-commerce website, now lets you shop Battle Born everything, virtually.

Within a month of its launch on Nevada Day (Oct. 31), Shop Made in Nevada experienced higher-than-expected sales.

“Over $1,200 of product sold on the website in the first four weeks,” Scribner says.

Some of the Nevada-owned businesses whose products are available for purchase on the website

The online shop went live strategically just in time for retail entrepreneurs’ favorite holiday, Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), during which traffic spiked above its average 600 visitors per day, according to Scribner. This new endeavor was made possible by the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, a campaign that advocates for small businesses by connecting them with their local communities.

With everything from photography prints to gourmet chocolates, Shop Made in Nevada’s clean website offers a gift for anyone, including local food and drink, jewelry, décor, clothing, and more. By filtering through categories such as “All Things Nevada,” “Nevada Grown,” and “Native American Made in Nevada,” you’re sure to find a wealth of authentic Nevada-made goods.

Since the launch, Scribner says, the site has onboarded 62 authentic Nevada businesses, with an average of three to five new signups each day.

“It not only speaks to the demand for actionable, state-run small business programs,” Scribner says, “but also the immense need for small business assistance of all kinds during this time of unprecedented economic failure.”

Giving small, local businesses a platform to continue operating safely in the midst of shutdowns has proven a much-needed opportunity. Plus, with the online platform, local businesses are now able to reach a wider audience through the website, which, according to the site’s description, acts as a “gateway to The Silver State” for those in faraway lands.

Consumers can shop for Made in Nevada goodies at Shop.madeinnevada.org, and Nevada business owners interested in joining the community to sell their wares are encouraged to sign up at Madeinnevada.org/join.

Emma Schmitz is a writer living in Truckee. She has been in an exclusive relationship with craft beer for almost a decade and is studying to be a beer sommelier.

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