By Lukas Eggen
Ely Times Staff Writer

Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford is sponsoring a rural business and entrepreneur forum titled “Doing Business with Federal Agencies and Access to Capital Workshop” on Nov. 8. Available via video conferencing, the workshop is available at the White Pine County Cooperative Extension Office at 995 Campton St. in Ely.

“My office is hosting the Rural Small Business Forum because I am committed to growing the economy, creating jobs and helping any constituents grow their small businesses throughout Nevada’s fourth Congressional District,” Horsford said.

The forum begins at 10 a.m. with forum topics centering on loan processes and an overview of federally backed loan programs that are available to rural business owners. The first session is scheduled to run until noon when a one-hour lunch break will then occur.

The second session begins at 1 p.m. and covers federal contracting and a discussion of current federal contracting needs in rural Nevada. Horsford said his office has sponsored other forums aimed at helping businesses during his time in office and that he’s happy to sponsor forums like this, which are aimed at helping business owners in every part of his district as they go forward. And with a district more than 50,000 square-miles long, Horsford said these videoconferencing forums can help people across his district gain access to the information and topics being discussed without having to travel great distances.

“I represent every Nevadan in our new 51,000 square-mile district,” Horsford said. “We have been hosting forums across the state regarding access to capital and help for small businesses contracting with federal agencies and now we’re holding one in Moapa Valley that will be accessible via videoconference to anyone in rural Nevada.”

The forum will feature participation from several organizations, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, Nevada State Bank and more to help guide rural business owners through the various topics presented during the forum.

“We’re excited to have representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, among others, participate in this informational forum,” Horsford said.

Congressman Horsford was involved in several pieces of legislation over the last few weeks. Horsford recently introduced the Lincoln County Land Act Amendments with Nevada Senator Dean Heller. Which is aimed at allowing Lincoln County to more effectively carry out land use conservation and land-use goals.
Congressman Horsford also recently co-sponsored the USA Freedom Act, a bill designed to increase privacy protections for Americans by reviewing and reforming the National Security Administration’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs, Horsford said.

While Horsford continues to work in Washington D.C., Horsford said he hopes the small business forum in Nevada will help rural business owners come away with a better understanding on several issues facing them.
For more information about Congressman Horsford, please visit www.horsford.house.gov.