Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Program Accepting Applications

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Clark County, Nevada

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The Clark County Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) program is now accepting applications from small business owners who want to increase their capacity to compete for contracts. The program also offers opportunities for job seekers to connect with small business owners.

BOWD is offered free of charge to all enrolled participants and registration is required. The next round of BOWD classes is scheduled to begin on Jan. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at 1845 E. Russell Road. Small business owners who wish to enroll may contact the County’s BOWD administrator, Akers & Associates, Inc., at (702) 724-1500 or info@akersinc.com.

"Breaking into government contracting can be daunting for even the most qualified small business and the BOWD program shortens the learning curve, enabling more local companies to do business with Clark County,” said County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak.

Small business owners who sign up for BOWD receive professional guidance and support as they build capacity to compete for contracts through a combination of classroom sessions, mentoring, coaching and County relationship-building activities. Small business participants gain access to contract opportunities as well as skilled and unskilled labor. The program welcomes inquiries from job seekers.

To qualify for the BOWD program a small firm must have a business license, offer goods or services the County would purchase and complete an assessment that determines whether the organization fits into the basic, intermediate or advanced level of BOWD’s four-month curriculum. Participating firms will attend weekly, bi-weekly or monthly classes, depending upon assigned curriculum levels.

Unemployed and underemployed participants have opportunities to be trained and matched with BOWD firms seeking to hire as they build capacity. Each job seeker is offered access to employment and training support. To qualify, an applicant must be a Nevada resident, at least 18 years old, eligible to work in the United States and have a valid Social Security number. Men born after 1960 must be in compliance with U.S. Selective Service requirements.

BOWD is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), approved by the County Commission and administered by Tom Akers of Akers & Associates, Inc. Akers assembled a team of core implementation partners called the Strategic Alliance For Emerging Small Business (SafeSB™).

Unemployed and underemployed participants will have opportunities to be trained and matched with BOWD firms seeking to hire as they build capacity. To qualify, an applicant must be a Nevada resident, at least 18 years old, eligible to work in the United States and have a valid Social Security number. Men born after 1960 must be in compliance with U.S. Selective Service requirements.