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About the Business First Program 

The Business First program is designed to help prospective or active business owners start or expand their business in the City of Reno. We are committed to providing the best business-friendly customer service possible and want to promote the City of Reno as an attractive location to do business. The program supports retention and expansion efforts of Reno area businesses.

Business First allows prospective or active business owners to meet face-to-face with staff professionals and essential resources to facilitate the business licensing process.Our goal is to ensure participants have an opportunity to ask questions, receive answers, and interact with a wide array of staff professionals from government and non-government entities involved in the licensing and permitting process.

Business First licensing by appointment will streamline the licensing process to save time and process applications more quickly and efficiently. By meeting representatives from various departments, the business owner and licensing staff will have better communication and a point of contact throughout the application process. Customers may either apply during their initial appointment or schedule a future appointment for application submission.

Customers are able to schedule licensing appointment online, via email or by phone via the Business First Hotline at 334-INFO (4636).


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Business First Hotline
If you have a business licensing question,
call 334-INFO (4636) or chat with a
representative online by visiting

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Licensing by Appointment
Schedule an appointment with us for the opportunity to
review business license forms, fees and ask questions.


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Regional Business Program
You can now renew a business license,
track applications, and access Reno, Sparks and
Washoe County licensing all in one place at

biz5Business First Partners

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