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05:00 PM - 06:00 PM - US / Pacific

The State of Entrepreneurship in Nevada

Nevada Entrepreneurs Network

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Join as we welcome an esteemed panel to discuss building a robust, battle born community that supports home-grown entrepreneurs.

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Nevada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is still getting off the ground. So where do we go from here - and how do we get there?The panel will discuss the roles needed to build a robust, Battle Born community that supports our home-grown entrepreneurs and businesses. 

Panel Bios

Gina Bongiovi


Gina is Managing Partner of Bongiovi Law Firm, a boutique firm that provides on-demand outside counsel services to businesses of all sizes.

Gina has helped found several nonprofits – Dress for Success Southern Nevada, Vegas Shepherd Rescue, Working K9 Rescue, School Guardian Project – and is working on others.  She also served on the UNLV Alumni Association Board, as chair of Vegas Young Professionals Advisory Council and currently serves on the Small Business Development Center Board, Dean's Advisory Boards for the Lee Business School and UNLV Honors College, and is the 2021 Chair of the Vegas Chamber Board of Trustees.


In addition, she's volunteered her time supporting a number of organizations that play major roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem - Startup Weekend, UNLV's Center for Entrepreneurship, 1 Million Cups, the Department of Business and Industry's Small Business Roundtable, UNLV's Technology Assessment Committee, has spoken for SCORE numerous times, and works diligently to establish and nurture connections among different organizations to reduce duplication and to amplify resources.


She's been honored as a Woman of Distinction by NAWBO, recognized as a Rising Star of Business by Las Vegas Business Press, listed among the Legal Elite for seven years running, awarded the International Women's Forum Carolyn Sparks Founder's Award, and has been honored twice as Alumna of the Year - once by the UNLV MBA program and, in 2020, by the entire Lee Business School. 

Lt. Governor Kate Marshall


Kate was elected Nevada’s State Treasurer in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. As Treasurer, she got rid of no-bid contracts and off-the-book accounts, and reduced spending, making government more efficient and identifying innovative methods to increase economic development for businesses in Nevada. Even during the economic downturn in 2009, Kate successfully managed Nevada’s investments so that they earned money every single quarter.

One of her proudest achievements as Treasurer was creating the College Kick Start program. In the first statewide program of its kind, Kate partnered with local banks to open and fund college savings accounts for every kindergartner in public school in Nevada—and she did it at no expense to the taxpayer.

Kate currently serves on the Board of the United Way of northern Nevada and recently ran her own legal consulting business. She has two daughters who both graduated from Reno High School. Kate is married to Elliott Parker, an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2017, they co-authored a book on Nevada’s experience during the Great Recession.

Kate was sworn in to office on January 7, 2019. As Lieutenant Governor, Kate is a member of Governor Steve Sisolak’s cabinet and serves as President of the State Senate. Kate is the Chair of the Commission on Tourism, Chair of the Advisory Board on Outdoor Recreation, Vice-Chair of the State Board of Transportation, a member of the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and a member of the Executive Budget Audit Committee.


Doug Erwin


Doug is a serial entrepreneur turned executive coach and nonprofit executive currently working as the Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development at EDAWN. Doug is committed to growing Northern Nevada’s startup and technology ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs as they embark upon their own journeys. Doug’s work in community has helped change the perception of Reno and lay the foundation for future generations of entrepreneurs to thrive in the region.

Before devoting his work fulltime to EDAWN, Doug cofounded six companies in different industries including eCommerce, software development, medical diagnostics and consumer products manufacturing. Through his entrepreneurial endeavors he experienced first-hand the highs and lows of building companies, managing investors and partners and the challenges associated with balancing family, self and career.

In addition to his full-time work, Doug is an active supporter of local nonprofits and community organizations. He was a curator for TEDx Reno for 3 years, served on the board of the Discovery Museum for 6 years and was an active member of Entrepreneurs organization for 13 years. Doug currently serves as a commissioner for the Reno Arts and Culture Commission and on the board of EO Reno/Tahoe.

Patricia Herzog

Patty Herzog serves as the Director of Rural Economic and Community Development with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). She brings over a decade experience as a small business owner, a former rural elected official, and community relations representative in the mining industry. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management in Technology from Great Basin College and a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies.

Date and Time

Wed., January 27th, 2021

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM - US / Pacific


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