Business in Northern Nevada: How are We doing Coming out of Covid? June 10, 2021


How are businesses in Northern Nevada doing as Nevada and the nation come out of the Corona Virus Pandemic?  As head of the Reno-Sparks Chamber, Ann Silver has share inside information to share.  She will also discuss the impacts of various federal funding programs, and the PETS grant from state agency GOED.  Ann will share stories of the rise of new, small businesses, the closing of some that may have over-saturated our prepandemic community.  She will also discuss the challenges businesses have faced with the lack of candidates who are ready and willing or able to return to work.

Ann Silver

Ann SilverSince 2016, Ann Silver has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in Northern Nevada. Ann is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where she majored in Psychology and Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, where she graduated with a doctorate in Labor Relations.

Ann was born and raised in New York City and following law school, traveled west to work for Nevada Indian Legal Services and then Governor Richard Bryan. She returned to NYC where she was named General Manager of Radio City Music Hall, followed by service as the Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for COMPASS, the largest food service and restaurant company in the world. Ann returned to Nevada in 2005 and has served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and CEO of JOIN, Career Training for Nevadans, prior to becoming the first female CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in its hundred-year history.

Ann serves on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, the State’s Commission for Women, the EDAWN Board of Directors, the Reno Air Services Corporation Board, the Board of Reno Little Theater and she is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.

She lives in Reno and spends her free time hiking, swimming, and reading.