Six major Nevada corporations including NV Energy and IGT hosted an event Friday to help small businesses grow.

The workshop at Harrah's in downtown Reno was designed to teach smaller companies how to network to procure materials and resources for northern Nevada businesses.

"There's a misconception that sometimes small local businesses can't provide the same services as larger national companies and I'm here to show that my company can do that."

Jennifer Rose of 'It's My Community Store' says supporting local businesses is key to supporting the economy.

The event included a welcome speech by Nevada Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson.