Bryan McArdle is currently the Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). Bryan helps entrepreneurs launch startups and grow their businesses throughout the Biggest Little City. He is an organizer for Startup Weekend Reno and facilitated what is now Startup Row on First Street in Reno. Bryan is formerly the Operations Manager for the Summit Venture Mentoring Service that supports the growth of high potential startup companies. A small business owner and entrepreneur himself, upon finishing his undergrad degree at UNR in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Science Bryan went on to open Reno’s first hookah lounge Hookava and later a popular Irish bar. This led him back to UNR to obtain his MBA. Bryan remains passionate about the growth and reputation of Reno. He was the Vice President of the Midtown District at its inception and was previously Vice President of the RiverWalk Merchants Association that hosts the monthly Wine Walk and other events. Bryan has been involved with various startup events, Reno’s Mini-Makerfaire, and the Biggest Little City campaign.