WESST is a small business development organization driven by a mandate to develop opportunities for small businesses that help create new jobs and build a strong economic climate in the communities we serve throughout New Mexico.
Headquartered in Albuquerque, our small business development and training network includes regional Enterprise Centers in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Farmington, New Mexico. Each of WESST’s six Enterprise Centers host a Women’s Business Center Program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of woman-owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories. We are the only organization in New Mexico offering long-term, comprehensive business consulting, training, and and SBA micro-loans specifically targeted to women entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Business Center Program at WESST’s headquarters in Albuquerque offers a variety of training and consulting services geared to, but not limited to women. We understand the unique opportunities and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and have designed special programs accordingly. (Our name stands for Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team, so, we know a thing or two about helping women become self sufficient through self employment!) Visit our Women’s Business Center Program page for more information about the resources available for female entrepreneurs.
While a large percentage of our client base includes women and minorities, WESST provides services to any New Mexico resident interested in launching a new business or expanding an existing one. Our clients have come to us from all walks of life for help with all types of businesses at every stage of development.
The WESST Enterprise Center in downtown Albuquerque, is a hub for entrepreneurship and small business development in the Albuquerque area and beyond. Opened in 2009, the 37,000-square-foot small business incubator offers state-of-the-art amenities and business assistance programs for its member companies and any New Mexico resident needing guidance or capital to start or grow a business. Backed by the support of our statewide network of Enterprise Centers, WESST is positioned to move to a new level of performance and growth in the coming years.
Wherever you are in New Mexico, if you need help with a small business, WESST is here to educate and inspire you to succeed. Visit our Client Success Stories page to see how we’ve helped emerging and established small business owners throughout the state accomplish their goals.
Contact Us for Small Business Assistance
If you’re interested in starting a business in Bernalillo, Socorro, Torrance or Valencia counties, or require assistance with managing, marketing, product development or other existing business issues, please call the Albuquerque Enterprise Center or send us an email detailing your business needs.
Julianna Silva, Regional Manager
Lorena Schott, Executive Assistant
General information: 505.246.6900
Toll free: 1.800.GoWESST (1.800.469-3778)
WESST Enterprise Center
609 Broadway Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F or by appointment