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* Hiring Your First EmployeeHiring Your First Employee

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: WESST Enterprise Center - Albuquerque
Address: 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87102
Instructor: Amy Lahti, WESST Business Consultant and Trainer
Cost: $29.00

Is your workload more than you can handle? Is your “To Do” list longer than your arm, and it never seems to get any shorter? Do you frequently find yourself wishing you could clone yourself, grow an extra pair of hands, or add hours to the day? It may be time to take a big step in your life as a small business owner: hiring your first employee. In this workshop we will cover the basics of what you need to know before you take that big step. We’ll cover basic labor law, interviewing and hiring, and performance management. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions.

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* Enhancing Employability for Women 50+Enhancing Employability for Women 50+

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: WESST Enterprise Center - Albuquerque
Address: 609 Broadway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Instructor: Julianna Silva, Amy Lahti
Cost: $149

This is a 10-week training program that designed to help women 50+ assess their current job skills, acquire new organizational, financial, communication and computer/technical skills, create an action plan, and start on a new path to employment. Armed with the skills acquired in this program, participants who wish to seek self-employment can engage with WESST for additional business training; for those seeking other employment options, referrals will be made to our partner organizations to help make those connections to secure employment.

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* WESST Small Business Lunch 'n LearnWESST Small Business Lunch 'n Learn

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: WESST Enterprise Center - Albuquerque
Address: 609 Broadway Blvd NE
Instructor: Hosted by Wells Fargo and WESST
Cost: FREE

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* Business Plan ToolkitBusiness Plan Toolkit

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: WESST Enterprise Center - Albuquerque NM 87102
Address: 609 Broadway Blvd NE
Instructor: Kim Blueher, WESST VP of Lending and Amy Lahti, Business Consultant and Trainer
Cost: $139 pre-registration / $159 at the door

This class is designed as a “mini-MBA” to introduce prospective and current small business owners to the basics of running a small business. Attendees are then coached to use their new knowledge to write a comprehensive, realistic business plan.

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* Basics of Business ContractsBasics of Business Contracts

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: San Juan College Enterprise Center
Address: 5101 College Blvd, Room 5028, Farmington, NM 87401
Instructor: Dustin Slade, Slade Law Firm
Cost: FREE

This seminar examines the basics of good contracts. Creating a good contract from the "get go" protects your business interests. Dustin will show you why you want a good contract and how to go about getting one on a very cost-effective basis. For further information, please contact Chris Hunter @ 505-566-3715 or at chunter@wessst.org

* Solving Your Marketing MysteriesSolving Your Marketing Mysteries

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: WESST Enterprise Center
Address: 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Instructor: Amy Lahti, WESST Consultant and Trainer
Cost: $25 per session / $75 entire series

You have to understand some fundamental marketing truths about your business before you can successfully employ tactics like advertising, social media, or a sales program. But many small-business owners are mystified by marketing. How do I determine my target market? How do I know how large my market is? And what kind of marketing do my customers respond to? In this three-class series, we’ll help you solve your marketing mysteries, moving one step at a time to gather information about your market and figure out how to use that information to you advantage. At the end of the class, you will have the framework of a marketing plan, and a better idea of where and how to spend your time and money on marketing.

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