The place to start and grow your business

WESST Small Business Loans Include a Bonus: Support to Help You Succeed

One of the obstacles most commonly reported by entrepreneurs — particularly first-time business owners — is the difficulty obtaining capital to start or expand a business. WESST helps to fill this gap by providing small business loans for women and other entrepreneurs who encounter this difficulty. As a microlender, we specialize in financing viable businesses that don’t meet the criteria of banks or other traditional lenders.

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Our Impact 2016-2020


Businesses Started


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Women's Business Center

One-on-One Consulting and Training Designed to Help Women Become Self Sufficient Through Self Employment

Client Stories

"Without the help of WESST, I would still lack the confidence around running my business and what is required. Consulting has helped give me a clear and accurate direction, demystified things I was afraid of doing, and confirmed that what I’m doing has value and purpose. Each meeting was packed with thoughtful questions from my mentor, which allowed me to reflect upon my path more effectively and get clear on exactly where I’m going. I’m so immensely grateful!"

Noel Dalton
Southwest Makeup Institute

Albuquerque Region

Brightburn Academy of Irish Dance

"Brad Crowson at WESST has been such an amazingly supportive fan throughout the course of our business. He has brought opportunities to our doorstep that have proven to be instrumental not only for the sustainability of our business, but also its miraculous and rapid growth. We are so very thankful to have been connected to WESST and its many resources and look forward to maintaining this relationship in the future as we continue to expand."

Kate Padilla
Brightburn Academy of Irish Dance

Rio Rancho Region

Sandia Sunrise Therapy

"WESST has been a great resource for guidance and inspiration, during a time of uncertainty and emotional disruption. We have built a strong foundation for our business and feel confident in our continued growth thanks to WESST."

Oksana Tretiak, Melissa Esquibel, Heather Armijo and Teresa Ziomek
Sandia Sunrise Therapy, LLC

Albuquerque Region

Barelas Rose Barber Shop

"The support from the WESST IDA Program helped us keep our doors open and helped us cover expenses when our doors were closed during COVID"

Raul and Shamrah Gallegos
Barelas Rose Barber Shop

Albuquerque Region

WESST Enterprise Center

WESST Enterprise Center, a mixed-use business incubation facility in east downtown Albuquerque. The Silver LEED-certified incubator is a hub for entrepreneurship and small business development in Albuquerque and beyond. The 37,000-square-foot facility offers state-of-the-art amenities and business assistance programs for up to 20 light manufacturing, service, professional and technology businesses. Today, the Enterprise Center is home to small business members in the technology, health care and biotechnology industries.

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