WESST BLOG

WESST Staff Volunteers with IRRVA

In December, WESST’s staff from across the state gathered in Albuquerque for our biannual 2-day Statewide Staff Meeting. The WESST team traditionally spends a segment of our winter Statewide Staff Meeting giving back to our community by volunteering with a local organization. On December 9, 2023, the WESST team spent a few hours at the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque helping with cleaning and organization. The mission of the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque (IRRVA) is to promote empowerment and provide support to the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and…

 
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“Leadership IS the Difference” – A Conversation with Bettye Pressley

One of my favorite aspects of working at WESST is getting to know our supporters who make this work possible. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know Bettye Pressley through our regular phone calls. Bettye always…

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Celebrating WESST Clients at Happy ½ Hours

In-person gatherings are back, but virtual gatherings are here to stay! WESST is pleased to have hosted two of our virtual “Happy ½ Hour” events in 2022, where we heard from our clients and showed…

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Staff Spotlight: Tom Ragan

Tom joined the WESST team in October 2021 as the Studio Manager for the Comcast Digital Media Studio. We are happy to have him as part of the WESST family and hope you enjoy learning…

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Are Your Employees Truly Engaged?

Global surveys indicate that many people are unhappy at work. In fact, it’s been estimated that over 70% of the workforce consists of passive job seekers. These people are not actively looking to leave their…

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Ways to Support a Woman Owned Business

Go out of your way to shop at women owned businesses What is the best way to support women owned businesses? With your dollars. Businesses need customers to thrive and being intentional about where you…

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The Trend Toward Solopreneurship

As home-based business ownership continues to trend upward in the U.S., Rio Rancho is certainly keeping pace. In fact, over 70 percent of the business registrations in Rio Rancho are for home-based businesses. This trend…

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Money Matters: Financial Empowerment Through Knowledge & Tools

Why does financial empowerment matter? For some, finances can be a thrilling and exciting part of owning a business and/or living everyday life. But let’s be honest, only a few feel that way. For most,…

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Thank You for Supporting WESST, Sunny505!

If you’ve ever received an annual report from WESST or visited our website, you’ve probably noticed the beautiful, compelling designs that characterize WESST’s brand. More recently, you might have seen WESST on television! Across the…

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Funding Challenges for Female Entrepreneurs

Four out of every ten businesses – totaling over 12 million in the U.S. – are owned by women, and the number of women-owned businesses has increased 114% over the past two decades. In fact,…

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What is an Entrepreneur?

What makes someone an entrepreneur? Am I an entrepreneur? Are you an entrepreneur? Do I know any entrepreneurs? The word “entrepreneur” seems to be thrown around everywhere, describing everyone, doing anything. It’s used to describe…

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Wells Fargo “La Escalera” Grant Supports Spanish-speaking Entrepreneurs

It is well-documented that COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout have disproportionately harmed Latino and Black-owned businesses. WESST’s focus on supporting historically underserved entrepreneurs, including women, people of color and people who earn low incomes,…

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Staff Spotlight: Adriana Martinez Guzman

Adriana joined the WESST team in September 2021. We are happy to have her as part of the WESST family and hope you enjoy learning a little more about her. What made you want to…

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