WESST BLOG

Announcing the WESST CAP-Ability Project

In 2023, the Minority Business Development Agency (U.S. Department of Commerce) announced the “Capital Readiness Program,” a grant competition that sought applicants who: (1) help socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs build capacity; (2) provide access to capital opportunities; and (3) provide access to networks. WESST pursued this opportunity to significantly increase our technical assistance and microlending capacity and designed the WESST CAP-Ability Project. Of the 1,600 applicants from across the nation, WESST is proud to announce that our CAP-Ability Project proposal was among the 43 proposals selected to receive an award. The CAP-Ability Project will…

 
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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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“Kentuckian by birth, New Mexican by the Grace of God” A Conversation with Kathie Winograd

WESST’s work is made possible thanks to the support from our generous donors and community leaders. Kathie Winograd, CNM President of 13 years, new Executive Director of Albuquerque Economic Forum, and WESST Visionary, is both!…

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Staff Spotlight: Katie Knipe

For this month’s blog, we decided to switch things up a little and do another staff spotlight in order to introduce you to Katie Knipe, our VP of Development.  Prior to joining WESST, Katie was…

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Orange Shirt Day – A Time For Healing, A Time To Share Knowledge

Orange Shirt Day (which is also known as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation) September 30th is a day to honor the Indigenous children who were forcibly taken away from their families through the…

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Boosting Hispanic Entrepreneurs During National Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15), we honor the achievements of Hispanics across the United States. It’s the perfect time to celebrate Latino small business owners’ contributions to New Mexico’s economy and…

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11 Ways to Grow Your Small Business and Celebrate During National Small Business Week

From September 13 – 15, we salute National Small Business Week, a time to celebrate and appreciate the entrepreneurs and small businesses that keep our economic engine purring!  WESST once again would like to focus…

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WESST Receives $200,000 SBA Women’s Business Center Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued 14 grant awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations in 13 states as part of the Women’s Business Centers (WBC) Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s…

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Announcing more new HOPE Loans!

WESST launched the HOPE Fund (Helping Open Possibilities for Everyone) in 2020, a “no barriers to accessing capital” approach for people of color and low-wealth New Mexicans. We’re proud to announce our second and third…

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Announcing the Launch of Our New Website

We’re excited to announce that our new and refreshed website is live. The updated site includes easier navigation, with dropdown menus for both mobile and desktop versions. We’ve also improved the structure of our content,…

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