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, so you’ll get more from a quick read. There’s a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make…

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Our First HOPE Loan Fund Recipient – Breanna Tso

The HOPE Loan Fund: Helping Open Possibilities for Everyone A key contributor to economic inequality in the United States are the large and persistent racial and ethnic disparities found in business ownership and performance. Barriers that minorities face when trying to start and grow businesses create losses in economic efficiency, especially through their effects on…

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Interview with James Lopez – WESST Donor and Owner of ABQ Apartment Movers

We are so grateful to WESST’s wonderful community of supporters, from our generous individual, foundation and corporate donors to our in-kind donors who support WESST with their time, talents, and services. James Lopez is a dedicated in-kind supporter who has been a member of the WESST family for over a decade. His business, Albuquerque Apartment…

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Looking to Start or Invest in a Business in an Opportunity Zone? Well, What are Opportunity Zones, Anyway?

Opportunity Zones are a new way to finance projects in underserved areas of our state’s cities, towns, and tribal areas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provides for the governor of each state to nominate certain census tracts as “Opportunity Zones”. Designation as an Opportunity Zone allows for the creation of a new…

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BE INSPIRED: KOB 4 Hosts Digital Summit to Support Local Small Businesses

On December 9, WESST’s partners at KOB 4 hosted “BE INSPIRED to innovate and adapt your business,” a virtual event designed to inspire and uplift small business owners and provide some helpful takeaways to help them pivot and adjust to this ever-changing economic climate. View the BE INSPIRED recording here. WESST is proud of our…

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Get Your Business Online or Expand Your Digital Presence

Digital Media Marketing – WEBSITES, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND E-COMMERCE with Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with AEO. As we have seen in our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020, it is more and more critical that small businesses have a digital presence. Connecting with customers is increasingly a digital venture – Websites, landing pages,…

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Staff Spotlight: C. Sandro Tonini

In our last blog of 2020, we are delighted to introduce you to Sandro Tonini. Sandro came to WESST at the beginning of September as the new Bilingual Business Consultant and Trainer for Albuquerque, NM. Sandro will be conducting training and consulting with Spanish speaking business owners impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. He is happy…

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Join WESST on #GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020!

Small and micro-businesses (those with fewer than 20 employees) are essential components of New Mexico’s economy, representing 83% of all businesses. WESST’s business development services are an important part of the strategy to support economic and workforce development across the state. WESST’s caring and compassionate staff empower the diverse entrepreneurs we serve and help boost…

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Pivoting a Small Business During COVID-19

Small businesses make up an essential part of any economy; they are crucial in creating jobs and providing services and products that larger businesses sometimes cannot. Small businesses in New Mexico are no exception to the rule, but in recent months local businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been forced…

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National Women’s Small Business Month!

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, which means it’s time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female entrepreneurs have made over the years. Did you know that: Women own 42% of businesses in the US; that’s about 11.6 million businesses! Women-owned businesses generate more than $1.9 trillion annually And…

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