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Client Testimonials

Over the years WESST has kept me focused, exposed to new concepts and ideas, passionate and continuously learning and striving to accomplish more. WESST is always there when I need them.Anita Moss, Upcycled | Mora, NM

With my dream to open my own salon, Runway Hair Studio, is one thing but finding the right resources and people that truly want to invest in your success is really a blessing! I can’t thank WESST enough for providing all the fundamentals for entrepreneurs, from all the classes that are offered, to the staff that works with you to help with the process of getting the financial backing you will need to start your business, WESST is more like a partner to your goals and success!Natalie Tobin, Runway Hair Studio | Albuquerque, NM

WESST has been the professional environment that allowed us to grow as a new IT company. The entire staff makes our team feel important by taking the time to listen to our concerns and guides us to solving the issues we are having. They help us celebrate our achievements and mentor us through our difficult moments to become successful. WESST services has allowed us to explore and build a company built on best practices because of the right combination of mentorship, instruction and leadership.Darrell DeMotta, Rebellis Development Group, LLC | Albuquerque, NM

It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that with WESST not only do we have an organization that supports us in growing a successful business, but it does it in Spanish, our first language! We want to be part of the future and with WESST, we know we have a partner on our journey.Veronica Machorro, Paleteria Michoacana El Paraiso | Albuquerque, NM

WESST has been extremely helpful in starting and growing my business over the last year. Whether it's marketing, time management, or the nuts and bolts of running my business, they are always there to help and answer any questions that I might have. WESST Rio Rancho's positive support and encouragement have been invaluable to me on my journey to small business ownership.Keiosha Miller, Magic Mirror Photo NM | Rio Rancho, NM

We wouldn’t be in our own building if WESST had not guided us through the different steps of securing a loan and connected us with the right resources to determine the correct legal entity for our partnership and the real estate contract. Finally, we were able to create a financial foundation to help us have a clear understanding of where we are and help us to grow and expand.Haley Hensley, Haley’s Powerhouse Academy of Dance | Roswell, NM

One of the most beneficial and remarkable things I learned in the IDA Program was monthly budgeting and really taking count of all my monthly expenses. It was and is amazing how much small non-crucial expenses add up to even hundreds at a time! I believe that monthly budgeting is vital to understand how to be financially ready as an adult buying a car, renting, or owning a home. It put my expenses into real perspective, and I was able to track and control my spending habits.Esperanza Flores, IDA Program Participant | Albuquerque, NM

WESST helped us to really take ownership of the experience and expertise that we brought to coffee here in Albuquerque, and that it could be a wise marketing and branding opportunity to highlight my experience as a coffee roaster. WESST helped us be less shy about the great things we were setting out to do.Paul Gallegos, Cutbow Coffee | Albuquerque, NM

Bhava has a long history with WESST and through this relationship we are able to continue forward in a very competitive market. Running a business is more than offering high quality yoga classes, it’s about creating sustainable systems that support the business’s long term growth and viability. We are thankful for not only the high caliber consulting but also for the many networking and marketing opportunities that WESST has provided.Marisol Brito, Bhava Yoga Studio | Albuquerque, NM

Thanks to WESST for all of their support and the education I have received from them. I used to think that I knew everything there was to know about running a business. After taking classes and being further educated, I have learned there is far more to a business than just selling my dresses and bookkeeping.Carmen Bolivar, Hamiel Bridals and Quinceañeras LLC | Albuquerque, NM

I wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for the good work of WESST. WESST staff believed in me and my vision for Dinéland. The team at WESST worked with me through the challenges I had with my credit and was the source of the financing ideas that got me the money to launch my business. I value the personal caring and professionalism of the WESST team and look forward to working with WESST in the years ahead to help Dinéland grow and prosper.Verda Blackgoat, Dinéland Protection Services | Fruitland, NM

The WESST Etsy instructor has provided ongoing support, helping me problem solve as I continue building my Etsy shop. I plan on getting help with QuickBooks and other issues next. Breaking down the logistics of owning a business into easy baby steps I can understand has been a huge support I have received from WESST. As a creative, because of information WESST has provided, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming to do the business part of my business. Misty Greer, Misty Danger Blue | Albuquerque, NM

After meeting with WESST I became accountable, organized, and focused on what I needed to do to become successful. Without WESST, all of my ideas would still be in my head and I wouldn’t be where I am today.Refugio ‘Cookie’ Flores, Warriors Karate | Roswell, NM

Many times when I go to WESST SFE, I feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the challenges of being an entrepreneur, from managing employees, to marketing to managing cash flow. Without fail, every time I leave, my determination, vision and drive are renewed. WESST SFE has been a gem in this tumultuous ride of entrepreneurship. I owe much of what I have achieved to WESST. I am determined to continue with my work and hope to be a resource and inspiration to other women entrepreneurs.Christie Green, Down to Earth and Radicle, LLC | Santa Fe, NM

WESST gave me a chance when no one else would. With the help of WESST I was able to pursue my dream of having my own business. I appreciate all of the support the organization has provided to help me succeed. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to become a business owner. Brittney Ingram, Studio One Six | Las Cruces, NM

WESST believes in me and pushes me to be the best entrepreneur that I can possibly be. The staff members at WESST-Roswell are great mentors for me and for all women.Jennifer Tenorio, Jennifer Homes, LLC | Dexter, NM

WESST’s consultants have always encouraged us to find employees with the same beliefs and values we have; people that would represent us like an extension of ourselves.Gwen Lewis and Rose Velasquez, Employers Pro Advantage | Albuquerque, NM

I’m very thankful I reached out to WESST. I was discouraged and wondering what to do. My initial interest was a loan, but what I got was so much more. I didn’t know there was a small business support resource like WESST in town.Kathy Yates, Kathy’s Party Supply Store | Farmington, NM

WESST Santa Fe has given me hope and a chance to be able to plant my seed in the entrepreneurial world and become successful by using the tools I was lacking to create a viable business. I am now able to take the next steps to success.Gilbert Eagle Herrera, Eagle Drums | Cochiti Pueblo, NM

I had moments of doubt and challenges early on but am now confident that I will succeed in the world I am enjoying due to the help of WESST.Corrie Hooker, The Creative Assistant | Rio Rancho, NM

WESST has benefited me enormously with marketing and computer skills to get my business online. I was given encouragement in all sorts of different ways, and feel this is one of the reasons for my success. Business has tripled because of the help I received and I am very lucky to be able to have WESST’s assistance.Susan E. Young-Tweet, The Santa Fe Sewing Studio | Santa Fe, NM

I feel so secure knowing that if I have a business question or need, I can go to WESST to find the answer and be directed to the right person that can help me,” said Noelia. She further stated, “I feel so connected and understood at WESST. They continue to help me grow personally and they speak my language.” (Noelia is referring to being heard and understood, not her native language of Spanish.)Noelia Saens, Mi Casita Restaurant | Roswell, NM

I started in the IDA program and learned more about WESST. In this process, WESST provided us with economic help to motivate us in the launch of our small business. What’s most important is that WESST continues to support me with information to better run my business and has helped me improve both my personal and professional credit. WESST is more than a corporation; their staff has made me feel like family.Remedios Corona, Corona's Cabinets | Albuquerque, NM

If you’re starting a business, you’re going to be working – and working hard! WESST has all the tools you will need and the people you need to help you pull your business together – especially for someone who has NO IDEA on how to start a business.Marsha Cowan, Bernina Sewing and Design | Las Cruces, NM

I sought out Chris and WESST for business coaching when I was presented with an opportunity to partner with a Sports Psychologist to bring his services to Farmington. Chris quickly helped me sort out the issues and come up with the right questions to get clarity that this was not a good fit for me. I am grateful for his insights and guidance and appreciate how he helped me to evaluate that business viability and instead make a pivot to start my own business.Jean Manz, Jean Manz Coaching, LLC | Farmington, NM

My intention is to inspire, to bring light and joy onto the lives of those who receive my artwork. I am blessed beyond imagination to be able to work as an artist for a living. This allows me the time, creativity and spirit to endeavor to make the world a kinder place. WESST-Santa Fe has been a wonderful resource to help my business stand on solid ground.Cande Toner, Dancing Turtle Studios, LLC | Santa Fe, NM

WESST has the best interest for my business at heart. They truly assist a loan applicant in more ways than just loaning them money. I would encourage and recommend anyone to go to WESST for services or if seeking a business loan.William Cardoza, Bosa Donuts | Las Cruces, NM

WESST provided the latest information on Web marketing for small businesses. It was excellent! I learned so many things at the Social Media workshop that I wasn’t aware of. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Entrepreneurs who are looking to become business owners need to utilize the programs and education WESST has to offer.Melissa and Orland Cobos, Nifty 50's Gift Shop & Cool Classics For You | Roswell, NM

Working with WESST-Santa Fe has been the best thing that has happened to our business! They have provided the tools and training we needed to become more confident and savvy business owners and continue to help us understand all that is part of owning a business. Their ongoing encouragement and support is priceless.Jacinto and Mayte Cardena, Superior Casting Services | Santa Fe, NM

Chris Hunter and WESST has been of great encouragement and service. The discussions prior to opening about being very frugal with the cash for remodeling and the need for preserving operating cash reserves were critical. Also, his continuing focus on helping me build in and build on systems and processes like my accounting chart of accounts, job descriptions and menu pricing have been most helpful. My business is stronger and I’m a more confident business owner as a result of the education provided by WESST and the continual encouragement that Chris gives me to get things done. Thank you WESST.David Haisman, Farmington HUB Brewery & Grill | Farmington, NM

Chris Hunter of WESST has been of great encouragement and service to me in helping me to bring my business’ systems up to standard with our level of customer service. Thank you WESST. My business is stronger and I am a more confident business owner as a result of the education provided by WESST and the continual encouragement that Chris gives me to get things done.Kelly Eaves, Kelly Eeves Farmers Insurance Agency | Aztec, NM

WESST is more than a business consultant, they are family! Not only has WESST provided loans, they provide ongoing assistance and training for my administrative employees and continue to support us in any way needed.Camilo Romero IV, Allstate Security Services | Roswell, NM

I strongly recommend that anyone thinking of starting their own business contact Manuel Morales at the Las Cruces WESST office. He and his assistant have the resources, knowledge and software to help anyone with a viable business idea. Take advantage of all of the resources WESST makes available to you.Barbara Cedillo-Alvarez, Barbara Cedillo-Alvarez Writing Services | Las Cruces, NM

Working with the WESST team was fantastic. It was obvious they really care about our company and us as individuals. Thanks to WESST we were able to get the financial backing we needed to take our business to the next level. We would not be where we are today without their help and we look forward to having a long relationship with them,Leah Chavez, Peaceful Pet Sitters, LLC | Santa Fe, NM

My strengths are developing course content and passion for my cause, but I knew I needed help with the sales and marketing sides of my business. My WESST advisor has been a big help. When you’re in the trenches, an outside voice can make a huge difference - at minimal cost. If you’re a start-up or in a struggling business, WESST is well worth the investment.Don Schlichte, Owner, G5Training | Rio Rancho, NM

WESST provided the support I needed in the vulnerable and rocky process of opening my first business.Sara Bennett, Roots Salon | Albuquerque, NM

I always knew what I wanted but did not know exactly how to get there; WESST guided me in the successful direction. Helping a woman in what is perceived to be a man’s industry was something I really needed, and any time I called, WESST was there to answer.Ana Ordaz, The Greenhaus | Las Cruces, NM

The WESST Enterprise Center provided a great space for Kosh to continue to grow. The loan fund helped us get the capital we needed to add new streams of revenue and become more profitable.Koert Council / Joshua Fristoe, Kosh Solutions | Albuquerque, NM

WESST-Santa Fe has helped me develop the business tools needed to market and price my line of pottery. They have been very encouraging and helped me to believe in my capabilities and myself.Sarah Newberry, Sarah Newberry Ceramics | Taos, NM

I am so grateful to WESST for all the help and support over the years. I have learned so much and never thought it would be possible to ever come this far. But with the training at WESST and their continued support with our financials, I know we will successfully continue to grow and be able to expand our business for generations to come.Rosa Galvez, GT Tire Service | McDonald, NM

Working with WESST has been tremendously vital to the success of my business. The classes, trainings and one-on-one personalized business planning meetings have helped me grow my counseling practice into a successful part of my community. I feel that I have an invaluable ally in my corner with WESST and I know that I would not be where I am today without the help I received there.Nikki Delaney, A New You, LLC | Rio Rancho, NM

Starting a business is probably the scariest thing I've ever done, but knowing that WESST would be there to support me gave me the confidence I needed to take the plunge! The funding and support that WESST provided me made my dream a reality!Dr. Lisabeth Detwiler, DOM, Zentral Wellness | Albuquerque, NM

Working with WESST gave me a realistic view of my abilities as a business owner and a viable view of my business and business ideas. If I had not been introduced to WESST through their IDA program, I would have continued working in a “dream land”. WESST gave me the tools I would not have been able to access otherwise. The marketing instruction I received, you can’t put a price on it. Had I not taken the Business Plan Toolkit class at WESST, I would have never known how to move forward. I am looking forward to using my IDA funds to help implement some of the marketing strategies I learned about for my small business.Vicki Early, World Morocco | Albuquerque, NM

WESST helped me write my business plan and helped me find my focus. When I was stuck on a section, I knew they were just a phone call away. They gave me much-needed support at some very pivotal moments during the set-up of my business. I can honestly say that had it not been for WESST there is a chance that my business would have never made it off the ground.Morgan Hiles, Alpha Fire Extinguisher, LLC | Las Cruces, NM

My partnership with WESST has been both fun and practical. As a consulting geologist, I am grateful to have folks I can turn to with business-related questions and concerns. WESST has helped me transition from being a sole proprietor to a growing company with employees and subcontractors. I've even called from the middle of nowhere, perched on the edge of a cliff, and gotten swift, helpful technology assistance. I definitely would not be where I am now without the partnership with WESSTDr. Kate Zeigler, Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC | Albuquerque, NM

The people at WESST haven’t just told us what to do; instead they have taught us about business so that we have the knowledge and confidence to make business decisions ourselves.Matt Poel, Great Livin' | Albuquerque, NM

Learning the business side of creativity doesn’t always come naturally to artists, but I’m finding that with WESST-Santa Fe, I really enjoy the process. It is expanding my understanding of my own work and the work of those who inspire me. I love sharing my creative vision with customers, and knowing that I am becoming part of their lives through my jewelry. It’s a connection that keeps me striving for excellence in design and craftsmanshipGail Golden, Gail Golden Jewelry | Arroyo Seco, NM

Working with WESST has been absolutely empowering! Every entrepreneur should take advantage of the resources and skills that WESST's consultants, Amy Lahti and Julianna Silva, bring to the table. I've discovered through their guidance that I enjoy the financial aspect of running a business, that I actually have great insight and ideas than I give myself credit for, I just only wish I would of began this process before launching my business almost a year ago. Realizing that I can't change the past and all the 'should of's,' I'm excited about the future and all the possibilities for my fitness studio!Pamela Otero, 02 Fitness | Albuquerque, NM

WESST and Chris Hunter helped me gain confidence in my business skills. I pay close attention to my numbers and am excited to build on my business base here in my hometown and to earn more income. I look forward to my sessions with WESST and, although I know I’ll come away with more homework to do, I know I’m working on building a better business for my clients and myself.Jessica Radojits, Hair West Salon | Aztec, NM

I’ve never been one to ask for business advice. In my over 40 years of self-employment I thought that I had to figure everything out myself. So I did a lot of reading, research and mostly learned by the “seat of the pants” method. I also felt that I could not afford a professional advisor. Then we moved into the Enterprise Center and were introduced to Chris Hunter and WESST. Through working with Chris on a regular basis, we’ve learned a lot about some of the business “basics” I was lacking. WESST has initiated us into “tried and true” methods that are insuring our company’s success and taking our performance to a higher level. Steve Barker, One Source Service, LLC | Farmington, NM