Funders, Partners & Supporters

Support for WESST comes from a variety of sources: Public, Private, Individual, and In-Kind

In every region of New Mexico, WESST’s work is enhanced by collaborative relationships with public, private and nonprofit organizations. Our public supporters include the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Economic Development and the City of Albuquerque. Long-term partnerships are also in place with the statewide SBDC Network, SCORE, and the Veterans Business Opportunity Center. Each of WESST’s six regional offices operates as an SBA Women’s Business Center; WESST is also an SBA Microlender and CDFI.

As of January 1, 2020, the following individuals, corporations, private businesses and public funders have provided $10,000 or more in financial support to WESST:


Affordable Solar

Affordable Solar
New Mexico’s renewable energy leader, installing over 2,000 solar systems in New Mexico.

ABQ Community Foundation

Albuquerque Community Foundation
Leadership . Trust . Legacy

Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico's leading news source delivered in print, online and on mobile apps 365 days a year.

Bank of America

Bank of America
The nation's leading financial institution.

Bank of the West

Bank of the West
Offering customers a full range of personal and business products and services.

Capital CDC

Capital Certified Development Corporation (Capital CDC)
A leading private, non-profit provider of business financing solutions.


City of Albuquerque
News, resources and events for Albuquerque.

Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel Outdoor
Clear Channel Outdoor is one of the world's largest outdoor advertising companies, empowering advertise


Shaping the future at the intersection of media & technology


Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
U.S.Dept of the Treasury, CDFI Fund

El Paso Electric

El Paso Electric
Electricity for West Texas + Southern New Mexico

Sunflower Bank First National

First National 1870/Sunflower Bank
A community bank with national strength


Garcia Automotive Group
The Brands You Trust - Over 5,000 Vehicles

Irby Version - Color FINAL

Irby Utilities
An electrical distribution and utility company

Maddox Foundation

JF Maddox Foundation
Investing in Education, Community Development and Social Programs

WK Kellogg Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Putting children first

NM Community Foundation

New Mexico Community Foundation
Over 30 years of helping communities thrive

NM Gas Co

New Mexico Gas
Natural Gas Delivery


New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
NMOGA is dedicated to promoting the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources.


Public Service Company of New Mexico


Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration

Sandia National Labs

Sandia National Laboratories
Working to secure a peaceful and free world through technology.

Southwest Capital Bank

Southwest Capital Bank
established 1890

Summit Electric

Summit Electric Supply
Call 800-998-7800 to reach a service center near you.

Hearst Foundation

The Hearst Foundation
Helping people build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

Simon Foundation

The Simon Charitable Foundation
A catalyst for innovative change

United Way

United Way of Central New Mexico
Our vision is to create supportive communities where people live healthy and productive lives.


US Bank
Discover what’s possible when we work together. U.S. Bank NA. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Protecting the health of all Americans.


Thanks to WESST's Board of Directors and staff for their support.


WESST Visionaries
Individuals and Community Leaders Coming Together to Support Small Business Growth

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo
Investing in communities is a way for us to help create future economic growth.

In addition to the cash financial support it receives, WESST’s programs and services are augmented by the volunteer and in-kind contributions of business professionals, individuals and corporations throughout the year. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of WESST’s supporters list. For additions or corrections, please contact VP of Development Katie Knipe at 505-246-6935 or email at