Empower Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs and Improve the Economy

By Ann Utterback | December 21, 2012

Help WESST fulfill entrepreneurial dreams and create jobs.

At WESST, we’re grateful throughout the year for the support we receive from our dedicated funders, partners and individual donors who believe in our mission to promote entrepreneurial development and economic self sufficiency.

Full economic recovery may take some time, but here at WESST we’ve been working hard to do our part, helping create jobs in New Mexico for some of the people who need it the most. WESST has created 1,159 jobs in the last four years alone.

The jobs we create don’t just sustain people, they empower them to make their dreams a reality.

WESST Clients Matt Poel and Steven Nadonly of Great Livin’

“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

As counselors working with people with developmental disabilities, Matt and Steven had a vision of being able to provide a safe, supportive and structured living environment for their clients. As they have worked with WESST, they have grown from one group home to seven and 4 employees to 47, and succeeded in creating the world they envisioned.

Help Create More Jobs

WESST helps people realize their entrepreneurial dreams by teaching HOW to start and grow their business. We do this by providing high impact, high quality training, consultation, incubation and loans.

With your help, we can create more jobs and have an even greater impact on New Mexico’s economy.

Thanks for helping WESST create jobs!

About the Author


Ann Utterback

Ann’s involvement with nonprofits began more than 16 years ago and includes extensive experience on the funding side with the J. F Maddox Foundation for the past 13 years. A former litigation attorney, Ann received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993 after obtaining her B.A. in French from Hollins College in 1990. She joined WESST as Vice President of Development in September of 2011.

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