WESST In the News

WESST director looking to build connections in region

As a new regional director for WESST, an organization that aims to support entrepreneurs, Rhonda Gilliam-Smith said she draws on her past career of 25 years as a pipefitter.

Embracing ‘Color Theory’: Groups unite to promote underserved communities

Color Theory originally emerged from efforts by WESST, the South Valley development center and Encuentro to improve access to resources for underserved communities through cross coordination. They integrated their online networks so that clients working with one group could also tap into programs and services offered by the other organizations.

Seminars offer free website building for small businesses

WESST, a nonprofit founded 30 years ago in New Mexico, is partnering with Go Daddy to host “Empower,” a series of six free classes on website programming and development, said WESST Regional Manager Humberto Hijar of Las Cruces.

Food truck boot camp open to all, but aims to attract more businesswomen

'Boot camp' targeted at female entrepreneurs

Business nonprofit opens Hobbs location

“Southeastern New Mexico is filled with potential and existing resilient businesses, and through WESST, we will be able to facilitate continued real growth,” said Mara Salcido, WESST Hobbs business consultant and trainer.

Woman to Woman

Relationships are built on a foundation of trust, which can take time to establish. But women often find common ground with each other quickly said Margarita Guarin - WESST Albuquerque Regional Manager.

Tips for safe reopening include masks, contingency plans

An online workshop helps businesses learn about plans and best practices to return safely to work in a COVID-19 world.

3 New Mexicans to know, and it’s all about the money

Here are three New Mexicans to know who are busy trying to get loan relief into the hands of small businesses in our state.

Local tech startup snares $5M investment

WESST Enterprise Center Client BennuBio has won $5 million in private equity from local and international investors to accelerate marketing of super-fast cell-screening and analysis technology developed originally developed at the University of New Mexico.

Deep Dive Digital Media partners with WESST Comcast Studio – students gain valuable skills

WESST houses a million-dollar green screen studio, funded by Comcast. They needed an intern to help keep the studio running and to provide multimedia services for their numerous incubated businesses.