March 30, 2012 | Las Cruces Bulletin – March is Women’s History Month, a fitting time for WESST to kick off its newest campaign, “Invest in Yourself and Your Business.” (WESST, which originated as a small business resource for women, has since opened its services to everyone.) “We believe networking is very important, especially for women, so we have planned monthly networking meetings, as well as a series of classes to help people in all areas of their business,” said Jennifer Craig, WESST’s Regional Manager.
March 30, 2012 | New Mexico Business Weekly – That will change when the WESST Enterprise Center opens its digital media studio this summer. Construction has begun on the 1,000-square-foot studio, thanks to a grant from Comcast, and support from the federal Economic Development Administration, the state, city and private supporters of WESST. Comcast is contributing $200,000 for capital improvements and equipment and $200,000 for in-kind use of its airwaves, said Doug Lee, Managing Director of the WESST Enterprise Center business incubator in downtown Albuquerque.
March 25, 2012 | Roswell Daily Record – The 13th annual Women’s History Month celebration brunch, sponsored by WESST, was held Saturday at the Roswell Museum and Art Center where participants recognized achievements of women throughout the generations, and honored the local contributions of Barbara Gomez, Deborah Goluska, Diane Whetsel, and Sage the rescue dog.
March 25, 2012 | Finance New Mexico – A digital media studio that opens soon at the 3-year-old WESST Enterprise Center business incubator in downtown Albuquerque will provide more resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in New Mexico.
February 20, 2012 | Santa Fe New Mexican – Christie Green is a Santa Fe entrepreneur who developed her business as a landscape designer with the assistance of WESST and other small businesses assistance programs including a government-backed, no-interest loan from Century Bank. According to Green, Studio Succession is a “collaborative design, development and consulting firm, with a slow, integrated approach to the landscape.”
December 13, 2011 | Santa Fe New Mexican – Ron Midgett opened New Earth Orchids out of a greenhouse in September 2010. A little over a year later, his orchid business is thriving. How has he been able to turn a profit during one of the nation’s worst economic downturns that has hit many New Mexico businesses particularly hard? Midgett attributes much of his company’s success to the assistance he received from various local economic development organizations.
December 4, 2011 | Finance New Mexico – Many small-scale artist-entrepreneurs never consider the underlying costs of getting their product or service to market. In this article, Kim Blueher, WESST’s Director of Lending, explains how WESST works with small-scale producers to help them add up the true costs of doing business and why understanding the pricing model of a business is one of the best investments a business owner can make.
October 26, 2011 | NM Business Weekly – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner and USDA Rural Housing Administrator announced today that WESST will receive two grants and a loan from USDA Rural Development totaling more than $675,000 for the development of business opportunities in rural New Mexico.