WESST Press Releases

A Bright Spot in the Albuquerque Economy

The WESST Enterprise Center, a small business incubator in Albuquerque, New Mexico, today announced the aggregate results of its 10 member companies for 2009. The companies produced the following results: Total revenue: $5,578,000, total payroll: $2,677,000, new jobs created: 55.

WESST Enterprise Center is Open for Business!

During the first and second week of December 2008, WESST staff prepared for and accomplished the big move from two office locations. The logistics seemed simple enough—relocating a few blocks away—but the preparatory work was daunting.

Recycle Runway Goes to Washington

Part of the celebration of the 2009 inauguration in Washington, DC will be the Green Inaugural Ball, an event whose focus is all about being green, from 100% organic catering to composting the floral arrangements afterward.

Irwin Union Bank presents check for first installment of a multi-year capital campaign pledge

At a recent meeting with Chez Steel of Irwin Union Bank, WESST received the first installment of a multi-year capital campaign pledge. Irwin Union Bank has decided to go with a contribution plan that allows for its donation to be spread out over a set time span.

Stocker Foundation awards grant to support WESST’s distance learning program in Doña Ana County

WESST is honored to be the recipient of a grant of $20,000 from The Stocker Foundation, an independent foundation that provides funding to organizations working in the following areas: short-term youth development; social service agencies offering solutions to specific problems, such as literacy, hunger, and homelessness; education; aid to the disabled; self-help programs; theater and the performing arts, and other cultural programs; women’s issues and the strengthening of families.

Bank of America Foundation supports WESST rural distance learning program

Having outlined a distance learning program for rural New Mexico to various foundations, WESST is pleased to announce continued commitment to the project by being awarded a grant of $20,000 from The Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Update on the WESST Enterprise Center

With less than two months until occupancy, the Enterprise Center is shaping up beautifully. The exterior is finished with paving completed and landscaping taking place.

2008 PNM Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Winners

This year’s entrepreneurial award winners are all from outside of Albuquerque, a clear indication of the vibrancy of rural businesses in New Mexico.From Silver City to Santa Fe, these business owners have proven that a well designed and executed business plan can succeed outside of major metropolitan areas.

Allstate Foundation Supports IDA Program

WESST will be able to help additional low-income families increase financial literacy and accumulate savings as a result of a $15,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation.

WESST Teaches the ABCs of SEO

It’s hard to imagine that just a decade ago, most small businesses couldn’t see why they would ever need to have a website. Fast forward to 2008—with more than 30 billion web pages indexed by Google alone—and the question for small businesses isn’t whether or not to have a website, but how to get found.