WESST Santa Fe Women’s Business Center
Artists, entrepreneurs, growing businesses and community-based organizations call WESST Santa Fe their business development community “home away from home.” Covering an expansive eleven county region including Taos, Mora, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Colfax, Union, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Quay, it’s not surprising that the Santa Fe team collaborates with many regional organizations throughout rural New Mexico.
WESST Santa Fe offers
- One-on-one consultations that help clients explore new concept viability and plan for strategic business growth/development
- Targeted and meaningful workshops and talks geared toward helping emerging new businesses and growing small businesses optimize their potential
- Microloans specifically created to serve the financing needs of qualified start-up and growing business entities.
Clients and Services
WESST Santa Fe/Northern New Mexico clients are predominantly women of all demographics. About half of WESST’s clients in Northern New Mexico are involved in the arts. Many clients live in rural areas. Many male and female clients are evolving entrepreneurs who seek a broad and objective marketing and growth perspective.
Initial one-on-one consultations usually consist of a face-to-face (or Skype or Facetime) meeting. The first consultation is free and provides an opportunity for both the client and the consultant to determine next steps in the working relationship.
Consulting and Training Services
Workshops are often created to address specific community and organizational business skills and development needs. Workshops and talks range from short, topic specific conversations to multi-week series created to help businesses start, market, become profitable and sustain growth. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: basic licensing and start-up processes, web development and social media, taxes, marketing, pricing, financials, intellectual property, film production, financing, credit and identity theft, commercial kitchens/food service and the ETSY Craft Entrepreneurship Program.
Often, clients who are skilled professionals in particular topic areas will share their knowledge at Brown Bag lunch and evening workshops. Many WESST Santa Fe clients and consultants have delivered TEDx talks and offer very engaging perspectives on a wide range of topics and issues.
Small Business Loans at WESST
WESST’s microloans are available to qualified clients with viable start-up or growing businesses. Business plan development courses are offered to help clients prepare to apply for a WESST loan or a conventional bank loan. WESST loans range from $250 – $10,000 for start-up businesses and up to $50,000 for existing businesses.
Women’s Business Center Program
WESST Santa Fe is one of six offices housing a Women’s Business Center (WBC). Each office is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of women owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories. The Women’s Business Center Program at WESST’s Santa Fe regional office offers a variety of training and consulting services geared to, but not limited to women. Visit our Women’s Business Center Program page for more information about the resources available for women entrepreneurs.
WESST Santa Fe recently collaborated with LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium to provide training and support to rural businesses in Northern New Mexico. Watch the following video to learn more: Collaboration’s Harvest – Investing in Our Collective Future.