Interview with James Lopez – WESST Donor and Owner of ABQ Apartment Movers

We are so grateful to WESST’s wonderful community of supporters, from our generous individual, foundation and corporate donors to our in-kind donors who support WESST with their time, talents, and services. James Lopez is a dedicated in-kind supporter who has been a member of the WESST family for over a decade. His business, Albuquerque Apartment…

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Pivoting a Small Business During COVID-19

Small businesses make up an essential part of any economy; they are crucial in creating jobs and providing services and products that larger businesses sometimes cannot. Small businesses in New Mexico are no exception to the rule, but in recent months local businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been forced…

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Happy Half Hours with WESST

With your support, WESST has been busier than ever, supporting our small business clients as they navigate this chaotic environment. Small businesses have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic and we know folks are curious to learn what entrepreneurs are experiencing and how WESST is supporting them. In June, WESST hosted four “Happy Half Hours”…

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5 major changes the CDC says to make before reopening

States are lifting shutdown orders and employees are slowly returning to their workplaces. But you can’t just swing the doors open. Every process in your organization needs to be rethought because each step carries huge potential safety and legal risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly dropped a bombshell for employers trying to…

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WESST Visionaries: Supporting Equitable Economic Development & Small Business Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted small businesses throughout our nation. The total number of active U.S. business owners fell 22 percent from February to April, a drop of 3.3 million, but decreases were most pronounced among minorities. A recent Washington Post article explored this disparity and the potential long-term effects on economic inequality. These…

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Small Business Resources For Those Affected by the Current Health Crisis

Being a small business owner is tireless. Entrepreneurs are continuously tasked with all facets of enterprise- always learning new things, adapting to market conditions, staying abreast of the constantly changing marketplace. This burden is especially exaggerated in the face of the present COVID-19 pandemic that is wreaking havoc on the business landscape throughout our state,…

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Why a business plan is important and some tips to help you stick to your plan

Starting a business is an endeavor that requires abundant energy, planning and perseverance. Many potential small-business owners will ask themselves, “Do I really need a business plan? I know what I want to do, so why don’t I just do it? Who’s got the time anyway?” There are so many critical items to consider and…

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ActivateNM Powered by ABQid and WESST

ActivateNM: Applications are now open for our new business accelerator-incubator program with ABQid. Click to Apply. In spring 2018, we started exploring what would happen if we merged WESST’s expertise in business incubation with ABQid’s expertise in business acceleration. After weeks of deliberation and strategizing, we landed on an idea: create a hybrid accelerator-incubator model…

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Proposal Writing for Creatives

Like many people in the arts, my career has been all over the place. I’ve worked in commercial galleries, museums, non-profit art spaces, workshops, schools and public art. I’ve followed opportunities from one coast to the other and a bunch of places in-between. Over the past 16 years, as I’ve moved between these different art…

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Is Business Incubation Right for Your Business?

It was certainly the case nearly 50 years ago with the unintended creation of the business incubation industry. The international business incubation movement began in New York with a businessman, an empty building and an idea of mentoring young companies through their early years – the most vulnerable period of their lives. That idea has grown worldwide to over 6,000 incubators, 1400+ of which are located in the United States.

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