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Pivoting a Small Business During COVID-19

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…

WESST Happy Half Hour

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…


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…

WESST Visionaries

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…

Small Business Resources

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…

Business Plan

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…


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…

Erin Elder

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…

Is Business Incubation Right for Your Business?

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.