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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BE INSPIRED: KOB 4 Hosts Digital Summit to Support Local Small Businesses

On December 9, WESST’s partners at KOB 4 hosted “BE INSPIRED to innovate and adapt your business,” a virtual event designed to inspire and uplift small business owners and provide some helpful takeaways to help them pivot and adjust to this ever-changing economic climate. View the BE INSPIRED recording here. WESST is proud of our…

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Staff Spotlight: C. Sandro Tonini

In our last blog of 2020, we are delighted to introduce you to Sandro Tonini. Sandro came to WESST at the beginning of September as the new Bilingual Business Consultant and Trainer for Albuquerque, NM. Sandro will be conducting training and consulting with Spanish speaking business owners impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. He is happy…

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Join WESST on #GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020!

Small and micro-businesses (those with fewer than 20 employees) are essential components of New Mexico’s economy, representing 83% of all businesses. WESST’s business development services are an important part of the strategy to support economic and workforce development across the state. WESST’s caring and compassionate staff empower the diverse entrepreneurs we serve and help boost…

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National Women’s Small Business Month!

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, which means it’s time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female entrepreneurs have made over the years. Did you know that: Women own 42% of businesses in the US; that’s about 11.6 million businesses! Women-owned businesses generate more than $1.9 trillion annually And…

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How To Make Remote Performance Reviews Work

One of the greatest challenges any small business faces is the effective delivery of employee feedback, and especially those periodic performance reviews. In the time of COVID-19 and its remote nature, many managers now find themselves tasked with how to lead and direct employees from afar. If you’re tasked with delivering critical conversations like performance…

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WESST Introduces Women Who RISE Program

Contributing to the strength of women’s business ownership  Through June 2021, WESST is presenting “Women Who RISE,” a series of special events and training opportunities designed to provide women entrepreneurs the opportunity to build skills around small business development and the space to be heard and respected as a small business owner. WESST Albuquerque’s Regional…

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Eight Key Steps Down the Path to Social Media Mastery

Choose Your Platforms. Different Social Media Channels have different target audiences. Some are better for bigger, more generalized audiences (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) while some are better for niche, or more targeted audiences (Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat). There is no definitive rule on which platform is right for your business or marketing goals, however thinking about the…

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Tips to Build or Maintain Good Credit After A Crisis

COVID-19 has changed the way many of us are dealing with our credit accounts. Suddenly we find our financial well-being affected by this health crisis. Below are a few tips to help you maintain good credit during and after this pandemic. Reliably and safely check your credit score There are a few ways to check…

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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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