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Matt Poel and Steven Nadonly

Empower Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs and Improve the Economy»

Full economic recovery may take some time, but here at WESST we’ve been working hard to do our part, helping create jobs in New Mexico for some of the people who need it the most. WESST has created 1,159 jobs in the last four years alone.

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Equal Work for Unequal Pay: America’s Gender Wage Gap»

A recent study called “Graduating to a Pay Gap”, conducted by The American Association of University Women, showed that when men and women attend the same type of college, choose the same major and accept the same kind of job, on average, the woman will earn 82 cents to every dollar earned by a man.

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What Would You Like to Learn Online Today?»

Web development. Photography. Game development. App development. Accounting. Spanish. Biotechnology. Nuclear Engineering. Robotics. Yoga. You’ve heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” Well, there’s also an online course for that.

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Tips for Staying Motivated in Your Small Businesses»

As an observer by nature, I am always amazed at how individuals operate within a variety of settings and circumstances. One of the most fascinating topics to me has been motivation. I have seen people, who were driven by success or responsibility, push themselves and their families to the point of exhaustion, and wondered if they felt the results were worth it.

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3 Simple Techniques for Organizing Business Operations»

Most people go into business because they are passionate about something, like fixing cars, creating jewelry, or building houses. Unfortunately, somewhere between startup and the end of the first quarter, the owner falls into a management slump.

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Systems Are A Small Business Owner’s Friend»

Developing Systems of Operations is Just Another Way of Saving a Business Owner’s Life and Sanity There are three things to keep in mind when starting a business: Systems are your…

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10 Content Creation Ideas to Keep your Blog Fresh»

Creating fresh, high quality content has always been important to building your presence online. But in the past year, Google has launched a series of algorithm updates that have made having fresh, high value content more important than ever for getting found online.

Google for Entrepreneurs

How Google for Entrepreneurs is Helping Startups Succeed»

According to statistics published by the Small Business Administration (SBA), approximately half of small business start-ups fail after five years. Google is on a mission to improve those statistics.

Gail Jenkins, Owner of Handigirl Landscaping

A Woman’s Story of Self Sufficiency»

The impact of WESST’s programs on the lives of female clients who ‘ve achieved self sufficiency can best be shown through the stories from the women themselves. This summer, one such woman shared her story at a United Way of Central New Mexico’s Women in Philanthropy ceremony.

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How to Manage the Challenges of a Changing Workforce»

Workforce expectations have changed with the introduction of Generations X and Y. As the Boomers retire, and more of the younger generations come onboard, it’s important for businesses to understand those people and what motivates them.