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Small Business Resources

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Planning and Informed Decision-Making

New businesses and established businesses alike can always benefit from feedback and advice. Counseling from business specialists is available for basic questions as well as for complex issues. Whether it’s writing a business plan or figuring out budgeting and marketing, these organizations can help keep your business on the right track.

State of New Mexico A to Z

New Mexico Economic Development Department

Santa Fe County

Santa Fe County Business License & Permits

Albuquerque City Economic Development

Business and Project Incubators

Business incubators offer “under one roof” support to growing businesses. Resident businesses share office equipment and/or staffing, have flexible leasing arrangements, and receive on-going support and business counseling. Services are available to non-resident businesses, often in preparation for businesses to qualify for incubator membership.

Santa Fe Business Incubator, 3900 Paseo del Sol, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 424-1140

Office space, shared office equipment, training and publicity for businesses that move into the Incubator. Services are available through an affiliate program for pre-resident businesses and those who have “graduated.” Business consulting services, including crafting a business plan, are available to the general public. A program for low/moderate income businesses funds up to three year’s rent in the facility.

Business Accelerators


MIX began as a talent retention project and has evolved to be a community development effort. We connect community members through crowd-sourced, data-driven engagement activities at ten monthly networking events each year, plus an annual startup competition.

MIX helps individuals find jobs, friends, camaraderie and more and helps businesses find talent for hire, customers, information and more.  It’s an authentic, collaborative forum that facilitates real connection and changes the networking game from the awkward, speech making of other events. We set the stage for real people to find the right connections in order to make magic happen.  We make the atmosphere, bring the best people, frame community conversation and then let the connections begin.

Creative Startups

Our accelerator program is uniquely suited to startups scaling not just in their region, but across the world.

An intensive 8-week course includes both online course work/mentorship and an on-site Deep Dive Week with Demo Day and investor pitching, driving entrepreneurs to uncover the value in their own market instead of moving to a new region.  Applicants are welcome to pick whichever location works best and have access to the global mentor network. 

Are you a creative economy leader interested in launching a Creative Startups accelerator in your region? Get in touch with us

Regional Development Fund/Venture Acceleration Fund

Phone: (505) 820.1226

The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) is a private non-profit, 501(c)3 Economic Development Organization (EDO) whose primary service area is Northern New Mexico. The RDC was incorporated in 1996 to serve as the Department of Energy (DOE) Los Alamos Site “Community Reuse Organization” (CRO). As a CRO, the RDC’s mission is to diversify the economy within the north central New Mexico region. As a result, the RDC maintains a special working relationship with both the DOE and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The RDC assists Northern New Mexico communities and small businesses with economic development activities, and actively works to further job creation in the region. We work with community leaders to address the increasingly rapid pace of technological, social and environmental change in Northern New Mexico by assisting communities and industry in managing their economic projects and initiatives.

We oversee a number of small business-oriented programs in Northern New Mexico, including the Venture Acceleration Fund (, Native American Venture Acceleration Fund, Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign ( and the Regional Economic Development Initiative (


Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

A variety of networking and referral opportunities for member businesses; advocacy, tourism and relocation information.  Website has a good list of local business resources and links.

Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Focused on supporting and growing Hispanic-owned businesses.  Providing networking and referral opportunities and advocacy of Hispanic entrepreneurship.

Information Systems Security Association

The local chapter of this international organization for IT security professionals. Monthly lunch-time meetings alternate between Los Alamos and Santa Fe and offer networking, professional development, and guest speakers about the latest IT security developments.

New Mexico Business and Community Development Calendar -

New Mexico's business and community development calendar, collaborative web-based calendars designed for quick reference to events that can help you grow your business and career.

New Mexico Native American Business Enterprise Center (NMNABEC), 2401 12th Street NW, Suite 5-S, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 243-6775.

Funded by the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. Assists individuals, sole proprietors, corporations and Tribal entities with their business needs, on or off the reservation. Technical and management assistance.

New Mexico Technology Council

The New Mexico Technology Council ("Tech Council" or NMTC) is a member-driven association of businesses, organizations and tech professionals working together to promote the growth and success of New Mexico's technology business sectors.  We believe our technology community is the catalyst for inspiration and leadership that transforms our state into a world-center for business innovation, creative thinking, community involvement and educational support.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), 120 Federal Place, #307, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 988-6302.

Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE counselors provide free one-on-one business consultations on all aspects of starting and operating a business.

Small Business Development Center at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 428-1343

Advisors provide individualized business consultations; monthly classes on business management skills such as taxes, accounting software, and home-based businesses.

Small Business Institute at UNM ‘s Anderson School of Management

Free business consultant services provided by UNM business students, including help on business plans, market research, and financing. Call at the beginning of the fall (August) or spring (January) semesters; students choose business projects in their area of interest from a list of available applicants.

WESST Corporation (Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team)

3900 Paseo del Sol, suite #322A, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 474-6556

Statewide economic development organization providing business consulting, training, and technical assistance. With a business plan, business loans of $500-$35,000 are available. Founded to assist low-income women and minorities, services

Grow it! New Mexico

Click here for access to the resource page

Finance New Mexico
Click here for access to the resource page

National Laboratories

Los Alamos National Laboratories

Information on LANL’s community investment/direct giving programs: education, economic development, and general charitable giving. Higher education scholarships are available for northern New Mexico students, as well as teacher trainings and professional development programs. Their “Business Resource Guide” at contains information on government contracting and venture capital financing.

Small Business Office:

For information on contract work, bidding procedures and forecasting opportunities with LANL

Technology Transfer Division:

This organization licenses Los Alamos technologies to industry and start-up companies.  Collaborating on training and networking events in partnership with TVC (Technology Ventures Corporation) and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

Northern New Mexico Connect:  Other LANL economic development initiatives are conducted through Northern New Mexico Connect - Contact: Shandra Clow (505) 665-3049.

LANL Programs Include:

Market Intelligence Resource:  Research/technical assistance hours' worth up to $20,000 ($10,000 for Bernalillo county businesses). Assistance may include testing, design consultation, technology assessments, etc., and must not be affordable through the private sector. Help writing governmental technology-related grant proposals. Assistance is provided by Sandia Labs, LANL, UNM, or the NM Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Grace Brill (505) 577-6844 [bot protected email address]

Coaching & Networking:

Coaching and networking for small businesses and entrepreneurs: LINK uses a community’s own networks and resources to harness social capital for entrepreneurs. A community-based facilitator meets with the entrepreneur to understand his or her needs, then provides connections to networks and resources that help start, grow or improve the business.

Elmer Salazar 505-667-5720 [bot protected email address]

Venture Acceleration Fund

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) invests in creating and growing Northern New Mexico businesses that have an association with LANL technology or expertise. It funds up to $100,000 per project to businesses that use technology for commercial applications with market demand. Use of VAF awards includes activities such as proof of concept, prototyping, product engineering, customer acquisition and market validation.

Belinda Padilla, 505-667-9896 [bot protected email address]

Springboard Program

Springboard provides expert coaching and mentoring for companies facing a strategic decision such as securing funding, verifying a business model, building a management team, or penetrating a new market.

Grace Brill, (505) 577-6844 |  [bot protected email address]

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program

This program offers technical assistance to New Mexico small businesses. Businesses with a technical challenge that requires national laboratory expertise can seek assistance from scientists or engineers at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Such projects include testing, design consultation, and access to special equipment.

Julia L. Wise, 505. 699-8809 | [bot protected email address]

Sandia National Laboratories

The Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBAP) is specifically for New Mexico small business and it provides up to $10,000 worth of technical assistance annually per business in rural New Mexico and $5,000 in Bernalillo County at no charge for the work of a scientist or engineer at Sandia.

Sandia’s Mentor/Protégé Program matches volunteer mentors with small business protégés to create an advisory relationship focused on business development goals, i.e, effective presentation, training, competitive process workshops, and more.

Health Insurance

Private insurance companies can often meet your needs. It’s a good idea to compare different plans to find one that best meets your needs. Independent insurance brokers can often help. New Mexico also has a wealth of State funded programs to help provide health insurance.  Companies are also able to access group insurance plans through the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.


Finding the right staff, consultants, or student interns can be crucial to growing and maintaining a successful business. Networking events and personal connections are often the best way to find the right person. It’s can also help to connect with other professionals in the industry, utilize local educational institutions or advertise in local publications.

Career Services at Santa Fe Community College, (505) 428-1406

Internships are arranged on a case-by-case basis through individual departments. The college offers classes in a variety of subjects, from computer assisted drawing to paralegal studies; check the website for a complete department listing. Contact prior to the semester: early August for fall semester, December for spring semester, and May for summer internships. Also available is a “Cooperative Education” program; students with a higher skill level are paid by the employer. Job fairs are held each semester; businesses looking for employees are encouraged to participate.

MAKE Santa Fe  
Phone: (505) 819-3502

MAKE Santa Fe is a 501(c)3 non-profit community workspace where people can access tools, resources and workshops in order to make, repair, invent or create anything they can dream. It’s like a gym, but with powerful tools instead of exercise equipment and skilled craftspeople instead of personal trainers. We invite you to join us and exercise your creativity.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Phone: 505-827-7434


New Mexico Workforce Connection, 301 West DeVargas, (505) 827-7434

“One Stop” centers offer support services for job seekers such as resources rooms with computer, phone, and fax usage, basic keyboarding and computer tutorials and other skill-building opportunities. Employers looking to hire can get help with identifying and describing job requirements and can post job openings in their on-line database. Youth training includes helping older, out-of-school youth work towards their GED, and working in the schools to help teens identify career interests.

New Mexico’s High Tech Job Forum

Website for technology-related jobs, geared to job seekers, freelancers, and employers. Post a resume, search posted resumes, search current tech projects and contracts.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

The local, daily newspaper is widely read in the community. Both print and online classified ads list job opportunities by type of employment.

The Santa Fe Reporter

This local, weekly publication is popular and provides in-depth journalism and cultural coverage in a city with a vigorous arts scene. Both print and online classified ads list job opportunities by type of employment.


WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS MAKE Santa Fe Phone: (505) 819-3502

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Phone: 505-827-7434

Santa Fe Community College Phone: (505) 428-1000


High school and college students can be valuable additions to your staff. The more specific you are about intern duties and expectations, the more successful the internship match will be.


Bulldogs in Santa Fe, (505) 459-3876 (Program Administrator)

Summer intern program of Yale University undergraduates; operates intern programs in various cities around the country. Bulldogs provides housing, a mentor, and a cohesive “community immersion” program for the interns. Employers are responsible for a set intern stipend for the ten-week program.

Career Services at Santa Fe Community College

(505) 428-1406

Internships are arranged on a case-by-case basis through individual departments. The college offers classes in a variety of subjects, from computer assisted drawing to paralegal studies; check the website for a complete department listing. Contact prior to the semester: early August for fall semester, December for spring semester, and May for summer internships. Also available is a “Cooperative Education” program; students with a higher skill level are paid by the employer. Job fairs are held each semester; businesses looking for employees are encouraged to participate.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
High school programs:

Capital High School 505-467-1166

Santa Fe High school 505-467-2431

Flexible internships available during the summer, after-school hours or weekends. Students are not offered school credit, so an employer stipend is helpful in recruiting students.

St. John’s College

Intern Coordinator: (505)  984-6132 

Career Services Office: (505) 984-6067 

Summer internships through a competitive program; students apply by February for college-awarded intern stipends. Internships can be in any type of business, with either a formal job description or individualized “build your own” job description.




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