Strategic Partners


Accion, serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, is an award winning micro lender dedicated to funding small business owners to start, operate and grow their businesses.

African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber supports black-owned businesses with education, advocacy and membership programs, and networking and promotional opportunities.

Albuquerque Economic Development

Albuquerque Economic Development (AED) serves as the ambassador and key contact for businesses considering moving their operations to the greater Albuquerque area, including providing expert mentorship and connections to resources for startups and local companies.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

The award winning Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development through a wide range of educational workshops, networking events and access to numerous business resources with an emphasis on the Hispanic and Small Business Community in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

Bernalillo County Economic Development Department

The Bernalillo County Economic Development works to protect taxpayers and foster business start-up, expansion and retention in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is the premier nonprofit support organization in the state. The CNPE strengthens the capabilities and capacity of nonprofits so they can more effectively achieve their missions through numerous programs including training workshops, resource directories, job information, and links to volunteer opportunities, etc.

City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department

The Department promotes the city’s One Albuquerque initiative and provides economic programs to support local small businesses and economic development.

The Loan Fund

The Loan Fund is an award-winning micro lender that has helped hundreds of financially underserved small businesses in New Mexico who are typically unable to access credit through banks or credit unions.

New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical and Association

The Association is a catalyst for New Mexico’s bioscience industry, providing a forum for information exchange, developing initiatives to enhance business success and bioscience education, helping establish collaboration, and serving as a voice of the industry to state, federal and local governments.

New Mexico Economic Development Department

The New Mexico Economic Development Department provide tools, programs and research to support New Mexico’s business community and attract new businesses to New Mexico.

New Mexico Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The NMSBDC offers a wide range of services statewide including start-ups and small businesses mentoring (through 20 local SBDC offices), access to global trade resources (through the International Business Accelerator located in Santa Teresa, NM), and information and connections to Federal, State, Local and County government contracts (through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program’s six offices statewide).


SCORE offers the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors. If you're just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.

Small Business Institute® (national)

The national Small Business Institute® (SBI) is the premier provider of professional development for those engaged in experiential student team consulting and related entrepreneurship education, research and activities. The SBI is the link between business, education and community, and 70+ member universities nationwide.

UNM Anderson School of Management

The UNM Anderson School of Management is dedicated to excellence in professional management education and committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management excellence. The school offers several educational and training programs.


WESST is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating entrepreneurship. WESST programs include a access to capital, a 37,500 sq. ft. incubator for growing small businesses to find a home, small business consulting, training workshops and a state-of-the-heart digital studio.