On the the line today is Fred Owensby, Director of New Mexico’s Doña Ana Small Business Development Center in Las Cruces, NM.
Here’s the interview with Fred:
The catch-phrase for Doña Ana SBDC is: “Building New Mexico’s Economy One Business At A Time” and the center, like most SBDC’s of its type offer free workshops, quality counseling and guidance for business owners, prospective owners, and managers. The SBDC is designed with local small business in mind. Whether you have been in business for some time or are just starting out, they help address the multitude of issues and problems encountered by small business and they offer assistance in:
Their key Local Business Partners are:
From talking to Fred, there are no ‘stand-out’ large organizations in the immediate region but the network of small businesses are heavily into government business, both state and federal. We spoke briefly about the American Small Business Coalition – www.The ASBC.org a supporter of this program who help small business identify and win US Federal Government contracts.
They have a significant agriculture sector as well as business services.
The primary Economic Development Organization for the region is the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) which attracts businesses to the region including large companies relocating from Mexico to the US to take advantage of a more stable environment.
Like many reions of the USA, New Mexico and the Mesilla valley have bee hit hard, but it’s great to see these networks working wit new and growing small business to get the country back to work.
If you know about Regional Economic Organizations or small businesses doing great things we would love to talk to you – Contact us now to schedule an interview and let us tell your story.
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