WESST - Upcoming July and August Events

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Join WESST for Navigating Change in a COVID World, Food Truck Boot Camp, and more!


Sara Branch


WESST offers a variety of single and multi-session training and workshops that provide a “deep-dive” approach to learning about key business concepts. Our staff of experts develops a majority of the business curriculum we offer and it’s tailored to the needs of today’s busy entrepreneur. We provide short-cuts and tools that enable entrepreneurs to build their capacity to start and grow a successful business.

ALL CLASSES ARE BEING OFFERED ONLINE. AN INTERNET CONNECTION AND A COMPUTER (or highly capable tablet-type device) ARE NECESSARY. Video conferencing instructions will be sent to you after you have registered for the class.

Sara Branch

Getting Your First Federal Contract

Learn the tips and tricks to better position your business for obtaining contracts.

With over 35 years of experience with contracting and grant experience, Shirley Bailey will share her knowledge and practical hands‐on application to provide what you need to know to enter and excel in obtaining Federal and State grants.

On this training you will learn about:

  • Federal Contracting in NM
  • Getting your First (and second, and third, and…..) Federal Contract
  • Connecting your Business with the Government’s Business

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

No cost for this training.


Sara Branch

Navigating Change in a COVID World

During this time of self-reflection, this program will help you to identify what is important to you (in your work, in your life) and how to move forward as we emerge from the challenges of the COVID pandemic and discover our "new normal".

In this insightful session led by Jan Maples, President, The Connecting Point, with her 25+ years of experience in the Human Resources and Training/Facilitation fields. Jan is committed to training, organizational development, and human resources consulting services that are led with civility, respect, and compassion.

Join us to:

  • Discover the human reactions to change
  • Identify where you are in the Cycle of Change during this pandemic (Doldrums, Cocooning, Exploring, Engaging)
  • Distinguish what do you need to hold on to, let go of, and/or take on what's important

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

10:00 am - Noon

No cost for this training.



Sara Branch

"Truckin' It" Food Truck Boot Camp Training Series

Join us for this 5 week series designed to provide basic small business tools for entrepreneurs driven to start a mobile food truck business.

Tools such as business planning, financing, and day-to-day food industry management involve a steep learning curve. Take advantage today to gain the knowledge you need as you develop your mobile food truck idea and turn it into a promising business opportunity.

Training Series Topics Include:

  • Planning for Financial Success
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Essentials

Tuesdays in August:

  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

No cost for this training.


Additional Workshops

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Please notify Holly Patterson at WESST when you register for class, or no later than 24 hours prior to your class, so that WESST can make sure necessary accommodations are available. All programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The Women's Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.


Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.