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Our new Event and Social Engagement Coordinator, Vai Reddy-Kruse, will share ways to market and engage more effectively on Social Media. Light food and beverages will be served. 

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Funding and Grant Opportunities 

MainStreet Backing Small Businesses Program

Applications Open & Close: Opens March 20, 2023 and Closes April 7, 2023
Notification of Award: Notification of $5,000 award in June 2023
Funding: $5,000 – if awarded, may be eligible for additional $25,000 enhancement grant
Note: 350 $5,000 grants will be awarded, 25 $25,000 grants will be awarded
Eligible Businesses:
-  Applicant must be an owner of the business and at least 18 years old
-  The business must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by small business owners who identify as: Asian American and/or Pacific Islander; Black and/or African American; Hispanic and/or Latinx; Immigrants, Refugees, and/or Forcibly Displaced; Members of the LGBTQIA+Community; Middle Eastern and/or North African; Native and/or Indigenous; People with Disabilities; Veterans; Women
-  The business has a brick and mortar location and operates in an older or historic main street, downtown, or commercial district.
-  The business is independent and not a franchise and employs less than 20 full-time employees
-  The business has been in operation since January 1, 2022
-  Business must be in good standing in the state and has an active business license in the state
Eligible Expenses:
-  Accessibility upgrades
-  Community events and programs
-  Equipment and inventory
-  Marketing
-  Operational strategy
-  Physical improvements
-  Sustainability upgrades
-  Technology upgrades
-  Rent, payroll, and utilities
See website for more detail on eligible expenses.
More information / to apply:
Regional Development Corporation's Micro-Grant Coming Soon
Grow Your Business – Small Scale Funding Can Bring Big Results
Grants up to $3,000: project based, made on a competitive basis
Applications Accepted: April 10 to May 12, 2023

  • For-profit business

  • Headquartered in either Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe or Taos County

  • In business for at least 6 months

  • Business license, CRS# and Business-only bank account

  • Award use examples: specialized business/manufacturing equipment, commercial food processor, storefront sign, woodworking/jewelry-making machinery and tools, marketing/advertising services, specialized training, and much more!

Requirements: Attend a mandatory Micro-Grant Fund Information Session
For more information, visit:

Webinars & Training
New Mexico Economic Development Department
March 21 | "Rezonomics," Experiences Starting & Running a Business on Tribal Land
March 30 | Advanced Manufacturing Summit
April 13 | NMDOT Star Opportunity Fair
Ongoing Webinars:

On Demand NM SCORE Webinars:

Visit our YouTube channel to view previously recorded EDD webinars.
UNM Rainforest Innovations
2023 Lobo Hackathon
Thu, Apr 13, 6pm - Fri, Apr 14, 8pm
Rainforest Student Pitch Competition
Sat, April 4, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
(open to ANY higher education student in the state of New Mexico):
For more information contact Cecilia Pacheco, Program Manager
UNM Rainforest Innovations, Supporting Technology Transfer and Catalyzing Economic Development at The University of New Mexico Lobo Rainforest Building, 101 Broadway Blvd., NE, Ste. 1100, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main: (505) 272-7900, Direct: (505) 272-2548,
Promotional Opportunities
Oppenheimer/ScienceFest Business Specials
As we do for ScienceFest every year, we would like to promote your unique experiences, products, programming, or attractions. This year we will promote anything with an “Oppenheimer” twist! This can be as simple as a menu item, t-shirt design, or a one-time Oppie-themed Trivia Night, to an on-going tour or art program. But instead of just doing this for ScienceFest, we will promote these specials for a longer period of time. The plan is to announce these specials on Oppenheimer’s birthday on April 22 and then continue to build the offerings as this “Year of Oppenheimer” moves along. So, please send us your “Oppenheimer” offerings, with a photo if possible, to Sam at Contact us if you have questions!

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