Longtime Western New Mexico University employee Cynthia Martinez was recently named Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Martinez will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Silver City-based office, one of 20 located throughout the state. Most recently, Martinez was the Director of Fiscal Affairs for WNMU.
“What I want to focus on right away is to go out into our communities in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties and let people know who we are and what we can do for their small business,” stated Martinez.
Located in Watts Hall, the SBDC office serves four counties and offers free services for small businesses seeking assistance with developing a business plan and management consulting. The office also hosts workshops throughout the year covering topics such as taxes and marketing.
“We are a nationally accredited business program and member of America’s Small Business Development Centers,” said Martinez. “The SBDC is an essential part of our community because it is an investment in our current and future businesses.”
Upcoming events include the annual Economic Development Course, scheduled for July 20-24 at the main campus. A one day workshop on government contracting basics will be offered on August 12 in Silver City and on August 13 in Deming.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Martinez, contact 575.538.6320. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.