Connect, WESST, Accion, to Offer Small Business Workshops

By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

Free workshops will be held at Main campus for any student or commu­nity member interested in learning about starting or running a small business, said Connect Achievement Coach Michael Heim.

The workshops will begin on Oct. 5 and continue every Friday through Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The workshops will con­sist of presentations, guest speakers and hands-on activities, said Heim.

“I think that these workshops are going to be highly beneficial for the students and community members. They’re going to leave this workshop series íwith more knowl­edge than they would have had before,” said Heim.

The non-profit orga­nizations Accion New Mexico and Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team, have partnered with Connect to provide the workshops, which will small business owners in the community, he said. be presented by experts and

Both groups offer advice on subjects like credit devel­opment, financial literacy and acquiring business locations.

“It will be highly interac­tive. The information will be presented on the chalk board or in a Powerpoint. Then after, the participants will work together,” said Heim.

Each workshop will build on the previous ones, but it is not necessary to attend every session to understand the series, said Heim.

“By the end of the six workshops, you’ll actu­ally have a good idea about the essentials and the next steps for trying to get financing and launch your business,” he said.

Accion and WESST are non-profit organizations offering resources to small business owners focus­ing on all aspects of small business support, said Heim. WESST is focused on, but not limited to, woman entrepreneurs.

Accion has previously partnered with Connect for financial literacy workshops, so Heim said he is excited to have more expertise to answer questions for students.

“There are a lot of stu­dents at CNM that would like to be small business owners or are small business owners and could benefit from this type of information,” said Heim.

Heim said parking will be free for workshop attend­ees. For more information or to sign-up, contact Michael Heim at or 224-3962. For workshop schedules, check the calendar of events at

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