By the Numbers
WESST operates in six locations throughout the state: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Farmington.
of clients are women
are members of ethnic minority
are classified by federal guidelines as low or very low income
WESST has helped launch 2,528 businesses statewide,lending over
WESST is a home
founded 30 years
ago by women for
PHOTO: Courtesy WESST
- What is WESST?
As a non-profit, WESST offers consulting, training, and lending to anyone with the passion to start or grow a business. WESST is driven by its belief that expanding entrepreneurship is the most effective way to yield the greatest economic impact. Led by president Agnes Noonan, WESST is currently among a handful of economic development organizations across the country that hosts a network of Women’s Business Centers, with programs geared to aspiring or established women business
- owners. “Our clients come to us from all walks of life for help with businesses of all types — retail, professional services, arts and crafts, restaurants and catering, construction, manufacturing, and bio-technology, to name a few,” Agnes says. Prior to joining WESST in 1991, Agnes served as a small business consultant in the United States Peace Corps in Costa Rica and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She’s passionate about personal and business financial literacy, and loves to read.