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August 18, 2017

David Edward Albright

(l to r) Steven Saavedra, Aztec Community Development Director; Dawn Lewis, Administrative Asst. for Steven; Sally Burbridge, Aztec Mayor; John Garcia, NM SBA District Director; Carmen Martinez, Director Small Business Development Center at San Juan College; Cindy Fisher, Tuff Shed; and Vangie Neil, Aztec Chamber of Commerce

HUB Hosts State SBA Director

by David Edward Albright, Special to TALON

On Wednesday, August 9, the HUB in Aztec hosted a meeting with John Garcia, District Director for New Mexico Small Business Administration. The event was moderated by Aztec Mayor, Sally Burbridge and Aztec Community Development Director, Steven Saavedra.

Mr. Garcia said, "My primary directive is to deliver our SBA services and programs state wide to our entrepreneurs and small business owners and to empower them to start, manage and grow their businesses to create jobs and develop local economies. There are 152,000 small businesses in New Mexico and they make up 95% of total businesses in the state and they employ over 331,000 individuals. This comprises 55% of the state's private sector workforce."

Garcia explained that there are 66 SBA districts in the country, and they provide the support to help small business owners and entrepreneurs grow by providing them with technical consulting and training network, procurement contracting assistance and the array of access to capital financing that is available to them. "The best thing a small business person should do or someone who is interested in going into a business venture should do is contact our SBA office at 505 2248-8225 or visit our website at http://www.sba.gov/nm," he said. "I would recommend they also contact their local Chamber of Commerce and the Four Corners Economic Development Office. The point is there are a lot of resources available to small businesses and those interested in how to get a business off the ground. We just need to get the word out."


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