Business Resources

There are a number of organizations available to businesses, offering a broad range of resources and services for small businesses in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Explore the services here from our partners.

The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce fosters the success of local economies and promotes businesses committed to environmental and social responsibility.

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Zoom Chats
  • Advocacy for Local Businesses
  • OMDP Marketing Toolkit
  • Green Gift Guide
  • Online Networking Opportunities

Carrie Hamblen

CEO/President
575-323-1575
carrie@locallascruces.com

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce is an organization of businesses from Las Cruces, The Town of Mesilla, and the Southern New Mexico Region. We work with local and regional officials, community organizations and chamber members to maintain Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico as a good place to live and locate businesses.

  • Business Growth Educational Tools
  • Advocacy for Businesses
  • Increasing sales through networking opportunities
  • Leadership Development & Training
  • Starting a Business Resources

Debbi Moore
President & CEO
575-524-1969
dmoore@lascruces.org

  • LiftFund relief support program through counseling and workshops for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social Media Program to help businesses build their social media presence
  • Business Concierge to assist with licensing, permitting, and small business questions
  • More details on these services here
Elizabeth Teeters
Business Development Administrator / Economic Development
Office: 575-528-3476 / Direct: 937-581-2327
At Arrowhead, we help innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses at any stage start and grow through our services, resources, expertise, and connections. We are also the technology transfer and commercialization arm of NMSU, working with campus inventors and innovators to protect their work and ensure it reaches the broadest possible markets. While we are based at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM, and are deeply engaged in our on-campus community, we also work with people across the state, providing advice, mentorship, education, and hands-on experiences to pioneer new technologies, businesses, and partnerships.

  • Assistance with business creation and growth
  • Workshops and events to explore entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Entrepreneurial education and experience for students K-college
  • Connection with NMSU’s technology and business expertise and resources
Judy Roderick
Admin Assist, Spec Exec
Office: 575-646-7415
Arrowhead Sprints
Arrowhead Accelerators (Sprints) are business accelerators that service business industries including but not limited to retail, agriculture, healthcare, clean energy, real estate, restaurant, and education. Arrowhead also offers technology-focused accelerators that help businesses move their technologies closer to commercialization. The goal is to provide resources and assistance to participants. Our programs provide a curriculum on guided market research, transitioning your business into online spaces (including social media and website development or optimization), and general business principles. Participants join weekly class sessions that showcase speakers from local and/or state-wide organizations that offer resources and tools for your business. One-on-one advising sessions is also available, connecting participants to resources including accounting, digital marketing, intellectual property and patents, and business strategy. Sprints are a great virtual space to network with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs, and many participants enjoy and leverage the connections made. After completing a Sprint, participants are provided with post-Sprints support through Arrowhead’s alumni program, Arrowhead Ventures.

  • Business Advising
  • Business Assistance
  • Guided Market Research
  • Entrepreneurial Education
  • Networking
  • Mentorship
  • Resource ConnectionAssistance with business creation and growth
Arrowhead NM Fast
The NM Federal and State Technology (NM FAST) partnership program provides SBIR and STTR proposal development assistance to small businesses throughout NM. Securing federal funding for your innovative idea or technology is a critical step towards commercial success. The SBIR and STTR programs, often referred to as “America’s Seed Fund,” are an excellent source of undiluted funding, but are highly competitive. NM FAST provides the resources, support, and expertise necessary to submit a highly competitive proposal.

  • Proposal Development
  • SBIR/STTR Application Assistance
  • FundingBusiness Advising
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The NMSBA program assists for-profit small businesses in New Mexico with technical and/or business challenges. Arrowhead Center, as a contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), brings the unique resources of New Mexico State University through faculty and staff to assist in a variety of technical and/or business challenges.

  • Technical Assistance
  • Product Testing & Validation
Arrowhead Park
Arrowhead Park is the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship for southern New Mexico and our Borderlands region. Opportunities abound to partner with us in research, technology commercialization, and growing regional clusters in Life Sciences, Aerospace, Agri-Biz, Digital Media, and more. We have land and space available now to meet your business needs, and build-to-suit capability to help you grow. The Park also sits in a census tract that qualifies for the Opportunity Zone tax incentive, New Market Tax Credits, New Mexico LEDA incentives, and EB-5 financing, as well. We invite you to come and see how Arrowhead can make a difference for your business’s future!

  • Office Space
  • Co-working Space
  • Conference Facilities
  • Offers Wi-Fi, video conferencing, and moreAssistance with business creation and growth
Wayne Savage
Executive Director
575-646-2596
waynes@ad.nmsu.edu

Arrowhead Foster Innovation Exchange

FIX provides opportunities for inventors and entrepreneurs in the Borderplex region to receive assistance with prototyping, CAD modeling, and manufacturing for physical products. In partnership with Aggie Innovation Space – a program managed by NMSU’s College of Engineering – approved FIX applicants gain access to the equipment and expertise of the university. Having prototypes in-hand can help entrepreneurs procure business investment, interact with potential customers, and forge critical partnerships in the early stages of their ventures. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Office Space
  • Co-working Space
  • Conference Facilities
  • Offers Wi-Fi, video conferencing, and moreAssistance with business creation and growth
Carlos Murguia
Program Director
575-646-2025
cmurguia@nmsu.edu

Arrowhead Innovation Fund

AIF is a general fund and will primarily focus on New Mexico’s regional strengths in the agriculture, biotechnology, health/devices, information technology, engineering, energy, and water technology industry sectors. AIF will evaluate opportunities vis-à-vis stage of development, capital efficiency, and industry dynamics.

  • Venture Capital
  • Seed Funding
SBDC New Mexico
The Las Cruces Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Doña Ana Community College’s team of professional advisors provide one-on-one confidential consultations at no cost. They offer assistance with how to manage a business, develop a business plan, create marketing strategies, and find financial resources. Seminars and workshops are also available to improve business and management opportunities.

  • Technical Assistance
  • Business Training
  • Business Advising
  • Market Research
  • Commercial Loan Packaging

Jo Ann Garay
Director
575-527-7676
sbdcinfo@nmsu.edu
WESST is a home for entrepreneurs, founded 30 years ago by women for women. As a non-profit, we offer consulting, training, and lending to anyone with the passion to start or grow a business. Our committed team nurtures thousands of clients each year to help them build strong and sustainable businesses that support their families and communities throughout New Mexico.

  • Business Consulting
  • Business Training
  • Business Loans
Humberto Hijar
Admin Asst, Spec Exec
575-541-1583
hhijar@wesst.org

LiftFund is a nonprofit small business lender that transforms lives by opening doors and leveling the financial playing field in entrepreneurship. Established in 1994, in San Antonio, Texas, LiftFund provides responsible capital and business education to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Since its inception, LiftFund has made more than 21,000 loans totaling more than $369 million across its 13 state footprint. We are proud to provide opportunities for diverse small business owners and entrepreneurs across 13 states; 83% of our clients are minorities, 38% are women, 10% veteran entrepreneurs, and 63% have been in business for less than 5 years.

  • Business loans from $500 to $500,000
  • SBA Microloan and SBA 7A Community Advantage lending options
  • Larger commercial loans through the SBA 504 loan program
  • Responsive consultations on financial and business matters
  • Business and financial workshops and training
  • Free digital library of business videos and tutorials
  • Knowledgeable and supportive staff
Maria G. Mares (Lupe)
Vice President, Southwest Region
915-248-1996
mlmares@liftfund.com