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New Mexico Small Business Development Center

The New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) was created in 1989 by the State Legislature to support the expansion, planning, business financing, and management efforts of small businesses statewide. Free small business consulting, affordable workshops, and business trainings are offered.
www.nmsbdc.org

WESST

Since 1988, this statewide small business development and training organization has grown New Mexico's economy through entrepreneurship, and is the only Women's Business Center in Northern New Mexico. Sign up for a workshop or browse their business toolkit geared for New Mexico business owners.
www.wesst.org

Global

Inc. Magazine

Online advice, tools, and services for business owners include topics ranging from marketing, sales and finding capital, to managing people, and more.
www.inc.com

Mashable

Mashable is the top source for social media, technology, and web culture. The site offers articles, trend analysis, and social media resources and guides. Check out their small business trending topic for articles related to your business.
www.mashable.com

OPEN Forum

American Express' OPEN Forum is a platform for small business insights, connections, and exposure. The website includes articles, videos, discussion boards, and event listings, all part of their small business toolbox.
www.openforum.com

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Businesses

Free small business advice is offered both online and in person, in English andSpanish. Browse the how-to and toolssections for information about writing grants, online marketing, writing profit and loss statements, and more.
www.score.org

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, and protects small businesses, helping Americans start, build, and grow healthy businesses. Their website provides online tutorials on regulations, finding funding, creating a marketing plan, and more.
www.sba.gov

The 99%

"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration," is the leading motto at this branch of Behance, a platform for creative professionals. The website provides articles, tips, and videos concerning best practices.
www.the99percent.com

Art and Craft Business Resources

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The organization partners with local, state,and national arts organizations and government agencies to provide industry research and professional development opportunities.
www.artsusa.org

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF safeguards and sustains the careers of craft artists by providing emergency resources such as quick loans and emergency grants, business development support, and resources on health, safety, and insurance.
www.craftemergency.org

Crafting a Business with Jenny Hart

The embroidery artist, founder of Sublime Stitching, published author, and founding member of the Austin Craft Mafia writes a monthly column on scoring good press, fighting the "business boogyman," the global market, and more.
www.venuszine.com/users/JennyHart

The Crafts Report

The Crafts Report is a monthly business magazine for craft professionals, including how-to articles on business management, industry news, information on current issues and trends, an online discussion forum, and more.
www.craftsreport.com

Design Sponge: Biz Ladies

This website section includes helpful, engaging articles geared toward women in craft businesses. Topics include crafting a media kit, greening your business, using social media, online etiquette, and more.
www.designspongeonline.com/category/biz-ladies

National Arts Marketing Project

Part of Americans for the Arts, the Project provides information, tools, and practical ideas to strengthen arts organizations. They host an annual conference, regional trainings, and online workshops. Browse for articles, podcasts, news, downloadable 'practical lessons,' and creative profiles of arts businesses.
www.artsmarketing.org

New York Foundation for the Arts

The Foundation's site provides articles and interviews on the business of art. Topics range from fundraising to insurance, mental health, web site development and more.
www.nyfa.org/source/

Trendwatching.com

This independent trend firm scans the globe for the most promising consumer trends, insights, and business ideas. Many findings are aggregated in a free monthly trend briefing, available on the web site.
www.trendwatching.com