The following is a list of business resources available to people interested in starting a business in Santa Fe or growing an existing business.
The resources included are divided into five categories. Click on any of the links below to jump to that category. However, please note that several of the organizations listed may fall into more than one category as some of them provide services in more than one area.
Business Assistance: These organizations help startups and existing businesses, or people wishing to research potential business opportunities. They provide information and guidance, help with preparing your business plan, marketing and market research information, business and strategic planning assistance, and more.
Starting a Business in Santa Fe: Private and Government organizations needed for obtaining licenses, tax information or general information pertaining to city, county and state requirements for new businesses.
Funding Sources: Please note that the list of funding sources does not include banks, which should also be considered when obtaining funds for your business.
Other Links: Includes miscellaneous organizations that can provide help to entrepreneurs regarding various aspects of starting or growing a business.
Toolkit: Helpful articles, links and podcasts by business experts pertaining to starting or growing a business. Check back often, as this list is continually being updated and expanded.
Northern New Mexico Connect. Provides coaching, market research, lab expertise and strategic partnerships.
Santa Fe Economic Development. Continuously improves the quality of life in the City and smoothes the path to success for both individuals and organizations, assisting businesses in locating, expanding, and relocating in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Small Business Development Center. Offers free management and new business consulting and counseling.
SCORE. Free face-to-face business counseling, advice, mentoring and training for small businesses just starting or for existing in Santa Fe.
Technology Ventures Corporation. Supports entrepreneurs in preparing their business to raise money from equity investors.
WESST. A non-profit small business development organization offering a variety of consulting services, training classes, and small business loan packages.
Starting a Business in Santa Fe
City of Santa Fe - City Hall. Applications for a business license for the City of Santa Fe and are available at 200 Lincoln Ave., Rm. 112, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Santa Fe County. Applications for a business license in Santa Fe County are available at 120 Grant Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501.
City Building Inspector. A certificate of occupancy can be obtained at 200 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501
New Regulation and Licensing Department. Specific industries may require state licenses from this department. Licensing information can be found at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
NM Taxation & Revenue Department. New businesses will need both a Federal ID number and a state gross receipts number from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 1100 South St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87502.
NM Department of Labor. The NM Department of Labor offers services for job seekers and employers. Their office is located at 301 E. De Vargas, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
ACCION New Mexico. A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing loans to small business owners.
LANS Venture Acceleration Fund. Funding for start-ups based on LANL technology.
New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund. Provides loans, training and business consulting to entrepreneurs, business owners and non-profit organizations throughout the state and the entire Navajo Nation.
Small Business Administration (SBA). Helps Americans start, build and grow businesses, through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.
WESST. A non-profit small business development organization offering a small business loan packages.
Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico. Economic forecasting, population projections; area reports include Santa Fe Living Wage studies and statewide Main Street studies.
Los Alamos National Labs. Resources for technology, green energy and bio sciences.
New Mexico Economic Development Department. Information on economic development in New Mexico.
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. Labor assistance for employers and those who are seeking work.
New Mexico Tech Jobs. Links people with technical or leadership skills who are looking for employment/contract work with New Mexico technology companies.
Regional Development Corporation. The RDC is a regional economic development organization focused on creating a diverse and sustainable economy, especially in Northern New Mexico.
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber offers networking, advocacy, tourism and relocation information, and other member benefits.
Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFHCC). Serves as a catalyst and promotes organizational leadership which focuses on Hispanic entrepreneurship.
Tierra Contenta Corp. Provides builder-ready tracts of land designed for low and moderate priced housing for under-served families in Santa Fe.
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