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By LYNN SKALL

After so many changes over the past year, have you thought about making changes to your business? Go virtual? Open a storefront? Would you like to better position your company to grow and expand? Or start a new business? You are fortunate to have Anwar Kaelin as a knowledgeable and experienced local resource to help you with these questions, through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a program of the Small Business Administration (SBA), for which he is director.

Anwar assists “anybody who has an intent or desire to start a business, needs assistance for every stage of business, or rounding out the business cycle.” He added he can also “help small businesses with their bookkeeping, GRT filings, and review their financials, all at no cost.”

Examples of the types of businesses Anwar can help include crafts people who want to sell online, artists who need help marketing themselves, tourism-related businesses like hunting outfitters, entrepreneurs who have an idea they want to turn into a business, and more!

Questa area businesses have a dedicated SBDC Zoom consultation time pre-scheduled with Kaelin on the third Thursday of every month. Drop in between 2 and 3 pm. for a private one-on-one assistance session or by appointment by email or phone anwar@unm.edu; (575) 737-6219, which are both free and confidential.
The SBDC website is loaded with business training webinars and resources available to you at any time at no charge. Workshops are offered, covering a wide range of business topics. Go to https://nmsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events.
July webinars include:

• Basic Steps to Starting a New Business in New Mexico (July 7 at 11:30 am)
• Should Retailers Sell their Products Online? (July 13 at noon)
• The Most Important Web Statistic: Bounce Rate (July 9 at noon)
• Plus five others!

This month’s drop-in Zoom session is July 21 between 2 to 3 pm; join at any time via video conference on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/5757376219, or call in by phone at (346) 248-7799;
(575) 737-6219.

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