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Training & Workforce Development


WESST staff and guest experts share their knowledge on a wide range of business topics; check frequently for the latest schedule 

A sampling of *Free* February - April 2021 on-line classes include:

  • Start Your Business Action Plan
    • February 17, 2021 10:00-11:30am (register by Feb. 16)
  • Social Media Overview 101
    • February 17, 2021 6:00-7:30pm (register by Feb. 16)
  • How to Survive When Business Is Slow: Tips To Apply During COVID-19
    • February 18, 2021 12:00-1:00pm (register by Feb. 17)
  • Explore Start-up Business Realities
    • February 19, 2021 10:00-11:30am (register by Feb. 18)
  • Marketing 101
    • February 25, 2021 6:00-7:30pm (register by Feb. 23)
  • Essentials of Craft Entrepreneurship Workshop
    • February 25-April 1, 2021 10:30am-12:00pm (register by Feb. 24)

…and SO MUCH MORE available here.


Hospitality skills re-imagined: Equip managers and staff with understanding on the most pressing challenges you face today, including COVID-19 compliance, diversity, leadership, and mental health

A sampling of *Free* on-line training videos include:

  • Food safety and hygiene fundamentals
  • Service practices during COVID-19 recovery
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • COVID-19 business restart
  • Health and wellbeing in hospitality

View the complete list of 70 training videos available  

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LinkedIn Learning

This service provides Continuing Professional Education (CPEs) and access to 15,000+ expert-led courses; in Business, Creative and Technology industries, including a number of courses in the area of Marketing.


  • One month free trial
  • $29.99/mo. Or $19.99/mo if paid annually

Being a part of the LinkedIn community also provides access to COVID-19 offerings such as news, stats, impact on hiring, resources to help navigate work and coronavirus, how to connect with employees in times of stress, and give and get help from a broad community of employers.
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Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC)

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The New Mexico VBOC is a great resource for

  • one-on-one business counseling for verterans from all branches. Watch the presentation here to learn more about some of their services. Or contact Richard Coffel, Veterans Business Advisor by e-mail at or call 505-383-2401
  • available franchise opportunities for veterans
  • available financing options to start a business
  • a variety of online courses and training - free of charge through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Learning Platform