Training & Workforce Development

Many local, state and no cost on-line resources are available to provide small businesses, entrepreneurs, and existing and potential workers with the skills to grow and stay competitive in a global marketplace. A few of those resources are provided here…


WESST staff and guest experts share their knowledge on a wide range of business topics through free and low-cost on-line training courses, FREE brown bag lunch events as well as consulting for support and technical assistance. Check frequently for the latest schedule

A sampling of free or low-cost on-line classes include:

  • Navigating Change in a COVID World
  • Truckin It Food Truck Boot Camp
  • Starting Entrepreneurial Life & Direct Selling
  • Human Resources Leadership
  • Using Social Media to Your Advantage for Creative Entrepreneurs
  • Managing Small Business Finances
  • Is it a Hobby or a Business?

…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 for the hospitality and hotel industries, service industry, culinary and more include:

  • Service practices during COVID-19 recovery
  • Hotel/Hospitality
    • Health and wellbeing in hospitality
    • Social media for hospitality businesses
    • Guest experience fundamentals
    • Housekeeping applications
    • Room service essentials
  • Restaurant/Food Service
    • Introduction to the kitchen
    • Food delivery service
    • Customer (experiential) service

View the complete list of 85 free and premium membership 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 few courses in the area of Marketing and Finance.


  • 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)

The New Mexico VBOC is a great resource for

  • one-on-one business counseling for veterans 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

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