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A free business forum workshop will take place for those interested in learning more about doing business in Rio Rancho. The workshop will take place on the following dates from 10 a.m. to noon at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle:

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thursday, Sept 15, 2016
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

The workshop is made possible through sponsorships and collaboration between the City of Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, WESST Rio Rancho office, the Sandoval County Small Business Development Center Rio Rancho office, and New Mexico Workforce Connections.  Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at http://rrrcc.org/third-thursday-new-business-forum/, or by contacting Susan Sheridan at (505) 999-1835 or .

At the workshop, business counselors and representatives from the sponsoring and collaborating organizations will be present.

Topics that will be covered include:

•Review of the services that are available to help start and run a small business
•Key components of a business plan and how to write one
•How to research potential markets
•Review of local resources (financial services, banks, micro-lenders, government contracts and contacts, small business agencies, and professional associations)
•An overview of how to do business in Rio Rancho, including business registration and proper Gross Receipts Tax reporting