Business Resources

Grow It! @RRPL is the community hub for economic discovery and growth.
This is a collaborative effort between the Public Libraries and the City of Rio Rancho's Office of Economic Development. It brings together the information expertise found at the library and continues the City's efforts to invest in small businesses and the community. Grow it! consists of a variety of entrepreneurial focused programs, spaces for meeting and mentoring, and provides a wealth of resources. It is a division of Grow It! New Mexico. Join us and grow.

Events at the Library
The Loma Library hosts a number of business-focused programs. Programs are concentrated on building connections and providing co-working space for small business owners and employees.

Email List
Sign up and receive reminders of upcoming business-related events.  We won't share your information or spam you.

Watercooler Wednesdays
Watercooler Wednesdays are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Each month a successful local business owner and an entrepreneurial community resource present on a specific topic.  Attendees are welcome to stay after the program and co-work.
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WESST Small Business Workshops
WESST runs a series of programs on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. There is optional registration through their website. WESST is a non-profit which provides consulting and training for Sandoval county residents interesting in starting or growing businesses.

Mentoring
SCORE offers 1:1 mentoring with retired business experts. Meetings are often held at the library.

Local Resources
Rio Rancho & Sandoval County are home to a number of resources to help start and grow businesses.

  • Business License & Registration
    A direct link to the City Clerk's office, through which businesses are registered. They include detailed information as well as the necessary forms.
  • FatPipe New Mexico
    FatPipe often offers free business events. 
  • Sandoval Economic Alliance
    Provides services to businesses and industries considering expansion, relocation, or consolidation.
  • SCORE
    Description in Events section above.
  • WESST
    Description in Events section above.
  • Sandoval County Small Business Development Center
    The SBDC provides free business counseling, and assists clients in prospering in the community and growing the economy of New Mexico. A list of local resource partners is maintained on their webpage.
  • Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce
    Advocates for economic development on behalf of members.
  • Central New Mexico Community College
    • Ingenuity: CNM's non-profit program that encompasses their technology and entrepreneurial resources.
    • Digital Media Lab: students create websites, web designs, logos, and videos for local small businesses.
    • Ignite Community Accelerator: A 10-week program educational and supportive program for individuals wanting to start a business.

Library Resources
Meeting Space
The library has several rooms in a variety of sizes available to be reserved to hold meetings.  For more information, see the meeting rooms page.

Market Research
Library offered databases are a reliable and authoritative source provided for your use by the Rio Rancho Public Library and/or the New Mexico State Library. You will need a Rio Rancho Library Card to access this information.

  • Business Insights: Essentials
    This resource center offers company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and business periodicals.
  • Small Business Resource Center
    Search this database to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and websites. Utilize the help section to get started!

Additional Resources
New Mexico Resources

  • New Mexico Business Portal
    Contains resources for planning, starting, and maintaining a business, as well as a business checklist.
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center
    A division of the NM Department of Veterans Services, the Business Outreach Center provides entrepreneurial development services to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
  • Small Business Administration
    The U.S. SBA was created to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns. The Small Business Planner and Tools categories have information and resources that address every stage of the business life cycle. The site also offers financial, disaster, and counseling assistance as well as other services. Most helpful is the link to local resources that helps identify SBA district and regional offices and Small Business Development Centers at the state level.  The New Mexico chapter puts out an annual Small Business Resource Guide.
  • MBA ASAP
    Reliable and relevant information focused on individuals wanting to start a business. Seminars and Workshops are taught locally by author John Cousins, MBA.

Funding

  • Accion
    Accion is a national non-profit that works with entrepreneurs to access business credit, make loans and organize funding sources.
  • Finance New Mexico
    Finance New Mexico is sponsored by a combination of public and private entitites, and focuses on funding and consultations.

General Business Resources

  • Inventor Resources: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    This is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's official site for independent inventors. It provides comprehensive information on intellectual property, patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Also included is an extensive FAQ section.
  • Census Business Builder
    Data to help research the business landscape or grow a business. There is information for Small Businesses as well as the Regional Analyst Edition for neighborhood-based nonprofits.