Events at the Library
The Loma Colorado Main 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.
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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 held at the library on the 2nd Thursday* of each month at 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reliable and relevant information focused on individuals wanting to start a business. Seminars and Workshops are taught locally by author John Cousins, MBA.
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.
*Circumstances sometimes change, please double check our calendarfor the latest information