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New Mexico Small Business Development Center
Building New Mexico's Economy One Business At A Time




Sandra Lee Baca, Owner of The Wright Choice Learning Center The 2013 Albuquerque SBDC Success Client!

The Albuquerque Small Business Development Center has moved to CNM’s Workforce Training Center.

CNM Workforce Training Center
5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505 224-5250 phone 505 224-5256 Fax
(Directions: Interstate 25 Exit #233/Alameda Blvd. going West/right on San Mateo going North/ right on Eagle Rock Avenue going East)

Whether you already own a small business or are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, the Small Business Development Center in Albuquerque can help you climb the ladder of success. The SBDC offers NO-COST management consulting, LOW-COST training courses, and access to a Procurement Technical Specialist for central New Mexico businesses.

The Albuquerque Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a grass roots economic development organization providing valuable assistance to owners of small businesses and to individuals considering starting a business in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and the East Mountains.

We provide No-Cost one-on-one Business Counseling in such areas as business start-up/acquisition, accounting; business liquidation/sales, marketing/sales, sources of capital, financial analysis, research and development, and international trade.

We also offer Low-Cost Entrepreneurial Training in: business planning, market research, basic bookkeeping, QuickBooks, cash flow analysis, understanding financial statements, and choosing a legal entity. To register for these classes please see the "View Workshop Calendar" link at the top and bottom of this page or go to (Select the workshops link on the left).

The Albuquerque SBDC also hosts Lenny Bean, PTAP Advisor for the NMSBDC/Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). Lenny will be able to assist anyone with governmental contracts, bid preparation, requests for proposals, governmental marketing strategies, and more. Contact Lenny via (505) 224-5966 or the Albuquerque SBDC main number at (505) 224-5250.

Please contact the Albuquerque SBDC to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced counselors.

SBDC Staff

Ray Garcia, Director
Bob Gramley, Certified Business Analyst
Lenny Bean, PTAP Advisor
Kristin Groves, Program Coordinator
Christina McQuerry, Certified Administrative Support Specialist


Sandra Lee Baca, Owner of  The Wright Choice Learning Center
Sandra Lee Baca, Owner of The Wright Choice Learning Center
The Right Choice is The Wright Choice Learning Center!

Sandra Lee Baca opened the Wright Choice Learning Center in August of 1985 in Belen, New Mexico when, as a single mother, she recognized a need for quality day care in the Middle Rio Grande valley. Her clientele grew rapidly. She soon moved her business to a 2100 square foot building where she provided care for more than 30 children. The Wright Choice reputation spread. By 1995, the business had outgrown the building. Ms. Baca realized she would have to buy or build a larger facility to accommodate her growing clientele.

It was at that time that Sandra Baca sought the assistance of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. She began working with Ray Garcia when he directed the UNM Valencia SBDC and continued to work with him when he moved centers and took over the directorship of the Albuquerque SBDC at CNM. Together Ms. Baca and Mr. Garcia worked on a business plan that addressed the growth of demand for her child-care center. They prepared a ‘Pre-Qualified Women’s Loan Program Application’ and submitted the package to the SBA in the Spring of 1996. It was approved! Sandra keeps the entire package in her office as a memento, including the approval letter sent to Mr. Garcia by Murray G. Saunders on July 3, 1996; just two days after Mr. Garcia took over the Albuquerque center at CNM. Construction of the new child-care facility soon followed.

Sandra Baca’s 3 Star facility now encompasses 6230 square feet and sits on an acre of land far away from noise, traffic, and dust. It includes a large playground with climbing and playing equipment to fit the developmental needs of different age groups. Her clientele ranges from six weeks old to twelve years. Twenty video cameras continually monitor the five classrooms as well as the outdoor surrounding areas. The staff prepares home cooked nutritious meals in a fully equipped kitchen.

Ms. Baca believes her center serves as a vital extension of today’s families: “Our goal is to create an environment of imagination and creativity by providing a variety of learning and exploratory experiences in a warm, nurturing, and responsive environment where the child will feel safe and free to experiment, test, and discover. We strive to foster intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. We believe that children learn best from staff that are warm, nurturing, and well trained. In addition, an important part of our program is to support the family; therefore, we encourage and appreciate parental input, observations, and participation.”

The Wright Choice Learning Center has twelve very well trained and exceptional employees that help Ms. Baca accomplish this. Her business has flourished for 28 years.

The Wright Choice Learning Center demonstrates how the NMSBDC network can assist clients over the very long term.

The Learning Center was honored at the 2014 New Mexico Small Business Development Center's Day at the Legislature in February at the State Capitol! Congratulations!

Contact information:
Sandra Lee Baca, Owner
901 W Vivian Rd, Belen, NM 87002
(505) 864-2530


Albuquerque SBDC
CNM Workforce Training Center
5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 224-5250
(505) 224-5256 fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon-Fri.

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