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Small Business Development Center at Northern New Mexico University

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Governor Susana Martinez Supports the NMSBDC Network

Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez Supports the NMSBDC Network

“Building New Mexico’s Economy One Business At A Time”
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We are committed to providing quality direct assistance, entrepreneurial education and resource links for potential and existing small businesses to strengthen the economy of New Mexico.

Outstanding Business of the Year!

Steve & Kimberly Martin, Owners; Growing Opportunities, Inc.
Steve & Kimberly Martin, Owners; Growing Opportunities, Inc.
Growing Opportunities, Inc.

Congratulations Steve & Kimberly Martin,
Owners of Growing Opportunities, Inc.
Alcalde, NM


Growing Opportunities is a hydroponic greenhouse operation devoted to being conservation-oriented business dedicated to providing fresh, locally grown, pesticide free agricultural products year round to New Mexico and surrounding states. Growing Opportunities is located in Alcalde, New Mexico Rio Arriba County on 3.5 acres of privately owned land.

Growing Opportunities have recently expanded and will now be providing over a hundred and fifty thousand pounds of pesticide-free tomatoes including beefsteak tomatoes and 12 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes per year as well as over ten-thousand English cucumbers year round for many commercial accounts throughout the states. Hydroponic grown tomatoes and cucumbers have a better appearance, longer shelf life, superior nutrient content and better taste than field grown crops.

The expansions from two hydroponic greenhouses to four have doubled their capacity to meet their customer demand for more products. Growing Opportunities utilizes computer and multiple sensor controlled hydroponic greenhouses for efficient production. All plant growth, through the years, has been accomplished by utilizing pesticide free methods that encompass biological controls for pest management. Growing Opportunities uses bees as pollinators, thus keeping the plant pollination as optimal and naturally occurring as possible.

Hydroponics is derived from Greek and literally means, "working water". In hydroponics, the water does the work because it brings all the necessary nutrients directly to the plant (in soil, the plant has to do the work by developing an extensive root system to obtain its nutrients). Due to this difference, plants grow much faster in a hydroponic garden than in a soil garden, and they usually produce greater and more consistent yields in a smaller amount of space. Another major advantage to hydroponics is the reduced water usage: you use one tenth the water in hydroponics that you do in soil gardening, and your expended hydroponic nutrient solution can be recycled by pouring it on your house plants, garden, or lawn. On the nutritional value of hydroponic produce, Plant Research Technologies Inc., an independent analytical laboratory in San Jose, CA., reported dramatic a mean increase of 50% in vitamin and mineral content in tomatoes.

“The Espanola SBDC has provided invaluable business assistance to us for years. Ida Carrillo assisted us in creating a business plan and got us in touch with ELCDC, Ron Brown and Sonny Lujan, and The Loan Fund, Joe Justice and Leroy Pacheco and their support team, who were both of our lenders for our expansion. Fortunately, we were indeed able to acquire the loan needed and our expansion has been completed and in production. Throughout the entirety of our funding search, Ida and Julianna Barbee were there to provide every assistance they could to help us achieve this goal.” Steven and Kimberly Martin.

Contact Information:
Growing Opportunities, Inc.

(505) 852-9256



YouTube Videos:

Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela Supports the NMSBDC Network

Senator Pete Campos Supports the NMSBDC Network

Senator Carlos Cisneros Supports the NMSBDC Network

Representative Patricia Lundstrom Supports the NMSBDC Network



The SBDC’s across the nation are hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state legislation. Approximately 1,000 service centers are available to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training. ###

The NMSBDC is part of the National Association of America's Small Business Development Centers. More than 196,000 New Mexico Small Businesses have utilized the states SBDC's for business development, entrepreneurial training workshops and one on one assistance. The NMSBDC has assisted clients in obtaining nearly $637 million in capital. $8.62 in new capital has been generated for ever $1 appropriated thanks to our partnership with NM State Legislature and U.S. SBA. The NMSBDC remains ahead of the national averages for return on investment.




SBDC Services

Our Certified Business Analysts provide FREE and CONFIDENTIAL one-on-one Business Consulting.

Providing Business Consulting & Training to Preventure, Start-Up, and Established Businesses

The NNMC SBDC can help you plan for profit, implement goals, and grow your business.

  • Business Start-Up Issues
  • Business Plan Development
  • Structuring Your Business
  • Market Research
  • Business Financing Sources
  • Loan Proposal Development
  • Budgeting/Financial Projection Assistance
  • Cash Flow/Financial Analysis
  • Business Management
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping Assistance
  • Resource Links
  • Business Software

    Providing Marketing/Advertising Consulting & Training to Entrepreneurs & Artisans

    The NNMC SBDC can help your increase your visibility, enhance your image and bring in a profit!

  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Internet/Websites
  • Advertising (Print & Broadcast)
  • Business Cards
  • Graphic Design & Layout
  • Brochures
  • Promotional Portfolio
  • Video Portfolio
  • Public Relations
  • Media Buying
  • Professional Presentations
  • Promotional Events
  • Creative Copy Writing
  • Marketing Budget
  • TV Commercials
  • Radio Commercials

    Please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced counselors or to register for one of our workshops.

    SBDC Office
    At Northern New Mexico University
    1027 N. Railroad Avenue
    Espanola, New Mexico 87532
    Phone:(505) 747-2236
    Fax:(505) 747-2234


    SBDC Staff
    Julianna Barbee, Director jbarbee@nnmc.edu
    Ida Carrillo, Assistant Director icarrillo@nnmc.edu
    Rita Sandoval, Business Support Specialist rtamm@nnmc.edu


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