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New Mexico Small Business Development Center
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Farmington Small Business Development Center

Abiegail Yazzie
If you are a business owner or a prospective business owner, you may have felt at times as though you are out on a limb and all by yourself. Sound familiar?

The Small Business Development Center at San Juan College is your sounding board, your safety net, your colleague and your consultant.

Counselors at our SBDC assist in pre- and post-venture planning with no-charge confidential one-on-one consulting, low cost training in a variety of subjects, and are able to assist your company in networking with other local companies to achieve your goals. Assistance is available throughout the lifecycle of your business and is provided by counselors who understand because they have been there themselves.

Let's take a look. . .


Company Name: Hodi'shooh Specialty Cleaning Services, LLC

Owners: Abiegail Yazzie

Type of Business: Janitorial Services

Years in Business: 3

Number of Employees: 15

This Entrepreneur Will Floor You

Abiegail was sent to the Lake Valley Boarding School at the age of 5. She cried every day until she was given her duty, cleaning the floors. Running the floor buffer when she was in kindergarten, she took to her task with the same vigor and determination that she brings to her business. To this day, Abiegail notices floors wherever she goes and she has a very exacting standard of cleanliness. So, when an opportunity arose to bid on the janitorial contract at Arizona Public Service’s power plant in Fruitland, N. M. she decided it was her moment.

Abiegail met Certified SBDC Counselor, Alicia Corbell, at the APS Navajo Business Day workshop in July. While continuing her career as a social worker helping children in need at Indian Health Services in Shiprock, she actively worked the bid with the assistance of the SBDC. Meeting every Wednesday afternoon until the bid deadline, strategies were defined, pay scales were set and the response was formulated. Within a few short weeks Abiegail established the LLC, obtained Certified Navajo Business status, registered on CCR and tailored a plan to meet the needs of APS that even included their preferred products. In November, Hodi'shooh Specialty Cleaning Services was awarded the first of two annual contracts; most recently, they negotiated a 3-year contract with escalators.

Originally conceived as a plan for what to do in retirement, Hodi'shooh Specialty Cleaning Services has become much more. No longer practicing at Indian Health Services, growth and development of the company is Abiegail’s professional focus. “The SBDC has been everything for me. If it wasn’t for their assistance, I would not have my business.”

Always seeking betterment, Abiegail is a graduate of the SBA e200 Emerging Leaders Program and the NxLevel Entrepreneurs Series. Future plans for the business include obtaining additional certifications as well as expansion into other large corporations and government contracting. Hodi'shooh Specialty Cleaning Services is positioned for a future that shines.

Our Services are Available to You at Low or No Cost

The Small Business Development Center at San Juan College offers:
  • No Charge One-On-One Business Counseling
  • No Charge Business Start-Up Information
  • No Charge Business Valuations
  • Low Cost Training

What else does the SBDC offer you? Being the only nationally accredited small business assistance provider in New Mexico, our counselors are there to provide continuing support for the challenges you face once you are up and going. Should I expand into new markets? How can I find overseas markets and/or suppliers? What about contracting with the government? What about cash flow and credit issues? How can I find new and qualified employees? Does my business need a new look? How can I increase sales? Whatever your issue, SBDC counselors can offer guidance without charge.

Are you ready to take your business to a new level?

SBDC Staff
Carmen Martinez, Director
Alicia Corbell, Business Advisor
Kristy King, Administrative Assistant

The NMSBDC is an accredited member of the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Small Business Development Center
San Juan College
Quality Center for Business
5101 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402
(505) 566-3528
(505) 566-3698 fax
Hours: 8 am-5 pm, M-F

Business Partners
Four Corners Economic Development
San Juan College
Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
Jicarilla Apache Tribe
Farmington Chamber of Commerce

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