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



NM Small Business Development Center - Las Cruces (575) 527.7676

Acosta Hides - Sergio Acosta 2014 Star Client Small Business Development Center @Dona Ana Community College
Acosta’s Hides: Sergio Acosta

Acosta’s Hides, was established in 2013 with a truck, a dream and an incredible vision in the town of Mesquite, New Mexico. The owner, Sergio Acosta, has demonstrated mastery at the art of entrepreneurship by entering a market where restrictions are bewildering. This company concentrates in taking advantage of the raw materials that are present in dead cattle. The raw materials are then exported and transformed into resources that can be sold. The mission of Acosta’s business is to seize every opportunity that this activity represents while contributing to making this planet a better place.

By collecting the carcasses, Acosta, in essence saves the environment by preventing dead cattle from being buried and potentially damaging the aquifers. He then takes hold of the opportunity of using every fragment of the carcasses for resources that he prepares and exports to Mexico. The hides are cleaned and sold for leather, the meat is used to make pet food, and the bones are used as components in the production of soap. “There is nothing that goes to waste” Acosta says proudly of his business and adds, “wasted materials are wasted opportunities”. Acosta is one of only two persons in the state of New Mexico that has a license for this type of business. The process for obtaining this license is so rigorous it took Acosta eight years to attain the license. This not only speaks to the measure of meticulous quality and superb skill this profession requires, but also the incredible perseverance that Acosta possesses.

The relentless amount of work he does is only matched by his tenacity to accomplish it. “I love my job, there are very few things in life that give me the satisfaction that my business provides.” Acosta gushes over the opportunity that he has created for himself, however, he never fails to mention that “without help of JoAnn (Garay)”, Director of the DACC-SBDC center in Las Cruces, “my dreams would have never been possible.” Garay helped him with guidance of his vision and aided him on the importance of recordkeeping as well as planning an objective strategy for his business. Garay also helped Acosta obtain a loan from Tierra Del Sol; which gave him the ability to purchase a truck so he could get his business in motion.

Acosta’s Hides is always looking for new opportunities to grow. In fact, Acosta is planning on adding more services to his already profitable business. In the near future, Acosta has plans to hire more employees and is looking into a new business venture demonstrating his versatility and yet again outstanding vision. This new venture will differ slightly from the essence of his original business, yet it will contribute to its profitability and success. Acosta never seizes to think of new and undiscovered opportunities to devour while never under minding the ecological impact on the planet.

"Building New Mexico’s Economy One Business At A Time”

IMAGINE having a team of experienced, professional business consultants at your disposal...
and at NO COST to you!

Develop a business plan to start a new business or make an established business more efficient
Learn effective record keeping, accounting and inventory control
Create alternatives for solving business marketing problems
Find financial resources and assist in the application process for business loan assistance for Southern New Mexico businesses
Improve your business and management skills through seminars and workshops
Explore business ownership opportunities in Doña Ana & Sierra Counties
Whether you already own a small business or are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur,
the Small Business Development Center at the Doña Ana Community College of New Mexico State University can help you climb the ladder of success.
Doña Ana Community College Small Business Development Center is a member of the
New Mexico Small Business Center Network composed of 20 centers across the state.

“A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration”.

Serving Doña Ana County and Sierra County in partnership with Doña Ana Community College

The DACC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at New Mexico State University offers free workshops and quality counseling and guidance for business owners, prospective owners, and managers. The SBDC is designed with you in mind. Whether you have been in business for some time or are just starting out, we can help you address the multitude of issues and problems you may encounter.

We offer assistance in:
• Marketing
• Business Planning
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Cash Flow Projecting

Local Business Partners
New Mexico State University
Doña Ana Community College
Small Business Administration - Albuquerque Office
Internal Revenue Service
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
Procurement Technical Assistance Program PTAP

Dona Ana County New Mexico
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce
Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA)
New Mexico Economic Development Department
New Mexico Legislature

For more information or to sign up for one of our workshops,
click on view events calendar or call (575) 527-7676

SBDC Staff

Jo Ann Garay, Director (575) 527-7601

Mary Ann Quesada, Business Advisor (575) 527-7606

Humberto Hijar, Business Advisor (575) 528-7430

Pavla Paiz, Admin. Assistant, Associate (575) 527-7676

Procurement Technical Assistance Program
Karen Medina, (575) 528.7431

Small Business Development Center Doña Ana Community College

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