"I'm very grateful to the SBDC for providing ongoing assistance and caring support, and helping me actually own my own business."
- Lewis & Clark Expeditions
Santa Fe Small Business Development Center
“Building New Mexico’s Economy One Business At A Time”
Whether you already own a small business or are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, the Small Business Development Center at Santa Fe Community College can help you climb the ladder of success. The SBDC offers FREE management consulting, and assistance with free computer/Internet use for northern New Mexico businesses. Please check the events calendar to review all of our current workshops.
The Candyman Strings & Things
''The Candyman, Strings & Things'' Rand & Cindy Cook
Rand and Cindy Cook purchased The Candyman, Strings & Things in 2009. When the opportunity to purchase the business was presented, Rand and Cindy created a business plan and sought financing at a local community bank. They worked with the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center to fine tune the plan and received their funding successfully including a $25,000 EDPPlus grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas).
Together the Cooks have taken Strings & Things to a new level. Paying close attention to their market, Rand and Cindy have created ‘Santa Fe’s Community Music Center’. They redesigned the floor plan of the shop to accommodate lesson rooms, as well as listening and practice rooms. The Cooks believe it is important for our youth to be exposed to making music, they host rock band camps year round. Rand and Cindy have received 5 national awards for their efforts in marketing, merchandising, and rock camps and schools.
Cindy explained, “When the opportunity to purchase The Candyman Strings & Things came along, the SBDC gave us invaluable advice and resources in creating a solid business plan and realistic financial forecasting allowing us to secure the funding needed for our business. Ms. Collins, our SBDC Advisor, has helped us over the past 3 years with a variety of business topics from personnel to business plan revisions, financial health, and growth planning. We consider her an extension of our management team and part of The Candyman family. We look forward to continuing to utilize SBDC resources as our business grows and changes.”
The staff at The Candyman has grown to 13 and the store now utilizes 20 contractors to deliver their instructional programs and perform installations. Sales have increased each year since the Cooks took ownership of The Candyman, despite the weak national economy. The Santa Fe SBDC applauds Rand and Cindy Cook for their community mindedness, and their business savvy!
Take part in a growing partnership designed to help make your business a success!
"We serve businesses in every region of Northern New Mexico, bringing the power of our network of over 50 experts to the places and people who need it. Now, is the right time to review your business, finance, and marketing plans, and we can help."
The Santa Fe Community College Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) offers:
• Excellent resource library
• Workshop series
• Marketing and Sales Planning
• Business Plan Assistance
• Financing Assessment and Options
• Financial Projections
• Loan Application Assistance
• Tax and License Information
• Business Management advising
• Capital Formation & Capitalization
• Strategic Planning
• Technology Development Assistance
• FREE Computer use
• FREE Internet Access
"Helping new businesses get off to a good start, we offer entrepreneurial education to potential and existing small businesses to strenghten the economy of New Mexico."
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• Business Management
• Bookkeeping & Accounting
• Web Design
• Steps to Starting a Small Business
• Financial Statements
• CRS Taxpayers - Gross Receipts,
Compensating Tax, & Withholding Tax
• Market Research
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"Together, leveraging our range of experience and the strengh of our partners, we have fueled the economic engine of New Mexico for 20 years. Our future...and the economic future of our state...will be one of more and deeper partnerships serving an ever expanding community of entrepreneurs."
Local Business Partners
City of Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Alliance
Finance New Mexico
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Regional Development Corporation
New Mexico Small Business Resource Network
**The Santa Fe SBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information about any of our events, please call (505) 428-1343.
Michael Mykris, Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Stephenson, Training Coordinator and Business Advisor email@example.com
Deborah Collins, Marketing Coordinator and Business Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Julianne Gutierrez-Ortiz, Office Manager email@example.com
Small Business Development Center
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508-4887
(505) 428-1469 fax
Hours: 8 am–5 pm, M-F or by appointment