SBDC @ University of New Mexico – Taos
Monica Martin and Allison Burke are the owners and operators of Mountain Yoga in Taos. They offer a range of classes, such as Hatha, integrative, therapeutic, pranakriya as well as beginners. Allison teaches a six-week session for newcomers to Yoga, and Monica offers an eight-week ski conditioning session. In addition to being able to experience yoga in a group setting, appointments for private sessions are also available.
Monica originally came to SBDC at UNM-Taos in 2009 to start her yoga business. She worked with then-director Gary Bouty with basic start up questions; where to begin, how to structure her business, and tax advice. Since her initial visit in January of 2009, Monica has grown her clientele, and now teaches her ski conditioning class in a nearby ski resort as well as offering classes at Ojo Caliente, a famous natural springs resort. She also sought out the SBDC when it came time to consider forming an LLC. Over the years she has continued to seek out the advice of the SBDC at UNM-Taos for help from tax issues to accounting. She has even traveled to the SBDC at NNMCC in Espanola for marketing help.
“The SBDC’s are a great resource for getting an opinion and perspective on business” says Monica. In 2015, Monica and Allison Burke decided to join forces and open a studio together on the north end of Taos. It has proven to be a success for both, although not an easy one. Both Monica and Allison are confident that should they require any help or advice, they know right where to go. “Professional, down to Earth, honest. If they don’t know the answers, they will refer you out to other centers and assist in research with your questions.”
Monica and Allison constantly demonstrate a passion and energy for yoga and entrepreneurship.