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WESST unveils online business basics program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An online program newly made available in English teaches business basics for time-challenged women who dream of being entrepreneurs.

WESST began testing the Spanish language version of the DreamBuilder program last fall and will soon make the new English language version available through a partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, the program developer.

“We’re really looking at this model for learning – especially for people who are short of time,” said Julianna Silva, WESST’s Albuquerque regional manager.

The program was developed with funding from the Freeport-McMoran Foundation and has been widely used in Latin America. The online business-skills development program is designed for women thinking of starting a business and those who already own a small- or medium-sized business. It uses interactive videos to talk about entrepreneurship and convey technical information about how to start and run a business, Silva said.

WESST helps participants set up the technology so they can work through the 13 modules at home at their own pace. Participants gather at WESST’s office at 609 Broadway NE in Albuquerque every two weeks to discuss what they’ve learned and share information, Silva said.

Another service WESST is offering through a Small Business Administration grant is aimed at small-business owners who need help with technology for automated financial accounting, financial reporting and inventory-management systems.

Business owners can get a free, two-hour technology assessment from Kosh Solutions, a company that provides IT consulting in New Mexico and Colorado. Kosh will then provide them with a report with their recommendations.

For information about DreamBuilder or the technology assessments with Kosh Solutions contact Julianna Silva by phone at 505-246-6943 or by email at jsilva@wesst.org.

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