Business Development

Program Description

Rural Business Development is at the core of CAASNM’s mission so the METP supports and grows existing rural small businesses through one-on-one consulting services, hands-on business development training (workshops) and technical assistance (business planning/counseling, market research, etc.). This training program is designed to assist nascent and seasoned entrepreneurs (especially minority business owners with limited English proficiency) expand their businesses and create more employment opportunities in rural areas. The METP’s business development curriculum focuses on: the business life-cycle, marketing, human resources, management, social media, information technology, financial management, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

• Even though there are no specific eligibility requirements, this program targets small business owners living in rural areas or Colonias that lack basic infrastructure and experience adverse economic conditions.
• Even though everyone is welcome to attend our business workshops, those business receiving one-on-one technical assistance should be small and emerging businesses, defined as: “any private and/or Non-profit business which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue.” These business receiving direct assistance should also be located in “rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.”

Areas Served:

        • Anthony

        • Vado

        • Berino

        • Chaparral

        • Las Cruces

        • Sunland Park

        • El Paso, Texas

Annie is a participant in CAASNM’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) from Truth or Consequences.  She is a grandmother helping raise grandchildren and she also cares for her sick mother. Annie is very thankful for this program because it allows her to care for her mom and grandchildren. She has three grandchildren who live with her and she takes care of four grandchildren that don’t. The program reimburses her for nutritious food for all seven children in addition to her disabled mom.

Annie is a very special lady and has gone through a lot. She has been doing childcare for a long time. She cared for her sick father and then her husband before they passed away and now she is caring for her mom. She took a part time job at night with Walmart in-order to buy Christmas presents for of all her grandchildren, her brother and 18 year old grandson who stays to look after the children and Annie’s mom while she is working. She is a true success because she perseveres with all of her hardships, but with a little help from CAASNM.

Annie’s Story, Nutritious food for the family