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Message from the UNM-Taos Chancellor:

“Closed due to COVID-19” signs can be seen taped to the doors and windows of businesses large and small all over the country. And Taos is no exception. Being a small town with small businesses serving as the major economic drivers, our economic health relies on locals and visitors spending their hard-earned dollars in our shops, galleries, hotels, entertainment venues, and restaurants. During this unprecedented time, operating restrictions – while necessary – hit especially hard. UNM-Taos is using this time as an opportunity to be creative and innovative in the ways we deliver content and support potential and current students, businesses, and the community at large.

Patrick L. Valdez, Ph.D.

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC at UNM-Taos and its director, Anwar Kaelin, (pictured above) is open and ready to help Taos County businesses and nonprofits navigate funding and answer any other questions during the COVD-19 pandemic.

“My first goal is to help every Taos County business and entrepreneur who’d like assistance. My second goal is for Taos County – during this time – to have the highest per capita disaster assistance relief rate,” Kaelin expressed.

Over the past month, Kaelin has helped 100% of the business owners who applied for the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Advance, 90% who applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, and the 2% who applied for the state’s Business Loan Guarantee program.

To schedule your appointment and/or for an up-to-date list of economic-related resources, email Anwar Kaelin at anwar@unm.edu .

HIVE project

Taos HIVE (Hub of Internet-based Vocations and Education) is an inclusive coworking office and small business incubator with onsite UNM-Taos adult education and college classes under one roof.

“With the current COVID-19 restrictions, our team is working hard at developing virtual online curriculum for both students and small businesses,” said HIVE Project Manager Rose Reza. “The needs of our businesses and community are great and we are working to accelerate the process.”

On April 16, Taos HIVE and InBizWorks kicked off “Taos Biz,” a weekly hour-long Zoom meeting to assist local businesses through virtual coaching and support. Format includes local information, Q&A, and interviews with local business mentors and leaders. The program will run every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. until further notice. Join URL, https://zoom.us/j/694458980 .

For more and updated information about HIVE and its services, find it on Facebook, visit TaosHive.com or email TaosHive@unm.edu .

Career Technical Education & Workforce Development

“While some of the career/technical education courses have been cancelled, most have been able to be moved online,” said Victoria Gonzales, Department Chair, Professional Skills and Community Engagement, who in addition to credit courses for certificate programs, is also offering non-credit workforce trainings for the business community. For more information, email vsg@unm.edu .

Career Services

From her home office, Career Services facilitator Cynthia Lentini said that her department is available to students Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and via Zoom meetings. In the meantime, Career Services is sending out presentations to help students with professional readiness.

“This is a good opportunity for students to work on soft skills,” Lentini said. “We are also moving forward with our internships with Centinel Bank and they are accepting applicants.”

Also, even though closed, a number of local businesses have expressed a willingness to conduct mock interviews with students. This will undoubtably help prepare students for their employment searches after the pandemic has passed.

For more information, contact: cplentini@unm.edu .

UNM-Taos student services answer the call.

Quality Education Affordable Price

Financial Aid and Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Register early for an opportunity to save on your education.

WIN $100

Students who register for classes before June 15th could

win $100 towards their books or tuition .

Call 575.737.6215 for eligibility

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Registration is now open for Summer and Fall 2020 terms

Call 575.737.6215

or visit taos.unm.edu

For full schedule of classes visit schedule.unm.edu

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