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Jasper Riddle, President of Noisy Water Winery and Cellars in Ruidoso, NM was thrust into business ownership in 2010 when he returned to his hometown and purchased the controlling share in his family’s company.  The young entrepreneur transformed a new, struggling business into a thriving employer in rural New Mexico.     

Initially, Noisy Water Winery consisted of a winery and a gift shop with 4 employees.  In 2016, Riddle purchased land in Alto, NM and opened a production facility.  He also grew the company to include three tasting rooms in Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, NM with an additional tap room and event space in Alto, NM.  All told, Noisy Water Winery expanded to six locations, in four cities and boasts strong online sales.  The company now employs 44 individuals with plans to hire 10 more.

Riddle utilized counseling and training from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resource Partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at New Mexico State... Read More

JoAnne Tucker is a lifelong entrepreneur.   As a teenager she taught dance classes in the basement of her Pittsburg home in order to earn her way to a summer performing arts camp across the country in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  The summer she spent studying with Helen Tamaris, a pioneer modern dancer and Broadway choreographer, eventually led to JoAnne creating her own modern dance company.  JoAnne ran her company for 34 years, first in Florida and then New York City.

When she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2009, JoAnne started selling her pastels and oil paintings by opening her new company, JoAnne Tucker Art.  During the early stages of her company, JoAnne turned to WESST – Santa Fe for business counseling and training.  WESST is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women’s Business Center in New Mexico, with 6 locations throughout the state.  JoAnne was already a very experienced business owner, but in WESST she sought assistance to develop... Read More

“It was the scariest decision I’ve ever made” said Gina Euell, describing the fateful moment that she left her employer of twelve years to open her own business, Exhibit Solutions of New Mexico, a Native American and woman-owned company that designs and manufactures unique trade show displays. Twenty years later, Gina is both business owner and leader, honored by several business organizations including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the 2012 New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year. 

Like many who leave a company mid-career in order to start their own business, Gina found that it was hard to get noticed at the beginning.  Despite her experience and talent she had to work hard at building her client-base one sale at a time.  It was during this early phase that she contacted the SBA who assisted her in obtaining HUBZone certification for her firm.  The SBA HUBZone certification opened the door to competing in the federal marketplace.  Her first government... Read More

Photo of Mario Burgos, CEO of Burgos Group, LLC.

A commitment to excellence, strategic leadership and willingness to change and diversify has been the recipe to success for Burgos Group, LLC.  Brothers, Mario and David Burgos, have led their company to significant growth, earning recognition as the top company in New Mexico’s Flying 40 for fast-growing tech companies and named three years in a row on Inc.’s 5000. The Burgoses also have the honor of being named 2017 SBA New Mexico Small Business Persons of the Year.

The 10 year old company has shown substantial increases in year-to-year revenues with 117 employees working out of three offices to provide facilities operations, professional technical services and general and electrical construction to commercial and government clients in over seven states.

When the recession hit in 2009, and private commercial opportunities declined, the two brothers changed their business model to focus on government contracts.  In order to make this transition, Mario Burgos sought... Read More