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Espanola Small Business Development Center Recognized Nationally for its Quality of Service
(Espanola, NM)   “The Association of Small Business Development Centers Network (ASBDC), representing America's 1100 SBDCs and 5,000 business advisors, is proud of the outstanding work by Julianna Martinez-Barbee and her staff at the Small Business Development Center at Northern New Mexico College, said Al Salgado, Chairman of the ASBDC National Board. “The New Mexico SBDC Network has recently completed the rigorous National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) accreditation, a Baldrige based review, that exemplifies excellence, innovation, and service to its clients and stakeholders added Salgado.
The SBDC at Northern New Mexico College continues to be recognized as one of the outstanding SBDC's in the nation and noted for several best practices in the area of marketing according to the ASBDC and the United States Small Business Association (SBA) national reviews.  
 “While serving as the associate state director at the New Mexico SBDC, I witnessed Julianna's dedication to her clients and to the mission of the SBDC program, both in the state and nationally,” says, Duane Fladland, member of the National ASBDC Accreditation Team.             “ Juliana and the staff at the Northern New College SBDC often demonstrated their ability to deliver on the SBDC's promise - to add value to the process of helping clients make good business decisions. There is no doubt their efforts were instrumental in helping the NMSBDC program achieve its national accreditation status from the Association of America's SBDC's during the seven years I was there, and now.”
“I have stayed in contact with Julianna since I moved to the Washington SBDC and invited her to present her marketing strategies at our statewide staff meeting. We have adopted several of those strategies here and continue to share best practices. I believe her enthusiasm and willingness to share her broadcast media and marketing expertise is critical to the success not only of the New Mexico SBDC but the national program as well. Julianna is also a member of our national ASBDC Marketing/Communications Committee. SBDC's across the nation continue to request her customized media and marketing training presentations.” Added Fladland.
The NMSBDC consists of 22 strategically located centers in the state including an International Business Accelerator (IBA) and Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). The statewide SBDC staff consists of highly skilled, educated and certified business analysts with a diverse expertise and experience in many areas of management and business ownership. Accreditation from the ASBDC also provides New Mexico additional resources and access to a national network of over 1,400 SBDCs. The Small Business Development Center program is the most comprehensive, efficient, and effective small business assistance network in the nation.
The SBDC in Espanola has assisted outstanding business, Avanyu, General Contracting LLC, says Salgado, Chairman of the board ASBDC.   The restoration of 56 homes located in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo will create local jobs and provide sustainable living for homeowners in the Pueblo. I was very impressed and honored to meet the owners of Avanyu, Liana Sanchez and Mateo Peixinho, at the ASBDC Membership meeting recently in Washington DC. They were appreciative and enthusiastic about the company's growth and direction and expressed their gratitude for the assistance the NMSBDC Network provides the businesses in the great state of New Mexico. Julianna Barbee and AVANYU recently represented New Mexico SBDC and the National ASBDC at Capital Hill, said Salgado.
The SBDC in Espanola is helping existing businesses to grow and entrepreneurs to realize their dream of business ownership and to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
“We want to congratulate the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network (NMSBDC) for achieving this important milestone, the New Mexico SBDC Network has achieved much during the process, and we commended them for this successful effort.” says Mike Young, Chair, ASBDC Accreditation Committee. “Accreditation is important for each SBDC and is essential for the national SBDC program to be recognized as a high quality economic development organization. Congratulations to the NMSBDC staff, hosts, and supporters.”
SBDC Director Julianna Martinez-Barbee assists businesses in the area of marketing, broadcast media, advertising and customized interactive training. Barbee has 25 years of broadcast television and marketing experience, is a business owner, a certified business analyst, a certified National Stephen Covey Trainer in (7 Habits for Business Managers, Speed of Trust for Managers, Leading Across Generations), a national business trainer, motivational/fitness trainer. Barbee has Degrees in Advertising/Public Relations, Broadcast Journalism & TV Production.  
Barbee assists businesses with marketing plan development, advertising, TV/radio commercials, jingles, web videos for YouTube and Facebook, internet marketing/social media, website design, graphic design, promotional material and events, public relations, professional presentations, media buying. Barbee also produces and presents interactive training for local & national conferences. “I help entrepreneurs to live their passion, create a business legacy and to unleash their innovative spirit.” Says Barbee. “I focus on job creation and economic growth by utilizing our creative cultures and traditions, Northern New Mexico has so much potential in eco-tourism and eco-agriculture and sharing our sustainable ways. A “Cultural River of Rhythms” walk along the Rio Grande is one of my economic dreams. I can imagine theme cafes' art, dance, music and living museums by uniting our cultures and sharing what we are all about. When I present training seminars nationwide I always feature our SBDC clients and people are always amazed at the cultural creativity.
SBDC Associate Director Ida Carrillo assists businesses in the area of financials, bookkeeping and loan proposals. Carrillo has a background in the banking business. She is a certified business analyst, certified National Franklin Covey Facilitator in Focus: Achieving your highest priorities, and quality management certified. Carrillo has a degree in Business Administration
Carrillo assists businesses with business plan development, finance, projections, start-up issues, management, structuring a business, cash flow analysis, loan packages, local/national resources, market research, and bookkeeping and budgeting. “I find it rewarding when an entrepreneur that I helped achieves success because of the skills they gained and the decisions they made.” Says Carrillo.
SBDC Business Support Specialist Rita Sandoval supports the SBDC office with the database and office management. Sandoval is currently working on a BA degree in Business Administration/MIS. Sandoval maintains the webcats database, manages SBDC website and Facebook, tracks data, manages E-marketing through constant contact and workshop marketing. “Working with NMSBDC challenges me to open new doors and discover my strengths. “ says Sandoval.
This accreditation is extremely important and it speaks to the level of quality of services the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) provides to its clients, whether they are existing businesses or clients starting a new business,” says NMSBDC State Director Michael Rivera. The NMSBDC is also recognized for their outstanding record of economic impact in the state of New Mexico.
The National Association of Small Business Development Centers Network (ASBDC), representing America's 1,400 SBDCs and 5,000 business advisors encourages the path of continuous improvement, which is the overall aim of the accreditation process. Each year the National ASBDC provides a national conference. This premiere event brings together over 1,700 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) professionals, trainers, consultants, management, and administrative personnel. This conference offers top-quality workshops, roundtables, general sessions, and an Exhibit Hall -- equipping America's top small business consultants with the professional development they seek to continually enhance SBDC services to growing small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. A business trade show of national service providers is also on hand to introduce new, innovative and cutting edge business tools to assist the SBDC's and their clients.   SBDCs: Lighting America's Future…       Your local, national & global business resource.

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