Solving small business challenges through laboratory expertise

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program provides New Mexico small businesses facing technical challenges access to the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses can seek assistance from lab scientists and engineers to solve challenges and overcome barriers to company success. 

Since 2000, the two national laboratories have provided $71.7 million in technical assistance to 3,135 businesses, enabling 9,710 jobs to be created and retained across the states's 33 counties.



Does your company qualify?

  • Are you a for-profit business?
  • Are you located in New Mexico?
  • Is your company a small business? [US SBA guidelines]
  • Is your company US owned and operated?
  • Does your company pay/file gross receipts taxes to the State of New Mexico?

If you answered yes to all of these questions,
you can qualify for researcher hours:

  • $40,000 if located in a rural county
  • $20,000 if located in an urban county (Bernalillo & Santa Fe counties)

Rhino Health, Inc., a New Mexico manufacturer of medical gloves, is undertaking a massive expansion of its factory on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, a move company leaders hope will spur job development in the region. The Rhino Health Inc. nitrile glove factory in Church Rock will benefit from a 100,000-square-foot expansion project slated to start this spring, bringing a possible 300 jobs to the area, according to CEO Mark Lee. The facility expansion comes as other large employers on the Navajo Nation are shuttering. Lee, who lives in Gallup, said he hopes his business will encourage more commercial activity in the area, which has high rates of unemployment. Read more...

Rhino Health previously received technical assistance from Sandia National Labs through the NMSBA program to examine factory wastewater discharge options. The project determined methods to reduce factory water consumption by 22-30%. More information about the 2018 NMSBA project can be found here.